More freshness and more information
The Italian company A.A.T. Agroindustry Advanced Technologies is bringing interesting innovations to FRUIT LOGISTICA in Berlin. This company draws attention to its successful development over the past few years in which it has grown considerably, made changes, introduced new products and captured new markets. Significant efforts have focused on what customers actually see: the new Oranfresh brand identity (image). This includes a new logo that better expresses the company's current status and even more freshness. The new website is well structured, user friendly and features a continuously updated magazine.
Top performance with compact dimensions
The AI-620-SNT seed drill (image) with mechanical seed distribution is specially designed for optimal performance – with more compact dimensions that now vary between one, two and three metres. Not only the toolbar has been improved, the gearbox concept is also new. A single interface controls the amount of seed in each row along with the distribution of fertilisers and insecticides or fungicides. Users can choose between the electro-hydraulic and the latest electric gearbox instead of the standard mechanical gearbox. This not only makes seed distribution easier with improved weight measurement, but also disengages the roller transfer. Rollers are either stainless steel or rubber coated. For the rollers, users can also choose between the standard mechanical gearbox or the hydraulic gearbox.
Energy efficient and robust
Ambralight is introducing its model AE100 lamp (image) at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2019. Completely designed and developed by Ambra Elettronica, this LED lamp is made in Italy from top-quality materials. The AE100 is manufactured in compliance with the strictest regulations and standards to ensure safe and practical use. Engineered for maximum energy efficiency, the light is emitted within the visible spectrum in the photosynthetically active range. The lamp enhances and optimizes plant growth and is a perfect replacement for conventional HPS lamps commonly used today in the horticulture industry. The AE100 is designed to withstand harsh environments in modern production greenhouses and sustain long-term heavy-duty working cycles. It is also resistant to moisture, temperature fluctuations and dust.
Fruit and vegetables combined with cheese
Buoninsieme Solarelli is an innovative ready-to-eat product containing 45 grams of Italian cheese and 100 grams of washed, fresh-cut fruit or vegetables. This gourmet snack combines convenience with good taste and Italian food tradition. Buoninsieme Solarelli is available in five different varieties: "Cacio Romagnolo" with apple and feta cheese, "Scoparolo" with pear and goat cheese, "Capretta" with strawberries and soft goat cheese, "Antiche Fosse" with seedless grapes and fossa cheese, and "Squacquerone" with vegetables and soft cheese (image). According to the exhibitor, fresh produce and cheese are being combined for the first time in their new gourmet snack. The idea is the result of a collaboration between two leading companies: Apofruit Italia, which supplies the fruit and vegetables, and Antica Cascina, supplier of the cheese.
Fully biodegradable and recyclable packaging
The Azienda Ortoflorovivaistica dei Fratelli Simonato company based in Italy is introducing a new, fully-biodegradable and recyclable packaging concept at its FRUIT LOGISTICA stand in CityCube Berlin. Bio Kepos 3 (image) is an innovative, eco-friendly packaging specially developed for organically-grown aromatic herbs. It includes three components: a 10cm-diameter pot made from plant fibres that can be disposed of after use in an organic waste bin and composted together with the plant and soil; a transparent bag made from a fully-biodegradable industrial material that can be placed in the residual waste container; and a leaflet made from certified food-grade paper that can be thrown into the wastepaper bin after use.
Excellent manoeuvrability and compact dimensions
BABINI GIORGIO is presenting the Sirio15.4 at FRUIT LOGISTICA, a new 15q off-road forklift with permanent four-wheel drive (image). Key advantages include excellent manoeuvrability and, thanks to a low centre of gravity, suitability for operation on terrain with steep longitudinal or transverse slopes. With an operator's platform that is very low to the ground, the forklift requires minimal height clearance. This ensures outstanding ergonomics when climbing into and operating the vehicle along with optimal front and rear visibility. Another advantage of the Sirio15.4 is its compact dimensions. Height and width are lower than other models to ensure easy use in newly designed orchards and vineyards with reduced planting distance. Entering cellars and warehouses with doorway clearances of just over two metres is no problem. The off-road forklift has a load capacity of 1,500 kilograms with a triplex height of 3.2 metres and a duplex height of 2.5 metres.
Longer lasting, better colour, higher quality
The fully-integrated, patented stand system (image) from BanaNatural can be used to collect, transport, distribute and display banana bunches at the point of sale. Over the past year, it has been widely used in Greece across the entire supply chain. The eco-friendly steel stand is reusable and eliminates the need for plastic crates or disposable boxes on supermarket shelves. Bananas on the stand remain attached to the stem from storage to sale. This prevents the loss of natural juices and extends the shelf life. Bananas are yellow with uniform colouring and better quality. The innovative system has helped increase sales in Greece, significantly reduce losses, and generate higher profits. Another advantage of the BanaNatural stand system: banana bundles are not separated, which reduces the amount of fungicides required.
Rapid effect on growth and plant colour
DCM VISCOTEC® BLUE (image) is an innovative liquid fertiliser developed for controlled organic agriculture and horticulture. Its high concentration of 9% nitrogen and 5% potassium (K2O) has a rapid effect on plant growth and colour. The highly soluble, odourless gel formula contains no animal-based raw materials. It can be easily dosed and applied with all types of fertigation systems as a continuous supplemental fertiliser or a correcting fertiliser. The new liquid fertiliser also provides a biostimulator effect with plant-based amino acids to stimulate root system growth. The enlarged root surface increases nutrient absorption leading to better above-ground growth and more robust plants with a higher resistance to abiotic stress.
Efficient cleaning without chemicals
No need for chemicals to clean efficiently and thoroughly. This has been confirmed by the Hamburg-based Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology Dr. Brill + Partner in a performance report on the Blue Evolution S (image) steam cleaning system manufactured by beam. Researchers applied the stringent 4-field test criteria, the basis for future EN 16615 standards, and arrived at an outstanding 2.89 log bacteria reduction for the Blue Evolution S. The HACCP-certified unit delivers excellent cleaning performance for removing bacteria from a PVC surface. It cleans without biocidal or other chemical substances, such as surfactants, that can remain on the surface in conventional processes. A surface cleaned with the Blue Evolution S is also optimally prepared for disinfection.
Super sweet and deep purple
The vegetable seed breeding company Bejo is introducing Erasmus F1 (image), the first 100% male purple asparagus, at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2019. It can be cultivated in cold and medium-temperature climates. Fresh and unpeeled, it is ideal for salads, stir-fries or grilled. This super-sweet asparagus is best left uncooked to preserve the rich purple colour that can be lost during cooking. Due to its unique characteristics, Erasmus is positioned differently than the well-known green and white asparagus varieties and makes an interesting addition to the conventional asparagus assortment. Thanks to its sweet taste, it can be eaten raw – ideal for attracting the attention of younger consumers who like meals that are fast and healthy.
Faster to first harvest
Developed by the Italian company BIOS, STARTER (image) is a unique product that improves rooting and stimulates the natural immune system of young fruit trees. Optimum root development shortens the time to first harvest by at least six months. Other benefits include better fruit quality in terms of taste, aroma and colour, a remarkably effective resistance against pests and diseases, a higher yield and lower irrigation costs. The new product also helps prevent leaching and sublimation through chemical bonding of fertilizer elements and organic material. A longer availability of organic nitrogen reduces the need for nitrates. In addition, the use of biological substances from recycled materials, less pesticides and fertilizers and moderate water consumption help protect the environment.
