"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."

That Biblical quote, Ecclesiastes 1:9, didn't take into account new product introductions. Sure, the retail fresh produce department still sells, apples, oranges, lettuce, tomatoes and bananas - just as it always has and just as it always will.

But give credit to produce marketers here and abroad for tweaking convenience, varieties and technology to keep things fresh, if not wholly different than what has come before.

I received a press release this morning about the nominees for the FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award 2012. The release contained some interesting overviews of the products nominated for the award this year. FRUIT LOGISTICA will be held in Berlin from Feb. 8-10, and trade show visitors can vote on their choice for the award, according to the release. The award will be presented Feb. 10  by  Messe Berlin GmbH and the Fruchthandel Magazine, Düsseldorf.

Here are some excerpts from the release about the Innovation Award nominees.

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Company       Bejo Zaden B.V., Netherlands
Product           Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Website          www.bejo.com

Purple Sprouting Broccoli is a new variety of broccoli with small, dark purple side shoots which grow next to the main stem.


Company       Bud Holland B.V., Netherlands
Product           Achacha
Website          www.bud.nl

The Achacha originates from the Bolivian Amazon basin and is now commercially grown in Australia. It has a bright orange, relatively thick skin and the form and size of an egg.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Company       Campo Rico Export, S.L., Spain
Product           Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Website          www.camporico.com

Campo Rico Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a new ready-to-eat/ready-to-heat convenience product, vacuum-packed on a transparent plastic tray inside a plastic bag, with one whole sweet potato (600-800 g) per package.

Yonanas Healthy Frozen Treat Maker

Company       Healthy Foods, LLC, USA
Product           Yonanas Healthy Frozen Treat Maker
Website          www.yonanas.com

The Yonanas Healthy Frozen Treat Maker is a new kitchen appliance that uses only frozen fruit to create a frozen dessert that looks and tastes like soft ice cream.

Pineapple juice with fruit pieces

Company       McCarter a.s., Slovak Republic
Product           Rio Fresh 100% Pineapple with Pine
Website          www.mccarter.sk

Rio Fresh 100% Pineapple is freshly squeezed pineapple juice with small pineapple pieces. It is the addition of the small pineapple pieces which makes the product different.

Pattruss Z

Company       Pattruss, Inc., Japan
Product           Pattruss Z
Website          www.pattruss.com

The Pattruss Z is a newly developed plastic bag with an unusual triangular shape which protects the contents while at the same time saving space during transportation.


Company       Rijk Zwaan, Netherlands
Product           Lovemysalad.com
Website          www.rijkzwaan.com

Lovemysalad.com is an interactive website and social network forum for salad lovers from all over the world – private or professional – to share their passion for vegetables and salads.

Dried Candied Cido

Company       SIA Amberbloom, Latvia
Product           Dried Candied Cido
Website          www.amberbloom.lv

Dried Candied Cido is produced from a special variety of the Chaenomeles japonica, also known as Japanese Quince or Nordic Lemon, and especially popular in Latvia.

Angello™ Sweet & Seedless Pepper

Company       Syngenta Seeds B.V., Netherlands
 Product           Angello™ Sweet & Seedless Pepper
Website          www.syngenta.com

The Angello™ Sweet & Seedless Pepper is a new variety of seedless red baby pepper, conical in shape and with a sweet and crunchy taste.

Sungreen Green Cherry Tomato

Company       Tokita Seed Company Ltd., Japan
Product           Sungreen Green Cherry Tomato
Website          www.tokitaseed.co.jp

Sungreen is a newly developed green cherry tomato, weighing on average 20 g.

TK: There you have it. I don't think there is a "knock your socks off" nominee in the group, but they all bring something interesting to the market. My hastily- formed opinion would put the Angello at the top of the nominees. What's your thought?

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