The list is out.

 A press release today said that Messe Berlin and FRUCHTHANDEL MAGAZINE released the  ten nominations for the FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award 2012. The release explained that the award will be presented at the Feb. 8-10 trade show in Berlin. Trade show attendees can vote for the innovation award during the first couple of days of the event, with the award presented Feb. 10.

The nominees... (drum roll please)

Bejo Zaden, Netherlands: Purple sprouting broccoli

• Bud Holland, Netherlands: Achacha tropical fruit – originally from South America, now grown in Australia

Campo Rico, Spain: Roasted sweet potato

• Healthy Foods, USA: Yonanas healthy frozen treat maker – makes ice cream from frozen fruit

McCarter, Czech Republic: Pineapple juice with fruit pieces

Pattruss Inc., Japan: Pattruss Z (Zed) – resealable salad bag

Rijk Zwaan, Netherlands: – consumer information via "Social Salad Network"

SIA Amberbloom, Latvia: Dried and candied Cido

Syngenta, Netherlands: Angello sweet & seedless pepper

Tokita Seed Co. Ltd., Japan. Sungreen – sun-ripened, yet green cherry tomato

To reset,   last year's winner of the Fruit Logistica Innovation of the Year Award  was Limeburst Fingerlimes, and the other nominees were:

Almond Mushroom Angelle BIOX-M Jamie Oliver "Grow Your Own"-ProdukteResealable freshness Salad BagRockit™StoreNSure Pear ; Sweet 
Resistants and : Sweet Sensation

TK: For this year,  I love the "social salad network" concept (a lot of recipe sharing going on) but the wow factor of the seedless sweet red pepper will be tough to beat. And who doesn't want to try the achacha

USDA commodity purchases Dec.16

Land uses in the U.S.

NJ Firm cited for PACA violoations

Watermelon board announced

Mass. firm cited for PACA violation

FBI crime statistics

LA revises school lunch menus after healthy options panned

Costco Quarterly

Winn Dixie Merger announcement

Schools reconsidering ban on junk foods: it doesn't work?!

The food stamp crime wave: WSJ

Winn Dixie sold to go private

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