Online management system for eco-sustainability
Developed by Blue North Sustainability, SHERPA (image) is an online sustainability management system. It is designed to help management teams in the agricultural supply chain to proactively and effectively develop and implement sustainability strategies. SHERPA enables users to strategically evaluate their business operations against a commodity-specific sustainability framework and calculate sustainability indicators from primary business data. This creates a clear picture of a company's sustainability performance and supports prioritisation of sustainability characteristics for improvement. SHERPA can also be used to create and manage business-specific action plans. A powerful farm mapping tool and benchmark performance complying with all major standards supports users in preparing for multiple audits.
Marketing tool thanks to personalised labelling
The Blulog company based in Poland is introducing new 2G loggers (image) designed to monitor temperature and humidity during transport and storage of perishable goods. The devices measure various parameters and upload the data to a cloud. Autonomous loggers transmit the data via 2G network, to give users worldwide coverage. They can also serve as a gateway for standard RF loggers. Cost-effective and compact, the loggers can be easily installed and integrated into pallets or crates. Thanks to its ability to personalise labels, this practical, plug-and-play solution can also be used as a marketing tool.
Dark red colour, and sweet-tangy taste
The "Wonderful" pomegranate (image) from the "Alce Nero" organic farming association is produced in Italy. This fruit is characterised by a dark red colour inside and out. The arils have a sweet-tangy taste and can be easily removed from the shell. They are especially flavourful and practically seedless. The innovative and distinctive packaging consists of a recycled paper tray with handles. Each box contains two fruits with a total weight of 750 grams (image). The colourful, eye-catching design conveys the product appeal with a description of its wonderful characteristics and useful tips to peel and enjoy the pomegranate in just a few minutes. A practical recipe book can be downloaded using the QR code printed on the package.
State-of-the-art technology for harvesting blueberries
Air-jet harvesting technology can harvest over 95% of a plant's ripe blueberries without damage. The berries are shaken off the plant and collected on pneumatic cushions to prevent bruising. As a result, 80-90% of the total harvested blueberries can be sent to market. The proportion of white powder on the blueberry membrane is similar to a manual harvest. Pneumatic cushions are air-filled rubber parts on plastic catchers with continuous air flow to intercept shocks when the berries drop. According to the exhibitors, the unique air jet technology for fresh products is internationally patented. This state-of-the-art technology is used in the KOKAN500S harvester (image).
Optimal atmosphere in refrigerated containers
Carrier Transicold now offers XtendFRESH™ atmosphere control technology (image) for the export of perishables. The system slows the ripening process to maintain product quality longer than refrigeration alone. According to information from the exhibitor, the innovative system regulates the content of oxygen and carbon dioxide levels within refrigerated containers. At the same time, it uniquely provides an integrated ethylene removal capability. Atmosphere control can benefit bananas, avocados, mangoes and more. Shipping lines, such as MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, appreciate the enhanced care XtendFRESH provides for valuable commodities. XtendFRESH technology enables perishables to be transported over greater distances, creating new opportunities for exporters and importers. Carrier Transicold conducts seminars for those interested in learning more about the technology.
Flat bottom, big round body and refreshing coconut water
Diamond Shape is the exhibitor's class A+ quality coconut with a flat bottom, large round body, pyramid-shaped tip and white skin colour. Added to this is the refreshing coconut water inside – without added sugar, preservatives, artificial colouring or flavours. These extremely fresh and healthy premium coconuts (image) from Thai growers are shipped daily, worldwide. They are packaged and exported by Coconut Siam Export Co Ltd., which is exhibiting this year for the first time at FRUIT LOGISTICA. Cultivation of these high-quality coconuts requires a special environment that is rich in natural resources – especially vital minerals, fertile soil and sufficient moisture. According to the exhibitor, this is the key to producing coconuts in the right size and weight with refreshing water inside.
Automatically removes up to 300 avocado pits per minute
The 300-AVC Avocado Pitter (image) is, according to the exhibitor, the world's first machine capable of pitting avocados. Prior to the launch of this innovative system (international patent pending), avocados were manually pitted on a processing line. This procedure was much slower and less profitable. The avocado pitter was designed by R&D engineers at CTI FoodTech. The patent for the machine is owned by Biagio Crescenzo, who has registered more than 100 patents worldwide. Thanks to its high nutritional value and unique taste, the avocado has become widely recognised in recent years as a healthy premium food. This has led to rapid growth in its market potential. CTI FoodTech is planning to tap into this expanding market with an innovative machine that is capable of automatically aligning and pitting up to 300 avocados per minute.
Temperature monitoring – automatic and wireless
FlashTrak PreCool Prime (image) is an automated wireless solution that monitors and records temperature during pre-cooling, and alerts when correct internal produce temperature is reached. This allows operators to remove pallets just in time and avoid problems associated with over cooling or under cooling. The net result is an increase in pallet throughput and improved operational efficiency. This system has the added advantage of pallet level traceability by attaching a Cold Chain iToken™ label to each pallet and scanning the barcode to associate the pallet to a tunnel number and the pre-cool data. The Cold Chain iToken™ can also associate the pallet and pre-cool data to a PTI label (Produce Traceability Initiative), or other identification, such as lot code or order number. The system records data and archives it for traceability, analysis, audits and verification of compliance with GHP (Good Handling Practices).
Up to 50% recycled PET products
DuPont Teijin Films is introducing its new Harvest Fresh rPET series to the market. These heat-sealable polyester films contain up to 50% recycled PET products. The company has succeeded in combining the unique heat-sealing properties of Harvest Fresh films with a base film made from rPET polymer for contact with food products. The benefits of Harvest Fresh Mylar® film series (image) are less waste, lower cost of premium seal lidding, and a reduced carbon footprint. The recycled lidding and bowl material enable retailers to convey a clear and consistent sustainability message to consumers. The exhibitor worked on product development in close cooperation with a global leader in rPET polymer. The raw material comes exclusively from PET bottle recycling systems in Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
High-quality pomegranates in attractive, sustainable packaging
The small and still-young family business based in Alcasser has developed a new packaging (image) to give its premium organic pomegranates an individualized look. According to the exhibitor, the main objective is to give the pomegranate the value it deserves. The innovative packaging consists of a cardboard strip with different size gaps to firmly hold the fruit in place. This simple design enables easy production and handling. The attractively-packed pomegranates can be hung in an eye-catching display. Corrugated cardboard protects the pomegranate skin from damage and can be recycled as a sustainable alternative to plastics. The packaging can be adapted to premium pomegranates in different shapes and is designed to visually integrate labels and logos.
