What's new? 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.
Can be recycled in a number of ways
When it comes to fresh items like fruit and vegetables, it's particularly important to consumers that they can see the contents of the packaging. One alternative to plastic is the semitransparent packaging paper Pura Natura from Adercarta. The patented produce bag from Italy is especially sustainable and tear-resistant thanks to its innovative base design. The material is moisture-resistant and complies with European foodstuff directives. Pura Natura can be recycled in a number of ways: its paper printed with ecological water-based dye is biodegradable and can be composted, e.g. as a bag for organic waste. It can also be recycled with paper.
High output in a compact size
Agricola Italiana's HIGH PRECISION AI-640-SN seed planter was specially developed to sow lettuce and spinach seeds. They can be configured to suit the customer's wishes, which greatly reduces row spacing. In order to meet the needs of different types of soil, the seed planter can be equipped with rubber, stainless steel or furrow rollers. An optional liquid gas system prevents mud from solidifying on the roller. The rollers can also be supported hydraulically. The quantity of seeds to be deposited can be set via a single interface in the electrohydraulic transmission. This makes distribution easier and independent from the capstan.
Analysing quality securely
With FreshCloud Storage Insights, AgroFresh is marketing an analysis instrument for the storage potential of fruits. It is currently available for apples and pears. FreshCloud Storage uses multiple sampling points for multidimensional storage diagnostics with modern analysis technology so that producers can detect problems early on and react accordingly. The data retrieved are accessible via the FreshCloud platform. They help monitor the vitality of the fruit, optimise their market value, and reduce waste. With access to regional average values, users can compare the potential of their stock and make strategic marketing decisions on this basis. Automated notifications inform the user of potential storage problems
Together with the Agriculture Department of the University of Naples Federico II, Alma Seges – a merger of Southern Italian fruit and vegetable producers – has developed a cultivation process for lettuce. Contrary to conventional agriculture, this processes uses fewer chemicals, in turn greatly reducing the negative effects on the consumer and the environment. But it also maximises the efficiency of production processes, and increases yields and product quality. This is achieved by adjustments to the cultivation schedule, such as automated recording of data on soil and planted cultures. An environmentally friendly fertiliser plan is defined and plant protection plans are optimised, resulting in a 70 per cent reduction in phytosanitary treatments.
Hall 4.2, Booth A-02
Contact: Aristide Palermo
Phone: +39 0828 692654
State of the art
With its new website, Artevos® GmbH would like to give commercial fruit producers and private gardeners a better overview of what variety suits their range of products best and when exactly which fruits will be ripe. It shows when new fruits can be obtained and what their characteristics are. The revision of the website included optimisation of the structure and the addition of new functions for improving user-friendliness. Its contents were also tailored to suit the specific target groups: specific information is provided to people interested in commercial fruit production and private gardening. The new website is going online at www.artevos.de in late January. Visitors to FRUIT LOGISTICA can test the website at Artevos' stand.
The new stemming machine from Atlas Pacific Engineering securely removes the calyxes and stems from Strawberries. With a speed of five berries per second and conveyor belt, the machine is particularly fast and, according to the manufacturer, processes 6,000 pounds of strawberries per second with its twelve conveyor belts. The fruits are fed into the machine with a gentle and automatic filling system. Wheels transport them along track rollers. Each berry is scanned, then individually divided up and stemmed in order to ensure optimal yields. The machine is made from stainless steel and food-safe plastic. Atlas Engineering Pacific Co. offers numerous additions for enhancing production lines.
Multifaceted and healthy
Dutch seed producer Bejo has developed Redi, a purple broccoli that meets many consumers' demand for a healthy vegetable that is easy to prepare. The broccoli is packaged in recyclable cardboard. This broccoli with its tender stalk and small florets can be prepared in a wide variety of ways, from raw to roasted, steamed or boiled. The producer also provides recipe ideas. The broccoli is slightly more bitter than common varieties, and has a hint of sweetness. Thanks to its high glucosinolate and vitamin C content, Redi is an incredibly healthy vegetable. Its colour provides more antioxidants than green broccoli, which reinforces its effectiveness as a functional food.
B2A is taking the opportunity to presents its storage management system BinOculus for the first time at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020. The completely 3D system uses animations to simulate the goods' entire journey, both inside and outside of the production and storage facility, in order to control the complex processes of movement, storage and sorting of goods. It shows the goods' path from storage and removal from the storage facilities until sale. This allows for coordinated controlling of the flow of goods. BinOculus is based on RFID technology, with which load units moved by forklift can be localised and stored. The system minimises margins of error and shortens searching and inspection times.
Hall 9, Booth E-06
Contact: Barbara Doria
Phone: +39 389 4303402
Watermelon for single households
Anyone who thinks normal watermelons are too large will like the watermelon KISY. With a weight of 650 to 950 grams, the fruit with a dark rind and red, flavourful flesh will fit in any shopping basket. It is easy to skin and is ideal as a snack on the go. With its seedless flesh and a Brix value of 9 to 11, it can be used in cocktails or smoothies, hence its nickname "cocktail watermelon". BASF Vegetable Seeds develops its ready-to-eat watermelon for a health- and quality-conscious target group who values convenience.
Above and beyond
In response to the latest safety guidelines in agriculture, Dutch company Berg Hortimotive has completely revised its range of mobile scissor lifts. The result is the Benomic S-Line series. Its development is based on Benomic's scissor lifts that were further developed with various improvements and modifications. As the first TÜV-tested pipe track cart, the Benomic S-Line scissor lift is ergonomically and flexibly designed. It makes the cultivation, care, and harvest of tall fruit and vegetable cultures convenient for the user. The platform is accessible from both sides, meaning the user can easily exit the mobile lift no matter where it is positioned on the ground.
