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Focusing on new products and first time appearances in Berlin.

This free service offers exhibitors and co-exhibitors an opportunity to present their premieres and novelties. This includes products and services to be launched at the leading international trade fair for fresh produce marketing.

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.

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Organic croutons with flavourings and oil

 Organic croutons with flavourings and oil
Organic croutons with flavourings and oil

The 2VD company based in Belgium has developed two different production methods for croutons (image) using all-organic raw ingredients. The product range includes a version with rapeseed oil and one with sunflower oil. While the sunflower version is available in paprika, onion, tomato-basil, and garlic-herb flavours, the rapeseed oil flavours include basil, garlic, diabolo, garlic-parsley, and thyme-marjoram. 2VD offers different types of packaging for retail, restaurant, and industrial customers. The company plans to launch its range of IFS and Certisys certified products on the European market.

2VD SPRL
BE-Sclayn
Hall 6.2, Booth C-06

Contact: Olivier Van Assche
Phone: +32-85-826001
commercial@2vd.eu
www.croustisalade.com

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Sturdy and robust tool bar

Sturdy and robust tool bar
Mini Hydraulic Seeder

The new, ultra-compact Mini Hydraulic Seeder (image) features a solid and robust tool bar for easier road transportation. Easy to open and close, it produces the high-quality sowing results for which Agricola is known. The seeder has been improved to produce a more compact central seed bed in terms of overall dimensions when using a 1.9-metre-long tool bar. The standard configurations use SN and SNT components. Options include: SDC, an electrohydraulic sowing system and electrohydraulic distribution, an electric product distribution system, process visualisation options, seed flow regulating systems, row cut-off and innovative, state-of-the-art configurations with aisle functions and advanced GPS technology.

Agricola Italiana Snc
IT-Massanzago
Hall 5.1, Booth B-14

Contact: Cristian Grappiglia
Phone: +39-049-5797533
cristiang@agricola.it
www.agricola.it

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Improved produce quality and longer shelf life

Improved produce quality and longer shelf life
Anacail in-pack ozone generation

The outstanding Anacail System (image) uses plasma technology to convert a portion of the oxygen inside a food pack into ozone. Ozone is a fast-acting germicide that reduces spoilage organisms and pathogens on the surface of foods, increasing shelf life. The ozone breaks down completely to form oxygen within minutes. A number of benefits were shown in extensive trials, including significantly longer shelf life and better produce quality. Other benefits rage from fewer in-store losses and customer complaints, to a lower number of spoilage organisms and pathogens. The patented Anacail technology fits perfectly into a production line after the pack sealing.

Anacail Ltd.
UK-Leeds
Hall 10.1, Booth A-15

Contact: Bobby White
Phone: +44-7402-037039
bobby.white@anacail.com
www.anacail.com

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Quick installation and easier maintenance

Quick installation and easier maintenance
PRISMA post cap

Italian exhibitor ARNO presents the new PRISMA post cap (image) designed for concrete posts, anti-hail and anti-rain systems. Two different metal wires or ropes and a net or film can be attached to the cap (image). The size of the caps protects the net more effectively from abrasion caused by rubbing against the concrete pole and prevent it from slipping off. The caps (height: 21.5 cm) are manufactured using the best commercially available plastic material (polypropylene) to withstand different conditions and influences. They come with a four-piece screw system for simple installation and are available in the following sizes: 7x7, 7x8, 8x8.5 and 9x9 cm.

ARNO Commerciale srl
IT-Rignano sull'Arno
Hall 5.1, Booth B-18

Contact: Bruno Della Nave
Phone: +39-055-8347031
commerciale1@arnoplast.it
www.arnoplast.it

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Industrial PC for tough ambient conditions

Industrial PC for tough ambient conditions
Industrial PC iS75

Bizerba is introducing a full-featured industrial PC designed for use in tough ambient conditions. The iS75 (image) features a scratch-free, impact resistant 21.5" full HD display with LED background lighting and a laminated, anti-shatter film that is resistant to chemicals and is easy to clean. The industrial PC is equipped with a 2.4 GHz Intel CoreTM i5m 6300U processor, 4 GB DDR3 SO-DIMM RAM (upgradeable to 16 GB) and 128 GB CFast flash memory. The installed Bizerba software solutions, BRAIN2 and _counting.BRAIN allow fast and reliable formulation, dosing, batching, and counting along with a synchronous work and data flow. Offering a wide range of connection options and interfaces, the iS75 can be mounted to a table, wall, ceiling, vertical stand or adapter.

Bizerba SE & Co. KG
DE-Balingen
Hall 4.1, Booth C-13

Contact: Andreas Wegeleben
Phone: +49-7433-123300
andreas.wegeleben@bizerba.com
www.bizerba.com

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Minute-by-minute temperature monitoring

BluRoad is a wireless temperature monitoring solution designed for refrigerated ground transport, pallets, containers, and refrigeration systems. Customisable to meet users’ needs, BluRoad measures and delivers temperature data by the minute. It is comprised of temperature data loggers placed inside the refrigerated area as well as a hub or gateway either in the truck cabin or in the warehouse or logistics centre. From here, the data is transmitted to the cloud. If the temperature changes, a text message and e-mail is sent to alert employees. All data is available in real time in a customisable online app that provides temperature reports in PDF format, making it possible to respond quickly and prevent potential problems. BluRoad features an optional truck fleet geolocator that uses a GPS module or 2G/3G connection.

Blulog
PL-Poznan
Hall CityCube Hall B, Booth E-14

Contact: Daria Roszczyk-Krowicka
Phone: +48-668-398684
daria.roszczyk@blulog.eu
www.blulog.eu

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Organic convenience products from seeds

 Organic convenience products from seeds
Propagation cubes (left), flixGreen micro vegetables (top right) and EasySeed Pellet

Carl Pabst propagation cubes (image) can be either germinated in the special paper container or placed in the soil. Developed in an elaborate production process, the paper is impermeable to water for three to four weeks. Roots grow through the container into the soil and the paper degrades over time. After water is added, flixGreen micro vegetables (image) are grown in the packaging and harvested after four to eight days. The remaining material can be organically composted. The organic convenience product helps consumers to avoid waste and always have fresh minerals and vitamins at home. It also reduces storage costs for retailers. EasySeed Pellets (image) are produced according to a patented method. Covered in a layer of clay, soil and minerals, they can be simply thrown on the ground where they germinate in the clay pellet and grow into the substrate. The pellets are available with grass seeds, flower mixes, selected herbs, and vegetables. All three exhibits will celebrate their world premiere at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2018.

