Koppert’s innovative solution for Mirica, its biological product, has won first place in the international Fruit Logistica Innovation Award Technology. The award was presented on February 9th in Berlin and focuses on innovations throughout the entire fruit and vegetable supply chain.
According to Tim Bossinga (product manager of Koppert), innovation is at the heart of the company’s DNA and is a result of their continuous product development. The company’s solution replaces plastic product packaging with corrugated cardboard, which forms a “natural habitat” for Mirical beneficial bugs. The corrugations enable bugs to hide and distribute themselves during transportation, protecting them from harm and ensuring they arrive at their destination in optimal condition.
Furthermore, the packaging reduces clumping while improving bug distribution in crops, which aims to improve performance and whitefly control. Koppert claims that the cardboard strips are fully compostable, labor-saving, easy to locate, and more accurately dosed than plastic packaging.
Mirical is a generalist predator that prefers greenhouse whiteflies, tobacco whiteflies, 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.
For more information about Koppert and their innovative solution for Mirica, visit their website at www.koppert.com or contact them via email at info@koppert