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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 emitting ultraviolet light into the air, 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. Thanks to this technology, which is sold in Europe by Turkish company Deisko, riper and thus more flavourful fruit can be stored without perishing. Storage temperatures can also be increased, which saves on energy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has developed 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.