Juicy, seedless, flavourful enjoyment
The EDEKA retail chain is selling a new variety of premium-quality lemons exclusively under the "EDEKA SELECTION Lemongold" label (image). These juicy, perfectly golden-yellow and 100% seedless lemons are hand-picked. In the summer they come from South Africa, in autumn the harvest continues seamlessly in Spain. Packed in 400-gram bags, the seedless and juicy fruits are available throughout Germany in EDEKA stores and in Netto Marken-Discount outlets in southern Germany. Lemongold lemons are naturally treated, which means the peel is also suitable for consumption. A variety of foods and drinks can now be enriched with Lemongold juice without having to worry about pesky seeds. The range of citrus products is undergoing a transformation similar to table grapes – seedless and more flavourful. This is made possible by a partnership between EDEKA and growers in South Africa specializing in the development of high-quality seedless citrus fruits.
Real-time alerts via mobile technology
The GO Real-Time CO2 Tracker (image) makes it easier to monitor carbon dioxide levels in shipments of fresh produce. Using mobile technology, the device provides real-time alerts as shipments move through the supply chain. According to the exhibitor, this easy-to-use system provides global visibility at an affordable cost. Simply place the tracker in a container or trailer and input the serial number in the Oversight Dashboard or mobile app for real-time access to shipment data. In addition to CO2 monitoring, the device has sensors that determine temperature, location and light intensity. The GO Real-Time CO2 Tracker can be recharged and reused. It is available as a subscription with single or multi-use options.
Always freshly grated
Feldbacher Fruit Partners came up with a brilliant idea: pack freshly-grated horseradish in glass jars to keep it fresh with a longer shelf life. This product is now available in different varieties: classic, apple and wasabi. The company's latest product innovation is the striking new Rooty's brand (image). This freshly-grated horseradish sold in the refrigerated section has a naturally-spicy taste and a six-month shelf life. Its 100% fresh quality comes from many years of experience in horseradish production. The ideal seasoning for a variety of dishes, Rooty's horseradish goes well with fish, meat, soup, salad or cold platters. Since the Middle Ages, horseradish has been known for spicing up body, mind and soul. A portion of freshly grated, freshly cleaned Rooty's brings invigorating freshness and flavour –from field to fork.
Innovative cultivation system optimizes apple harvesting
Guyotree® is the name of Feno's new apple tree with a horizontally bound fruit axis with six to eight vertical fruiting shoots – similar to the training systems used in viticulture. The tree comes from the nursery with a leader bent to a certain angle, which can be easily bent and tied into a horizontal position. Furthermore, the leader only has branches on one side. These grow stronger toward the end of the leader to counteract the natural tendency of the tree to produce stronger branches at the beginning of the bent leader. Key features of the innovative cultivation system include excellent uniform fruit colouration, a well-spaced pericarp that dries quickly, reduced spray drift for sensitive areas and suitability for steep terrains. Since there are no trellis branches, a narrow pericarp forms. All work can be carried out from the ground without a ladder or lift. It is also possible to mechanize cutting and thinning or to manage harvesting with robots.
Fruits and vegetables stay fresh longer
FRUIT LOGISTICA 2019 is where the US-based exhibitor is introducing a new, user-friendly US-patented technology that extends the freshness and shelf life of food and flowers by 30-50%. The Food Freshness Card™ (image) has been laboratory-tested and used commercially by supermarkets, restaurants and importers to keep fruit, vegetables and bread fresh longer. It is designed to reduce product shrinkage and spoilage during transport and at the point of sale. The new technology is registered with three US patents and has received multiple awards, including the recent United Fresh Innovation Award 2018 in the Best New Food Safety Solution category. The Food Freshness Card™ is also suitable for berries, pre-cut products, leafy vegetables and other short shelf-life products.
Artal launched Primtal Stress-Free Technology cooperation with a team headed by Dr. Victor Flors from the Metabolic Integration and Cell Signalling Group at the Jaume University in Castellón. The concept is based on priming, a mechanism that activates the immune system of plants without causing stress. This new technology offers six key advantages. It stimulates and conditions the plant's immune system; activates a faster, more intense and more effective reaction to certain stresses and reduces related damage; works horizontally and activates different pathways to simultaneously protect crops. Priming is compatible with biological pest control and does not generate energy costs. It is also eco-friendly and supports sustainable agricultural production.
Tasty, fresh, pure
A new fresh-cut line with selected fruits has been added to the "F.lli Orsero" brand of premium fruits produced by hand in Italy to meet and exceed international standards for food safety. Packed without preservatives, the top-quality fruit is tasty, fresh and pure. The packaging is marked with a guarantee seal. Ready-to-eat products come with a fork (image). F.lli Orsero Fresh Cut includes a complete range of seasonal products and package sizes for different sales channels. Production is handled by the Orsero Group in Verona, Molfetta (BA) and in Florence. These three geographically-strategic locations ensure fast and comprehensive service throughout Italy.
Natural fruit juices without added sugar
The Fruits de Ponent cooperative is presenting its 365-day fruit catalogue to international trade visitors to FRUIT LOGISTICA. The catalogue includes fruits and other products such as extra virgin olive oil and OKI JUICE fruit juices. During the fair in Berlin the focus will be on the new OKI JUICE line of natural fruit juices produced without added sugar. The juice flavours range from peach, tangerine and apple, to red fruits or kiwi and apple. Fruits de Ponent produces 52 million kilos of fruit each year and claims to be the leading producer of stone fruit in the EU (image). The company exports to 50 countries on four continents. According to the exhibitor, most demanding and prestigious certifications attest to the quality and maximum health guarantee of the cooperative's fruits.
Automatic height measurement for correct coring depth
FRUIT LOGISTICA 2019 is where FTNON, a division of the JBT Corporation, is introducing its new SPD-200 system (image) for coring bell peppers. This more hygienic two-pocket system is easy to operate by one person manually placing two peppers into the machine at the same time. The height of the fruit is automatically measured to determine the correct coring depth. The drum that holds the peppers is open on one side, making it easier to clean the system. Adjusting the cutter in the segmentation station produces fruits cut into two, four, six or eight pieces. The blades are mounted a 3D printed holder and can be removed for producing hollow, whole peppers. One machine operator can process around 2,000 peppers per hour with the SPD-200.
Longer shelf life and consistent high quality
The VSPO method (Vertical Single Plant Optimization) (image) was developed by an expert research team at Future Crops. This fully automated system supports plants grown in air-conditioned, multi-level buildings with special chambers. LED lighting and advanced technology ensure optimal conditions. Human intervention is minimized to reduce possible damage to the plants. A specially-developed automated robotic logistics process is integrated into the entire cycle: from cultivation to harvesting and packaging. Products grown in the VSPO environment have a much longer shelf life and consistent quality across the globe all year round. The vertical farm is optimized to meet the highest standards of hygiene and safety without the use of pesticides and to ensure product health and integrity.
High structural stability, good drainage capability and quick rewetting
The Gebr. Brill Substrate company knows about the requirements for berry fruits. These substrates are used for long periods of time. They have to be stable to ensure sufficient air capacity after a long service life and support optimal root development. The new PRO berry red PE20 substrate (image) meets these requirements. A key feature of this new product is its high structural stability thanks to CocoDrain®, Perlite and the proportion of fractionated sod peat. Added to this are good drainage capability due to the coarse-fibrous structure along with quick rewetting and good water distribution in the substrate with CocoDrain® and CocoSol®. PRO berry red PE20 substrate is ideal for berry cultures with longer growing times including strawberries in racks or raspberries in containers.
