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...
Produce Marketing: BrandStorm Offers a Wealth of Insights

Produce Marketing: BrandStorm Offers a Wealth of Insights

United Fresh, one of the major produce industry trade groups, held their annual BrandStorm produce marketing conference last week in San Francisco. Several hundred marketing staff from produce growers and suppliers – as well as service providers like Zest Labs – turned out for an opportunity to hear from experts from the produce and other industries to discuss trends and issues – and generate ideas. Produce Marketing: Improving Your Strategy Tamsen Webster’s keynote led off the BrandStorm produce marketing conference. She instructed...Continue Reading...
Food Grower and Supplier Challenges: The Top 10

Food Grower and Supplier Challenges: The Top 10

How can AgTech innovation help address the top 10 food grower and supplier challenges? Jim Bogart, President of the Grower Shipper Association of Central California, was part of a presentation hosted by Dennis Donohue at the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Salinas earlier this month. Bogart surveys his membership each year to build the Top 10 Challenges list for food grower and suppliers. Here’s what his members (which includes growers and suppliers in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara...Continue Reading...
IoT Sensors and Reducing Food Waste

IoT Sensors and Reducing Food Waste

Can IoT sensors reduce food waste? According to a recent article in Supply Chain Dive, sensor technology can reduce food waste by seven percent. The article references a new study published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in conjunction with McKinsey and Company. The Supply Chain Dive article states (and I quote directly from the article): The inefficient supply chain is one of the main reasons for food waste. Almost one-third of global food production ends up wasted, according to WEF. These loses then lead to added procurement...Continue Reading...
Online Grocery Shopping Options Abound But…

Online Grocery Shopping Options Abound But…

Online grocery shopping is supposed to be the future of how we buy food. But, are we there yet? Are we ready to give up brick-and-mortar stores and rely on someone else to select our fresh and perishable foods? A recent survey published in Supermarket News says, despite many online grocery shopping options, consumers still overwhelmingly prefer shopping for food in grocery stores instead of online. Why? According to the survey done by Vixxo, 87 percent of shoppers still prefer to visit brick-and-mortar stores for primarily two...Continue Reading...
Before and After – The Benefits of Digital Transformation

Before and After – The Benefits of Digital Transformation

Digital transformation – the application of digital technologies to fundamentally impact all aspects of business and society – has been underway for years. Now, more recently, the wave of digital innovation has come to the fresh food supply chain. Growers, shippers, processors, logistics providers and grocers are looking to new software and hardware solutions to drive change that fundamentally improves their business and the products that they offer to their customers. Digital transformation for the fresh food supply chain...Continue Reading...
Fresh Food Sustainability – It’s More Than Field to Fork

Fresh Food Sustainability – It’s More Than Field to Fork

Fresh food sustainability is a far more complex subject that most of us would think. Last week I attended the Trust in Food Symposium which featured viewpoints on fresh food sustainability and food chain integrity from farmers, restaurateurs, food processors and a wealth of NGOs. (In fact, I had no idea there were so many NGOs involved in various aspects of food sustainability.) A representative of the International Food Information Council Foundation presented their recently published 2018 Food and Health Survey. Their research...Continue Reading...
Food Spoilage: The Impact On Your Business

Food Spoilage: The Impact On Your Business

Here’s a food spoilage true story. Over the recent holiday break, I went to my local grocery store (who shall remain nameless) on a Wednesday and purchased a clam shell of name brand strawberries. As usual, they looked fine when I bought them. The next morning, less than 24 hours later, I took them out of my refrigerator and they looked like what you see in the photo above. Mushy. Fuzzy. Inedible. That morning, I took them back to the store and they offered to exchange them. I went to the produce department and looked for another...Continue Reading...