FRUIT LOGISTICA Spotlight - Focusing on new products and first time appearances in Berlin.
The exclusive overview of premieres and novelties presents images and texts describing new and improved products, machinery and processes, systems and techniques, technologies, services, promotions and exhibitor campaigns. "Spotlight" is a valuable tool for both trade journalists reporting about new products, and industry professionals who want to plan their trade fair visit more effectively.
These were the spotlights of FRUIT LOGISTICA 2022:
Reliable protection for sensitive fruit
An unscathed skin preserves the quality and taste of fruit. It keeps them from drying out, and thus from becoming lighter. Agrofresh drew inspiration from the natural protective membrane when developing VitaFresh. This new coating for citrus fruits, avocados, and mangos is edible and plant-based. The Control-TecTM applicator from Agrofresh applies an even coating of this protective layer. It dries in minutes and extends fruits’ lifespan, even on long shipping routes. Food waste is reduced, and the products’ quality is preserved.
Black skin, red centre
Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable in Germany, so it’s no wonder that new varieties are always taking the market by storm. BASF is now presenting RedNoir™, an unusual variety with a black exterior and a striking red inside. It does not have the typical appearance of a tomato, and adds some variety to the plate. The almost spherical tomato weighs between 70 and 90 grams. It has no juice, and consists entirely of flesh. Its umami flavour makes it a great addition to all sorts of meals. Health-conscious consumers will enjoy RedNoir™ as a source of antioxidants like vitamin C, lycopene, and anthocyanins.
A bed for berries
Sensitive fruits like strawberries require optimal packaging, otherwise they can easily become damaged and spoil. At the same time, customers increasingly want to protect the environment and generate as little waste as possible. This company has found a way to bridge the gap with a new strawberry container made 100% from recycled PET. The material is obtained from drink bottles and other plastic waste, and the packaging is completely recyclable and can be disposed of accordingly. The company has thus created a use cycle that protects both the environment and the fruits themselves.
Efficient greenhouse cultivation
Space in greenhouses is limited. Bosman van Zaal has developed the BVZ Tray Spacer to make optimal use of the space that is available. This is a patented, reusable tablet that can be expanded like a chess board, which makes it possible for the cultivation space to be adjusted to plant growth. Because they are in the same tray, there is less risk of the roots being damaged during repotting. Bosman van Zaal can provide all the machinery required to automate greenhouses. Easy cleaning makes the trays reusable.
Secure transport for fresh fruit
With the SB3 pallet box, Craemer presents an innovation in the transporting of fruit. Made from food-safe polyethylene, it is extremely robust thanks to its highly stable wall and base strength. The perforated walls ensure the products remain ventilated, while rounded interior corners protect the perishable cargo. The SB3 is easy to stack and clean. It is available with three runners or nine feet, and weighs 41 or 39 kilogrammes depending on the variant. The 79-centimetre tall container has a carrying capacity of 610 litres and a payload of 700 kilogrammes. The universal stacking system also makes it compatible with a wide range of other containers. The box is also optionally available with a transponder.
Berry protection with less plastic
Berries belong to the most sensitive fruit category, and hence need intensive protection when being transported. Driscoll's, the berry producer, showcases a new packaging line at FRUIT LOGISTICA, which has 94 % less plastic than the previous trays. It consists of recycled, FSC-certified cartons. Due to the transparent film, consumers can simultaneously be ensured of the content quality. In the blueberries category, Driscoll's extended its offer with a snack box that has an ergonomic handle, also with 98% less plastic. With its sustainable packaging innovations, the company founded in California more than 100 years ago wants to play its part in protecting the environment.
Along with the software developer GreenTOP, the Italian Cooperative Eurocirce has developed an app to improve the global management of producers. The application facilitates the exchange of documents and digitalisation of processes. It enables easier tracking of goods, exchange of certifications and management of yields and cultivation. The app also facilitates communication amongst members. They can advise each other and share latest information. The cooperative for production and trade of fresh vegetables that was founded in 1979 takes advantage of the digital application, and facilitates improvements for its members.
Hall 4.2, Booth A-09
Contact: Simona Barbisan, Angela Rita Laganà
Phone: +39 0773 756222, +39 06 89995048
Virtual assistant for grain storage
Hotraco is expanding its Croptimiz-r automation system for grain storage with the supplementary module EVA (Easy Virtual Assistant). With this new smart assistant, farmers and grain storage operators can respond to changes more quickly, more easily, and more effectively. EVA helps make the ideal base settings from the very start of the storage process. Throughout the entire season, the storage operator is always up to date on the storage conditions and can act quickly. This results in less food waste and energy consumption.
Online dimension measurement system by LiDAR, GPU and AI
Determining the size of food products is important for an accurate sorting. The innovative, internationally active company Konatic has developed a new machine: Caliper. An automatic online dimensional measurement system for bulk products on a conveyor belt. Non-contact three-dimensional measurement by using LiDAR, GPU and artificial intelligence without effort of calibration. Caliper is not expensive at all and can be easily integrated into existing conveyor belt systems.
