Rijk Zwaan to focus on non-discolouring lettuce at Berlin show

Dutch vegetable breeder Rijk Zwaan will make its new KNOX non-pinking lettuces the centrepiece of its presence at next week's Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin.

Image: Rijk Zwaan
Image: Rijk Zwaan

The company's specialist for convenience & leafy salads Bauke van Lenteren said: "It extends the shelf life of a bag of pre-packed lettuce by around two days, which opens up new opportunities for the whole chain.

"Processing companies no longer need to pack the lettuce in low-oxygen bags, plus they have more options to create blends of several different types."

He added: "We first revealed KNOX at our Leafy Event in September but it's now time for us to present this innovation to a wider audience. 2016 is going to be a key year of testing and trials for the KNOX varieties."

Currently around 10 varieties have been bred with the trait, with more in development, Rijk Zwaan has said.

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