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Pear Bureau Northwest awarded specialty crop block grant

Pear Bureau Northwest was awarded $ 40,000 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and $ 20,000 from the Washington State Department of Agriculture through the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant. The grant will enable the Pear Bureau Northwest to focus on “Putting Pears on the Menu: Increasing the use of Pears on National Chain Restaurants.”uspear

The Pear Bureau will educate foodservice decision makers on pear varieties, seasonality, storage and ripening through outreach activities targeting large restaurant chains. The increased demand of fresh pears in foodservice will help Northwest growers and shippers keep pace with a growing supply of high-quality fruit.

“This grant will help increase pear usage and awareness among consumers throughout the US.,” Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau Northwest president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “Studies show that nearly 40 percent of consumers who try a food in a restaurant will look to make it at home*, so expanding restaurant use of pears will expand retail purchases and home use as well.”

Under the 2014 farm bill, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture receive annual funding from the USDA to award grants for projects that enhance the competitiveness of states’ specialty crops.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. Eligible plants must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification to be considered specialty crops.

*Foodservice and Influencers, national telephone survey of 1,000 primary shoppers conducted by Produce Marketing Association, May 2006.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Pear Bureau Northwest awarded specialty crop block grant

Pear Bureau Northwest was awarded $ 40,000 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and $ 20,000 from the Washington State Department of Agriculture through the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant. The grant will enable the Pear Bureau Northwest to focus on “Putting Pears on the Menu: Increasing the use of Pears on National Chain Restaurants.”uspear

The Pear Bureau will educate foodservice decision makers on pear varieties, seasonality, storage and ripening through outreach activities targeting large restaurant chains. The increased demand of fresh pears in foodservice will help Northwest growers and shippers keep pace with a growing supply of high-quality fruit.

“This grant will help increase pear usage and awareness among consumers throughout the US.,” Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau Northwest president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “Studies show that nearly 40 percent of consumers who try a food in a restaurant will look to make it at home*, so expanding restaurant use of pears will expand retail purchases and home use as well.”

Under the 2014 farm bill, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture receive annual funding from the USDA to award grants for projects that enhance the competitiveness of states’ specialty crops.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. Eligible plants must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification to be considered specialty crops.

*Foodservice and Influencers, national telephone survey of 1,000 primary shoppers conducted by Produce Marketing Association, May 2006.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Pear Bureau Northwest awarded specialty crop block grant

Pear Bureau Northwest was awarded $ 40,000 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and $ 20,000 from the Washington State Department of Agriculture through the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant. The grant will enable the Pear Bureau Northwest to focus on “Putting Pears on the Menu: Increasing the use of Pears on National Chain Restaurants.”uspear

The Pear Bureau will educate foodservice decision makers on pear varieties, seasonality, storage and ripening through outreach activities targeting large restaurant chains. The increased demand of fresh pears in foodservice will help Northwest growers and shippers keep pace with a growing supply of high-quality fruit.

“This grant will help increase pear usage and awareness among consumers throughout the US.,” Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau Northwest president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “Studies show that nearly 40 percent of consumers who try a food in a restaurant will look to make it at home*, so expanding restaurant use of pears will expand retail purchases and home use as well.”

Under the 2014 farm bill, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture receive annual funding from the USDA to award grants for projects that enhance the competitiveness of states’ specialty crops.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. Eligible plants must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification to be considered specialty crops.

*Foodservice and Influencers, national telephone survey of 1,000 primary shoppers conducted by Produce Marketing Association, May 2006.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Pear Bureau Northwest awarded specialty crop block grant

Pear Bureau Northwest was awarded $ 40,000 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and $ 20,000 from the Washington State Department of Agriculture through the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant. The grant will enable the Pear Bureau Northwest to focus on “Putting Pears on the Menu: Increasing the use of Pears on National Chain Restaurants.”uspear

The Pear Bureau will educate foodservice decision makers on pear varieties, seasonality, storage and ripening through outreach activities targeting large restaurant chains. The increased demand of fresh pears in foodservice will help Northwest growers and shippers keep pace with a growing supply of high-quality fruit.