Consumers enjoy ready-to-eat mixed salads from the fridge. One challenge manufacturers face is how to thoroughly clean the fine leaves without placing mechanical strain on them. Only then can they both maintain their fresh appearance and retain their vitamins. With the GEWA AF pre-wash machine from Kronen, there is now a way to remove cell sap, sand, and soil from floating leafy products. The special filling slide surrounds the product with water to ensure submersion, and the leaf vegetables are washed without any pinch or pressure points. The machine can provide relief during peak production times and process large quantities of salad intermittently, such as 400 to 1500 kilograms of baby leaf or three tons of iceberg lettuce per hour. The water-product ratio is only 4 to 1. The hygienic design, including an easy-to-clean ventilation system, is up to date as well.
Off into the box
Kuku International Packaging at FRUIT LOGISTICA showcases an alternative to plastic packaging. The cartons for fresh fruits are made up of natural materials. The nets are made of linen or cellulose fibres, hence the consumers can see the contents. The fruits are exposed to air and can "breathe". The cartons are suitable for all types of packaging machines and ensure a safe transport, for example, of citrus fruits such as mandarins. Furthermore, the company also supplies nets for apples, onions and shallots. It offers even paper and net rolls which are compatible with packaging machines.
Kuku International Packaging
Hall 6.2, Booth A-03
Contact: Serena Ruppi
Phone: +39 051 6830969, +39 345 7442980
Sustainable container for healthy salad
For its ready-made salad mix Family Salad, La Linea Verde has a new type of packaging partially made from Prevented Ocean Plastic. This is a recycled plastic material collected on coastlines, so it is not polluting the ocean. The collapsible container holds enough salad to serve as a side dish for three to four people. Because condensation cannot form in the container, the contents stay fresh longer and retain their delicious appearance. The container is entirely recyclable, too. The label on the packaging provides clear information on its characteristics, and encourages users to get involved in the recycling process.
Purified water for healthy plants
When it comes to keeping watering systems clean, nanobubbles are an efficient alternative to chemical cleaners. One single bubble is 2500 times smaller than a grain of salt, and invisible to the human eye. Yet these bubbles are incredibly strong. The company Molaer develops nanobubble technology on an industrial scale in the interest of sustainable plant production. These mini-bubbles improve water quality and clarity. They purify the water with oxygen, keep algae at bay, and prevent the formation of biofilms. This has a positive effect on the plants themselves, as the roots can grow better and the plant takes in more nutrients. Molaer’s Neo™ nanobubble generators are available in three variants depending on industry, body of water, and quality control requirements.
From field to plate
More and more people want to know where their food comes from. One way to connect the end consumer with the producer is the free app Mylagro. Farmers create a farm profile and advertise their products. Dealers, restaurants, hotels, and end consumers can order them online directly from the producer. Mylagro also wants to make it possible for smaller agricultural operations to benefit from the growing e-commerce trend. With a special logistics service, fresh Spanish produce can be delivered within the EU in 24 to 72 hours.
Vertically grown Strawberries
There are many benefits to vertically cultivating fruits: It requires little space, promises yields over a span of years, is less susceptible to harvest risks, and can be very efficient when done properly. The Finnish company Netled is specialised for vertical farming solutions on an industrial scale. It offers solutions for the cultivation of leaf vegetables and herbs. With Vera Berry, it provides a vertical cultivation solution for strawberries and varieties with similar space requirements, like Arctic raspberries or even cut flowers. The elegantly designed system is fully automated, from lighting to watering. Pesticides and herbicides are not required. Vera Berry will be commercially available in 2023.
Colourful fruit bowls
Fruits are safely preserved, like in a nest, in the new fruit bowl accessory line A4-Q18 of Novapack Sud. The round packaging elements consist of recycled PET and stand out due to their customisable colours. The fruit bowls can be used as an insert inside the plastic packaging. They also protect the fruit when packaged in a stretch film or a flow bag. A4-Q18 is suitable for all round fruits such as apples, pomegranates, oranges or kakis. Its practical four-pack presentation is suitable for modern households and enables safe transport.
More room for fresh food
With its new product Agri Bins 113x113 Gran Volume, Penta-Plast is addressing the agriculture industry's need for large harvest containers. The plastic boxes are also ideal for the produce industry. They are made from robust plastic and can thus be reused many times over. The material is recyclable and complies with high hygiene standards. Agri Bins are available in three different heights: 58, 63 and 76 centimetres. They also come in a variety of colours that can be suited to the customer's wishes. Penta-Plast has been on the market since 1985 and sells its products throughout the EU. It is listed in the CO.N.I.P. (National Consortium Plastic Packaging) and actively works to utilise and recycle unused packaging.
Portugal boasts ideal conditions for growing potatoes: fertile soil, sun year-round, and an Atlantic climate. And, for the first time, the Portuguese Potato Association (Associação da Batata de Portugal) is presenting Miss Tata at FRUIT LOGISTICA. The brand hopes to raise awareness of Portuguese potatoes in Europe. Miss Tata potatoes grow between May and August, and contain no preservatives. They are grown inland and close to the coast, and are initially geared toward seven strategic markets: France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, the United Arab Emirates, and Angola.