Low in calories, rich in nutrients and special textures
Exhibiting at FRUIT LOGISTICA for the first time, Good Morning Korea Co., Ltd. is presenting a premium range of mushrooms along with the latest findings on special features and health benefits (image). The king oyster mushroom, for example, gained its royal status as a tasty variety regarded as the one of the world's finest gourmet mushrooms. It has a longer shelf life than other varieties, is low in calories, easily digestible and is considered one of the best mushrooms due to its resistant texture. Enoki mushrooms are known for their health-promoting properties. These tender white mushrooms with long, velvety stems and small caps have a sweet, mild taste. They also help break down body fat in the intestine, help control blood sugar levels and prevent intestinal problems. Shimeji is a spicy mushroom with a nutty taste. It is very tender and retains its light colour and firmness when cooked. All of these mushroom varieties are rich in vitamin B6, vitamin D, pantothenic acid, potassium, riboflavin, magnesium, selenium, copper and thiamine.
Certified bio-based film for sustainable packagingsystems
BIOBASED STAR FILM (image) is a stretch PVC film made with a significant proportion of non-fossil, renewable resources. It was developed by the Fabbri Group R&D department. According to the exhibitor, this is currently the only bio-based stretch film for packaging and marketing fresh food, including fruits and vegetables, mushrooms, deli products, meat and poultry. The film is certified by TÜV Austria as "OK biobased®" and can be used manually or on automated machinery in retail and in industry. BIOBASED STAR FILM is a sustainable drop-in solution with immediate benefits for packers, consumers and end users with no need for additional costs or investment. The new film is available in the same widths and thicknesses as standard stretch films and offers the same food preservation and aesthetics benefits. It is available in plain or printed versions with up to ten colours and a digital cliché.
Better crop forwarding thanks to pioneering technology
The SLIDE VALERIANA ECO (image) is an electric harvesting machine for lamb's lettuce. It is equipped with three-phase asynchronous brushless motors that are 100% maintenance-free. The HORTECH machine also has a new 48-volt battery with a capacity of 450 A/h for up to 16 hours of operation. A built-in battery charger is included. The new comb conveyor system is positioned above the frame to forward the harvested lettuce more effectively. Steering is completely electric with a turning radius of 75°. The SLIDE VALERIANA ECO measures 550 x max. 210 x 145 cm and weighs 2,500 kilos. The track is min. 135 cm, inside cutting bar 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170 or 180 cm. The pulley size is 13 cm and internal bar space is max. 24 cm.
Hydro Fert will be presenting Activeg, one of its new biostimulant products, at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2019. The exhibitor is especially proud of this product because it is 100% plant-based. Activeg is obtained from the enzymatic hydrolysate of Fabaceae biomass. This special manufacturing process enables a good degree of hydrolysis and a high concentration of active compounds related to vegetal cultures. The product contains the natural biostimulant triacontanol and laevorotatory free amino acids. These two ingredients enhance chlorophyll photosynthesis along with anti-stress and biostimulant activity. Activeg can be used in foliar and root applications. Especially in the leaf area, it promotes biomass production and vegetal metabolism.
Thermoforming, filling and sealing
The "ILPRA MD" forming, filling and sealing machine (image) fills various products, including fruit juices and water, jams, jellies, desserts, sauces, dressings and seasoning oils, butter and other spreadable products in thermoformed packages and then seals them. The product line is the result of ongoing research together with modern design and marketing strategies. Highlights for this model include high operating precision, low costs, performance ranging from 3,000 to 50,000 packages per hour, ergonomic, functional design, intuitive software, and low noise levels. The ILPRA MD Form Fill Seal is manufactured from top-quality components and is adaptable and expandable thanks to a variety of options. A compact version is available for tight workspaces. The exhibitor builds packaging systems based on feedback from customers in order to offer state-of-the-art solutions and the latest design technology.
Best possible aeration of plant and system
Ina Plastics, a Greek manufacturer of plastic products for the horticultural industry, is showcasing its latest product at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2019. Based on the company's Double Tray System (DTS), the new DTS 240 plug tray (image) consists of a flat upper tray and a base tray. It is designed to be compatible with fillers including rock wool or foam, which are already widely used in high-tech propagation. The new tray system has 240 cavities and is best-suited for 27 mm diameter plugs. The cavities are specially designed to ensure the best possible aeration of the plant and system in filling, sowing and transplanting lines. The new tray offers all the benefits of the DTS series. Economical, hygienic and productive, it safeguards plant quality and supports environmental protection.
Improvement of the entire regional logistics system
Interporto (image) opened the new Bagnoli Area (FreeEste) in December 2017. This is where intermodal services are offered that develop into new activities thanks to the region's international free zone regime. The area occupied by the former Wartsila factory offers an optimal location and a well-developed infrastructure. These characteristics are fundamental for Interporto as a means of supporting infrastructural and operational development projects. The site, which is owned by Interporto, includes three warehouses measuring 44,000, 28,000 and 2,000 sqm along with a yard covering 100,000 sqm. A cold store with two sections accommodating 1,000 pallets each will be added in the first quarter of 2019. The project is aimed at improving space availability and quality and increasing the value of the entire regional logistics system.
Longer shelf life for fresh-cut products
The DECONWA washing system manufactured by KRONEN sanitises apples for fresh-fruit salads, reduces the spoilage rate, and enhances consumer safety – all without chemical additives. It can be fully integrated into existing processing lines and used for similar fresh produce. A temperature-controlled process reduces bacteria level at 50°C. The insulated system is optimised for use in refrigerated rooms. The storage period for apples can be precisely controlled and hot water recirculated. Hygienic design and optimal cleaning are guaranteed. The system was developed as part of a research project funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) and the company Mirontell Fein & Frisch AG
Natural superfood soup for special occasions
With a 50% market share, La Linea Verde is Italy's market leader in the production of ready-to-eat fresh soups. The company has 13 years of experience in this segment and offers a wide variety of soup products designed to meet all consumer needs. The soups have a remarkably homemade taste, are plant-based, 100% natural, preservative-free and made with fresh ingredients and extra-virgin olive oil. A balanced combination of vegetables (fibre), legumes (proteins) and cereals (carbohydrates) adds up to a healthy and balanced meal. New at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2019, the exhibitor is presenting an original gourmet minestrone soup with kale and quinoa (image). This balanced recipe is made from premium superfood ingredients and is perfect for special occasions.
Tender heart and sweet taste
ROMOLO F1 (image) is the name of the first Romanesco-type hybrid artichoke for seeds. This hearty, uniform and productive variety is devoid of hair or thorns and is very tender. The hybrid of this Romanesco artichoke is medium-size. Green and purple artichokes are best for fresh consumption. They have a tender heart and sweet taste. According to the exhibitor, the spreading of the new artichoke's seed produces substantial quality and quantity. This reduces bedding costs due to the lower initial costs of the young plants. Conditions for plant health are improved and the incidence of diseases and fungal infections decreases since these are not normally transmitted by seeds. The artichoke requires less fertilizer and watering because plants grown from seeds develop a deeper root system and use of water sources more efficiently.
