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Last chance to cast your vote for the Potato Europe 2017 Innovation Award

Aerial view of the Potato Europe 2017 trade show area in Emmeloord, The Netherlands.

The potato sector can play an important role in feeding the growing world population. Innovation are needed with future proof innovations in the whole potato chain.

The innovation award of PotatoEurope 2017, that takes place on 13 and 14 September, highlights these innovations.

Long before this day, many companies have handed in their innovations to the organization of the trade fair.

The in total 26 submitted innovations have been reviewed by an expert jury consisting of NAO-director Dick Hylkema, PotatoProfessor and PotatoWorld Magazine Chief Editor Jaap Delleman.

Five candidates have been selected and continue to have the chance to win the PotatoEurope 2017 innovation award.

The Nominees

The nominees eligible for the Innovation Award are:

  • BASF with 1.4SIGHT
  • JASA with 2-in-1Pack
  • Weststrate with MagGrow
  • Solentum with Solgrader
  • Tolsma Grisnich with 5M
The submissions were reviewed by the professional jury on the criteria for innovation, market potential, inventiveness and sustainability.

Now it is up to the public to decide which of the five nominees will ultimately roll out as a winner.


Visitors can report their preferences on this page of the Potato Europe website

But hurry, your vote has to be in by September 11, 2017 at noon (in the Netherlands)
The ceremony will be on 13 September between 09.15 hrs. and 10.00 hrs. on the trade fair. Everyone is welcome!

BASF with 1,4SIGHT

BASF with 1,4SIGHT

The sprouting inhibitor 1,4SIGHT was admitted for consumption potatoes in the Netherlands during the summer of 2015.

It took a long time before this product was admitted because of a tightening up of the list of demands by the licencing authorities.

The sprout inhibitor contains the active substance 1,4 dimethylnaphtalene. It is a non-formulated product with a pure active substance of up to 100 percent according to the manufacturer. This substance is naturally found in the potato and is responsible for dormancy. Potatoes can be stored without sprouting during the entire season.

BASF has reported that the product lengthens the natural period of dormancy and that the quality of the potato remains unchanged. This finally translates into a better skin quality and fewer bruises and fewer storage losses. The possibility of storing table potatoes at higher temperatures can result in savings in energy costs. Last year, the manufacturer in the Netherlands tested 1,4SIGHT on a practical scale at various locations.

Jury Report

1,4SIGHT is a completely new active substance, really innovative, leaves no residue and can have a huge impact on the market. It also represents a new way of thinking about keeping sprouting in check, in this case with hormones.

JASA with 2-in-1 Pack

JASA with 2-in-1 Pack

In the light of changes in the requirements for packaging vegetables and potatoes, JASA has developed a packaging machine that can fill two types of packaging at the same time.

Where potatoes are concerned, a variety of products are now packaged in bags. From whole, peeled potatoes to segments, slices, cubes, French fries and last but not least crisps.

Nowadays, however, packagers want to offer more than only the basic potato products. They´d like to add a few more things like sauces, dressings, cutlery, gadgets and/or preparation method.

They can now do that, all at the same time, with one machine that’s been developed by JASA.

Jury Report

With their new packaging technique, they creatively gear to a need in the potato market. Following the trend of cool-fresh and convenience. The machine can be used by all the disciplines in the potato industry. In short, a really new and better way of marketing potatoes.

Gebr. Weststrate with MagGrow

Gebr. Weststrate with MagGrow

The MagGrow crop spray system consists of three different, mutually reinforcing magnets, which can be mounted on the sprayer and the spray arms, respectively.

It does not have movable parts and is easy to mount and maintain. All parts have been tested up to a pressure of 10 bar. The system does not need any electric power. The number of necessary parts depends on the length of the spray boom. A 40 m spray boom requires 8 magnet casings, 80 spray boom casings and 1 jet nozzle adapter per jet nozzle.

Collaboration with Wageningen University has resulted in the system being included in the TCT list for emission reduction measures per 1 July 2017. In a combination of the MagGrow magnetic spray system at a pressure of 3 bar and 75 percent drift reducing nozzles, a 90 percent drift reduction is achieved. In the case of a 95 percent drift reducing nozzle this is 97.5 percent.

Compared to conventional systems, our innovative technique provides better coverage, a better hold, more effective spraying and a drift reduction of over 80 percent. In addition to the superior drift control, the finer drops result in better foliage cover and hold. The MagGrow crop spray system offers the possibility of combining drop sizes of 100-150 μm with more than 80 percent drift reduction.

The system can be mounted on both existing and new field crop sprays or it can be used in the greenhouse with the help of a backpack spray.

The enormous advantages of this technology are higher profitability, higher productivity and improved performance in regard to the environment.

Jury Report

A simple and efficient technique, in the category: why didn’t we think of this before? This fresh approach fits the sustainability concept. The technique reduces drift, so less product wastage, more efficiency and therefore good for the user’s wallet. It can be mounted on various existing machines and can therefore quickly penetrate the market.

Solentum with Solgrader

Solentum with Solgrader

Many crop farmers use different growth models to gain insight in the various growing stages of the potato crops in their fields. Most of the models require complex calculations and, in particular, a lot of time.

Solentum has now invented an easy and quick solution for recording the various growing stages. During a trial lifting, the grower can take a photograph of the lifted potatoes in the field with his smartphone.

The Solgrader application analyses and then automatically calculates the sizes of the tubers, as well as the expected yield of the field in its current growing stage.

Jury Report

The Solgrader is a quick and simple method of recording the yield of a field of potatoes by means of an image processing machine. It offers the grower high ease of use and it’s also innovative.

Tolsma Grisnich with 5M temperature sensor/product sensor for bulk storage

Tolsma Grisnich with 5M temperature sensor/product sensor for bulk storage

Tolsma Grisnich has developed a 5-metre long temperature sensor cable that measures the product temperature everywhere and at different heights in the potato heap.

The purpose of this innovative product feeler is to measure and monitor the temperature differences more accurately. By having more measuring points closer together in the potatoes, their temperature can be better controlled during the storage season. Certainly if it is linked to the climate computer.

A qualitatively better end product can ultimately be delivered with fewer storage losses.

The 5M also contributes to a lower energy usage, because fans and heaters can run for fewer hours.

Another advantage of the 5M cable is that it can be easily rolled out in the various places in the storehouse when the potatoes are being stored.

Jury Report

This temperature sensor/product feeler for bulk storage increases the ease of use. It is an excellent, advanced solution in storage technique, practical to operate. It is also a simple application with the potential to reduce storage losses.