Fruit Logistica visitors set to select innovation winner

Breakthroughs in the vegetable sector will compete for the Innovation Award at next month's Fruit Logistica show in Berlin.

Among the 10 nominees is, described by its developer, seed breeder Rijk Zwaan, as a "social salad network" featuring blogs, news, recipes and preparation tips, employing a range of social media.

Marketing manager Auke Ferwerda said: "We were already planning to highlight on our stand and the nomination provides a welcome boost."

Three vegetable varieties are also nominated, two with British connections. Purple sprouting broccoli, the result of a joint breeding programme between Bejo Zaden and Elsoms Seeds, is well established in the UK market and is now grown organically in the Netherlands.

Syngenta has been nominated for its Angello seedless snacking pepper, which was bred at Melrow Salads of Merseyside for Marks & Spencer. The Sungreen tomato from Japan's Tokita Seed is also nominated.

Show visitors can vote for the winner, which will be announced on 10 February.

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