Koppert’s innovation in the form of corrugated cardboard packaging has won the first prize in the international Fruit Logistica Innovation Award Technology. The award was presented on 9 February, and it focuses on innovations in the entire fruit and vegetable supply chain. According to Tim Bossinga, product manager of Koppert, innovation is at the core of their DNA and a result of continuous product development.
Koppert is replacing plastic product packaging with corrugated cardboard to create a natural habitat for Mirical beneficial bugs. The cardboard strips form corrugations that allow bugs to hide and distribute themselves better during transportation, protecting them from predators and arriving at their destination in optimal condition. Additionally, this packaging reduces clumping while improving bug distribution in the crop, leading to better performance and whitefly control. The corrugated strips are also 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. This product was launched in France last year. For more information about Koppert’s innovative packaging solutions or Mirical products, please visit [www.koppert.com](http://www%3A//www%3A/koppert%252Ccom) or contact [Koppertinfo@koppert](mailto:Koppertinfo@koppert) .