Sensible nutrition – the easy way
WW – formerly known as Weight Watchers – and Landgard are two powerful partners who have teamed up to achieve a shared goal: sensible nutrition that is easy to integrate into everyday lifestyles. The new WW cooking boxes offer consumers tasty meals that are also healthy. High-quality fruit and vegetables from Landgard member companies are combined with additional ingredients in a tasty WW cooking box for two people that is ready to serve in less than 30 minutes. According to the exhibitor, this is the key to modern eating enjoyment: simple, fast and delicious. Consumers can currently choose carrot-orange soup, a spicy cabbage pot or mashed sweet potatoes (image). All three dishes are vegetarian and gluten-free. More recipes are soon to follow.
Sustainable without compromise
Mandriladora Alpesa, ostensibly the largest manufacturer of cardboard mandrels, tubes and rings in Spain, is presenting its latest innovation for European markets at FRUIT LOGISTICA. Based on a patented design, the Sustainable without compromise(image) was honoured by Liderpack with an award for the best packaging for logistics and distribution. The new box is a single-load unit that can be easily stacked and offers additional advantages for logistics and storage. The kit is easy to assemble and made from a single material. This results in a positive residual value by eliminating return logistics. The pallet box is made entirely from recycled, biodegradable cardboard that is fully recyclable. According to the exhibitor, the aim is to make the entire logistics process more sustainable – without sacrificing efficiency, endurance, optimization or the needs of companies on the sending and receiving sides.
Versatile stone burier
FRUIT LOGISTICA 2019 is where the company Massano A. di Massano Valerio & C. snc based in Italy is introducing its advanced RSC stone burier with bed former/shaper. According to the exhibitor, the machine can be built with different working widths from ranging from 125 to 185 centimetres to meet the demands of modern farmers. This professional machine is designed for working on hard ground with tractors from 70 to 120 HP. Thanks to its versatility, farmers can attach a wide variety of implements, including a fertiliser spreader, foil laying machine or drip hoses. This makes it possible to adapt the RSC COMBI version for specific applications (image).
Virtually noiseless, low-wear and energy-efficient
Designed for low-wear, high-speed applications, the new Mosca EVOLUTION SoniXs MS-6-H (image) with patented ultrasonic technology has been added to the company's range of horizontal strapping machines. Celebrating its debut at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2019, this model triple-straps up to 180 packages per hour. Operation is virtually noiseless with maximum energy efficiency and minimum wear. The EVOLUTION SoniXs MS-6-H features a freely movable horizontal strap guide frame. Packages with a height of up to 2.3 metres are placed beneath the frame with or without protective cardboard. Thanks to the horizontal frame positioning, products can be optimally strapped even when they are not perfectly aligned with the sealing unit.
Maximizing quality with new technologies
The MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is a world leader in transport and logistics. As the refrigerated container business continues to grow, the company is investing heavily in new technologies to better meet the growing demand for fresh produce. Together with partners including MaxTend, Liventus, Purfresh, Carrier Transicold and MCI, the company is using a number of innovative systems. XtendFRESH™, for example, slows ripening and extends the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables. This enables export over longer distances and creates new market opportunities. MSC is constantly working on new technologies and new software for reefer containers to better monitor cargo and its position. This ensures that the produce always arrives at its destination fresh and in top quality. At FRUIT LOGISTICA, the shipping company is providing information on current projects and the latest developments for customers interested in switching to natural, more eco-friendly cooling systems as part of a sustainable strategy.
Monitoring optimal product flow
MULTIPOND weighing systems independently monitor optimal product flow. 3D cameras on the scales (image) linked to the controller provide data on the occupancy of the distribution cone and vibrator trays. A computer evaluates this information and independently initiates correct action. This system has been patented by the company. On earlier MULTIPOND weighing systems, pre-weighing provided details on the amount of product on the distribution cone. Now, the patented 3D cameras provide additional information about where and how much product is located on the distribution cone and in the feed trays. Based on this image information, the weighing system can respond, for example, by selectively controlling individual feed trays. This makes it possible to quickly and automatically correct overfills or detect and resolve product gaps.
Attractive packaging with self-adhesive labels
With full-wrap labelling, which is also known as D-labelling, a label is wrapped around four sides of a pack similar to a sleeve or band. This offers a wide variety of package design options and significantly increases attractiveness at the point of sale. Full-wrap labelling with a MULTIVAC conveyor belt labeller maximises automation and label positioning accuracy with a wide range of label shapes and materials. It also ensures more flexibility when it comes to packaging shapes. The MULTIVAC L 310 full-wrap labeller processes self-adhesive labels with a width of up to 500 millimetres. Conveyor belt labellers can also be equipped with additional label dispensers, for example, to supplement the full-wrap label with a special promotional action label.
Compatible with virtual power plants
Netled is presenting the new 1400 Mikromol version (image) of its Overhead™ LED luminaire series at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2019. This system is ideal for high-intensity production of plants ranging from tomatoes and cucumbers to bell peppers. In greenhouses with high ceilings, the new luminaire is also suitable for leafy vegetables and herbs. The innovative suspension system can be installed without tools using low-cost steel wire hangers. According to the exhibitor, the Overhead™ 1400 system for the recommended applications is competitively priced. Its high light output per unit allows replacement of 1,000W HPS lamps. Other benefits include full-digital control, which optimises the costs per spot. The new luminaire is also compatible with virtual power plants. This makes it possible to integrate farming operations into the energy market. The system offsets peak loads in the power grid and practically pays for itself.
More yield through luminosity
A new, wider generation of greenhouses has changed the market in recent years. NOVAGRIC designs, manufactures and installs these new models and has named them "APR Lux" in reference to the high level of luminosity inside. The company is now topping its 12.80-metre wide version with a new 14.40-metre wide greenhouse (image). According to the exhibitor, this model is one of the best on the market. The APR Lux greenhouses feature the gothic shape for greater light width. This ensures higher luminosity and volume. It also improves ventilation and makes work easier with fewer obstacles inside. The new model is a robust and resilient greenhouse made from materials that have been designed and developed specifically for this purpose. This greenhouse can be adapted to all crop types with competitive high-yield productions. The new APR Lux model improves crop productivity and, according to the exhibitor, has demonstrated its competitiveness in Mexico.
Selected ingredients for culinary innovations
The Insal'Arte brand from OrtoRomi was launched at Milano Food Week 2014 and presented for the first time to a wider international public and retailers at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2015. A new ready-made soup line was added in autumn 2017 along with new and exclusive recipes that include Italian cuisine as well as culinary innovations. The products are attractively packaged and available in 310- and 620-gram containers. Insal'Arte soups are made fresh using carefully selected ingredients and are ready to be heated up and served. The line initially consisted of seven reference products (image) and according to the exhibitor, the reaction from sellers and consumers was extremely positive. OrtoRomi is expanding its product range for the winter 2018/2019 season with eight more reference products to satisfy even the most demanding palates.