“This grant will help increase pear usage and awareness among consumers throughout the US.,” Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau Northwest president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “Studies show that nearly 40 percent of consumers who try a food in a restaurant will look to make it at home*, so expanding restaurant use of pears will expand retail purchases and home use as well.”

Under the 2014 farm bill, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture receive annual funding from the USDA to award grants for projects that enhance the competitiveness of states’ specialty crops.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. Eligible plants must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification to be considered specialty crops.

*Foodservice and Influencers, national telephone survey of 1,000 primary shoppers conducted by Produce Marketing Association, May 2006.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Pear Bureau Northwest awarded specialty crop block grant

Pear Bureau Northwest was awarded $ 40,000 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and $ 20,000 from the Washington State Department of Agriculture through the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant. The grant will enable the Pear Bureau Northwest to focus on “Putting Pears on the Menu: Increasing the use of Pears on National Chain Restaurants.”uspear

The Pear Bureau will educate foodservice decision makers on pear varieties, seasonality, storage and ripening through outreach activities targeting large restaurant chains. The increased demand of fresh pears in foodservice will help Northwest growers and shippers keep pace with a growing supply of high-quality fruit.

“This grant will help increase pear usage and awareness among consumers throughout the US.,” Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau Northwest president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “Studies show that nearly 40 percent of consumers who try a food in a restaurant will look to make it at home*, so expanding restaurant use of pears will expand retail purchases and home use as well.”

Under the 2014 farm bill, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture receive annual funding from the USDA to award grants for projects that enhance the competitiveness of states’ specialty crops.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. Eligible plants must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification to be considered specialty crops.

*Foodservice and Influencers, national telephone survey of 1,000 primary shoppers conducted by Produce Marketing Association, May 2006.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Pear Bureau Northwest awarded specialty crop block grant

Pear Bureau Northwest was awarded $ 40,000 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and $ 20,000 from the Washington State Department of Agriculture through the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant. The grant will enable the Pear Bureau Northwest to focus on “Putting Pears on the Menu: Increasing the use of Pears on National Chain Restaurants.”uspear

The Pear Bureau will educate foodservice decision makers on pear varieties, seasonality, storage and ripening through outreach activities targeting large restaurant chains. The increased demand of fresh pears in foodservice will help Northwest growers and shippers keep pace with a growing supply of high-quality fruit.

“This grant will help increase pear usage and awareness among consumers throughout the US.,” Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau Northwest president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “Studies show that nearly 40 percent of consumers who try a food in a restaurant will look to make it at home*, so expanding restaurant use of pears will expand retail purchases and home use as well.”

Under the 2014 farm bill, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture receive annual funding from the USDA to award grants for projects that enhance the competitiveness of states’ specialty crops.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. Eligible plants must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification to be considered specialty crops.

*Foodservice and Influencers, national telephone survey of 1,000 primary shoppers conducted by Produce Marketing Association, May 2006.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Pear Bureau Northwest awarded specialty crop block grant

Pear Bureau Northwest was awarded $ 40,000 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and $ 20,000 from the Washington State Department of Agriculture through the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant. The grant will enable the Pear Bureau Northwest to focus on “Putting Pears on the Menu: Increasing the use of Pears on National Chain Restaurants.”uspear

The Pear Bureau will educate foodservice decision makers on pear varieties, seasonality, storage and ripening through outreach activities targeting large restaurant chains. The increased demand of fresh pears in foodservice will help Northwest growers and shippers keep pace with a growing supply of high-quality fruit.

“This grant will help increase pear usage and awareness among consumers throughout the US.,” Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau Northwest president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “Studies show that nearly 40 percent of consumers who try a food in a restaurant will look to make it at home*, so expanding restaurant use of pears will expand retail purchases and home use as well.”

Under the 2014 farm bill, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture receive annual funding from the USDA to award grants for projects that enhance the competitiveness of states’ specialty crops.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. Eligible plants must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification to be considered specialty crops.

