Koppert has won first place in the international Fruit Logistica Innovation Award Technology for its biological solution, “Mirica.” The award was presented on February 9th in Berlin and recognizes innovations throughout the fruit and vegetable supply chain. Tim Bossinga, product manager at Koppert, stated that innovation is at the core of the company’s DNA and is a result of continuous product development.
Koppert’s latest innovation involves replacing plastic product packaging with corrugated cardboard. The cardboard strips create a “natural habitat” for Mirical beneficial bugs, allowing them to hide and better distribute themselves during transportation. This not only protects the predatory bugs but also ensures they arrive at their destination in optimal condition. In addition, the packaging reduces clumping while improving bug distribution in crops, which improves performance and whitefly control. According to Koppert, the corrugated strips are fully compostable, labor-saving, easy to locate and more accurately dose.
Mirical is a generalist pest predator that feeds on 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. The product was launched in France last year. For more information about Koppert and its products visit www.koppert.com or email [koppertinfo@koppert](mailto:koppertinfo@koppert).