Carl Pabst Samen und Saaten GmbH
DE-Großbeeren
Hall 21, Booth F-10

Contact: Thomas Träger
Phone: +49-33701-30812
thomas.traeger@carlpabst.de
www.carlpabst.de

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Automatic cucumber sorting

Automatic cucumber sorting
SortiFlex Pack Robot

The integrated SortiFlex pack robot (image) from Christiaens Agro Systems, a specialist in grading lines for long-shaped vegetables, enables its customers to sort, grade and pack cucumbers automatically and without human assistance. The robot was developed in cooperation with experts at Beltech, a specialist in vision technology, and ABI, a manufacturer of high-end delta pick robots. The combined group developed a new concept designed to automatically sort and pack cucumbers at high speed. This is accomplished with a fully-automated robotic system featuring the latest 3D vision and flexible robot pickers. This sorting cell can pack cucumbers directly into multiple package types.

Christiaens Agro Systems BV
NL-Neer
Hall 7.1a, Booth A-05

Contact: Hans Kalter
Phone: +31-610200594
hka@christiaensagro.com
www.christiaensagro.com

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New corporate design and company name

New corporate design and company name
The new COBANA Group logo

COBANA is appearing at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2018 with a new corporate design. The modified image underscores the group’s future orientation with a clear focus on its strategic customers and international partners. In the course of relaunching its logo (image) a decision was also reached to rename the company COBANA GmbH & Co. KG. The name COBANA has become internationally recognised over the past decades. According to the exhibitor, COBANA stands for expertise in production as well as first-class, innovative service in sales and distribution. Above all, the new company name is easier to understand internationally. COBANA is demonstrating its fresh and international image with a new slogan: "Growing Passion". This tagline references natural and sustainable growth and underscores the passion of COBANA for the fruit business.

COBANA GmbH & Co. KG
DE-Hamburg
Hall 6.2, Booth A-03

Contact: Svenja Klinke-Timon
Phone: +49-40-30305270
ti@cobana.com
www.cobana.com

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Ten minutes, not ten days

Ten minutes, not ten days
Mobile laboratory

Croptimal provides a unique service for real-time testing of plant tissue, soil and water. This innovative technological solution reduces analysis time from ten days to ten minutes. The technology is designed for agricultural applications and uses a compact mobile laboratory (image) to conduct tests on the field. Samples of plant tissue, soil and water are automatically prepared and analysed. The laboratory is equipped with integrated multi-spectral spectroscopy and EC solution measurement units for a comprehensive analysis of nutrients, enabling highly accurate and fast measurement of the macronutrients N, P and K and all forms of micronutrients. Croptimal's service encompasses sampling, logistics, automatic sample preparation, testing and analysis of the test results. The service includes a GIS-based system for intelligent data mining through cumulative test data in a cloud repository.

Croptimal
IL-Migdal Haemek

Contact: Ofer Ben-Mazia
Phone: +972-52-3643314
ofer.b.m@croptimal.com
www.croptimal.com

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Eco-friendly way to mark produce

Eco-friendly way to mark produce
Eco-marked lime

D+E GmbH has technically enhanced a natural method to mark produce without the use of chemical additives, packaging material, or stickers. The new fully-automatic EcoMark NB 3002 laser machine removes only the pigments of the outer peel (image) without affecting food quality or taste. Natural branding is a response to more stringent organic food regulations. The NB 3002 increases productivity through automation. It marks single products or entire boxes. Labelling times are possible in as little as 0.3 seconds per logo. The new user-friendly software allows a different product setting to be configured with just a few clicks. This ensures optimal results and extends product shelf life. Marking takes place "on the fly" without stopping. The NB 3002 can be integrated into existing operations to achieve substantial time savings.

D+E GmbH
DE-Neuwied

Contact: Richard Neuhoff
Phone: +49-2631-82440
info@d-u-e.de
www.sondermaschinenbau.info

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Unique biostimulant for higher yield and better quality of fruiting vegetables and fruit

Unique biostimulant for higher yield and better quality of fruiting vegetables and fruit
Biostimulant DCM VITACT F

The biostimulant DCM VITACT® F (image) combines a microbial and an organic component. In this process, special bacterial strains (Bacillus sp) are mixed with specific complex plant-based carbon chains. This offers a number of key advantages, Firstly, the structure of the carbon chains in DCM VITACT® F closely resembles that of humic and fulvic acids, which directly influence root structure. Secondly, Bacillus subtilis colonises the rhizosphere and releases the phosphorus present in the soil, making it available to the plant roots. Root development is improved with more roots and a large number of fine root hairs, both outdoors and in organic (potting soils) and mineral (rock wool) substrates. And, thirdly, improved nutrient uptake (for example, N, P, K and trace elements) stimulates top growth, increases vitality and optimises root and plant health.

De Ceuster Meststoffen nv
BE-Grobbendonk

Contact: Bart Goudeseune
Phone: +32-14-861671
bgo@dcm-info.com
www.dcm-info.com

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Active MA-MH bag for the fresh produce industry

Active MA-MH bag for the fresh produce industry
Trendlife Gold Plus compared to conventional packaging

The Trendlife Gold MA-MH bag is the world's first bag of its kind for the fresh produce industry. It releases nano-sized compounds into the modified atmosphere in which the fresh product is placed. Nanotech compounds released from the bag film into the atmosphere react with excess water molecules released by the product. These nanotech compounds, or nanotubes, can destroy excess water molecules and maintain a specific humidity level. The bags control the decomposition process indirectly by reducing humidity inside the bag. Deka Plastik developed a special version of Trendlife Gold to inhibit the growth of pathogens and prevent infections, particularly during the most critical storage phases. The company also designed bags capable of delaying decomposition by releasing antimicrobial substances (image).

