Innovation Award: Release System Recognized for Technological Advancements

Koppert Wins First Prize for Innovative Release System for Biological Pest Predator, Introduces Eco-Friendly Packaging Solution

Koppert’s release system for ‘Mirical’, its biological solution, has been recognized as the first prize winner in the international Fruit Logistica Innovation Award Technology. The award was presented on 9 February in Berlin, with a focus on innovations throughout the fruit and vegetable supply chain. Tim Bossinga (product manager of Koppert) stated that innovation is at the heart of Koppert’s DNA and is a result of continuous product development.

Koppert has also introduced an innovative packaging solution using corrugated cardboard to replace plastic product packaging. According to Koppert, the cardboard strips form a “natural habitat” for Mirical beneficial bugs, allowing them to hide and distribute themselves better during transportation. This ensures that predatory bugs arrive at their destination in optimal condition, which benefits performance and whitefly control. Additionally, the packaging reduces clumping while improving bug distribution in crops. The cardboard strips are also fully compostable, labor-saving, easy to locate, and more accurately doseable.

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 consume two-spotted spider mites, aphids , and leaf miner larvae. Mirical was launched in France last year. For more information about Koppert’s products and services, please visit [koppertinfo@koppert.com](mailto:koppertinfo@koppert.com) or [www.koppert.com](http://www.koppert.com).

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