Flower Sprout among innovation contenders in top international produce event

Tozer Seeds' Flower Sprout is among ten nominations for the Innovation Award at February's Fruit Logistica event in Berlin.

The British-bred brassica, already available for three seasons through an exclusive deal with Marks & Spencer, has now been given its own dedicated website, flower-sprout.com.

The full list of candidates for the prize is:

• 5 am Tag Servicebüro, Germany: "Frische ist Leben" – a three year, internationally-based campaign supported by the EU for the generic promotion of the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables in Germany under the headline "Fresh is Life"

• Abracad Technoworks, Netherlands: "High speed counting and packing device" – a fast and flexible feeding system which packs small bags into cartons

• Banken Champignons, Netherlands: "Mushrooms to combine" – Four different fresh mushroom mixes with recipes for the consumer

• Behr, Germany: "Schwarzwurzeln/Steckrüben - küchenfertig geschält" – An attractive and convenient presentation of ready to cook black salsify and turnips

• Ben-Dor Fruits and Nurseries, Israel: "Colored Apricots" – A colourful range of new, sweet and juicy apricots with different skin and flesh colourings

• Elbe-Obst Fruchtverarbeitung, Germany: "Apfel-Schiffchen®" – Cut dried apple slices produced using a special new technique to maintain crispness and avoid browning

• GreenWatt, Belgium: "On-site biogas plant turning organic waste into energy" – Small-scale, cost-saving installations suitable for locations such as wholesalemarkets, packhouses etc.

• Sofruileg, France: "Nergi" – A sweet tasting berry fruit derived from the kiwi with green flesh and a smooth, thin edible skin

• Staay Food Group, Netherlands: "City-Farming" – A production concept for urban locations using LED lighting to grow seedlings in 35 days under safe, controlled conditions

• Tozer Seeds, UK: "Flower SproutTM" – A new, small vegetable with attractive, green and purple frilly leaves, a cross between Brussel sprouts and kale.

The ten candidates will be presented in a special exhibition area at the show, where visitors will be able to vote for their favourite. The award will be made on Friday 8 February, the final day of the three-day event.


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