Deka Plastik Ltd. Sti.
TR-Istanbul

Contact: Bayram Karagöz
Phone: +90-535-5595188
trendlifemabag@gmail.com
www.trendlife.com.tr

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Speed dating for apprentices

Speed dating for apprentices
Apprentices in the fresh produce industry

The FreshSeminar, the educational platform of the Deutsche Fruchthandelsverband e.V. (DFHV), will be organizing a Speed Dating for Apprentices (image) at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2018. The project is supported by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Berlin and Messe Berlin, who are joint partners of FreshSeminar. DFHV generally offers apprentices a two-day in-depth seminar focusing on produce-related topics not covered in vocational school. With this special event during the trade show, FreshSeminar aims to give apprentices from fresh produce companies insight into the wide range of tasks performed in the produce trade. Plans include visits and meetings with selected companies that reflect the broader produce industry.

Deutscher Fruchthandelsverband e.V.
DE-Bonn
Hall 20, Booth B-06

Contact: Dr. Andreas Brügger
Phone: +49-228-9114550
bruegger@dfhv.de
www.dfhv.de

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More fruit daily

More fruit daily
Enjoy more fruit daily

At Dole, fruit is moving closer into focus in promotional activities as a practical and healthy snack. In line the theme "100% Natural Snacking" (image), the producer and marketer of fresh produce is motivating consumers to integrate fruit as a snack and into daily meal plans in the form of simple, delicious and creative snack ideas. These range from banana-sushi appetizers for a ladies' night, to sweet fruit snacks for a children's birthday party or blueberry power balls to combat the afternoon slump in the office. With this move, Dole is enhancing the current marketing strategy by adding value to its focus products and reinforcing the entire category.

Dole Europe GmbH
DE-Hamburg
Hall 6.2, Booth A-02

Contact: Sonja Schulze
Phone: +49-40-32906307
sonja.schulze@dole.com
www.dole.de

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Fresh cut pineapple in ten seconds

Fresh cut pineapple in ten seconds
Piñabar pineapple peeling machine

Piñabar (image) from Dutch Food Technology is an automatic pineapple peeling machine for food retailers. According to the manufacturer, the device brings a fresh-fruit fun factor to any store. For customers, it creates a unique experience at the point of sale and adds more convenience because the fruit is ready-to-eat. For food retailers, it increases pineapple sales and builds customer traffic. Piñabar effectively builds customer loyalty in the fresh fruit section. The manufacturer points out that it is ideal for use with any brand and has dramatically increased sales in over 11 countries across four continents.

Dutch Food Technology BV
NL-Maastricht
Hall 4.1, Booth B-18

Contact: Michel van Keeken
Phone: +31-43-4100044
michel@dutchfoodtechnology.com
www.dutchfoodtechnology.com

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Citrus project bears fruit

Citrus project bears fruit
Oranges from the EDEKA/WWF project

EDEKA is now selling oranges throughout Germany from an agricultural project in Andalusia. The use of pesticides is being significantly reduced, biodiversity promoted, and water saved in the conventional production of this fruit. The farm Finca Iberesparragal and other farms have since joined the project supported by EDEKA and the WWF. Use of chemicals and pesticides has been reduced by 90% per hectare since 2015. The farms rely on gentle methods, including beneficial insects to fight pests. The EDEKA oranges (image) and soon-to-follow EDEKA mandarins are marked with the WWF panda and include information about the joint project. Further information and a video are available online at “www.edeka.de/orange“ and “www.edeka-verbund.de/projekt-zitrus”.

EDEKA Aktiengesellschaft
DE-Hamburg
Hall 6.2, Booth D-08

Contact: Andrea Ebert
Phone: +49-40-63772189
andrea.ebert@edeka.de
www.edeka.de

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Patented microgranular fertiliser

Patented microgranular fertiliser
MICROSEED WR microgranular fertiliser

MICROSEED WR is a unique microgranular fertiliser developed specifically to combat drought stress thanks to its ability to increase soil water retention (image). The innovative microgranular fertiliser formula contains plant-based polymer. This enables it to absorb and release water slowly (over a period of up to four months) under drought stress conditions such as high temperatures or sandy soils. According to the exhibitor, MICROSEED WR is the only patented formula of its kind. Measuring only 0.3 to 1.0 millimetres in diameter, the fertiliser pellets provide essential elements for root development including nitrogen, phosphorus and zinc.

EURO TSA s.r.l.
IT-Fornovo San Giovanni
Hall 11.1, Booth B-08

Contact: Marco Betti
Phone: +39-345-6555096
marco.betti@eurotsa.it
www.eurotsa.it

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Energy drink with all-natural ingredients

Energy drink with all-natural ingredients
All Natural Drink from evelina

All Natural Drink from evelina® (image) is a 100% natural vegan soft drink consisting of freshly squeezed, naturally cloudy apple juice, fresh still water and a dash of freshly-squeezed lemon juice. The apple juice is guaranteed from a single variety: evelina® club is used exclusively in production. Made from 100% natural ingredients, the energy drink has a pleasant aroma and is refreshingly invigorating. The product is ready to drink and stands out on the shelf thanks to its visually appealing, creatively designed and eco-friendly recyclable cardboard packaging. As a purely natural product, the refreshing drink promotes holistic and healthy nutrition. Distribution in the first phase will start in Austria and Germany. The target audience includes adults and children alike, because the product is ideal as a refreshment for work, school or sports activities.

Evelina GmbH
New IT market (BZ)
Hall 21, Booth D-12

Contact: Arno Überbacher
Phone: +39-333-2360626
a.ueberbacher@evelina-apple.com
www.evelina-apple.com

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Energy drink with all-natural ingredients

Energy drink with all-natural ingredients
Soft-Ripe-gereifte Bananen

All Natural Drink from evelina® (image) is a 100% natural vegan soft drink consisting of freshly squeezed, naturally cloudy apple juice, fresh still water and a dash of freshly-squeezed lemon juice. The apple juice is guaranteed from a single variety: evelina® club is used exclusively in production. Made from 100% natural ingredients, the energy drink has a pleasant aroma and is refreshingly invigorating. The product is ready to drink and stands out on the shelf thanks to its visually appealing, creatively designed and eco-friendly recyclable cardboard packaging. As a purely natural product, the refreshing drink promotes holistic and healthy nutrition. Distribution in the first phase will start in Austria and Germany. The target audience includes adults and children alike, because the product is ideal as a refreshment for work, school or sports activities.

