Blockchain for Food Safety – Addressing the Challenges

Blockchain for Food Safety – Addressing the Challenges

The adoption of blockchain for food safety among growers and retailers is a positive development for all AgTech companies.  It provides an opportunity for growers to embrace technology that can help organize their data and provide new insights for addressing pre- and post-harvest challenges. However, for the adoption of any technology to be successful, there must be proven value to the customer. If growers and retailers don’t benefit from a technology, such as blockchain, it likely won’t be embraced. Blockchain, like most...Continue Reading...
The Game of (Shelf) Life

The Game of (Shelf) Life

The Game of Life, created by Milton Bradley, is intended to be a fun way to mimic life – you’re born, you decide to pursue a college degree or go directly to work, you get married, have kids, lose your job, lose a turn. It’s a race to the finish, but life often has its delays along the way. This process through the lifecycle is similar for fresh produce. In “The Game of Shelf-Life,” produce such as strawberries or lettuce is harvested, field-packed, rushed to the pack house, pre-cooled, warehoused, shipped in a properly-refrigerated...Continue Reading...
Improving Post-harvest Operational Efficiency

Improving Post-harvest Operational Efficiency

Have you ever walked out to your yard and seen a long line of trucks with your produce waiting…in the hot sun? How is this impacting your post-harvest operational efficiency? You might find yourself asking, like the 1974 song by Ace, “How long has this been going on?” Whether you’re a grower, shipper or processor, managing costs is usually top of mind, especially when your biggest costs are labor and equipment. How can you make sure you’re efficiently utilizing both in your operations? What if your already limited labor resources...Continue Reading...
Fresh Food Waste Drops Profits & Raises Greenhouse Gases

Fresh Food Waste Drops Profits & Raises Greenhouse Gases

Did you know that fresh food waste contributes eight percent of global greenhouse gas emissions? When we think of fresh food waste and sustainability, oftentimes commentary about the issue focuses on food that is not being used to feed the hungry or wasted food taking up space in landfills. But what happens to waste once it’s in the landfill? Fresh food waste produces greenhouse gases…a lot of greenhouse gases. The Impact of Fresh Food Waste A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, The Climate Impact of the Food in the Back of...Continue Reading...
September is National Family Meals Month

September is National Family Meals Month

How many meals do you eat at home with your family on any given week? When I was a kid, pretty much every dinner was spent with my entire family. My mom always made sure we had a variety of fresh foods to eat including lean meats, veggies, pasta and often fresh strawberries (with vanilla ice cream, of course) for dessert. However, these images of classic Americana are now increasingly rare. Between parents working long hours, kids having baseball or soccer practices and games, plus dance and music classes, there’s rarely enough time...Continue Reading...