April 12, 2019

Finalists for Viva Fresh Expo’s innovation showcase released

The second annual Viva Fresh Innovation Showcase has announced the 22 finalists that will feature a broad range of innovative products at the expo on Saturday, April 27.

Industry members were encouraged to submit any and all new advances from field to fork. Innovations were not limited and could include advances in: new seed varieties, products, packaging, advances in production, machinery, packing facilities and greenhouses; technology or application software, food safety, traceability, sustainability efforts and more.

“We’re excited about the large number of entries we received this year. It is a powerful reflection on this region — an area that built its reputation on timeless innovations such as the Rio Star Red Grapefruit and the Texas 1015 Sweet Onion,” said Dante Galeazzi, President and CEO of TIPA. “Our vision for this showcase has been to recognize excellence and celebrate the creative, unique and industry-changing technologies that are both shaping and improving every aspect of the fresh produce supply chain.”

A panel of judges comprised of retail, foodservice and produce industry veterans chose the finalists based on a strict set of strict criteria. They include:

Allen Lund Company AlchemyTMS — Spot Bid tool
Apeel Sciences Apeel: plant-derived shelf life extension technology
Coast Tropical Organic Wrap Around Mango
Del Monte Fresh Produce Del Monte Honeyglow Pineapple
Del Monte Fresh Produce/Mann Packing Caulilini Baby Cauliflower
Fox Packaging Fox Stand-Up Combo Bag
Frontera Produce/Sostena Golden Crush Cantaloupe/ Ground Site/ Produce Plan
GoodFarms and Equitable Food Initiative Andrew & Williamson’s EFI Continuous Improvement Teams
IFCO Systems MyIFCO Recollect App
International Paper International Paper — Stakor
Ippolito International Royal Brussels Sprouts
Kingdom Fresh Farms Solar Panel System
Magic Sun Farms CEICKOR University
Mastronardi Produce ALOHA peppers
Mr. Lucky Mr. Lucky Garlic Blister Pack
Mucci Farms CuteCumber Poppers
National Mango Board In-store Mango Display
Pure Flavor Mini Munchies Tomato Snack Pack
SunFed SunFed Sweet Melon Machine
Triple H Produce Triple H Grower’s App
Ventura Foods/Marie’s Refrigerated Salad Dressing Marie’s Market Reserve Refrigerated Dressings
Village Farms Village Farms Texas Grown

The finalists will be displayed before and during the Expo on April 27. All expo attendees will be encouraged to vote live from the show floor via mobile device for their favorite innovation. The innovation with the most votes will receive the Best of Show Award, along with the second and third runners up. The award winners will be announced during the Expo.

For more information, visit www.VivaFreshExpo.com.

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