Monitored supply chain
With a 2G one-way logger connected to the QualTrack™ platform, Biotrag and Blulog are presenting their latest logistics solution for the fresh fruit and vegetables sector. Blulog's logger, based on GSM technology, is a cost-effective solution for tracking fruit and vegetable dispatches in real time and thus improving food security and logistics. Thanks to its compact size and watertight casing, the logger can be placed near fresh produce or integrated into boxes. The user can monitor data from a distance via Biotrag's secure QualTrack™ platform, and they know at a glance where their products are and what state they are in. With its user-friendly surface and advanced algorithms, QualTrack™ aids in monitoring, inspection, alerts, or predictions of product status along the entire supply chain.
Good taste and a good conscience
The organic pineapple Dolcetto is somewhat smaller and more oblong than other varieties and stands out for its sweet flavour. Its flesh is white and juicy. Even the core of the fruit, which is often woody in other varieties, can be eaten. The Dolcetto pineapple is flown from Togo, West Africa to Europe when it is ripe and can immediately be consumed. Its innovative, recyclable packaging makes it a real eye-catcher on the fruit shelf. The pineapple is cultivated by an internationally supported cooperative in its country of origin. The project hopes to advance ecological agriculture in Togo with 1,300 young farmers, one third of whom are women. They receive one third of the local price for their pineapples so that the cultivation helps improve their quality of living.
Fresh foods despite long distances
At FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020, Carrier Transicold is presenting a new generation of its EverFRESH® active controlled-atmosphere (CA) technology. As a pioneer in the field that developed the first tried and true active CA technology 25 years ago, EverFRESH helps its customers optimise the transportation of their perishable goods. In order to ensure that the cargo arrives fresh and with the longest possible storage life, the product builds on the qualities of its predecessor systems and provides design adjustments, easier maintenance, greater reliability and lower costs. With its improved characteristics, EverFRESH precisely controls the atmosphere in cooling containers for a wide range of goods like bananas, avocados or mangos, thereby extending their storage life.
Well-packaged in durable paper
Owner-operated special printing company Cartomat Willich is introducing a new paper mono-packaging for FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020: standing bag cartoPaper®. It can be used for all vertical flow bag machines and is especially suited for organic products. The contents are protected from light, optimally ventilated, and visible to the user thanks to the hole punch. The paper absorbs the moisture from fresh fruit and vegetables, and its stable grammage makes it tear-resistant. The size and arrangement of the holes are freely selectable and can be adjusted to the CI. This also applies to the vibrantly coloured surface. The FSC-certified paper is made from renewable resources and is up to 100 per cent recyclable and compostable.
Recyclable multiple times over
Canadian company CKF is bringing its new sustainable packaging product from the Earthcycle series, the EC 865, to FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020. The packaging is especially suited for sensitive fruits like tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, blueberries and strawberries. Thanks to its compact size, eight boxes can be packaged into one standard master case and are thus suitable for automated production processes. The Earthcycle products are certified as compostable by European standards. The FSC®-certified material can also be recycled with paper waste as well. Because fresh produce lasts up to 20 per cent longer in the EC 865 box than in PET boxes, according to the manufacturer, they help reduce food waste.
Fresh for longer
Pre-cut salad is practical, but it wilts quickly. COF SpA from Italy has developed a new procedure to ensure that the salad stays fresh up to ten days after production. Two factors are crucial for longer lasting lettuce: firstly, COF SpA uses modern filtration systems. The physical process of reverse osmosis allows for the retention of microbiologically pure water. Carbon and sand also improve the water's chemical characteristics. Secondly, a water preparation system reduces chlorine consumption and is thus friendlier to the environment. The consumer ends up with a fresh and healthy product.
Over the field faster
On the occasion of FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020, Italian manufacturer Collari presents its new reverse rotary cultivator. This agricultural machine only requires one cycle to dig up stones and harvest residue, thereby preparing the soil for new sowing. It levels and packs the earth, but can also form dams and plant the seeds. Because there is no other preparatory or follow-up work, the producer saves on time. The fuel consumption is also lower, and the machine uses it efficiently. Working with the reverse rotary cultivator improves the drainage of the soil, because excess water can quickly seep away. The fine, even earth of the surface layer offers ideal conditions for the subsequent sowing or planting.
With its new Galaxi series of machinery, the Bilanciai Group presents a reliable solution for weighing and labelling goods. Users are able to meet European Union requirements and apply important information like barcodes, contents, nutritional values, and much more onto their products. The layout can be customised. The labels can be affixed to the top and bottom as well as the sides of packaging, and the size can be changed as well. The labelling device can be easily adjusted depending on the product. The electrical movement system of the standard printer can be controlled via touchscreen. The system can be enhanced with a metal detector, a thermal transfer printing kit, configurable batch lights, or a safeguarding software for archives and labels.
Made in Italy for all of Europe
As a network with offices in various European countries, Coop Italy is advancing the trade in Italian fruits and vegetables. It works with a multitude of producers of organic and conventional products in Italy, and guarantees the high quality of its products and reliable deliveries for retailers. After opening up offices in Rome, Verona and Copenhagen, Coop Italy now has a branch in Stockholm. Additional offices are planned in other European countries in order to efficiently export more "Made in Italy" products throughout Europe. The company is aided in this goal by more than 20 years in the produce market. Coop Italy is certified with the Bio Agricert seal.
Resilient against mildew
After years of research and development, Italian company CORA Seeds has developed a new basil variety called Garibaldi. It stands out for its high resistance to mildew, which was lab-tested with various pathogens. The flavourful plant can grow in pots, greenhouses, or in the field. The first customers of CORA Seeds who started planting Garibaldi during the 2018/2019 season were able to enjoy a massive increase in their basil harvest. This is because the reduction of leaf damage, spot formation, and yellowing also reduces costs for the producer. Garibaldi's leaves are medium to dark green and have the characteristic spoon shape and Genoese flavour.
