CHICAGO — From a field of a record number of finalists, five products in the fresh produce industry stood out as United Fresh Produce Association Innovation Award winners.
The products, on display at the United Fresh 2016 expo floor and chosen by industry members at the association’s annual show June 20-22, are:
Best New Fruit Product — Mucci Farms; Smuccies Sweet Strawberries;
Best New Packaging — Maglio Companies/The Fresh Group LTD; readyripe lite watermelon pouch;
Best New Vegetable Product — Dole Fresh Vegetables; Dole Chef’s Choice Caesar Salad Kit;
Best New Food Safety Solution — NatureSeal Inc.; NatureSeal First Step+ 10; and
Best New Packing/Processing Equipment: PerfoTec BV; Internet Fresh-Cut Flowers Flowpack for Home Delivery.
“This year’s Produce Innovation Awards had a record-breaking number of innovative competitors,” United Fresh vice president of convention and industry relations John Toner said in a news release. “The exceptional creativity of these five winners helped them stand out at United Fresh 2016, the home of fresh produce innovation.”
“The innovation of our member companies shape the entire produce industry and show attendees have the unique opportunity to see that ingenuity up close at United Fresh,” Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president and CEO, said in the release.