Achacha reports that it has commenced harvesting the new season’s crop, and fruit should be in stores in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and SA over the next few weeks. Palm Creek Plantation Manager Ross Oliveri reports that the fruit is the best yet, having had excellent growing conditions during the year. Coincidentally, Achacha is pleased to announce that it has been nominated by the jury as a finalist for Berlin’s FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award 2012, “the most coveted award in the fresh produce industry”.
The Achacha is a tropical fruit which has its origins in the Amazon Basin of Bolivia. Now grown in North Queensland, it has a bright orange skin and a unique flavour which has been described as “sweet, tangy, refreshing”. It will be available in good fruit outlets as quickly as it can be harvested and distributed. Export sales are also under way – the fruit will be in Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow and Dubai before New Year.
The FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award 2012 is part of FRUIT LOGISTICA 2012 which will take place in Berlin, Germany from 8-10 February 2012. This is the world’s major fruit fair. The products nominated will feature in a special display area, with more than 56,000 trade visitors from 125 countries having a chance to vote for the innovation of the year during the event’s first two days. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on the final day of the fair.
Presented to honour outstanding innovations in the fresh produce sector, the award recognises new products or services that have had a positive impact on the market. Introduced in 2006, it will be presented in 2012 for the seventh time by Messe Berlin and FRUCHTHANDEL MAGAZINE (Dusseldorf)
Attracting widespread interest from industry experts and the media, the Innovation Award has become the most coveted award in the fresh produce industry. Previous winners include “Salanova” lettuce produced by Rijk Zwaan (2006), “Vitamini’s” vegetable snack produced by FresQ/Rainbow Growers Group (2007), the “Intense” beefsteak tomato from Nunhems Netherlands BV (2008), the “Sweet Green Pepper” produced by Enza Zaden (2009) the Arils Removal Tool (ART) for pomegranates developed by Mehadrin Tnuport Export (2010) and (the first non-European winner) the Limeburst Finger Limes citrus fruit from Australia (2011).