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...
Shelf-life Variability in Produce: The Five Causes

Shelf-life Variability in Produce: The Five Causes

Shelf-life variability is a significant problem for fresh produce but one that many in the industry are unaware. It’s easy to assume that all pallets harvested from the same field on the same day will have the same amount of freshness or shelf-life. Unfortunately, that’s simply not true. There’s a lot of variability. A LOT.  What are the five top causes of shelf-life variability of fresh produce? Why do some fruits and vegetables spoil before we expect them to? What can we do to manage shelf-life and reduce the variability and...Continue Reading...
Fresh Food Industry Trends 2019 – Our Predictions

Fresh Food Industry Trends 2019 – Our Predictions

What are key Fresh Food Industry Trends for 2019? Based on the current trajectory, what can we predict for the year ahead? If we thought the last two years in the fresh food industry were tumultuous, they may pale in comparison to 2019. Certainly, the last couple of months have been chaotic in terms of the stock market and various public policy initiatives and has led to talks of a recession, despite many healthy economic indicators. What does this mean for fresh food industry trends in 2019? Here are three trends or predictions...Continue Reading...
Zest Labs Offers Fresh Wishes for the New Year

Zest Labs Offers Fresh Wishes for the New Year

At Zest Labs, we consider ourselves fortunate to work in such an exciting industry and with such great people. As I meet with people in the agriculture industry, from growers to the produce managers at my local grocery store, I’m struck by their passion, dedication and humanity.  It’s inspiring. There are many significant challenges facing our industry, food waste, sustainability, new and dynamic competitive business models and changing demographics and buying preferences, to name a few. We’re excited to be working with talented...Continue Reading...
Solving the Problem of Fresh Produce Waste

Solving the Problem of Fresh Produce Waste

What’s So Bad About Wasting 10%? When it comes to fresh produce waste, the industry has a problem. Let me provide an analogy. Consider the Auto Industry Have you ever taken a tour of an automobile manufacturing facility? I toured what was then a General Motors factory when I was a youth. (That factory now makes Teslas.) It was fascinating to watch the parts arrive from the floor and ceiling, coming together at just the right time to produce a car. A lot of time, effort, expertise and money goes into making a car on an assembly...Continue Reading...
Fresh Food Industry Trends from 2018

Fresh Food Industry Trends from 2018

The Best of Zest – 2018 In 2018, the Zest Labs Blog provided a timeline for what was topical in the fresh food supply chain industry. Google Analytics details which blogs most resonated with our readers. Our analysis reveals a few interesting fresh food industry trends in 2018. In the “Best of Zest” we offer you highlights from the year and some hints of things to look for in 2019. Fresh Food Industry Trend #1: Food Technology Is “So Hot Right Now” New food-related technologies, particularly blockchain for the fresh food supply...Continue Reading...