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Zest Labs Joins The Western Growers Center For Innovation And Technology

Zest Labs has become a member of the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) in Salinas, Calif., operated by Western Growers. The WGCIT was created to help identify priorities in the agriculture industry, discover technologies to address those priorities, set up testing, facilitate industry feedback and communicate progress to fresh produce farmers in California, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

What You Need to Know About Blockchain

As a food retailer today, you face myriad challenges, but few probably keep you up at night more than food safety concerns. Fortunately, there is a new technology with the potential to accomplish this: blockchain. Blockchain can improve transparency, trust and safety within the food supply chain. And when properly implemented, it can also help to improve the delivered freshness of perishable food and reduce waste.

Hy-Vee tests fresh food traceability

Hy-Vee is conducting a trial of the Zest Labs Zest Fresh solution to help automate farm-to-fork traceability of fresh produce coming to Hy-Vee stores. Hy-Vee is testing Zest Fresh, a freshness management solution that leverages the Internet of Things to autonomously track and report in real time the freshness of products from harvest to the retail store.

Hy-Vee Tests Produce Freshness Tracker

Hy-Vee is testing Zest Fresh, a technology designed to calculate and communicate the freshness of produce items as they move through the supply chain. Data gathered include temperature, time from cut to cool, time in the packinghouse, time in transit, humidity and more, according to Zest Labs.

Hy-Vee Automates Produce’s Farm-to-Fork Traceability

Midwestern grocer Hy-Vee is conducting a trial of a new solution to help automate farm-to-fork traceability of fresh produce coming to its stores. Partnering with San Jose, Calif.-based software company Zest Labs, the retailer is using the Zest Fresh solution to make sure it provides a vast assortment of high-quality natural, organic and locally sourced products – and ensure that customers understand the sources of the food they purchase. The solution is claimed to reduce grocers’ waste from spoilage by more than 50 percent.

Hy-Vee Tests Fresh Food Traceability With Zest Labs

Zest Labs is working with Iowa-based independent grocer Hy-Vee on a trial solution to help automate farm-to-fork traceability of fresh produce coming to Hy-Vee stores. Zest Fresh is a freshness management solution that leverages the Internet of Things (IoT) to autonomously track and report in real time the freshness of products from harvest to the retail store.

Hy-Vee is making fresh even fresher

Hy-Vee is leveraging new technology to ensure food quality and transparency throughout its supply chain. The company is deploying Zest Fresh to autonomously track and report in real time the freshness of products from harvest to the retail store, in its work with a premium supplier of seedless Holiday grapes, a premium product that is exported all around the world.

Hy-Vee tests produce freshness tracker

Hy-Vee is testing Zest Fresh, a technology designed to calculate and communicate the freshness of produce items as they move through the supply chain. Data gathered include temperature, time from cut to cool, time in the packinghouse, time in transit, humidity and more, according to Zest Labs.

Hy-Vee and Zest Labs Tests Fresh Produce Traceability

Zest Labs and Hy-Vee Inc. are partnering to bring farm-to-fork traceability of fresh produce to Hy-Vee’s 245 retail stores in the Midwest. Zest Labs’ Zest Fresh autonomously tracks and reports in real time the freshness of products from harvest to retail store, wielding the industry’s first freshness metric to provide retailers like Hy-Vee with traceability data and continuous real-time visibility of the remaining freshness capacity of fresh produce.

Blockchain + IoT: Creating True Transparency Within The Food Supply Chain

While there isn’t a silver bullet when it comes to eliminating foodborne illnesses or contamination recalls, by implementing a solution using IoT and blockchain technologies in tandem, we can more efficiently track produce handling and quality, and make educated, proactive decisions about what food should make it into consumers’ homes.

How Technology Is Reducing Food Waste

Zest Labs is helping to improve the efficiency of the supply chain and help people make smarter logistics decisions.

Bagged Salad: Only as Fresh as the Weakest Ingredient

With food waste at an all-time high, real-time tracking and predictive analytics can improve visibility and decision making within the supply chain and create less waste. …

Consumer interest in transparency puts new demands on processors

A seismic shift has happened in the food and beverage industry—consumers have gone from being passive to very much being in the driver’s seat, calling the shots on what they want. They want to know all the details about a food or beverage product, from A to Z, including what it contains, where those ingredients are from, how the product was processed, how it was handled in shipping and how long it’s been sitting on that shelf …

Zest Labs brings IoT and blockchain to the fresh food supply chain

With all the hype around blockchain, it’s a technology that’s still finding its feet when it comes to wide, mainstream adoption. Therefore it’s not every day when you come across a company that uses both IoT sensor technology and the blockchain to solve a common agricultural problem. …

How one company uses Internet of Things sensors and big data to combat food waste.

Food waste in the United States is a seemingly intractable problem, with some reports stating that about half the food produced in the U.S. is not eaten. The wastage amounts to billions of dollars in losses, and the Environmental Protection Agency says as much as $160 billion worth of food each year ends up in a landfill instead of an American stomach. …

These high-tech sensors track exactly how fresh our produce is so we stop wasting food.

We throw out over 30% of food because it goes bad before it’s supposed to. A data-driven tracking technology from Zest Fresh is ensuring food stays fresh in transit–to cut down the amount we waste. …

Using the Internet of Things to reduce food waste.

The USDA estimates that more than 30% of all food products in the United States are thrown away, costing the nation more than $161 billion per year.  This is often due to an inefficient supply chain that struggles to keep produce cool, and therefore fresh enough, from farm to store. …

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What do you rely on when you buy groceries to make sure you’re buying food that won’t go bad the day after tomorrow?

Sell by dates? Trust in your grocer? Sniff-n-buy? Good luck with that. We knew when we bought food from a farm that it was harvested that day so we could assume how fresh it would be when we brought it home. …

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This is why we curse in the kitchen.

You buy the most beautiful fragrant strawberries figuring you’ll make strawberry ice cream or maybe strawberries and shortcake but when you take them out of the fridge the next day to get started, half the berries are furry! This is why we curse in the kitchen. …