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United Fresh Innovation Awards

Your Favorite Produce Innovations

New products and innovations contribute substantially to the fresh and fresh-cut produce industry’s success. Leading companies support the industry’s economic growth through the development, manufacturing and marketing of new and innovative products. United FreshTEC and FreshMKT exhibitors are showcasing their new and innovative products in the 2017 United Fresh Innovation Awards competition. This year’s finalists will be on display in the West Hall of McCormick Place, June 14-15. You will have an opportunity to vote for your favorite in each of the following categories:

  • Best New Fruit Product
  • Best New Vegetable Product
  • Best New Packing/Processing Equipment
  • Best New Food Safety Solution
  • Best New Packaging 

2016 Winners

  • Best New Fruit Product: Smuccies Sweet Strawberries, Mucci Farms
  • Best New Vegetable Product: Dole Chef’s Choice Caesar Salad Kit, Dole Fresh Vegetables
  • Best New Packing/Processing Equipment: Internet Fresh-Cut Flowers Flowpack for Home Delivery, PerfoTec BV
  • Best New Food Safety Solution: NatureSeal First Step+ 10, NatureSeal, Inc
  • Best New Packaging: Readyripe™ lite watermelon pouch, Maglio Companies/The Fresh Group LTD

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    Group V.P. Fresh, H-E-B
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