Faster drying with less energy
The company PIGO srl develops and manufactures advanced industrial freeze dryers (image). The range of lyophilizers includes a wide variety of standard and custom models. There are significant differences between the exhibitor's PIGO EASY Freeze DRYING technology (lyophilization) and other freeze-drying techniques. PIGO products reduce drying time by 15-20% and consume less energy. A top priority for the developers was to ensure all system components are readily accessible and easy to clean. This prevents bacteria or residue from contaminating the machine components or being transferred to food. In addition, all phases of the drying process are designed for easy, fast, and efficient operation and maintenance.
Especially active during cell elongation
ECKLOMAR (image) provides the intensity of the pure extract of Ecklonia maxima or sea bamboo. This kelp naturally contains active ingredients that boost auxin activity and make the new product a particularly active stimulant during cell elongation. The advanced method used by PLYMAG for physical extraction enables ECKLOMAR to conserve other Ecklonia maxima contents, such as alginic acid, mannitol and betaines. These substances are especially important as hydrating elements and to help reduce stress due to dryness, salinity or extreme temperatures. ECKLOMAR promotes growth, fruit formation and development while slowing down aging by preserving chlorophyll for a longer time. According to the exhibitor, the new biostimulant is a very powerful and flexible means of maximizing harvest potential.
Coring and cutting apples, pears and peaches
The DRR cutting machine (image) cores apples, pears and peaches before cutting them into slices or rings. The unit consists of welded stainless-steel tubes and a rotating plate with eight stations for the fruits. A mechanism for the three operations is positioned above the plate on the back of the fruit input chute. The plate holding the fruits rotates in steps and halts for the three operations: coring, pushing and cutting. Once the operator places the fruits in the machine, all movements are mechanically controlled. The first mechanism uses a pneumatic cylinder to perform an up and down movement. A rotating steel tube driven by an electric motor cores the fruits. Coring tube diameters are fully adjustable. The second mechanism pushes the fruit through the third step, where the knife cuts the fruit into slices or rings. A stainless-steel box on the machine contains the control unit and frequency converter for synchronising operations.
Unique geographical location
The Cadiz Bay Port Authority is completing the infrastructure work for a new container terminal (NCT, image) to strengthen the port's competitive edge. The authority is now inviting interested companies to participate in a long-term concession programme for the development, operation, management and commercialization of the NCT. With its unique geographic location, which connects the global routes of four continents, Africa, Asia, America and Europe, the port brings together shipping traffic equivalent to more than eight million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units). Thanks to an efficient infrastructure and modern unloading facilities, the operators are confident that the new terminal will become the best-suited container terminal in southern Europe. Key features include an area covering 220,000 square metres, a wharf up to 900 metres long, and a depth of 16 metres. Added to this is the direct connection to Madrid, the Atlantic and Mediterranean corridors, and to Europe.
Sustainable logistics hub for cold storage
The Port of Huelva is introducing an innovative cold storage system (image) at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2019. Developed in cooperation with Enagás, the system creates a sustainable logistics hub for cold storage in the port area and is already in operation in Japan. The concept uses the residual cold created during the re-evaporation process in the Enagás plant and transfers it to the cold storage units. The freezer reaches temperatures down to -36°C and achieves energy savings of more than 50% with a 90% reduction in CO2 emissions. The initiative was developed by a new Enagás subsidiary, Enagás 4 Efficiency, in conjunction with Enagás Emprende. This programme promotes the creation of start-ups by employees and third parties with a focus on energy efficiency and natural gas use. A logistics centre for cold storage will also be set up in the Port of Huelva South Wharf area.
Potato trade goes digital
Potato Market (image) is, according to the exhibitor, the first online platform to directly connect professional potato buyers and sellers – and increase their trade resources transparently, simply, quickly and reliably. On the website, producers can sell their goods across Europe in just eight minutes. The main objective of Potato Market is to ensure transparency in the industry and increase opportunities for potato growers. Key features of the new online platform are to digitalize and accelerate potato transactions and take e-commerce in this sector to the next level. Potato Market enables buyers and sellers to access the European market with the security of a pre-determined contract. And when it comes to the popularity of a variety, quality and price, Potato Market is a great source of information for both buyers and sellers.
Easy to use and quick screening results
Portable EASY KIT® compact laboratories (image) were developed in cooperation with the University of Valencia, Iata-CSIC and Citrosol. They are easy to use and deliver fast and economical inspection results in storage facilities. Depending on the number of samples, the analysis of treatment solutions and waxes takes only 25 to 30 minutes. For fruit residue tests, multiple samples can be analysed within 40 to 45 minutes. Citrosol's key development involves the analysis of fungicides used in the production of citrus fruits. One of these fungicides, pyrimethanil, is often used on pipfruit, such as pears and apples. EASY KIT® is an innovative solution for screening post-harvest treatment and end-product processes in accordance with accredited quality standards (ISO 9000, ISO 14000, HACCP) and Good Agricultural Practices (Global G.A.P.).This includes distribution channels and compliance with legal guidelines for residues.
Small seeds, thin skin and sweet pulp
According to the exhibitor, Anastasia F1 is characterised by features that are unique and in-demand on national and international markets: small seeds, a relatively thin 1cm shell, and pulp that is bright red, crunchy and sweet. This new melon variety meets industry needs because it adapts perfectly to most plantations, including polyethylene tunnels (image) and outdoor cultivation. Early and late grafting is possible in winter in a greenhouse and in spring in a polytunnel. The plants are robust with excellent leaf cover of the fruits to protect them from sunburn. Anastasia F1 is an early variety, well balanced in growth and ideal for grafting. Good blossoming enables uniform production. The fruits have an elongated shape with dark-green, shiny stripes and weigh 16 to 20 kilograms.
Easy to prepare, amazingly versatile
Cabbisi™, the new mini salad cabbage (image) from Rijk Zwaan, has a mild and crisp taste and a unique nutrient profile. It is the same size as a head of romaine lettuce and is quick and convenient to prepare – just what modern consumers want. The newest member of the cabbage family is rich in vitamin K and antioxidants like glucosinolates. It has all the attributes of lettuce that consumers value so highly. Cabbisi can also be enjoyed uncooked. In Flowpacks or high-quality paper, the attractive packaging design appeals to customers. The exhibitor also offers custom-designed packaging. A key advantage for growers: Cabbisi combines the robustness of cabbage with the growing conditions of lettuce. It can be cultivated in high density with short development cycles. Cabissi thrives equally well in northern or southern Europe.
Machine control via user display
The Modula-PRO (image) is an innovative electronic plastic-layer seeder designed for spreading seed with mulch film. It consists of a shredder with a special cutting system and seed drill that receives the seed from an upper feeder unit and deposits it in the ground. The seed elements are movable for maximum flexibility in controlling seed spacing in the soil. Each seed feeder is equipped with an optical sensor to track the path of the seeds through the piercing element. The seeding elements interact with a CAN-BUS system, making it possible to control the Modula PRO via user display. The main feature of the display is the CAN system, which records all machine, sowing and maintenance data. The quincunx seeding system can be activated or deactivated directly from the driver's position, which allows the seeds to be laid alternately.
