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United Fresh Innovation Award winners

Five Produce Innovation Award winners were recognized at United Fresh 2017: Dole Food Co., Product:Veggie Noodle Co, Crunch Pak, Nature's Frequencies and Full Harvest.

This year’s honorees were selected by show attendees from a total of 46 contestants across five categories: Best New Food Safety Solution; Best New Fruit Product; Best New Packaging; Best New Packing/Processing Equipment and Best New Vegetable Product.DSC 0030-6081-600-450-80Jessica Kezar and Jennie Shen at Veggie Noodle Co.'s United Fresh booth. The company's Veggiccine won the Innovation Award in the Best New Vegetable Product category.

“This year’s Innovation Award winners won from a field of excellent and qualified competitors,” John Toner, United Fresh Produce Association vice president of convention and industry relations, said in a press release. “The exceptional creativity of these five winners helped them stand out at United Fresh 2017, the home of fresh produce innovation.”

“Innovation starts at United Fresh,” Tom Stenzel, United Fresh Produce Association president and chief executive officer, said in the release. “The innovation of our member companies shape the entire produce industry and show attendees have the unique opportunity to see that ingenuity up close at United Fresh. Congratulations to this year’s winners and thank you to all participants for showcasing your creativity.”

The 2017 Produce Innovation Awards Winners:

  • Best New Packaging: Dole Food Co. – Dole GO Berries!
  • Best New Vegetable Product: Veggie Noodle Co. Veggie Spirals – Veggie Noodle Co. Veggiccine
  • Best New Fruit Product: Crunch Pak – Crunch Pak Apple Rings
  • Best New Food Safety Solution: Nature's Frequencies – Food Freshness Card
  • Best New Packing/Processing Equipment: Full Harvest – Full Harvest