Frederico Milanese, international development manager of Italy-based Jingold (second from left) accepts the gold Fruit Logistica Innovation Award for the Oriental Red kiwifruit. ( Tom Karst )

BERLIN, Germany - The 2019 Fruit Logistica top Innovation Award goes to the Oriental Red kiwifruit, marketed by Jingold out of Italy.

The innovation award, announced Feb. 8, was voted on by attendees at the Feb. 6-8 Fruit Logistica expo, a gathering of more than 50,000 fresh produce visitors from around the globe. Counting this year, the innovation award has been given fourteen times since its inception.

The Oriental Red kiwi, originally from China, won the gold innovation award. Also called red Dong-Hong kiwi, the fruit has an excellent shelf life and sugar content of 20 to 21 degrees brix, according to a news release.

The second and third place innovation awards were given to:

  • The silver innovation award was awarded to the Softripe Ripening Technology from German firm Frigotec, which boasts energy-saving ripening technology for bananas and other tropical fruit; and 
  • The bronze innovation award was awarded to the top-sealable compostable, recyclable strawberry punnet from CKF in Canada. The compostable and recyclable wood pulp punnets hold for 350 to 400 grams of strawberries, according to the release.