Rounded corners, non-slip grip and stackable
The new version of the SCF EPS packaging with internal partitions (image) can accommodate a variety of products or small containers. With rounded corners and non-slip grip, these stackable boxes are designed to preserve the quality of fruits and vegetables. The isothermal properties of styrofoam (EPS) also extend the shelf life of products. The following external dimensions are available: 300 x 200 mm (height 100 to 160 mm), 300 x 500 mm (height 80 to 220 mm), 300 x 400 mm (height 80 to 200 mm) and 400 x 600 mm (height 100 to 220 mm). EPS consists of 2% raw material and 98 percent air. The material is completely recyclable and minimizes disposal efforts. SCF packaging is customizable with corporate brands, bar and QR codes. Graphics can be changed for each order at no additional charge. The printing ink is non-toxic and resistant to moisture. The colours do not penetrate the packaging so that the product inside remains unaffected.
Reduces or doubles working speed
Spading creates the best soil conditions for plant development: there is no machining sole and remaining plants are evenly worked into the soil. Spading also reduces erosion and works well with wet or dry soils. Unlike standard models, Selvatici spading machines are capable of reducing or doubling operating speeds and digging furrows twice as deep as a simple excavator. The new 120.80 series (image) is designed for tractors up to 80 HP. It has a minimum width of 90 centimetres and a working width of up to two metres. Mainly used for professional gardening in greenhouses, these machines are also effective in open fields because they can work the soil deeply in a single pass. The manufacturer's BIVANGA series spading machines and other models prevent the machining sole that reduces water permeability and is typically caused by rotary hoes, ploughs and other tillage equipment.
Supplemental detection of internal/external defects in kiwis
Ser.mac provides technologies for complete, precise and gentle handling of G3 and Hayward kiwis. These systems are designed to ensure highest quality fruit while lowering production costs and maximising profitability. The manufacturer is presenting its new "HDiA – kiwi" vision system (High Definition innovative Agrovision, shown) at FRUIT LOGISTICA. Designed by the company's in-house R&D team, this system ensures an exclusive quality selection by detecting internal and external defects along with kiwi weight, size, colour, hardness, shape and asymmetry. HDiA has patents pending in the EU, the US and South America. With its CA.RO.40 and CA.RO.80 sorting machines, Ser.mac also offers the ideal tools for selecting and packaging all types of kiwis.
Fresh and crispy to the last bite
SmileSys S.p.A. is presenting Smile 2Lite (image) at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2019. According to the exhibitor, this is the first resealable, label-free top film for trays made of plastic, cardboard or cellulose. The top film keeps packaged products fresh and crispy to the last bite. It also prevents food waste due to spoilage after opening – without heavy and costly plastic lids or additional packaging. This also significantly reduces plastic consumption and CO2 emissions as well as the handling volume of raw materials and final packaging. Smile 2lite has a worldwide patent pending and is suitable for tamper-proof seals. Graphics, form and material are fully customizable. The film seals perfectly on plastics (PET, PP and PE) as well as on paper or cellulose, making it possible to create recyclable and compostable solutions.
Easy switching between carborundum and knife peeling
The market for ready-to-cook potatoes continues to grow and knife-peeled products are especially popular. Responding to this trend, Sormac has expanded its MS and MBS series product lines to offer an exceptionally wide range of potato peelers with machines to handle every capacity requirement. The popular MS-10 and MS-20 models have recently been supplemented by the MS-30. With its three-metre peeling drum, this knife peeler reaches a capacity of up to 7,000 kilograms per hour. The new MBS models in the "Veggie Line" are suitable for capacities of up to 1,000 kilograms per hour. Flexibility is one of the key advantages of these machines thanks to their capability to easily switch between carborundum and knife peeling. The drum peelers in the MBS series (image) are based on technically and ergonomically advanced designs and can be integrated into an automated production line. And they are time-controlled: peeled products are automatically removed while the feed belt delivers the next batch.
Homogeneous, deep yellow, tasty and shiny
Excellent texture and good sugar content between 9 and 10 °Brix – Shiny F1 tomatoes (image) by Southern Seed are ideal for salads. According to the exhibitor, this product follows trend markets and offers a variety of niche solutions. The demand for Shiny F1 is rapidly growing because the tomato is in line with modern eating habits: consumers are eating more fruit and vegetables as a snack. This new tomato is popular in Italy as well as overseas and is often ordered by organic companies. The plant grows indefinitely, is very rustic and averagely vigorous. Other features include medium and standard internode length along with high productivity. The fruit is homogeneous, deep yellow and characterised by its taste and brilliance. It has good firmness for a longer shelf life and is suitable for transplanting in a greenhouse all year round.
Meals for morning, afternoon or evening
The convenience market continues to grow, meeting consumer needs to save time and energy. There is an exceptionally high demand for healthy products made from all-natural ingredients. According to the exhibitor, Vitamia (image) offers a new way to eat fresh-cut fruit. Developed in line with consumer tastes, the two meal sets are ideal for healthy nutrition on the go, breakfast, a quick lunch, or afternoon snack. Consumers simply choose a fruit mix that they combine with Mila zero-sugar yoghurt or with a nutritious blend of nuts, almonds and raisins. The transparent packing makes it easy to choose and also lets customers check the freshness of fruit.
Frost protection for vineyards and orchards
The probability of warmer winters and earlier growing seasons increases with climate change. Consequently, late frosts are likely to cause major damage to grapes and other fruits. The economic damage caused by frost in Europe's agricultural sector has reached enormous proportions in recent years. Fire is commonly used to combat late frost in fruit and winemaking. New on the market are STOP-ICE® anti-frost candles (image). Unlike other methods of frost control, STOP-ICE® candles heat the air and are suitable for both radiation and flow frost. They burn for approx. 10 hours and are reusable. The integrated eco-lighter is odourless and harmless to health. STOP-ICE® anti-frost candles were developed by the Slovenia-based company Svecarstvo Jurkovic and are distributed exclusively by Gesco Vertriebs- & Marketing GmbH from Austria.
Enriched natural biostimulant
SylenEnergy GB2 (image) is a concentrated seaweed extract based biostimulant from the Ascophyllum nodosum algae. It contains polysaccharides and their breakdown products, glycine betaines and natural growth promoters. SylenEnergy GB2 is enriched with major nutrients, amino acids and Humic complex HFS 18. The newly-developed product supports plant metabolism in its osmosis-dependant uptake and transport of nutrients to improve the internal processes of growth and survival. Mannitol is an osmoprotectant that, in combination with glycine betaine, reduces stress due to dryness, salinity and other abiotic environmental factors. SylenEnergy GB2 strengthens natural defences by stimulating the plant to produce phytoalexins (antimicrobial and often antioxidative substances). It also regulates water inside the cell to protect the plant from dehydration by improving its water retention capacity.
Remarkable colour and innovative aroma
The YOOM® tomato (image) is characterised by its extraordinary colour and innovative, well-balanced sweet and sour aroma. This is enhanced by its savoury and exotic umami flavour with an intense field-to-fork freshness. Along with its wonderful taste, YOOM® is rich in anthocyanins compared to conventional tomatoes, which makes it ideal for healthy lifestyles. The new variety also contains lots of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, potassium and selenium. The purple colour comes from the anthocyanin compounds that are beneficial for a healthy diet. According to the exhibitor, YOOM® offers an affordable gourmet experience for consumers who want to improve their daily nutrition intake and increase their vitality. Grown by selected partners, the new tomato variety is available in branded trays, loose or on the vine.
