Cold Chain Logistics: Assessing the Challenge

Cold Chain Logistics: Assessing the Challenge

Cold chain logistics, including quality control and monitoring of produce during transport and distribution, is a major issue in the agri-food sector. The biggest challenge is to ensure a continuous cold chain (maintain cold chain integrity) from producer or supplier through to the retailer and, ultimately, to the consumer. For that it is necessary to count on appropriate monitoring and control systems and technologies, as well as techniques of collection and analysis of reliable data. Currently, the FAO (Food and Agriculture...Continue Reading...
Food Labels and Food Waste – A Solution

Food Labels and Food Waste – A Solution

Confusion about food labels and food waste continues among consumers. A recent article in Time Magazine Confused By Expiration Dates? You’re Not Alone. Here’s What They Really Mean again highlights the challenges consumers face in trying to make sense of when to eat – and when to toss – food. The Time article cites a study published in Waste Management and states: Many Americans wrongly believed that food product dates—often prefaced by “best by” or “sell by”—are federally regulated and indicate the point after which the food is no...Continue Reading...
Reducing Fresh Food Waste: Addressing the Problem

Reducing Fresh Food Waste: Addressing the Problem

How do we go about reducing fresh food waste in the supply chain? The size and scale of the fresh food waste problem is frankly astonishing. According to the National Resources Defense Council, America wastes up to 40 percent of its food from farm to fork to landfill. In terms of specific categories, the NRDC states that retail food waste alone is: 12 percent for fresh fruits 10 percent for fresh vegetables 11 percent for dairy 8 percent for fish and seafood 7 percent for eggs 4 percent each for meat and poultry That’s how much our...Continue Reading...