*Foodservice and Influencers, national telephone survey of 1,000 primary shoppers conducted by Produce Marketing Association, May 2006.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Pear Bureau Northwest awarded specialty crop block grant

Pear Bureau Northwest was awarded $ 40,000 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and $ 20,000 from the Washington State Department of Agriculture through the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant. The grant will enable the Pear Bureau Northwest to focus on “Putting Pears on the Menu: Increasing the use of Pears on National Chain Restaurants.”uspear

The Pear Bureau will educate foodservice decision makers on pear varieties, seasonality, storage and ripening through outreach activities targeting large restaurant chains. The increased demand of fresh pears in foodservice will help Northwest growers and shippers keep pace with a growing supply of high-quality fruit.

“This grant will help increase pear usage and awareness among consumers throughout the US.,” Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau Northwest president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “Studies show that nearly 40 percent of consumers who try a food in a restaurant will look to make it at home*, so expanding restaurant use of pears will expand retail purchases and home use as well.”

Under the 2014 farm bill, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture receive annual funding from the USDA to award grants for projects that enhance the competitiveness of states’ specialty crops.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. Eligible plants must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification to be considered specialty crops.

*Foodservice and Influencers, national telephone survey of 1,000 primary shoppers conducted by Produce Marketing Association, May 2006.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Pear Bureau Northwest awarded specialty crop block grant

Pear Bureau Northwest was awarded $ 40,000 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and $ 20,000 from the Washington State Department of Agriculture through the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant. The grant will enable the Pear Bureau Northwest to focus on “Putting Pears on the Menu: Increasing the use of Pears on National Chain Restaurants.”uspear

The Pear Bureau will educate foodservice decision makers on pear varieties, seasonality, storage and ripening through outreach activities targeting large restaurant chains. The increased demand of fresh pears in foodservice will help Northwest growers and shippers keep pace with a growing supply of high-quality fruit.

“This grant will help increase pear usage and awareness among consumers throughout the US.,” Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau Northwest president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “Studies show that nearly 40 percent of consumers who try a food in a restaurant will look to make it at home*, so expanding restaurant use of pears will expand retail purchases and home use as well.”

Under the 2014 farm bill, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture receive annual funding from the USDA to award grants for projects that enhance the competitiveness of states’ specialty crops.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. Eligible plants must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification to be considered specialty crops.

*Foodservice and Influencers, national telephone survey of 1,000 primary shoppers conducted by Produce Marketing Association, May 2006.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Pear Bureau Northwest awarded specialty crop block grant

Pear Bureau Northwest was awarded $ 40,000 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and $ 20,000 from the Washington State Department of Agriculture through the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant. The grant will enable the Pear Bureau Northwest to focus on “Putting Pears on the Menu: Increasing the use of Pears on National Chain Restaurants.”uspear

The Pear Bureau will educate foodservice decision makers on pear varieties, seasonality, storage and ripening through outreach activities targeting large restaurant chains. The increased demand of fresh pears in foodservice will help Northwest growers and shippers keep pace with a growing supply of high-quality fruit.

“This grant will help increase pear usage and awareness among consumers throughout the US.,” Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau Northwest president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “Studies show that nearly 40 percent of consumers who try a food in a restaurant will look to make it at home*, so expanding restaurant use of pears will expand retail purchases and home use as well.”

Under the 2014 farm bill, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture receive annual funding from the USDA to award grants for projects that enhance the competitiveness of states’ specialty crops.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. Eligible plants must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification to be considered specialty crops.

*Foodservice and Influencers, national telephone survey of 1,000 primary shoppers conducted by Produce Marketing Association, May 2006.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Pear Bureau Northwest awarded specialty crop block grant

Pear Bureau Northwest was awarded $ 40,000 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and $ 20,000 from the Washington State Department of Agriculture through the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant. The grant will enable the Pear Bureau Northwest to focus on “Putting Pears on the Menu: Increasing the use of Pears on National Chain Restaurants.”uspear

The Pear Bureau will educate foodservice decision makers on pear varieties, seasonality, storage and ripening through outreach activities targeting large restaurant chains. The increased demand of fresh pears in foodservice will help Northwest growers and shippers keep pace with a growing supply of high-quality fruit.

“This grant will help increase pear usage and awareness among consumers throughout the US.,” Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau Northwest president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “Studies show that nearly 40 percent of consumers who try a food in a restaurant will look to make it at home*, so expanding restaurant use of pears will expand retail purchases and home use as well.”