Tomato brands for three continents
Harmony, the top-quality collection from TomaTech, includes four outstanding branded tomato varieties that each offer an exceptional gourmet experience: TOMA'MUSE, Sugardrop, Cantando and Tomelody (image). Each of the Harmony brands stands for a distinctive and appealing composition of taste, colour, texture, size and shape. Premium breeding company TomaTech works with four of the world's leading growers: Mastronardi Produce of Canada, Stoffels in Belgium, La-Palma in Spain and Perfection Fresh from Australia. According to the exhibitor, this unique collaboration between breeders and growers is one of the first of its kind. The breeders own the tomato variety and the producers own and market the brand in their respective markets. The special market launch strategy will enable the Harmony brand to span three continents: North America, Europe and Australia. According to the exhibitor, this makes it the only international brand of its kind.
Consistently and accurately evaluate external and interna
Following a highly-successful market launch last year, Compac, a member of the TOMRA group, announced the worldwide introduction of the Inspectra² internal inspection system (image) for fresh produce. Inspectra² was effectively implemented and improved fruit cleaning by 20%. In line with the interests of growers, this ensures that only the bad fruits are sorted out and the good ones kept for sale. Together with the award-winning Spectrim platform, Inspectra² can be used to classify external defects. Compac packhouses are now capable of consistently and accurately grading the external and internal qualities of apples, avocados, kiwis and citrus fruits at production speeds. External appearance is important for buyers’ purchase decisions, but internal quality is critical for consumer satisfaction. Fresh produce should always taste as good as it looks. This is the main objective for Inspectra².
High-tech grading of pears
Pears Sort 3 (image) is the innovative unisorting technology from the UNITEC Group for grading pears. Thanks to extreme grading precision and reliability of the Pears Vision 3 system, fresh produce centres working with it can guarantee distributors and consumers consistent pear deliveries that are competitive and trusted in the marketplace. Pears Sort 3 technology enables extremely careful, non-invasive grading while maintaining organoleptic characteristics. It is also versatile as a multi-analysis technology suitable for almost all types of pears. Along with its versatility, the Pears Vision 3 system stands out for its ease of use. Calibration is simple and the numerous quality parameters can be easily and intuitively configured by the customer.
Precise and reliable grading of kiwis
Kiwi Vision 3 (image) is an innovative UNITEC technology that, according to the exhibitor, grades kiwis with unprecedented precision and reliability. A variety of parameters can be set, including inner quality, outer quality, softness and defects in terms of shape, weight, size or colour. The ability to classify these parameters independently and in different combinations enables Kiwi Vision 3 fresh produce centres to implement differentiation strategies. Kiwi Vision 3 technology is suitable for all types of kiwis with green or yellow pulp. The system is characterized by extremely gentle handling of the fruit while preserving its natural properties. The Kiwi Vision 3 system captures collected data for traceability and integrates it into the software of the fruit and vegetable centres using this technology.
Drum seeder with electronic control
According to the exhibitor, the SEMANTHEA drum seeder (image) with electronic control is fast, accurate and versatile. This compact, high-speed production machine is ideal for growers who need high performance with minimal downtime. Machine control is via PLC and data display with an 8.4-inch colour touchscreen panel. The electronically controlled sowing drum has a diameter of 180 mm and 30 galleries. Features include a driven dibbler drum with cleaning brush and electronic working height adjustment. Up to 99 programs can be stored with an option to mount a second and/or third sowing drum. This enables a multi-seed sowing system, sowing in staggered trays or simultaneously depositing of seeds and chemical grains into the same cell. Pneumatic distribution in the drum is managed by a rotary valve. Machine output is up to 30,000 rows per hour, equivalent to 1,600 trays per hour.
Ferme de Fontenay, a family-run business based in France, has developed a new variety of garlic. The company produces garlic, onions, shallots and banana shallots. Its expertise lies in herbs and spices. According to the exhibitor, the key strength of Ferme de Fontenay is in its ability to control the entire process chain, from field to fork. Starting in June 2019, the company will be adding new drive to the condiments market with its mono-clove garlic (image). The key features of the new garlic variety are its smaller size compared to conventional garlic and the fact that it consists of only one clove. This makes it easier to peel and use. Sizes range from 50 to 70 mm and the taste is milder than standard garlic varieties, which makes it suitable for a wide variety of dishes.
Double fold-back "smart" corner
CLAMIPACK® F42/CL (image) is a redesigned serving package for berries. Key features include the innovative double fold-back "smart" corner and the exclusive lid system for easy filling and closing. The new product is ideal as a reusable packaging solution for snack berries and cherry tomatoes. Available in different heights for berry packs with 125, 175 or 250 grams, it fits perfectly in standard transport crates. Air vents in the packaging extend the shelf life of the fruit inside. The new packaging is made from up to 80% recycled PET (R-PET) and is fully recyclable. It is easy to stack for an attractive presentation on the shelf. The CLAMIPACK® series offers consumers a wide variety of ready-to-eat snacks in convenient portion.
Antioxidative cold dehydration at below 40°C
Vitaina was created from the idea of developing a practical and healthy snack that contains all-natural vitamins and minerals (image). The exhibitor places equal importance on protecting the environment and promoting sustainable agriculture. After years of research on conventional drying methods and the related primary oxidative factors, Vitaina developed and patented the Soft-DRY® antioxidative cold dehydration process. This makes it possible to exclude the primary oxidative factors and gently dry the fruit below 40°C, while preserving the natural taste, colour and the healthy properties of vitamins and minerals. This process is reversible: rehydrating the fruit returns it to the original form and makes it an ideal ingredient for a variety of recipes.
Rows are now completely closed
The patent-pending water collection system (image) from VOEN Covering Systems drains rainwater from a fruit or vegetable plantation over a larger area. This is ensured by the "natural" slope of the orchard in the direction of the planted rows. Alternatively, the inclination in the direction of the rows or the transverse direction can be achieved by installing two different pole heights. As a result, the rainwater is collected in the covers at intervals of about 10 metres and then emptied into a gutter installed under the rain covers. Unlike the original VOEN covers, the area in the middle of the rows is completely closed by an asymmetrical sheet to prevent water from flowing into the orchard. By integrating water drainage into the rain covers, VOEN offers a new component and a cost-effective alternative to film tunnels and other costly protection systems. This is an innovative solution for crops requiring a regulated water supply.
Shake well and enjoy
Zerbinati, regarded as Italy's leading supplier of ready-made products and fresh salads, is always on the lookout for innovative solutions to improve the product quality, preserve natural properties, and guarantee freshness. Bowl'Z (image) is a new line of fresh, ready-to-eat meals launched by the company in 2018. These tasty, nutrient-rich, fresh-cut salads are ideal for eating on the go. The three new mixes are full of nutritious ingredients, including beans, muesli, fresh fruit and vegetables. The products are packaged with dressing and a fork in innovative, reusable and fully-recyclable bowls. Bowl'Z products are ready to eat: simply add dressing, shake well and enjoy.