Seedless with high-tech
CTI Food Tech provides a high-grade coring solution for fruits like peaches and apples with its multi-fruit coring machine. CTI Food Tech is presenting the multi-fruit coring device for the first time at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020, with the option of coring pears as well. The machine positions the fruit according to shape and size, whereupon the fruits are cored by a special device. It is thus able to process up to 320 fruits per minute in this way. Thanks to its reliable and efficient technology, the producer reduces their work load and receives a premium end product that they can market or process further.
Healthy potato snack
Dutch company De aardappelhoeve addresses consumers' wish for easy consumption solutions for vegetables. Its innovative product is small marinated potatoes that can be cooked in the oven or microwave. Contrary to other products, De aardappelhoeve bvba uses uncooked, yellow-fleshed and firm potatoes suitable for unpeeled consumption so that they do not lose their flavour. Furthermore, the potato snacks contain various sauces, such as a smoky barbecue marinade or a French herb sauce. The marinate is simply poured over the potatoes in the box, stirred, and then cooked in the oven for thirty minutes or in the microwave for eight. The marinated potatoes are vegan and rich in fibre, potassium and vitamin C.
Longer life for fresh products
The Bluezone® was originally developed for the US military to make its provisions last longer. Now the technology is available on the European market. In order to improve the storage and transport of produce, the system works with UV-reinforced oxidation. By irradiating the air in a secure room with ultraviolet light, Bluezone® quickly eliminates the hormone ethylene that makes the products ripen faster. Moulds and bacteria are also destroyed. No filters or additives that have to be replaced or disposed of are required. Storage temperatures can also be increased, which saves on energy.
In order to monitor the relative humidity in the pallets, Turkish company Trendlife has introduced the first expandable MA-MH pallet cover specially made for fresh produce to the market. While conventional pallet covers are not suitable for this purpose and are only compatible with a few fresh fruits, StretchMap's moisture monitoring system inhibits processes of decomposition so that fresh produce lasts longer. Thanks to its expandability, the StretchMap pallet cover is easy to use and covers the entire pallet in just a few minutes. The StretchMap pallet cover can also be used to store fresh produce if pre-cooling is not possible.
Seamless monitoring of the cooling chain
With its products, DeltaTrak helps its customers closely monitor the cooling chain of perishable foods. Thanks to new USB ports on the FlashLink RTL (real-time) Prime 3G In-Transit Logger and on the FlashLink BLE (Bluetooth low energy) In-Transit Logger, data can be retrieved even more easily. The new interface gives the user direct access and allows for downloading of the data as a .pdf file. The FlashLink RTL Prime 3G In-Transit Logger monitors the temperature and also tells the user where the cooled goods currently are. It also has a light sensor. The RTL Prime 3G offers real-time reporting and creates a .pdf backup in the event that there are no mobile data available. The data can be tracked with a smartphone app without the vehicle or container door having to be opened.
Colourful carrots from Israel
The standard carrot is orange. But Dorot Farm shows that this healthy root vegetable can come in a wide variety of bright colours with various nutritional values. At FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020, the exporter is introducing its new "Rainbow Carrots". The white, yellow, purple and orange carrots come to the consumer fresh from the field. They are sold in packages of one kilogram for the end customer, and up to ten kilograms for wholesale, and are also sorted by colour or offered in mixed bags. The carrots have different nutritional contents based on colour, from high vitamin A content to particularly high antioxidant levels. The consumer can find this information on the packaging.
Recycled film made from plastic bottles
Last year, DuPont Teijin Films presented its Harvest Fresh rPET series at FRUIT LOGISTICA. After its successful market debut, the company is now announcing the manufacture of the entire range of lid films with the multiple award-winning depolymerisation process LuxCR™. Unlike mechanical recycling, chemical recycling technology allows for more frequent reuse of PET. It can also process a wider range of waste materials. The material of the films produced with the LuxCR™ process has the exact same chemical composition as new plastic, and is ideal for contact with food. The Harvest Fresh rPET series is also environmentally friendly, with an estimated CO2 reduction of 1.4 kilograms per one kilo of replaced new material.
Transport monitoring via app
Temperature and humidity have a significant impact on the state in which fresh produce reaches its destination. The GO Bluetooth Plus Logger from Emerson Cargo sends these data from pre-cooling and in-transit scenarios to the user via mobile app. Thanks to a special function, even the internal temperatures of a variety of perishable goods can be viewed. Once a delivery has reached its destination, the temperature monitoring data recorded by the GO Bluetooth Logger are sent to Bluetooth-compatible Android and iOS mobiles and tablets via the GO BT Reader. The data can be received from a distance of up to 30 metres away, rendering any additional readers or software redundant. Critical temperature data are available on the recipient's mobile telephone, and contain reports in PDF and CSV format.
With the cardboard box system Paperseal®, Italian company G. Mondini is marketing an alternative to plastic containers. Paperseal® is made from an MAP box shaped from pre-cut, flat cardboard onto which a barrier layer is automatically applied. Just like with the Thermosealer® technology, the boxes are made shortly before the sealing process. The innovative packaging design developed with assistance from Value Engineering can be easily integrated into existing packaging lines. It is secure, flexible, can be fully equipped with logos and information, and requires less plastic than conventional solutions do.
Family-owned Spanish company GH Murciana De Vegetales is coming to FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020 with three new varieties of lettuce. The variety CRESTA®, which contains healthy anthocyanins and polyphenols, is the result of intensive research and traditional selection. OVAL SALAT® is a mixture of iceberg and romaine lettuce. While its texture is reminiscent of iceberg, the flavour is more similar to sweet romaine. It lasts particularly long. CARIBÚ® was the result of cooperation with Spanish research institute Imida. The original variety from Spain combines the sweet flavour of romaine with lance-shaped leaf tips – an original combination.
