Attendees to the United Fresh Produce Association’s annual convention and expo in San Diego cast their votes Wednesday and recognized this year’s New Product Awards in five categories. More than 30 fresh fruit and vegetable innovations competed in the categories of Best New Food Safety Solution, Best New Fruit Product, Best New Packaging, Best New Packing/Processing Equipment and Best New Vegetable Product.
The 2013 New Product Award winners are:
Best New Food Safety Solution: FoodLink Item, Food Link
Best New Fruit Product: Lil Snappers, Sunkist Growers
Best New Packaging Product: Sunset Display Ready Box, Mastronardi Produce
Best New Packing/Processing Equipment: RayFly Optical Sorter, Raytec Vision, SPA
Best New Vegetable Product: Pumpkin Pie Baking Kit, AMF Farms/Bay Baby Produce
“These winning products have been selected by United attendees as outstanding representations of the new approaches, ideas and processes that are driving the fresh fruit and vegetable industry forward, and we applaud them for their product development,” says John Toner, United’s vice president of convention & industry relations. “From its very beginnings, the United show has been the undisputed home of innovation for the produce industry, and these awards continue to showcase the best and brightest minds in the produce business.”
The finalists in each category were on display in the United Fresh Membership Booth on the trade show floor, and the winners were selected from votes cast by show attendees.