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Finalists For United Fresh 2019 Innovation Awards Announced

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The 48 finalists for the United Fresh 2019 Innovation Awards have been announced.

The finalists will compete in seven categories for the title of Best New Product at United Fresh 2019, June 10-12 in Chicago. Attendees will be able to vote for those winners during the trade show.

“The fresh produce community is constantly adopting new strategies for growth at an innovative pace,” said United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel. “From new varieties, packaging and merchandising solutions to advancements in automation, growing technologies and more, these awards shine a spotlight on the products and solutions that are driving the industry forward.”

The finalists (product, company) in the following categories are:

Best New Food Safety Solution

Clearthru, RSM US LLP—Booth #18017

ColumbusFood ERP, Columbus—Booth #5019

Food Freshness Card for Packaging, Food Freshness Card—Booth #15049

Go Real-Time Flex Tracker, Emerson Cargo Solutions—Booth #14024

Logmore dynamic QR, Logmore Ltd.—Booth #18045

Best New Fruit Product

Arctic Grannys ApBitz Snacks, Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.—Booth #11029

Golden Crush Melon, Frontera Produce—Booth #13046

Honeydude Melon, Sol Group Marketing—Booth #10045

Natierra Organic Freeze-Dried Pomegranate Arils, BrandStorm Inc. NA—Booth #5044

NatureSweet Comets, NatureSweet Ltd.—Booth #4027

Peeled, Diced or Sliced Pears, Crunch Pak—Booth #6040

Wow Berries, Mastronardi Produce Ltd.—Booth #10040

Best New Packaging

100 percent Backyard Compostable Packaging, Mastronardi Produce Ltd.—Booth #10040

Brighthouse Organics Tomato Medley 8-oz., NatureSweet Ltd.—Booth #4027

Film-sealed Fruit Cups, Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A.—Booth #2000

Fox Stand-Up Combo Bag, Fox Packaging—Booth #6012

Giro “Easy Open” Bag, Giro Pack Inc.—Booth #10022

LivingCube Living Lettuce, Del Fresco Produce Ltd.—Booth #12027

Mix & Match, Limoneira Co.—Booth #10030

Peel and Reseal Compostable Packaging, Naturipe Farms LLC—Booth #6036

PlatBioWrap, The Platinum Packaging Group—Booth # 10019

Schur’s Zip Pop, Schur Star Systems Inc.—Booth #4021

Simple Snack, Mucci Farms—Booth #9024

Best New Packing/Processing Equipment

Multivac R535 with Integrated Yamato Combination Weigher & Depositor, Multivac Inc.—Booth #6033

Pouch Bagger, Fox Solutions—Booth #6012

Strawberry cap removal system/de-caylx/de-stemming machine, Atlas Pacific Engineering—Booth #14011

Vortex 150, Turatti North America—Booth #18009

Best New Vegetable Product

Apeel Asparagus, Apeel Sciences—Booth #12031

BrightFarms Happy Beet, BrightFarms—Booth #6005

Cece’s Veggie Co. Organic Butternut Shells & Cheese, Cece’s Veggie Co.—Booth #10015

Dole Bountiful Kits, Dole Food Co.—Booth #8000

Garden Highway Chef Essentials Fresh Slaws, Renaissance Food Group—Booth #8040

LivingCube Microgreens–Basil, Del Fresco Produce Ltd.—Booth #12027

Nourish Bowls Breakfast, Mann Packing—Booth #2000

Plant Based Dips, Good Foods Group—Booth #6029

Raw Wraps Kale Tacos, Green Leaf Foods—Booth #3044

Ready Pac Foods Fresh Picked Protein Snacks, Bonduelle Fresh Americas—Booth #12006

Southwestern Tortilla Vegetable Meal Bowl, Korean BBQ Vegetable Meal Bowl, Growers Express—Booth #5015

Sugar Bombs, Mastronardi Produce Ltd.—Booth #10040

Sweetpops Tomatoes, Red Sun Farms—Booth #10011

Taylor Farms Avocado Ranch Chopped Salad Kit, Taylor Farms Inc.—Booth # 4031

Best New Field Technology

Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS), Stemilt Growers LLC—Booth #6015

Produce Plan, Frontera Produce—Booth #13046

RipeTime, RipeTime—Booth #18045

SC iOn Trak SC1204, CalAmp—Booth #18025

Best New Indoor Growing Technology

Hoogendoorn Analytics, Hoogendoorn America Inc.—Booth #18045

LivingCube, Del Fresco Produce Ltd.—Booth #12027

Virgo, Root AI—Booth #9028


The 2019 United Fresh Innovation Awards finalists will be displayed on the trade show floor at United Fresh 2019 in Chicago, where attendees will have the opportunity to cast their votes for their favorite new and innovative products on Tuesday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 12. United Fresh will announce winners from the Main Stage on Wednesday, June 12, at 2 pm at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center.

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