Sustainably packaged in paper
GKS Packaging is presenting its new vertical flow bag machine for the first time at FRUIT LOGISTICA. It was specially developed for the usage of completely recyclable and compostable paper. The paper is an FSC®-certified mono-material. It does not absorb any moisture from the packaged product and retains its firmness and structure. Agricultural products like potatoes or onions are easy to carry in padded or standing bags with carrying holes. The machine's sealing module can be used to give the bag a papier mâché window. The machine's CO2 footprint is minor. It has a modular structure and its components are exclusively made from recycled and recyclable materials.
After four years of intensive research with support from the innovation programme EU Horizont 2020, the Fabbri Group developed the first industrially certified and compostable freshness film with Nature Fresh. It provides a sustainable alternative to plastic packaging. Nature Fresh can be composted anywhere, and the resulting compost is ideal for growing plants. The film is approved for direct contact with fresh produce, including fatty foods. The products can "breathe" under the film, which means they last longer. Because of its elasticity and adhesiveness, Nature Fresh can be used sparingly. It is available in large and small rolls for automated packaging processes as well as retail and private homes.
Harvesting more efficiently
According to Italian manufacturer Hortech, the harvesting machine "Ventum" is over 50 per cent more efficient than traditional models. This increase is due in part to an air tunnel with two conveyor belts, one of which moves almost twice as quickly as the other. This allows for looser distribution of the harvested goods, making it easier to clean them via air stream. The machine also automatically packages the harvested goods into boxes and monitors its speed. The harvest can thus be directly brought to the transport vehicle, which means greater efficiency, flexibility and saved costs for the producer. And because the driver is sitting directly above the harvesting machinery, they have complete control over the harvesting work.
Let there be light
With an efficiency factor of 3.5 µmol/Joule, the HORTILED Top 120v19 is the most efficient LED light on the market, according to the manufacturer. It is 84 per cent more efficient than the HPS 1000W. This not only has a positive impact on the user's electricity bill, but the light also emits far less heat and thus has only a minimal effect on the temperature in the greenhouse. The producer requires fewer lights for the same light level, which entails less strain on natural resources and the environment. Thanks to its clever design, the LED light takes up 25 per cent less transport volume, which is also better for the environment. They are easy to install in existing systems.
New logo, same quality
Hydro Fert is returning to FRUIT LOGISTICA with a new logo and a completely revised corporate identity. The new logo combines the image of a bud with ploughed soil, thereby uniting the company's history and mission of well-being and fertility. The bud also reflects a path of growth and continued development. With the new design of its products, the company hopes to strengthen its position in the market with regard to innovation, technology and sustainability. Its goal is to strengthen plants with nature's help. This is especially apparent in Hydro Fert's series based on biostimulants and that include plant-based amino acids: efficient and sustainable products that benefit plants, agriculture and nature.
Smart packaging for tropical fruits
Packaging normally serves to protect and preserve fruits. The smart packaging Smart Ripe from ILIP combines these characteristics with an additional function: it informs the entire supply and value added chain as well as the consumer of the fruits' ripeness stages by monitoring certain quality parameters with an sensor-operated and battery-free RFID tag. It can detect deviations of some dielectric parameters of the fruit flesh depending on the ripeness stage. This information can be decoded with an external reading device and informs the user of three stages of ripeness and potential types of preparation. This way, the consumer can plan the right times and types of use. After initial tests with avocados, the packaging has now been developed to cover other tropical fruits.
Cooling as needed
It is often difficult for small farmers in particular to appropriately cool their products. This usually leaves them at a disadvantage in the supply chain. InspiraFarms provides help with on-demand cooling houses. The company is already operating the first Pay-As-You-Chill cooling houses in Mexico and Kenya. Around 200 producers benefit from each facility, and have been able to increase their revenue by approximately 30 per cent. The fees are calculated by product type, quantity and cooling time. Flat rates and longer-term contracts are possible, too. Planning of new rural cooling centres always involves analysis and specification of the output level under consideration of customer requirements. InspiraFarms provides maintenance and upkeep of the cooling houses.
Paper instead of plastic
The company JASA developed the JASA Sleever as an alternative to plastic packaging. It is made from cardboard, and it securely and hygienically stores tablets of fruit and vegetables. The sleeve for square and rectangular tablets, pre-folded and glued on two sides, can be disposed of with paper waste. The produce is visible thanks to the product's innovative design. However, it is also protected and cannot easily be removed without breaking the packaging. A label on the underside holds the packaging together. It can be printed with a barcode or information about the product. JASA provides the right machines for constructing a fully automated line of Sleevers that the customer can integrate into their packaging line. The customer can generally continue using their current tablets.
Well packaged in cardboard
Keymac Packaging Systems is presenting at FRUIT LOGISTICA for the first time. The company with production sites in Great Britain and the USA is bringing a new machine with it: the K101 Sleever for fresh produce like apples and pears. It is able to automatically place a cardboard box with loose products into a cardboard sleeve at a speed of up to 60 packages per minute. The result is a completely recyclable packaging that protects the contents and makes them visible, too. The recesses in the sleep also serve as practical handles. The K101 is compact, making it ideal for companies with limited space. The package size can be changed without tools or part replacements in just a few minutes, meaning multiple package sites can be filled per day without issue.
Cut hygienically with water
Water jet cutting has firmly established itself in many industrial fields. It is also ideal for cutting foods, because the consistently sharp "blade" only makes contact with the product one single time. Bacterial contamination and cross-contamination from unclean, conventional metal knives are not possible. The freshly cut products such as celery, leeks or lettuce last longer. There is no frictional heat during the cutting process. Because the products can be cut very precisely, there are higher yields and productivity. As a facility constructor for food processing companies, KMT Waterjet provides consultation on the integration of water cutting technology into companies' production systems.