Evelina GmbH
New IT market (BZ)
Hall 21, Booth D-12

Contact: Roland Wirth
Phone: +49-34602-3050
info@frigotec.de
www.frigotec.de

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Clean-eating snack between meals

Clean-eating snack between meals
Steiermark Genuss apple wedges

Only apples of the highest quality and subject to stringent origin controls are marked with the Styrian "Steiermark Genuss Apfel" seal. And only these apples are used to make Steiermark Genuss apple wedges (image). Frutura's unique drying method keeps the apple wedges exceptionally soft and fruity. The product was developed to meet increasing customer demand for regional quality and ready-to-eat foods coupled with sustainability and a healthy diet. With the help of brand ambassador Andreas Gabalier, Frutura hopes to attract the attention of consumers to its nutritional apple products – particularly families with children looking for an alternative to conventional snacks. The apple wedges are perfect as clean-eating snacks between meals.

Frutura Obst & Gemüse Kompetenzzentrum GmbH
AT-Hartl/Kaindorf
Hall 21, Booth F-03

Contact: Franz Kneißl
Phone: +43-664-88129633
f.kneissl@frutura.com
www.frutura.com

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Easy operation, fast customisation

Easy operation, fast customisation
Logika grader

As a result of its recent sales expansion, FUTURA further enhanced the its Logika graders (image). One of the goals of these enhancements was the ability to use the grading system for today's most sought-after and influential products on the market, such as avocados, mangoes, dragon fruit, pomegranates and dates. Some of the Logika grader's most prominent features are its easy operation and the ability to quickly customize it to a variety of needs. In addition, the modular production system allows the user to always create a tailor-made product. FUTURA sees one of its major missions in spreading its experience in developing classification and grading systems in all those developing countries that want to supply their products to large retail organizations.

FUTURA S.r.l.
Cesena (FC), Italy
Hall 3.1, Booth A-01

Contact: Omar Papi
Phone: +39-0547632749
omar.papi@futura-technology.com
www.futura-technology.com

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Weekly farmers’ markets – an indispensable institution for local supply

Weekly farmers’ markets – an indispensable institution for local supply
Experience your farmers’ market

With “Märkte Live” (Markets Live) users throughout Germany can quickly and easily find nearby farmers’ markets, hypermarkets and flea markets, market halls or folk festivals. The app provides quick and complete information about where to find crispy, fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish as well as food and consumer goods of all types. Fans of antiques, curiosities or folk fests can find what they are looking for in the “Spezialmarkt” (Special Market) section. The app is updated continuously with the addition of new events and markets. The campaign “Erlebe deinen Wochenmarkt” (Experience Your Farmers’ Market) (image) was launched in Germany in 2015 and includes some 60 markets in twelve regions. By 2016, the number had grown to 150 markets in 30 regions. This year, another 50 markets have been added as popularity continues to grow. Each year the participating markets demonstrate their importance as indispensable local supply institutions with a variety of informative activities and events.

GFI Deutsche Frischemärkte e.V.
DE-Berlin
Hall 21, Booth E-11

Contact: Frank Willhausen
Phone: +491784256738
frank.willhausen@frischemaerkte.org
www.frischemaerkte.org

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Automatic, user-friendly, flexible, safe

Automatic, user-friendly, flexible, safe
Elixa 24 Libra (left) and Elixa 35 Libra packaging machines

Automatic, user-friendly, flexible, safe – and no need for compressed air: the new Elixa Libra packaging machines from the Fabbri Group perform weighing, packaging and top/bottom labelling for fresh and ultra-fresh food in trays. Particularly recommended for retail and small to medium sized packaging centres are the Elixa 24 and 35 Libra (image) that were the result of the exhibitor's close collaboration with Espera. Elixa Libra uses a single reel width (280 mm) for all tray sizes and satisfies all of today’s requirements for label configuration, bar coding, weighing and data management integration into the customer’s system as well as with respect to space requirements and performance Fabbri Group offers extensive global technical support to completely manage installation, integration and servicing Elixa Libra.

Gruppo Fabbri Vignola S.p.A.
Vignola, Italy
Hall 3.1, Booth D-12

Contact: Sara Pomesano
Phone: +39-059-4739432
s.pomesano@gruppofabbri.com
www.gruppofabbri.com

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Each roller temperature separately customisable

Conventional roller drying systems are often inefficient and, over time, they build up bacteria that is difficult to eliminate. This in turn can lead to the premature breakdown of the packed potatoes. The Haith Smart Dryer features a bed of stainless steel rollers. An independent heating element inside each roller can heat the roller surface temperature to up to 100ºC. Each roller is connected to the control system to allow the temperature to be set individually as required. The heat can then be gradually reduced as the potatoes move along the rollers, allowing the operator to determine how dry the tubers should be. Stainless steel rollers for easy disinfection prevent the risk of bacteria being transferred to the vegetables. The dryer has a special device to automatically remove the potatoes if the rollers stop for any reason.

Haith Group
GB-South Yorkshire
Hall 4.1, Booth A-06

Contact: Jen Brindley
Phone: +44-1302-831911
jen@haith.co.uk
www.haith.co.uk

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Personalised fruit and vegetable flavours in practical squeezable pouches

Personalised fruit and vegetable flavours in practical squeezable pouches
Fruit juices in a squeezable pouch

The new fruit and veggie pouches (image) from Bolzano-based Hans Klotz GmbH are available in different squeezable pouch sizes and packaging options. The fruit and vegetable purées can also be mixed to create new recipes. All of the products are 100% free of preservatives or industrial sugar. The various blends are available in both organic and conventional versions. The range of fruit and vegetable purées includes apple, pear, kiwi fruit, apricot, peach, banana, mango, sour cherry, fruits of the forest, and raspberry, as well as carrot, sweet potato, pea, spinach and parsnip. There are also purées with oats, spelt, and other grains. The fruit and veggie pouches are a healthy snack on the go or between meals for children, teens and adults.