Under the 2014 farm bill, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture receive annual funding from the USDA to award grants for projects that enhance the competitiveness of states’ specialty crops.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. Eligible plants must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification to be considered specialty crops.

*Foodservice and Influencers, national telephone survey of 1,000 primary shoppers conducted by Produce Marketing Association, May 2006.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Silver Grape award Citta’ di Rutigliano awarded to FreshPlaza during Fruit Logistica 2014

Silver Grape award Citta’ di Rutigliano awarded to FreshPlaza during Fruit Logistica 2014

The international prize “Silver Grape – City of Rutigliano”, an annual award established by the town of Rutigliano (Bari-Italy) reached its sixteenth edition in 2014. The prize, officially sponsored by the agricultural firm Orchidea Frutta, is intended for those who are distinguished in the development of the table grapes sector.

The jury, appointed by the department of agriculture of Rutigliano, unanimously awarded recognition to our online magazine “FreshPlaza”, after having reviewed several proposals.

The motivation for the award is as follows:

“It has contributed as an independent source of information for the companies operating in the fruit and vegetable sector, to the promotion and affirmation of table grapes from Apulia, making them known and appreciated all over the world and promoting economic development in the origin areas.”

The award was given on February 6th at 11 am in the stand “Italy” within Fruit Logistica.


Above: the announcement of the award, at the presence of the regional agricultural authority Fabrizio Nardoni (first on the left), the Mayor of Rutigliano Roberto Romagno (second from left) and Rutigliano’s agricultural authority Pasquale Redavid (second on the left). Photo below: Sander Bruins Slot (FreshPlaza.COM Editor), Pieter Boekhout (FreshPlaza owner), Paolo Bruni (CSO President), Rossella Gigli (FreshPlaza.IT Editor), Roberto Romagno (Mayor of Rutigliano).

The ceremony was attended by the main regional and national authorities in the Italian horticultural sector.


Above: the consignment of the prize in the hands of Pieter Boekhout and Rossella Gigli. Below: the speech of Sander Bruins Slot. On the left, a part of the journalistic staff of the Italian edition Maria Luigia Brusco, Renata Cantamessa and Raffaella Quadretti. Behind the photocamera, Giancarlo Fabbri.

Below: Nicola Giuliano (Orchidea Frutta owner) and Roberto Romagno together with Rossella Gigli.

FreshPlaza
FreshPlaza is as an independent source of information for the companies operating in the fruit and vegetable sector.

After significant success with this concept in the Dutch market through the website www.agf.nl, it was decided to venture into the international market by the creation of FreshPlaza. Ever since the start up in March 2005, the interest in the FreshPlaza website and news mail has grown steadily. In April 2007, the Italian edition www.freshplaza.it followed. And five months later in September 2007, the Spanish edition www.freshplaza.es was founded. In 2013 FreshPlaza reached 30,000 subscribers and as a group we now send more than 100,000 newsletters worldwide every day.

The FreshPlaza team comprises of a growing team of writers, editors, and account managers for our commercial representation. Our editors source their news on a global basis and from many different languages, including Spanish, Italian, German, French, Dutch and Portuguese.

FreshPlaza, by nature, is an interactive concept, which relies greatly on the participation of its readers. This is expressed through many press releases, photo material, responsive messages, and information requests our readers send to us.

FreshPlaza has the attention of the global Fresh Produce industry. It’s up to our readers to use this fact to their advantage.

Publication date: 2/10/2014
Author: Rossella Gigli
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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Oscar awards for innovation awarded at MacFrut

Oscar awards for innovation awarded at MacFrut

On the final day of the Macfrut event, the international exhibition dedicated to the fruit and vegetable supply chain, five Oscar Macfrut Awards for innovation were given.

Ishida received the first category award for its Rv Series, the latest development of Ishida’s multi-head weigher; Carton Pack won a prize in the Packaging category for its Cpfresh® technology, which enables product respiration to be self-controlled, thus retaining quality unaltered until the time of consumption; OrtoRomi won the third category prize for Topolina, a new lunch-time bowl; whereas Polymer Logistics won the Oscar Logistica prize for Rattan Active Lock Rpc, a trolley that can be easily converted from a pallet into a reinforced trolley, and vice versa.