A machine for many types of fruit
From grapes to watermelons, the machine Deconwa Prep processes a variety of fruits and vegetables. What sets it apart: monitored contact time greatly reduces the contamination of produce. It is an optimal step in the production process between the "low care" and "high care" areas. The device can be used for floating and non-floating products. The "Retention Time" option can be used to regulate the delay time, allowing for continuous and batch processes. The machine is affordable thanks to its compact size. It is available in a mobile and stationary version, and is another important addition to the Deconwa range of products.
Into the sack
Italian company Kuku International Packaging offers an alternative to plastic packaging with its KK BAG. This lattice sack is made from cotton, a natural and renewable resource, and is thus completely biodegradable. It was solely processed with natural materials in order to make the cotton stable. KK BAG is ideal for potatoes, onions, carrots and other vegetables. It is also a durable and ecological packaging for various nuts. Kuku International Packaging can reliably and quickly deliver smaller quantities of sacks as well thanks to its production system. KK BAG is available in a wide range of colours. Upon request it can also come with a personalised paper band with logo and information on the product.
Environmentally friendly lettuce collection
Freshly cut lettuce is healthy and easy to prepare. With L'Insalata dell'Orto's new "MisSalad" brand, the company has developed a product that suits a health-conscious, sustainability-oriented target group, starting with its packaging. "MisSalad" is packaged in compostable, organic plastic bags made from renewable resources, but can also be delivered in a small box made from recyclable cardboard depending on the type of lettuce. L'Insalata dell'Orto is also introducing "Salanova", a new addition to the diverse "MisSalad" collection. This variety stands out for its tender leaves and fine flavour. Customers can also order the lettuce through L'Insalata dell'Orto's online shop.
Sustainably packaged, fresh lettuce
As the Italian market leader in freshly cut lettuce, La Linea Verde has developed a new packaging design for its lettuce: a folding box made from partially recycled plastic that securely transports the lettuce mixes and keeps them fresh for a long time. Thanks to a reliable sealing system, the packaging is easy for the consumer to open and reseal. An anti-fogging system prevents the box from misting up on the inside. This provides a clear view of the contents. The lettuce looks good on the shelf and is attractive to the consumer. La Linea Verde kept the three Rs of sustainability in mind with its new packaging: reduce, reuse, recycle. It also uses less plastic, because 30 per cent of it is recycled PET. The box can be reused and is completely recyclable.
Red on the outside, white on the inside
White fruit flesh, a red peel and an oblong shape define the Eplì apple. Its aroma is pleasantly fresh and sweet. Because of the tree's resistance to outside influences, the apple is easy to maintain during cultivation and requires little intervention. The fruit is ripe 15 days after the Golden Delicious, and is harvested in mid-October in the same production area as the Mela Rossa IGP (red apple) at the foot of the Monviso. The fruit has an average weight of 180 grams, a Brix of 15.2 and an acidity of 10.2 meg/100l. The Lagnasco Group hopes to make the Eplì more well-known through a large-scale marketing campaign, and expects increasing revenue for conventional as well as organic farming.
With its smart weighing and packaging systems, Dutch company LRE helps optimise packaging lines. With a new DTS-V application specially designed for fresh produce, LRE is presenting a smart hardware at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020 that is easy to use and displays production line performance to the user. At the same time, the software allows for insight into production and gives the user a number of tools to optimise production. The new DTS-V application can be used for all sorts of fresh produce that are packaged manually or semiautomatically. With its new machine, LRE promises up to 30 per cent more efficiency in the packaging chain.
Dutch company Marcelissen is using FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020 to present its brand new visual sorter for the potato processing industry. After extensive tests, the machine is now ready for serial production. Its most important innovation is a mechanical emptying system. This system gently pushes the product into the right "outlet", which reliably prevents product damage and contamination. The visual sorter is equipped with the latest image processing technology. With its unique camera positioning it achieves a perfect 360-degree image of each individual potato. Sorting algorithms can be programmed to focus on size, colour and spoiled spots so as to perform the right sorting for the customer.
Smart and compostable
With Biopac, Italian fruit importer McGarlet offers a new, sustainable, plastic-free packaging for its fruits. The stable basis of Biopac offers a cardboard base made from FSC-certified wood fibres that protects the fruit during transport. Wood, a renewable resource, is completely biodegradable. This also applies to the transparent, plastic-free films and all labels, which are compostable and can be thrown out with the organic waste. Printed on the base is an easily comprehensible infographic that explains proper disposal to the user. A QR code that can be scanned with a smartphone also directs the user to recipes based on the exotic fruits in the packaging.
As a manufacturer of packaging, the Mondi Group presents a new line of packaging at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020 with its innovative cardboard system FirstClassFlutes. It protects sensitive goods from the first stacking in the producer's premises until final delivery at the point of sale, even under difficult conditions. FirstClassFlutes are made from 100 per cent primary fibres, are compatible with a variety of base weights, and support numerous packaging formats and end applications. The Mondi Group's extensive portfolio allows for customised solutions for individual needs and also optimises the packaging weight to suit the customer's needs as well as those of the goods during transportation, handling and storage.
No matter whether fruits have to be sorted by colour, size or quality, Multiscan offers the right machines. State-of-the-art image processing technology and innovative product transportation systems are used to ensure optimal sorting. The company is presenting the Multiscan S80 for fruits with a diameter of 40 to 150 millimetres at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020. The innovative sorting machine uses SPIN SORT technology that rotates the product 360 degrees. This allows for fruits like kiwis, lemons, oranges, cherries, tomatoes, avocados, and pistachios and other nuts to be extensively inspected and securely sorted through the usage of artificial vision technology.