Hans Klotz GmbH
IT-Bozen
Hall 2.2, Booth D-06

Contact: Marion Kaufmann
Phone: +39-0471-633931
marion@klotz.it
www.klotz.it

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Latest-generation hydraulic system

Latest-generation hydraulic system
HOOVER XL (top) and SLIDE FW XL

The HOOVER XL (image) is a suction machine for the extraction of leaves and plant debris from the ground and was specially developed by HORTECH for growers working for the processing market. It is equipped with four steering wheels and a sideways adjustable cutting bar as well as a "vacuum cleaner" consisting of an extractor with a protective filter fitted inside the bin. The bin has a capacity of 1,000 litres. The SLIDE FW XL (image), likewise developed by HORTECH, is a harvesting machine for baby leaf, rocket, spinach, and all leafy vegetables grown in greenhouses or outdoors. The machine has a load capacity of approx. 1,000 to 1,200 kg. Its most innovative features are its latest-generation hydraulic system and the front axle steering for ease of operation and improved displacement. Both machines will be presented for the first time at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2018.

HORTECH s.r.l.
IT-Agna
Hall 5.1, Booth A-10

Contact: Luca Casotto
Phone: +39-049-9515369
info@hortech.it
www.hortech.it

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Special gas mixture in the packaging

Special gas mixture in the packaging
LIFE+ active packaging system

LIFE+ (image) uses Equilibrium Modified Atmosphere Packaging (EMAP). Creating a special gas mixture inside the packaging involves three elements: an unperforated deep-drawn tray with anti-fog coating, an active pad, and a laser-perforated sealing film. The trays are designed to maintain the modified atmosphere and prevent circulating air from reducing the effectiveness of the active pads. The Life+ system can be used with two types of absorbent pad developed in partnership with Sirane Group. The ANTB active antibacterial absorbent pad inhibits mould and fungal growth, and the ETHA active pad absorbs ethylene, slowing the ripening process of the packaged fruit. The packaging is sealed with a film with micro laser perforations developed in partnership with Plastopil. It has been specially designed to ensure a specific gas exchange and maintain the natural metabolism of the fruit, preventing fermentation.

ILIP S.r.l.
IT-Valsamoggia
Hall 5.2, Booth D-01

Contact: Serena Leoni
Phone: +39-051-6715503
lifeplus@ilip.it
www.ilip.it

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Innovative design and improved technical features

Innovative design and improved technical features
Ilpra Easyform thermoformer

The new "Ilpra Easyform" thermoformer (image) from the ILPRA R&D department is based on many years of experience. Easyform highlights include an innovative design and improved technical features with re-engineered tools for thermoforming and sealing. The loading area is wider for higher production output. According to the manufacturer, Easyform is an ideal, user-friendly solution for packaging food and medical technology products. Like all ILPRA packaging machines, the Easyform features a wide range of options and can be optimised for specific customer applications. It can be used for sealing only, vacuum packaging only, or with vacuum/gas. ILPRA is convinced that the new model represents the best combination of quality and value for money available for this type of packaging – the result of more than 60 year's experience.

ILPRA S.p.A.
IT-Mortara
Hall 3.1, Booth C-06

Contact: Velka Martelli
Phone: +39-0384-2905
vmartelli@ilpra.com
www.ilpra.com

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Water hygiene for healthier crops

Water hygiene for healthier crops
Intra Hydrocare cleaner and disinfectant

Intra Hydrocare (image) is a hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner and disinfectant. It eliminates pathogens in (irrigation) water and cleans irrigation systems completely. Its formulation and high stability ensure clean irrigation systems and prevent blocked drippers or sprayers. The elimination of pathogens by Intra Hydrocare ensures the best possible water quality. Water is one of the major sources of infection. Bacteria, fungi and viruses spread very easily in water systems and water storage facilities. Intra Hydrocare not only eliminates these pathogens, it also stimulates root development. After reaction, the hydrogen peroxide dissolves into water and oxygen. The higher level of oxygen in the water improves root development. This is beneficial in controlling problems like Crazy Roots in tomato and cucumber production.

Intracare BV
NL-Veghel
Hall 8.1, Booth B-09

Contact: Harm Vogels
Phone: +31-413-354105
hvogels@intracare.nl
www.intracare.nl

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Printing round objects without bruising

Printing round objects without bruising
Fruit with printed logos

A method for printing fruit and vegetables with food colouring has been developed by Kellermeister Manns GmbH. The trick is to print round objects of varying shape and diameter without bruising. The company uses a process with special food dyes that, unlike laser engraving, do not affect the fruit's taste or shelf life. With the patent-pending method developed by the exhibitor, even delicate tomatoes can be printed without any marks or bruising. Anything is possible, from customer logos for marketing purposes, growers' logos to identify the brand, or batch numbers for traceability (image). Apples, pears, oranges, bananas, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers and many other fruit and vegetable varieties can be visually enhanced in this way.

Kellermeister Manns GmbH
DE-Bottrop-Kirchhellen

Contact: Martin Manns
Phone: +49-2045-960477
info@kellermeister-manns.de
www.kellermeister-manns.de

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Big taste with interesting plant-based ingredients

Big taste with interesting plant-based ingredients
Dressing with unusual ingredients

Euroma presents Botanical Dressings (image) as a European premiere at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2018. Traditional dressings are given an unexpected "taste twist". The dressings are 100% "Clean Label" and are low on salt, sugar and saturated fatty acids. Their striking flavours are created with interesting plant-based ingredients such as yuzu, algae, apricot, rose petals and elderflowers. The dressings are available in a range of different packaging options. Euroma's product developers can also tailor the product to customer requirements.