Secure labelling for foods
Bar and batch codes are becoming increasingly important in automated sales and logistics chains. However, it is no simple task for manufacturers and traders to apply them to products. Thanks to the Print On-Demand® technology from Sinclair, labels can be printed with a flick of the wrist. The system helps manufacturers save on storage costs, as they no longer have to have different label designs at hand. Instead, the innovative device provides a blank label that it prints with variable data on site and then sticks to the product. In direct thermal mode, the machine works at a speed of up to 720 units per minute. Print On-Demand® labels are available in various sizes and shapes, and comply with EU and FDA food safety requirements for direct contact with fruits and vegetables.
Stem cauliflower – healthy and conveniant
Syngenta wants to use a new cauliflower brand to make it easier to enjoy this healthy vegetable. According to the company, iStem is “edible from top to bottom”. This name includes cauliflower varieties that develop side shoots, meaning that the customer does not have to remove any stalks before consumption. Instead, the entire, easily divisible fruit can be eaten as a whole. There is a four-centimetre-long, white tip on the 13-centimetre-long, green stem. While the cauliflower is currently available in 250-gram packaging, it will also be available in microwave bags and vegetable mixes in the future. It stands out for its nutty flavour, high fibre content, and immunity-boosting vitamin C.
How can perishable goods be sustainably transported by train? A team at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) decided to get to the bottom of this question, and developed a solution: The locomotive’s electric power keeps the products at the right temperature without generating more emissions, regardless of whether the products are in reefer containers or reefer semitrailers. Long-distance train transport is already being conducted with these tested wagons, which have also recently been approved for use in Europe. The products are monitored by the railway transit company. There are no costs for the diesel generators. All containers that can be used on roads or ships can be reused, allowing for a faster, easy transition to emission-free transport.
Travel companion for fresh fruit
In the interest of safety and the environment, the company Tive abstains from using lithium-ion batteries in its products. It is presenting its first non-lithium 5G tracker at FRUIT LOGISTICA. With a simple user interface, the device provides real-time information on the location, temperature, moisture, vibrations, and lighting to which the cargo exposed. All these factors can impact preservability. The integrated 5G technology facilitates precise tracking of the delivery, making the transportation process transparent. Customers can also optimise it, such as with regard to more sustainable and affordable solutions. In addition, the tracker ensures that the deliveries arrive on time and whole. It is suitable for one-time and recurring use.
Under one blanket
On their often long journeys from producers to traders and consumers, fresh goods have to endure a wide range of ambient conditions. Heat, cold, humidity, insects, and light can impact their preservability considerably. The bright white TLX2 thermal blanket protects temperature-sensitive goods from direct sunlight. It provides a healthy microclimate, as it is both watertight and breathable. Air and steam can be easily exchanged, and the moisture inside the pallet does not reach harmful levels. The blanket can also provide additional security against theft or manipulation. The TLX2 is easy to store and can also be recycled.
With its new, smart weighing tables, TopControl is making the packaging and repackaging process more simple and efficient. The tables made from robust, hygienic stainless steel can be integrated in packaging lines or used on their own. An integrated system scale, which uses a colour-coded LED display to show the matching weight, or the missing or excess quantity, makes the packaging process especially manageable. It is thus easy to fill containers with the right quantities in just a short time. The tables are compliant with foodstuff industry standards, and can be ergonomically tailored to suit the user. This makes work easier and faster, while saving on costs.
Excellent climate in greenhouse
Those who grow tomatoes or cucumbers under full LED lighting, often have to struggle with a loss of heat. The infrared radiation of HPS lamps also cause vegetables to lose moisture. LedFan Toplighting System of TungsRam Agritech has a solution to this problem. On the one hand, the device benefits from the high efficiency of the LEDs and on the other hand, adjusts the temperature by blowing air from above the lights over the LED modules back down to the vegetables. This creates a warm air blanket that holds heat longer in the crop. It can thus absorb a higher volume of water. LedFan Toplighting System helps vegetable producers in saving heating energy and is energy-efficient.
With its high-performance seeding line (seed drill) ANTHEA1600, Urbinati, by its own information, introduces the fastest seeding line in terms of hourly production to the market. Thanks to special dimensions, the trays are arranged horizontal to the direction of movement on the conveyor belt. This fact together with the perfect modulation of the individual work phases, is the reason for the achievement of a high production of 1600 trays per hour by the machine. For the work to run continuously, the tanks for filling and covering the trays are designed with large capacities. This reduces labour efforts. A hydropneumatic final stacker accelerates and stabilises tray stacking.
Fresh juice from fresh fruits
The new BigTop machine has been developed by Zumoval especially for supermarkets as well as grocery and convenience stores. It can squeeze up to 28 oranges, pomegranates, grapefruits and lemons per minute without needing any cleaning when switching fruits, due to its double self-cleaning shower system. The double pulp-out filter system automatically clears seeds and pulp from the juice. Customers can independently fill the juice with a robust self-service tap. Thanks to a 0.75 hp motor, a steel gear and an aluminium body, the machine is maintenance-free as claimed by the manufacturer. To use Big Top irrespective of a fixed water connection, Zumoval has also developed a portable water supply system.