Cut to length
As fresh products become ever more important in retail, so do consumers' demands. One important aspect here is the length of a product. With its new sensor system MAGIC DIMENSION, Ortomec makes it possible to harvest lettuce (to name one example) at a certain length to create a homogenous product. With help from a user-friendly push button panel, the user can determine the length of the product to be harvested. The sensor detects the distance between itself and the tip. The software developed by Ortomec sends the command to the knife to harvest the product at the desired length. The software also detects weeds that are larger than the plant, or depressions in the ground, and omits them accordingly.
More freshness thanks to Ozon
Korean company Ozonaid specialists in sterilisation in the foodstuffs and agriculture sectors with Ozon. The oxygen isotope reliably makes fresh foods last longer during transport and storage. It destroys microorganisms without leaving residue on the foods or in the environment, because its components break down into oxygen. This means that Ozon is also ideal for cleaning agricultural machinery or food production machines. But Ozon can also decompose pesticide residue on food without affecting their nutrient content. The technology, developed at the University of Illinois, is already being used for a variety of applications and is sold worldwide by Ozonaid.
Potatoes to go
The days of unwieldy potato sacks are over. French producer Parmentine offers packaging like a handbag. It is called "the Pickup" and facilitates not only easy transport, but also environmentally friendly disposal. The packaging is biodegradable and compostable. Its production creates up to 70 per cent less CO2 than normal packaging. "The Pickup" is made from FSC-certified paper is bio-based and created from cornstarch. Texts and images are printed with water-based ink. With sizes from 800 grams to a kilogram, Parmentine suits the packaging to the needs of small households. "The Pickup" will be available in French supermarkets and hypermarkets starting in 2020.
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.
New packaging, tried and true flavour
The company Pink Lady Europe is taking its new packaging design to FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020. Spanish illustrator and designer Martin Satí designed the imaging. It stands for brand traits like freshness, enjoyment, sustainability, value and the best quality, and performed well in consumer surveys. Yet the new packaging not only looks good, but is also plastic free. Pink Lady is thus becoming more environmentally friendly. Retailers will be able to choose between three different packaging options as of early 2020: the new cardboard boxes from sustainably managed forests, film-sealed boxes made from compostable materials, and flowpacks. The company's commitment to sustainability also plays an important role in the Pink Lady Charter, which will also be presented at FRUIT LOGISTICA.
Better apple harvest via app
The Pixofarm app makes it possible to monitor apple growth via mobile phone and make predictions on the harvest. The app, resulting from 30 years of academic research and honed AI technology, gives fruit producers exact and prompt information on fruit growth, and thus the ability to monitor their fruit orchards. With these parameters they can manage their resources more efficiently, reduce risks, and take measures to optimise their seasonal yields. According to the manufacturer, international customers have been able to increase their harvest by up to 35 per cent with the Pixofarm methodology. Smartphone photos of a certain quantity of apples with the Pixofarm stickers serve as the basis for the determinations. Prognoses are calculated after each sample and are immediately displayed on the smartphone.
Flexible plastic pallets for secure transport
Plasgad is introducing a new generation of pallets with its RS series. While their products were formerly categorised into light pallets for lorry transportation and moderately heavy pallets with integrated skids for heavy loads, this innovation from the Kibbutz Gadot in Israel combines these features in one product. The RS series of pallets can be equipped with various skids, making them customisable for the user's needs. They save space during storage and transport. The pallets facilitate entry with a four-way forklift and have a smooth underside suitable for usage with automatic conveyors. They comply with the general hygiene requirements and are made from recycled or new plastic. This means they can be recycled at the end of their work cycle, which protects the environment and saves on costs.
Iron from algae
If plants don't get enough iron, they develop iron chlorosis. The plants form insufficient quantities of chlorophyll and their growth is inhibited. BIOFERRO is working against that. The iron chelate (Fe-HBED) with algae extract (Ascophyllum nodosum) is the world's first biostimulator for fighting iron chlorosis, according to the manufacturer. BIOFERRO stimulates germination, balanced growth and the development of the fruits. It prevents and resolves iron deficiency in all types of cultures and aids in increasing production compared to conventional chelate. Each kilogram of BIOFERRO contains the equivalent of 630 millilitres of pure Ascophyllum nodosum extract obtained from physical extraction. It has high mannitol, alginic acid, cytokinin and natural auxin content.
Quickly peeled pineapple
Pineapples are tasty and healthy, but are difficult to peel and core. Help has arrived in the form of the semiautomatic peeler and corer for pineapple cylinders from Italian company PND. The work is performed in three steps: after the user has placed the fruit inside the machine, it is first cored, then turned upside-down, and then peeled. The same machine can then cut the pineapple into pieces if the user wishes, such as in rings or chunks. The machine consists of stainless steel components that are easy to clean and maintain. All components can be replaced quickly and easily. The parts that come into contact with the fruit are made from food-safe materials. The machine is equipped with a conveyor belt, which means it can be integrated into processing lines as well.
Italian company Progene Seed is marketing a new, light green zucchini under the name of Karma F1. It is very sturdy during transport and use, meaning it requires fewer packaging materials for storage than other varieties do. With its shiny, robust skin, it is not sensitive to post-harvest processing. Consumers are attracted to its cylindrical, homogenous shape at the produce stand. During cultivation the plant is easy to work with due to its short internodes and dark green leaves. It can withstand high temperatures, making it suitabl for planting in southern regions. It can be planted in the field and greenhouse during the summer, or in a tunnel greenhouse in the spring and summer.
According to Proseal, its GT4s is the fastest tray sealer of its size. The British company developed the high-speed machine to seal covers on premade trays. It can be used for all shapes, sizes and materials. Thanks to its high-end construction, the machine is very efficient and reliably supplements every production line. The GT4s from Proseal is designed to process 160 packaging units per minute. This speed comes with enormous flexibility, so that various tray types can be sealed with equal efficiency and precision. The entire product change process is complete in less than five minutes thanks to the easy tool design and quick single-button operation. This makes it easier to adapt to new packaging trends.