Koninklijke Euroma B.V.
NL-Wapenveld

Contact: Iris Boven
Phone: +31-38-4473522
i.boven@euroma.com
www.euroma.com

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More stable organic pest control

More stable organic pest control
Ulti-Mite Swirski bag on a melon plant

Ulti-Mite Swirski (image), the new breeding bags for the predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii, offers a more effective way to fight thrips and whiteflies. Extremely resistant against drought and moisture, the Ulti-Mite Swirski cultivation system developed by Koppert Biological System enables more stable organic pest control. In suboptimal conditions, the new system outperforms comparable products based on the predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii. These mites are used by farmers for bell peppers, strawberries, and other crops. The innovation (patent pending) makes the predatory mite available for a broad spectrum of cultures, including melons and citrus fruit. The bags are made from a newly developed film and can be industrially composted – which means they can be combined with plant waste for disposal at a composting plant.

Koppert Biological Systems
NL-Berkel en Rodenrijs
Hall 1.2, Booth D-10

Contact: Mirjam Bloom
Phone: +31-10-5140537
mbloom@koppert.nl
www.koppert.com

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Improved development and health of root and leaf systems

Improved development and health of root and leaf systems
Product innovations from L.Gobbi

The "Microline" product line is based on microbiological compounds to restore the biological fertility of soil (rhizosphere) and plants (phyllosphere). The action of these compounds leads to improved development and health of root and leaf systems, solubilisation, increased availability of nutrients in the soil, and residue degradation. The "Energemma" formula is rich in boron and zinc. These promote bud and fruit formation after harvest. The formula is enriched with amino acids, in particular glutamic acid and glycine as well as humic acids. The powder formula "Rust-Ger" is based on trace elements and kaolin. It prevents or limits fruit rust by improving appearance (in particular in the case of pomaceous fruit) and limits sunburn by reflecting the sun's rays. These three new products will be presented for the first time in Europe at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2018.

L.Gobbi S.r.l.
IT-Campo Ligure

Contact: Dr. Roberto Iaboni
Phone: +39-335-7773948
r.iaboni@lgobbi.it
www.lgobbi.it

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Zanzibar cooking boxes and healthy unicorn snack

Zanzibar cooking boxes and healthy unicorn snack
Unicorn heartberries poster

Landgard has developed new Zanzibar cooking boxes. Whether gazpacho with avocado tartare or rhubarb-lime met with prosecco - thanks to crispy fresh produce from Landgard and additional ingredients and detailed recipes for preparation with and without Thermomix ® friends of the North Sea can enjoy the typical Zanzibar taste at home. With the new Unicorn Heartberries sales concept (image) the Landgard producer's cooperative is taking up the popular unicorn topic and using it in the fresh produce department. Because the new heartberries show that only sugared products like chocolate and fizzy drinks belong in the colourful fairy tale world. Strawberries from Landgard producers are a fantastic healthy unicorn snack with their sweet and fresh taste and their cheerful red colour.

Landgard eG
DE-Straelen
Hall 20, Booth B-02

Contact: Nina Keune
Phone: +49-2839-591127
info@landgard.de
www.landgard.de

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Temperature data logger with Bluetooth technology

Temperature data logger with Bluetooth technology
Ethylene filter and Coollogger

The ethylene absorption filters from Ozeano make it possible to maintain low ethylene levels and thus guarantee optimal vegetable preservation. Because they do not come into direct contact with the fruit and leave no residues, the filters are not considered additives. The developers' experience in the sector has given them a better understanding of the transport and storage process and the problems that may occur, resulting in a new, patented version of the ethylene filter (image) that that prevents staining in refrigerated containers and maximises filter efficiency. The filter will be presented at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2018 for the first time worldwide. Ozeano has also recently launched the Coollogger (image), its own temperature data logger brand. The patent-pending device works with Bluetooth technology and is unique on the market, according to company sources.

Ozeano Urdina, S.L.
ES-Mungia

Contact: María Martínez Llarena
Phone: +34-655-612433
maria.martinez@ozeano.net
www.ozeano.net

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Data provided in real-time

 Data provided in real-time
PickApp smartphone app

PickApp is a cloud-based smartphone app that provides real-time data uploaded by employees (image). This process does not require intervention by management and incurs no additional uploading costs. Employees simply scan barcode labels during regular work procedures. From this point on, the system continuously monitors the product, its quality and traceability. Convenient and user-friendly, PickApp has been tested and successfully used with a wide variety of crops, including apples, cherries, pears, grapes, strawberries, citrus fruit, and dates.

PickApp
IL-Ramat Yishay

Contact: Yoram Gommershtadt
Phone: +972-894-35797
yoram@pickapp.farm
www.pickapp.farm

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100 percent biodegradable

100 percent biodegradable
Enviroplast plastic

Developed by Plastyagro®, Enviroplast® (image) is an innovative plastic for plant mulching that is 100% biodegradable underground. The plastic can adapt to various types of cultivation or climatic conditions and is therefore extremely versatile. The format is innovative as well, since it is easier to handle and use. Up to now, biodegradable plastic has only been available in industrial quantities. Plastyagro is changing this and now offers this type of plastic in a retail format that is ideal for small fruit and vegetable gardens or for testing on larger fields.

Plastyagro Soluciones Integrales SLU
ES-Merida
Hall 18, Booth A-02

Contact: Elvira Gómez Martínez
Phone: +34-924-111090
marketing@plastyagro.com
www.plastyagro.com

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Crispy snack made from freshest raw materials

Crispy snack made from freshest raw materials
Healthy Natura crisp snack

Natura Crisp (image) is a natural and crispy snack that is produced using only the freshest raw materials. Fresh produce from a controlled production chain is processed and packaged in a protected atmosphere. Toasted, not deep fried, without added sugar (only contains the natural sugar from the fresh produce), with no colorants and preservatives. Safe and always fresh, with a long shelf life of ten months after the packing date. Available in three unusual flavours potato, red beet and carrot and also in a tasty mix.

Rago Società Cooperativa Agricola
IT-Battipaglia
Hall 4.2, Booth A-01

Contact: Corinna Paß
Phone: +39-0828-671404
sales1@ragogroup.com
www.ragogroup.com

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Packaging machines for round products

Packaging machines for round products
Redpack NTS-BMR for round products

The Redpack NTS-BMR (image) is a customized production for wrapping round products using shrink wrap, such as white or red cabbage. Thanks to numerous innovative machine features, what is achieved is a higher cyclic output as compared to other common machines, while maintaining excellent shrinking results. The typical problem of products rolling away is prevented from the start with the special feeding function. They are then held in position with paddle units before transporting them to the sealing jaws. In the shrink tunnel, the product arrives onto a special plastic link belt instead of onto rollers, where it is safely transported to the product outlet. The ruggedly produced Redpack NTS-BMR made of stainless steel is low-maintenance, can be expanded individually and can also be used on a harvesting cart. Minimum labour utilization also significantly reduces packaging costs.

