ORLANDO, FL — The International Fresh Produce Association is trying something different with a category of exhibitors I like to call “widgets and gizmos.”
At the Global Produce & Floral Show, organizers opened the Business Solutions section of the floor a day early for a 2-hour expo. Business Solutions are anything from trucking and transportation to software, trade media, fixtures, packaging, machinery, and of course, Blue Book Services (Check us out at Booth 734!).
Traffic seemed robust, which is a boon to this segment of the show floor, which often caters to the other side. Greg Johnson, director of media development, and I spent some time at the Blue Book booth and talked to a few exhibitors who were happy to have a chance to walk the floor without fear of missing a customer when their own booths are active.
As I perused the floor, I noticed a few packaging trends, including many booths highlighting minimized plastic, or plastic-free options for consumer packs.
Here are just a few:
I also had a chance to check out Apeel Sciences’ new gizmo, which could help consumers pick the perfect avocado. Here’s a quick demo:
Stay tuned for more from the Global Produce & Floral Show.