Koppert has been recognized for their innovation in the fruit and vegetable supply chain with the first prize in the international Fruit Logistica Innovation Award Technology. The award was presented in Berlin on 9 February, and Tim Bossinga, product manager of Koppert, stated that innovation is at the core of their DNA and a result of their continuous product development.
One of Koppert’s latest innovations is replacing plastic product packaging with corrugated cardboard. According to Koppert, the cardboard strips form a “natural habitat” for the Mirical beneficial bugs. The corrugations enable bugs to “hide and better distribute themselves during transportation,” which helps protect them from harm during transit and ensures they arrive at their destination in optimal condition. Additionally, the packaging reduces clumping while improving bug distribution, which aims to benefit performance and whitefly control. Furthermore, Koppert claims that the cardboard strips are fully compostable, labor-saving, accurately dosed, and easy to locate.
Mirical is a generalist pest predator with a preference for greenhouse whitefly, tobacco whitefly, eggs, caterpillars of the tomato leaf miner moth, and other moths. They also feed on two-spotted spider mites, aphids , and leaf miner larvae. The product was launched in France last year.
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