Redpack Maschinen GmbH
Cologne, Germany
Hall 7.1b, Booth B-02

Contact: Peter Kalinovski
Phone: +49-2234-9515260
info@redpackmaschinen.de
www.redpackmaschinen.de

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Iceberg lettuce in a flow pack

Iceberg lettuce in a flow pack
Redpack NTS-BMI tubular bag machine

Where Iceberg lettuce is concerned, producers require options that will allow them to not only pack more quickly, but to also keep maintenance costs low. As a result of the collaboration with producers, Redback is now introducing a solution that allows tight packing and also guarantees that the required shelf life is retained. The NTS-BMI tubular bag machine (image) is quite convincing with it numerous characteristics that ensure gentle packing and prevent the lettuce from being damaged. The machine features a unique V–shape infeed running conveyor that holds the product and prevents it from rolling away at high speeds or while being used on field rigs. During the transition onto the film, the Iceberg lettuce is stabilized with a paddle system to hold it in position. The integrated labeller and printer for labelling during the packaging process is another cost savings option.

Redpack Packaging Machinery
GB-Norwich
Hall 7.1b, Booth B-02

Contact: Giles Briston
Phone: +44-1603-722280
info@redpack.co.uk
www.redpack.co.uk

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Tree pruner for high-density plantations and conventional orchards

Tree pruner for high-density plantations and conventional orchards
CRF (top) and ORS orchard pruners

CRF (image) is a tree pruner with sickle bar designed for cutting branches from 3 to 4 cm in diameter. This tool was developed for use in high-density orchards growing pears, nectarines, olives, etc. The standard frame features three hydraulic movements (lift, lateral adjustment, tilt) and a vertical cutting bar. Top and bottom bars can be added as needed for specific orchard types. The standard unit can be attached directly to the tractor’s hydraulic system. The ORS orchard pruner (image) is designed for conventional orchards with large tree crowns. Machine features include a heavy cutter with saw blades that trim branches up to 10 cm in diameter. A heavy-duty version for larger branches is also available. The hydraulic performance is extremely important for this model, which is why it is delivered with an independent hydraulic unit and oil cooler. All movements are controlled via proportional joystick.

RINIERI SRL
IT-Forlí
Hall 5.1, Booth B-08

Contact: Mauro Masoni
Phone: +39-0543-86066
info@rinieri.com
www.rinieri.com

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Culinary delights and product knowledge

Culinary delights and product knowledge
èSquisita! product island

With èSquisita! Spreafico is introducing its new brand of exotic produce at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2018. Its purpose is to bring consumers closer to these "distant" produce choices. Plus, they promise new culinary delights and much new knowledge, for example on aromas, recipes and nutrients, spiced with holiday climate and a pinch of irony, says the exhibitor. The èSquisita! line of products includes more than 13 carefully selected exotic fruits. They assist consumers in learning more about exotic produce. Among the èSquisita! produce are avocados, mangoes, papayas, passion fruits, coconut, bananitoes, pomelos, physalis, pomegranates and limes.

Spreafico Francesco & F. lli S.p.A.
Milan, IT
Hall 4.2, Booth B-02

Contact: Luca Dal Toso
Phone: +39-337-1311841
luca.daltoso@spreafico.net
www.esquisita.it

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Strawberry-shaped, burgundy-red and full of flavour

Strawberry-shaped, burgundy-red and full of flavour
TOMA'MUSE tomatoes

Seed producer TomaTech has teamed up with four of the world's leading producers – Mastronardi Produce (Canada), Stoffels (Belgium), La-Palma (Spain) and Perfection Fresh (Australia) – to create the TOMA'MUSE tomato (image). This unique collaboration between a seed grower and vegetable producers is one of the first of its kind. The seed grower owns the variety, while the vegetable producers own and market the TOMA'MUSE brand in their respective markets. This innovative go-to-market strategy means that the TOMA'MUSE brand will be distributed across three continents (North America, Europe and Australia), becoming one of only a few international brands of its kind. TOMA'MUSE delivers a full sensory experience. Its unique strawberry-like shape, rich burgundy colour, distinct texture, and outstanding flavour make it a very versatile tomato.

TomaTech R&D LTD.
IL-Rehovot
Hall 11.1, Booth B-05

Contact: Tal Franck Benmoshe
Phone: +972-52-2932051
tal@wiseway.co.il
www.toma-tech.com

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Simple and safe packaging of fresh herbs and loose lettuce leaves

Simple and safe packaging of fresh herbs and loose lettuce leaves
Filling system for herbs and leaf lettuce

ULMA Packaging has introduced a completely new vertical filling system (VFFS) to the market. This system makes packaging fresh herbs and loose lettuce leaves much easier. Manual intervention during the packaging process is minimised, saving growers time and money. The VTI 640 V VFFS solution (image) developed by ULMA (patent pending) features a suction unit that quickly and reliably pulls the bag downward without damaging it. The product is handled gently throughout the process without blockage of the infeed area. This innovation ensures customers a fast return on investment. Improvements offered by the VTI 640 V model represent a cost-effective alternative to ultrasonic sealing, since the product sits lower in the bag and is outside the sealing zone.

ULMA Packaging GmbH
DE-Illertissen
Hall 3.1, Booth A-03

Contact: Alexander Biechteler
Phone: +49-7303-9019960
info@ulmapackaging.de
www.ulmapackaging.de

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Designed for the toughest cutting tasks

Designed for the toughest cutting tasks
Affinity INTEGRA dicer

The new, compact Affinity INTEGRA dicer (image) has been specially developed for difficult cutting tasks in the food industry. It is ideal for cutting dried fruit, fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, meat, and tempered frozen products. Optimized cutting cycles ensure high capacities and precise, user-specified cut sizes. The food cutting zone is completely separate from the drive components for maximum hygiene. Feed drum and spindle ensure a controlled flow of sticky or high-moisture products through the cutting tools. Cutting thickness can be adjusted precisely. The distance between the cutting edge and the cantilevered cutting spindles is also adjustable, which further enhances cutting quality.