Complete control over high-tech greenhouses
Kubo developed the innovative PYLOT management system for high-tech greenhouses. It compiles all relevant data on plants, the climate and environment in real time and provides them to the user. The producer is shown a clear overview of the data. PYLOT can be installed on various end devices like computers, tablets or smartphones. A comprehensible data analysis with graphics and a dashboard with the most important KPIs as well as the taking of photos, plant measurements and observations make the system an important companion. It allows for the easy exchange of data, such as with investors. Regardless of their place of residence, the producer can make adjustments and decisions to get the best out of their greenhouse.
Bacterial protection for potatoes
Because of the EU's ban on chlorpropham (CIPC) as a germination inhibitor for potatoes, producers have to seek out alternatives. Restrain, a company that is already operating in 36 countries, offers one sustainable option: ethylene generators. They have been used to store potatoes for over 14 years, and are equipped with unique sensors that ensure stable, low ethylene content. The generators have a holding capacity of 20 litres, meaning they do not have to be filled every day unlike other catalytic converters. Restrain improved the sensor technology for the new generator models B100 and B200. The generators require very little maintenance. They leave the factory completely calibrated and are thus ready for use right away.
Rinieri is bringing a new type of slicing scissors for fruits like blueberries, raspberries and blackberries onto the market with the new CRVX Tower 1. Thanks to its hydraulic and mechanical settings, it can be adapted to any plant size. It is delivered in a U-shape with one horizontal and two vertical rods, making it possible to cut through a wide range in one go. The plates with a 325 millimetre penetrating knife allow for cutting branches with a diameter of up to five centimetres. All functions can be easily controlled via joystick. With the CRVX Tower 1, Rinieri is expanding its line of tree cutters that already includes models for other varieties of fruits like oranges, mangoes, avocados, nut trees, pears, apples, peaches and plums.
Schomaker Convenience Technik GmbH's deep fryers support convenience food producers' and large food service facilities' frying systems, from falafel and croquettes to veggie patties. The innovative SFE – E's circulation deep fryers are especially energy-efficient. They are ideal for large kitchens, butchers, delicatessens and cafeterias. Continuous rolling in the frying oil reduces the thermal load. The machines save about 35 per cent more frying oil compared to conventional models. The cooking and circulation time can be gradually set depending on the product requirements. Along with energy efficiency, the deep fryers' user-friendliness and cleaning were at the forefront during their development. According to the manufacturer, these frying systems have the safest fire protection system on the market.
In the colours of the rainbow
Israeli company Shallit has been using its great expertise to produce carrots since 1979. Its packaging unit in which the carrots are washed, sorted and packaged is one of the most modern in the country. The carefully lab-tested products are, by respecting the cooling chain, sent to Europe and the USA via Israeli ports. The Rainbow Carrots are the latest edition to their line of products. These red, yellow and orange carrots are healthy and rich in vitamins. They provide variety on the plate and can be prepared in all sorts of ways.
Labelling large fruits in record time
Sinclair Large Label V6 technology can label larger fruit and vegetable varieties like melons or pumpkins. The Large Label V6 uses hit-on-sight technology that allows it to label larger fruits at a speed of up to 400 units per minute. Sinclair has also recently expanded its range of labels to suit its machine. Sinclair Large labels are not available in sizes from 59 by 64 millimetres to 78 by 61 millimetres. The Large Label V6 offers a sizer interface and its height can be adjusted for a variety of fresh products. It offers its users flexible ways to mount it on a variety of packaging machines.
At FRUIT LOGISTICA, Polish company SOFRUPAK is presenting what it calls "the most environmentally friendly packaging on the market today." SoFruMiniPak® EcoView is a sealable box for fruits or mushrooms. It is available with an integrated or separate lid. The underlying technology is CCC (cellulose coated cardboard), which combines two renewable resources: corrugated cardboard sheets and cellulose film. SoFruMiniPak® EcoView seals quickly and easily, and does not require any costly machinery. This makes it ideal for small and mid-sized companies, such as organic fruit and vegetable producers who want to abstain from using plastic.
Sprouts without bacteria
Vegetable sprouts are extremely healthy and contain lots of power, because they are full of concentrated vitamins and minerals. Yet sprouts can also be dangerous to the consumer if the seeds are contaminated. That is why the brand SunGarden® Seed has developed what it calls the world's safest seed output. With its specially developed and validated process, SunGarden® Seed can deliver a bacterial reduction factor of Log6, while current industry standards can only achieve a reduction of Log3. This innovation thus not only drastically eliminates pathogens, but also uses an organic and non-thermal process that does not impair germination and the seeds' nutritional values.
Autumnal grape flavour
The AUTUMNCRISP® variety of grape stands out for its sweet and juicy flavour with a light note of muscatel, and its firm texture. This makes it popular among consumers, but producers also benefit from its traits, because the grape's strong resistance to environmental influences makes it relatively low-maintenance during cultivation. As with all innovations from Sun World International, the development of this grape – which ripens in late autumn – requires much time and patience. The breeding and development of AUTUMNCRISP® took 18 years before it was ready for market, where it is now sold via partners in Australia, Africa, South America, North America, Europe and Israel.
Healthy and flavourful
With its new tomato variety YOOM™, Syngenta Seeds is presenting a fruit at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020 that stands out for its unmistakeably unique flavour. Simultaneously sweet and tart, it has its own umami note as well. This flavour was combined with a high content of the flavonoid anthocyanin. It is believed that this water-soluble plant pigment has a positive impact on health. YOOM™ is easy to see in the vegetable cupboard for its violet colour. The tomato is cultivated in multiple countries by select Syngenta Seeds partners and can be purchased in branded baskets, individually, or on the vine. YOOM™ is primarily supposed to attract a young and health-conscious target group.
