These prizes are given to the most outstanding innovations in the entire fruit and vegetable supply chain, from production to point of sale
Fresh products, services, technology and technical systems may all be presented for these innovation awards. There are 9 finalists selected by a jury and a single winner chosen by the exhibitors and co-exhibitors at the fair.
This year’s 9 finalists are:
- Amela tomato, Granada la Palma, Spain. The Amela tomato is an innovative variety developed in Japan. By reducing irrigation to a minimum, sugars and acids can be concentrated. Amela is distinguished by its high Brix values and high levels of nutrients and amino acids. These provide a fine balance of flavours. Available in sizes between 50 and 140 g.
- Amoresco, Clause, France. A unique beta-carotene rich, orange-coloured Romanesco cauliflower with attractive shape, sweetness and flavour. It retains its colour even after cooking, and is available fresh from November to February, although it is also excellent for the frozen food market.
- Flying Autonomous Robots, Tevel Advanced Technologies, Israel. Flying autonomous robots, with full six degrees of freedom of orientation, can harvest many different fruits, thus reducing the need for manual picking. The robots’ ability to approach each fruit from an optimal position and angle is based on deep artificial intelligence and computer vision. This guarantee harvesting at an optimal stage of ripeness.
- Genap Energy Cover, Genap B.V., The Netherlands. The Genap Energy Cover is a unique combination of technologies. They not only form a floating cover for irrigation basins, offering protection against the formation of algae. Their integrated solar panels also generate energy in an environmentally friendly way.
- iStem™, Syngenta Seeds, The Netherlands. This unique variety of stem cauliflower can be perfectly portioned and eaten either raw or cooked whole. The stem grows to 13 cm and develops another smaller stem together with a number of leaves. The plant is very rich in fibre, and the stem is edible with a sweet, nutty taste.
- Red Crush®, Gautier Semences, France. Red Crush® is the first totally red lettuce which is intensely coloured from the outside to the heart. The Red Crush® concept comes in several varieties: a Little Gem with deliciously crunchy leaves, a Mini Cos with delicate, fine red foliage and a slightly sugary taste, and a Multileaf with serrated leaves.
- Schur®Star Eat-Grow-Repeat Bag, Schur Star Systems, Germany. Vertically oriented pea plants in an organic hemp substrate ’in the bag’. After separating the upper part of the bag, the bottom forms the pot for the plant. After the first harvest, the bag should be placed on a windowsill and given light, water, and a little love. Growth will continue with more peas to be picked – simple, healthy and delicious!
- Sinclair EcoLabel, Sinclair International, United Kingdom. Sinclair Ecolabel HOME™ is a first-generation, direct contact, food-safe compostable fruit label for high-speed, automated application. Paper based and plastic free, SEH is independently certified “OK compost HOME” (OKH-S0728) by TÜV Austria. Available in different sizes.
- Sunions™, BASF Vegetable Seeds Business, The Netherlands. The Sunions™ variety offers consumers a new way to enjoy onions. They do not bring tears to the eyes when cut and have a mild, sweet taste. And these attributes are maintained even with prolonged storage. Available in nets from 350 to 750 g.