URSCHEL DEUTSCHLAND GmbH
DE-Ober-Mörlen
Hall 3.1, Booth C-09

Contact: Christel K. Böhmer
Phone: +49-6002-91500
cboehmer@urschel.com
www.urschel.com

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Lightweight, resistant, eco-friendly

Lightweight, resistant, eco-friendly
V-piles

V-piles (image) from Valente are suitable for use in both orchards and vineyards. According to the manufacturer, they are unique inside and out. Highlights include the V-shaped incision as a guarantee of outstanding attributes in terms of lightness, resistance and eco-friendliness. According to Valente, this vine stake is the lightest, most resistant (DNV-certified) and most eco-friendly (EPD environmental certification) on the market. Valente piles are made using prestressed precast concrete to guarantee significantly higher resistance. The components have also been selected for improved quality in terms of mechanical resistance and durability.

Valente SRL
IT-Campodarsego
Hall 4.1, Booth C-16

Contact: Giulia Senzolo
Phone: +39-049-5565855
giulia.s@valentepali.com
www.valentepali.com

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Saves up to 95% water

Saves up to 95% water
Water treatment facility

VAM WaterTech delivers reliable water treatment solutions that contribute to a healthy product for consumers and ensure the most efficient use of water for growers. The company offers tailor-made solutions (image) that integrate seamlessly with existing or new wash lines. Consisting of a closed-cycle process, the system offers numerous advantages. Up to 95% can be saved on process water use. Product shelf life is extended, and the washing process is up to 100% bacteria-free. Wash line maintenance and down time are reduced, increasing the efficiency of the entire system.

VAM WaterTech B.V.
NL-Borssele
Hall 4.1, Booth D-04

Contact: Robin Oppeneer
Phone: +31-113-655880
ro@vam-watertech.com
www.vam-watertech.com

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Crisp, sweet, tangy, and very juicy

Crisp, sweet, tangy, and very juicy
Cosmic Crisp apple

Cosmic Crisp™ (image) has been described as "remarkably crisp, sweet, tangy, and unbelievably juicy". The prominent lenticels of this beautiful red apple, originally dubbed the WA 38 cv, were the inspiration behind its name. Developed by Washington State University, Cosmic Crisp™ is being grown by Washington apple growers. Washington State is known for excellent growing conditions and vast, pristine apple regions. Over 600,000 trees with the Cosmic Crisp™ variety were planted in with significant plans for planting in 2018 and 2019. The Washington state apple industry intends to quickly have a large, deliverable retail volume of Cosmic Crisp™ available from autumn 2019.

Washington Apple Commission
US-Wenatchee

Contact: Lindsey Huber
Phone: +1-509-6639600
lindsey.huber@waapple.org
www.bestapples.com

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Consistent flavour, good fruit quality and long shelf life

Consistent flavour, good fruit quality and long shelf life
Large, easy-to-pick berries

Consistent flavour, good fruit quality and long shelf life are bound to make two new raspberry varieties, Malling Bella and Malling Charm (image), strong favourites with consumers and retailers, says breeder NIAB EMR. They are the first two raspberry varieties from the East Malling Rubus Breeding Consortium, a partnership originally formed in 2015 between NIAB EMR and the Swiss nursery company Lubera, and more recently joined by commercial soft fruit specialists WB Chambers, Onubafruit and Perfection Fresh. Malling Bella is a vigorous, mid-season primocane fruiter, with large, easy-to-pick berries that offers heavy yields and is suitable for double cropping and long-cane production. Malling Charm is an early primocane variety, with moderate vigour and short-to medium-height canes. It also produces large, easy-to-pick berries and is a good potential premium variety because of its sweetness and juiciness.

WB Chambers Farms Limited
GB-Maidstone
Hall 7.2c, Booth A-04

Contact: Tim Chambers
Phone: +44-7768-867231
tim@wbchambers.co.uk
www.wbchambers.co.uk

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Mini quiches with fresh vegetables

Mini quiches with fresh vegetables
Flan'Z ready-made meals

Zerbinati is a family-run business founded in 1970. Originally specialising in premium fresh vegetables, the company is now a leading producer of ready-to-eat products and fresh-cut salads. Zerbinati describes itself as a company that is constantly changing and which has been trading and processing the best Italian products since 1970. One of its key strengths lies in the constant search for innovative solutions to improve product quality, preserving natural properties and guaranteeing freshness. Flan'Z (image) is the name of the new ready-made meal launched by Zerbinati in 2017: tasty mini-quiches with fresh vegetables using only Italian extra virgin olive oil. Flan'Z are ideal as a starter or side dish.

Zerbinati s.r.l.
IT-Borgo San Martino
Hall 4.2, Booth C-11

Contact: Michela Ciamillo
Phone: +39-0142-429207
michela.ciamillo@zerbinati.com
www.zerbinati.com

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Efficient crop growth solutions

Efficient crop growth solutions
Highly soluble fertiliser

According to company sources, Zhangjiagang Kangyuan New Material Company has been China's leading specialist supplier of biostimulants since 1997. It aims to provide complete solutions for crop growth and be a reliable partner in high-tech agriculture. The company has researched and developed highly soluble fertilisers (image) and offers various product lines: potassium humate and potassium fulvate, Fertimax, liquid humic acid 18, fulvic acid, sodium humate, humic acid, and customised NPK and biostimulants. The company says that its own brand "True Humic" already enjoys an excellent reputation in more than 16 countries and has received Ceres Organic certification in Germany in line with the American NOP regulations. It also has ISO systems for the entire quality control process, from the raw materials to the final products, and all testing records in its traceability systems.

Zhangjiagang Kangyuan New Material Co., Ltd
CN-Zhangjiagang
Hall 7.2a, Booth A-02

Contact: Julia Zhu
Phone: +86-13913614902
julia@kangyuanchina.com
www.kangyuanchina.com

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