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Viva Fresh Expo Gateway to Innovation Award winners

The 2018 Viva Fresh Expo was a great success with record retail/foodservice attendance and a show floor packed with Tex-Mex exhibitors making it a true regional expo. This year’s show also introduced the new Gateway to Innovation Awards, recognizing the cutting-edge developments within the region.Gateway-Innovation-Display1

The purpose of this award program was to identify excellence in several key areas: packaging design, new product development, food safety, machinery, software and technology. Category finalists and winners were selected by a panel of judges comprising retail, foodservice and produce industry veterans based on a strict set of criteria.

“We implemented a truly unique display creating a ‘wow’ moment outside the exhibit hall to attract attention to these impressive innovations,” said Dante Galeazzi, president and chief executive officer of TIPA. “In addition, we wanted to get the Viva Fresh attendees involved in the voting process, which is why the Best of Show Winner was selected by popular vote during the expo. Attendees were able to vote via text or online and the winner was announced in the Expo hall on Saturday.”

ScanTech Sciences received the most votes and the first annual Best of Show Award for its Most Innovative Food Safety Product Solution: Electronic Cold-Pasteurization.

The following is the list of winners in each award category:

  • Most Innovative Fruit Product: Marvelous Jackfruit as Meat Substitute from Cabefruit Produce LLC
  • Most Innovative Vegetable Product: Honey + Vinegar Golden Beets from Love Beets USA
  • Most Innovative Fruit Packaging or POS Solution: Halos Tree and Tractor Display from Wonderful Citrus
  • Most Innovative Vegetable Packaging or POS Solution: Veggies To Go from Mucci Farms
  • Most Innovative Value-Added Solution: SUNSET You Make Me Pasta Kits from Mastronardi Produce
  • Most Innovative Technology Application or Software: Mucci International Logistics App by Mucci Farms

“I was really impressed by participation and the creative and inventive entries that we received, especially for our first year with this showcase,” said Galeazzi. “This just validates the impressive talent in this region. We look forward to the region’s next wave of leading edge ideas for next year’s Gateway to Innovation Awards.”