The general prize, based on visitors’ votes, was given to the Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna, which presented the Sweet series cherries, with features including: sweetness, large size, attractive appearance, firm flesh and fragrance.
All the prizes were awarded by Paolo Lucchi, Mayor of Cesena, except for the second category prize, awarded by Domenico Scarpellini, President of Cesena Fiera, and the third category prize, awarded by Alberto Zambianchi, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Forlì-Cesena.

The products in this competition were judged by a panel of experts and authorities in the agri-food sector. The initiative aims to encourage companies to achieve process and product innovation.

For more information:
Luca Speroni, International Press Office
Macfrut c/o Fruitecom srl
Tel: +39 059 7863894
Fax: +39 059 7863889
Email:[email protected]

Publication date: 10/2/2013


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Oscar awards for innovation awarded at MacFrut

Oscar awards for innovation awarded at MacFrut

On the final day of the Macfrut event, the international exhibition dedicated to the fruit and vegetable supply chain, five Oscar Macfrut Awards for innovation were given.

Ishida received the first category award for its Rv Series, the latest development of Ishida’s multi-head weigher; Carton Pack won a prize in the Packaging category for its Cpfresh® technology, which enables product respiration to be self-controlled, thus retaining quality unaltered until the time of consumption; OrtoRomi won the third category prize for Topolina, a new lunch-time bowl; whereas Polymer Logistics won the Oscar Logistica prize for Rattan Active Lock Rpc, a trolley that can be easily converted from a pallet into a reinforced trolley, and vice versa.

The general prize, based on visitors’ votes, was given to the Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna, which presented the Sweet series cherries, with features including: sweetness, large size, attractive appearance, firm flesh and fragrance.
All the prizes were awarded by Paolo Lucchi, Mayor of Cesena, except for the second category prize, awarded by Domenico Scarpellini, President of Cesena Fiera, and the third category prize, awarded by Alberto Zambianchi, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Forlì-Cesena.

The products in this competition were judged by a panel of experts and authorities in the agri-food sector. The initiative aims to encourage companies to achieve process and product innovation.

For more information:
Luca Speroni, International Press Office
Macfrut c/o Fruitecom srl
Tel: +39 059 7863894
Fax: +39 059 7863889
Email:[email protected]

Publication date: 10/2/2013


FreshPlaza.com

Oscar awards for innovation awarded at MacFrut

Oscar awards for innovation awarded at MacFrut

On the final day of the Macfrut event, the international exhibition dedicated to the fruit and vegetable supply chain, five Oscar Macfrut Awards for innovation were given.

Ishida received the first category award for its Rv Series, the latest development of Ishida’s multi-head weigher; Carton Pack won a prize in the Packaging category for its Cpfresh® technology, which enables product respiration to be self-controlled, thus retaining quality unaltered until the time of consumption; OrtoRomi won the third category prize for Topolina, a new lunch-time bowl; whereas Polymer Logistics won the Oscar Logistica prize for Rattan Active Lock Rpc, a trolley that can be easily converted from a pallet into a reinforced trolley, and vice versa.

The general prize, based on visitors’ votes, was given to the Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna, which presented the Sweet series cherries, with features including: sweetness, large size, attractive appearance, firm flesh and fragrance.
All the prizes were awarded by Paolo Lucchi, Mayor of Cesena, except for the second category prize, awarded by Domenico Scarpellini, President of Cesena Fiera, and the third category prize, awarded by Alberto Zambianchi, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Forlì-Cesena.

The products in this competition were judged by a panel of experts and authorities in the agri-food sector. The initiative aims to encourage companies to achieve process and product innovation.

For more information:
Luca Speroni, International Press Office
Macfrut c/o Fruitecom srl
Tel: +39 059 7863894
Fax: +39 059 7863889
Email:[email protected]

Publication date: 10/2/2013


FreshPlaza.com

Oscar awards for innovation awarded at MacFrut

Oscar awards for innovation awarded at MacFrut

On the final day of the Macfrut event, the international exhibition dedicated to the fruit and vegetable supply chain, five Oscar Macfrut Awards for innovation were given.

