Koppert, a leading company in the fruit and vegetable industry, has been recognized for its innovation in the supply chain with the first prize in the international Fruit Logistica Innovation Award Technology. The award was presented on 9 February and focuses on advancements in the entire fruit and vegetable supply chain.
At the heart of Koppert’s success is a commitment to innovation and continuous product development. Tim Bossinga, product manager at Koppert, emphasizes this point: “Innovation lies at the core of Koppert’s DNA.”
One of Koppert’s recent innovations is replacing plastic product packaging with corrugated cardboard. According to the company, this packaging provides a “natural habitat” for beneficial bugs such as Mirical, which is a generalist pest predator with a preference for greenhouse whitefly, tobacco whitefly, eggs, caterpillars of the tomato leaf miner moth, and other moths. The corrugations on the cardboard strips enable these bugs to hide and better distribute themselves during transportation, protecting them from damage during transport and ensuring they arrive at their destination in optimal condition.
The corrugated cardboard packaging also reduces clumping while improving bug distribution in crops. This improves performance and whitefly control. Additionally, Koppert claims that this packaging is fully compostable, labor-saving, easy to locate and dose accurately.
Koppert launched Mirical last year in France as part of its ongoing efforts to provide innovative solutions for farmers around the world. For more information about Koppert’s products or services visit [www.koppert.com](http://www.koppert.com).