The Viva Fresh Gateway to Innovation Showcase

Welcome to Viva Fresh 2019! All exhibitors and sponsors are eligible to nominate multiple products for this showcase. All forms must be submitted by February 20th, 2019. All products submitted for the Innovation Showcase may not have been introduced to the marketplace or have received publicity prior to May 1st, 2015.

This year we have taken a different approach and will be presenting a showcase of 24 innovations to be honored—not by category, but by the value of the innovation. This program is not limited to new products and packaging alone. We’re encouraging a wide range of innovations to be submitted including new seed varieties, advances in production including machinery, packing facilities and greenhouses, technology or application software, food safety, traceability, sustainability, social responsibility, and more.

If you’re doing something that no one else is doing, we want to hear about it! We want to know what makes it unique, what value it holds to the industry, where your company is at with the innovation today, and where it’ll be tomorrow.

The product entries will be judged by The Viva Fresh Gateway to Innovation Committee and 24 finalists will be chosen for display during the Viva Fresh Expo. Innovation entry forms will be evaluated on their contribution to the Tex-Mex region, which includes: Texas, Southwestern US (New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana) and Mexico. A team of judges, which includes retail and foodservice members, will review each entry and determine the finalists to be showcased at Viva Fresh 2019. Additionally, all expo attendees are encouraged to vote for the Best of Show award recipient, which will be announced at the end of the expo.

When responding to the questions and criteria, please be as detail-oriented and specific as possible where applicable. Please address each criteria point in 100 words or less. Each innovation submitted will need an individual form completed for entry. After submitting your application, a Dropbox link will be emailed to you for the purpose of submitting product shots, imagery, and any other relevant assets.

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Company Information:
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You can select multiple categories. Selected categories will appear in the right box.

For each criteria point under the category you chose, please describe each point in 100 words or less so the judges can determine why this product/item should be considered for The Viva Fresh Gateway to Innovation Showcase.