Ishida received the first category award for its Rv Series, the latest development of Ishida’s multi-head weigher; Carton Pack won a prize in the Packaging category for its Cpfresh® technology, which enables product respiration to be self-controlled, thus retaining quality unaltered until the time of consumption; OrtoRomi won the third category prize for Topolina, a new lunch-time bowl; whereas Polymer Logistics won the Oscar Logistica prize for Rattan Active Lock Rpc, a trolley that can be easily converted from a pallet into a reinforced trolley, and vice versa.

The general prize, based on visitors’ votes, was given to the Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna, which presented the Sweet series cherries, with features including: sweetness, large size, attractive appearance, firm flesh and fragrance.
All the prizes were awarded by Paolo Lucchi, Mayor of Cesena, except for the second category prize, awarded by Domenico Scarpellini, President of Cesena Fiera, and the third category prize, awarded by Alberto Zambianchi, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Forlì-Cesena.

The products in this competition were judged by a panel of experts and authorities in the agri-food sector. The initiative aims to encourage companies to achieve process and product innovation.

For more information:
Luca Speroni, International Press Office
Macfrut c/o Fruitecom srl
Tel: +39 059 7863894
Fax: +39 059 7863889
Email:[email protected]

Publication date: 10/2/2013


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Ethy-Gen II awarded renewal of UK-CRD approval for fruit ripening

Ethy-Gen II awarded renewal of UK-CRD approval for fruit ripening

Used to create ethylene in ripening rooms and sold in the UK for over 30 years, Ethy-Gen® II is the only ethanol based product that holds a required approval and consent as a plant growth regulator for fruit ripening from the UK Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) of the Health Safety Executive (HSE). Recently Catalytic Generators gained renewal of their approval for Ethy-Gen® II. “Our company and distributor Ripe-Rite take fruit ripening seriously and we want our ethylene application equipment to be in compliance with all laws and legislations. That’s why we have spent well over £300,000 in this endeavor,” said Greg Akins from Catlytic Generators. Since 2007, Ethy-Gen® II has had CRD approval and currently is awarded MAPP No: 15839.

Any product that introduces ethylene to fruit in order to promote ripening is considered a pesticide (plant protection product) and must have from CRD a five figure ‘Ministerial Approved Pesticide Product’ (MAPP) number that identifies the product. This means that it has been tested and is safe to use for the purposes stated. “There are products currently on the UK market being sold to fruit ripeners that do not have CRD approval or MAPP numbers and cannot legally be used to ripen fruit. It has been brought to our attention that a company is circulating a misleading letter to fruit ripeners stating: ‘Companies involved in ripening fruits using the method of denatured ethanol (IDA) to produce ethylene via in-situ ethylene gas generators must be authorised to do so by the Chemicals Regulatory Directorate (CRD)’”

“CRD does not authorise fruit ripening companies to use such products; CRD will only authorise products, and only after an exhaustive investigatory registration process. Denatured ethanol products are legal for sale but under no circumstances can they be legally used to ripen fruit because they have not been registered or approved by CRD”, informs Greg. “Please note that CRD considers any use of un-approved ethanol-based products for plant growth regulatory purposes, effectively fruit ripening, as a breach of the regulations and can incur a penalty, on summary conviction of £5,000 per offence or on conviction of an unlimited fine.”

The company made a list of the advantages of Ethy-Gen® II as a choice for ethylene application for fruit ripening:

  • CRD approved for the use on ripening fruit
  • Ethy-Gen® II is sourced from grain not petroleum, making it more environmentally friendly and from renewable sources.
  • Ethy-Gen® II and the compounds emitted from its conversion through a catalytic generator have been extensively tested by various bodies as directed by CRD and are approved as proper for the use in ripening fruit.  Unapproved ethanol-based products contain untested and unapproved ingredients and may result in inferior and unsafe by-products.
  • Ethy-Gen® II is fully labeled and batch numbered to conform with CRD approval and traceability.
  • Comprehensive and regularly updated SDS can be downloaded from their website at any time.

Ripe-Rite, Ltd. is the exclusive distributor of Ethy-Gen® II for Catalytic Generators, LLC.

For more information:
Paul Clarke
Tel: +44 (0) 1948 840784
[email protected]
www.riperite.co.uk

Publication date: 7/30/2013


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