Spicy asparagus with a kick
Family-owned company Teboza works along the entire chain of production, from the development of new varieties to cultivation to the sale of asparagus. And this company from the Netherlands is bringing an innovative product to FRUIT LOGISTICA: freshly peeled and spicy pickled asparagus tips in a glass jar. The pickled asparagus is made at times when a lot of fresh asparagus is available, preventing excess production on the market. At the same time, they meet customers' demand for easy-to-eat vegetables. The pickled asparagus tips' flavour is between that of pickles and normal asparagus in a jar, and the base juice is enriched with spices and herbs. This delicacy can be served cold, and is tasty as a side to a hearty snack or in a salad, for example.
Better blueberries with AI
The KATO260 sorting machine was developed by BBC Technologies and Tomra Foods with the artificial intelligence-based tool LUCAi™. It allows the machine to sort the fruit even more precisely and selectively. LUCAi™ is specially suited to the characteristics of blueberries and can better qualify premium quality products through its more precise sorting, thereby meeting higher customer demands. Each berry is photographed by multiple cameras along a blueberry sorting line. LUCAi™ identifies traits that some people cannot perceive with the naked eye, and classifies the berries accordingly. The system can process up to 2,400 single images per second, with speed and precision facilitated by 17,408 graphic processors.
The art of healthy living
With the new consumer brand Ikygai, Top Seeds International is repositioning itself on the market. This producer of seeds is playing a stronger role in the supply chain. Based on the Japanese term for a balanced and healthy lifestyle, all of Ikygai's products stand for health, beauty, flavour and inspiration. The brand includes Top Seeds International's particularly nutritious products. One of them is Yuka. This tomato variety is cultivated at select locations where salt-rich soil improves its flavour and nutrition. The elegant, uniform Yuka cherry plum tomato has a strong stem with an average weight of 30-35 grams. It is resistant to splitting, tastes fresh, sweet and juicy, and is thus more like a fruit than a tomato.
Plums without secrets
At FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020, the company UNITEC is presenting its market-ready UNIQ Plum technology that securely determines the inner quality of plums. To do this it uses high-resolution cameras that reliably and accurately reveal the organoleptic "secrets" of the plums. It does so with great care so as to preserve all the valuable characteristics of these fruits. UNIQ Plum grades the fruits by specific ripeness parameters and sorts them based on the storage and sales requirements for the various markets. Producers can thus offer the end consumer plums based on their respective taste and expectations. UNIQ Plum can also be easily integrated into the fruit and vegetable centres' software.
Urbinati is introducing its new template filler: the RP1. This machine, with a funnel capacity of 480 litres, allows for the filling of round and quadratic pot shapes with soil. Customised screens let it fill the pots evenly without wasting any soil. The base density and sealing are determined by the steel blade cross-rotor, a key part of the machine. The functions of the main rotor, such as speed, direction of scoop rotation and number of rotations, are controlled by an SPS and can be easily programmed via touchscreen. The RP1 processes tablets up to a total height of 200 millimetres and adjusts the height of the middle group while the height of the conveyor belt remains constant. This is beneficial if the RP1 is mounted alongside other machines.
Clean water for fresh vegetables
Clean water is essential for high-grade processing of produce. VAM WaterTech has developed a reliable and efficient water processing solution for the agricultural industry that hygienically recycles the water and conserves the environment. With its enclosed circulation, up to 95 per cent of process water usage in the agricultural and foodstuff industry can be saved. It helps lengthen the product's lifespan and wash it bacteria-free. Its reliable technology requires less maintenance and fewer idling times during the washing process. The machine is tailored to the customer's needs and is integrated into their current or new washing unit. VAM WaterTech worked with leading manufacturers of foodstuff washing facilities and component suppliers while developing the product in order to ensure compatibility.
No worry with the cooling chain
Based on the patented smart barcode technology FreshCode™, Varcode has developed a new end-to-end cooling chain management solution. The technology includes a smart barcode sensor, a user-defined mobile application, and a blockchain-compatible and cloud-based data storage medium including an alert system. Digitised temperature management data thus easily and affordably improve the cooling chain. Because the system securely records temperature fluctuations along the entire cooling chain, companies meet compliance requirements and also have the opportunity to react quickly. According to the manufacturer, it is the only end-to-end solution that provides data and the analysis thereof along the entire supply chain: from the producer to the consumer.
Know where it comes from
Increasingly more consumers want to know exactly where their food is produced. The smartphone app VeeMee was developed with the goal of giving agricultural products from family-owned companies a competitive advantage. When the customer scans a label, they can view the product's PID (producer identity) and thus its place of origin. The platform hosted by VeeMee provides all relevant information on the place of production, producers, and suppliers. The companies can increase their sale of produce as a result. They obtain valuable information on their uses and feedback for their products.
The packaging and further processing of fresh produce is a precarious stage of the production chain. This is because foreign objects can access the food during this period, including metal particles or fragments of conveyor belts, such as plastic or fabric abrasion. Volta Belting is working toward more security and hygiene with a new, food-safe belt material. The material is suitable for most conveyor belts in the food industry and includes lugs, tracks and side walls. It can be installed on site in just a few minutes with butt welding. Furthermore, Volta Belting offers processed sprockets and pulleys. Shaped blue sprockets for DualDriveTM straps are available in select diameters.
The flavour of the whole wide world
Always on the lookout for new recipes and innovative ingredients, Italian company Zerbinati develoepd a new series of soups. With the title Le Zuppe dal Mondo (Soups of the World), it addresses consumers' demand for exotic flavours. Based on a social media competition organised by the Zerbinati marketing team, the company has developed a total of four new soups based on regional recipes: the American soup is a Vichyssoise with leek and potatoes. The French soup is an onion soup, and the Mexican soup is a sopa de frijoles with black beans and whole grain rice. For the Moroccan soup Zerbinati selected a Laadaas, a red lentil cream soup with turmeric.