IFPA Fresh Field Catalyst Names Winners
Newark, De. and Washington D.C. – International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA)
has announced 12 winners of the Fresh Field Catalyst program. The winning
companies will be invited to take part in an immersion week to take place May 9-13
where they will be introduced to industry leaders, tour industry farms and facilities
and experience a crash course in all things produce to guide their innovation as they
seek to bring new solutions into the produce and floral market.
“The Fresh Field Catalyst program is a super highway of development, exposing
companies to contacts and industry lessons that could take years in a typical
development cycle,” said IFPA Vice President of AgFood Tech Innovation, Vonnie
Estes. “One of the main reasons the winning companies were chosen was that they
had a viable product that is ready to be iterated for our specific market. We
congratulate all of our winners, we’re looking forward to beginning this experience
with them during Immersion Week!”
The winning companies hail from 8 countries, and represent software, hardware,
biotech and robotics categories and more. This group is meant not only to learn
from the industry experts they will meet during their immersion week, but also from
each other which will be greatly enhanced by the global diversity of the group.
The winners of the Fresh Field Catalyst are:
• Provision – Calgary, Canada
• Routeique Inc – Calgary, Canada
• Nexus Robotics – Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Canada
• Ten Carbon Chemistry Pty Ltd – Melbourne, Australia
• Morphix Technologies – Virginia Beach, United States
• Netled – Prikkala, Finland
• Clarifruit – Rishon Le’zion, Israel
• DiMuto – Singapore
• The Yield Technology Solutions Pty Ltd – Sydney, Australia
• Vitiport – Bratislava, Slovakia
• SoundAg – Emeryville, United States
• CarbonSpaceTech – Dublin, Ireland
In addition to immersion week, which will give winners and opportunity to tour
industry facilities, receive feedback on their products and solutions, and fast track
their understanding of regulatory framework impacting produce and floral – all
winners will also receive exhibit space at the Global Produce & Floral Show.
“I’m especially excited to see these companies learn over the next several months
through out biweekly webinars and mentorship program and be able to arrive at the
Big Show armed with experience and industry knowledge,” said Estes. “The Global
Produce & Floral Show will allow our winners to connect with the industry and begin
to make an immediate impact. We are grateful for all the participants who are
contributing their time as mentors and member companies inviting our winners into
their facilities. This is the true value of the program for our winners – learning,
engaging and iterating with our industry without barriers.”
Industry members can learn more about the Fresh Field Catalyst on the program
website, and also find more ways to get involved as a mentor or sponsor for future