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RFID to Cut Food Waste in the Supply Chain

Several food companies are addressing the problem of food waste in the supply chain with an RFID-based solution known as Zest Fresh, provided by California company Zest Labs. The wireless sensors and cloud-based software help users to track the conditions of their temperature-sensitive products as they move from the field to the store, thereby identifying when conditions fall outside of acceptable parameters. The solution also provides predictive analytics to recommend corrective action when a temperature excursion is detected.

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Food Traceability and the IoT Solutions Improving It

Year by year, global food traceability market revenue is rising. The market is expected to generate $22.27 billion by 2025. Companies have turned to technological solutions to improve their logistics, enhance customer experience, build long-term customer relationships and improve profits. They’re set to improve trust and transparency with specialized traceability solutions at the cross-over of IoT and blockchain technologies. For example, Zest Labs makes it possible to track food freshness during its delivery, resulting in better food supply management and estimated food waste reduction of over 50%.

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Zest Labs Upgrades Shelf-life Platform with New Modules

Ag tech company Zest Labs has updated its Zest Fresh platform with three new modules to make it easier for suppliers, foodservice operators and retailers to test and deploy its offerings. Zest Fresh uses real-time data streaming and autonomously collected sensor data, which “empowers the IoT-enabled supply chain.”

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AgroFresh, Zest Labs Combine Technologies to Reduce Food Waste

AgroFresh Solutions, a provider of produce freshness solutions, and Zest Labs, an AgTech company focused on the post-harvest fresh food supply chain, are integrating their technologies to strengthen their end-to-end solutions. AgroFresh will incorporate Zest Labs’ Zest Fresh solution into its FreshCloud Transit Insights platform. The agreement will utilize both companies’ resources to help growers, packers and retailers increase visibility into produce shelf life and reduce food waste.

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How Does Artificial Intelligence (AI) Power the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Like many other high tech advancements, IoT is at the forefront of innovation. Everyone wants a part of the IoT sphere, and many people don’t even realize the smart devices they’re using fall under the category. IoT, or the Internet of Things. The agtech (agriculture technology) industry has continuously embraced applications of artificial intelligence to help automate processes once done by hand. Knowing this, implementing IoT tools that are powered by AI helps small and large-scale agriculture companies keep a sharper eye on the output and quality of their produce.

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AgroFresh Partners With Zest Labs for Innovative Solutions

AgroFresh has recently collaborated with Zest Labs to bolster its FreshCloud Transit Insights solution. “AgroFresh’s plant physiology expertise and decades of experience in the fresh produce industry, coupled with Zest Labs’ advanced technology, offers growers, distributors, and retailers a best-in-class solution. The collaboration offers customers unparalleled insights to help them make smart and timely decisions about transit, resulting in less waste, greater revenue, and maximum retail appeal.”

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Can You Solve Food Waste With An Airbnb Model?

A recent study from Zest Labs about produce shelf life found that freshness varied significantly among products and stores. The study showed that the primary cause of food waste happens after harvest because of processing and harvest conditions. The Zest Labs study revealed that preventing food waste due to premature spoilage requires careful monitoring and evaluation. Finding a way to use the produce before it spoils is important.

Read our commentary on this article about the relationship and roles of preventing and repurposing food waste.

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AgTech Company Announces New Modularized Components for Platform

Zest Labs has announced the availability of new modularized components of its Zest Fresh™ solution for growers, packers, processors, shippers, restaurants and grocers. All modules are built on the Zest Fresh platform. The new modules are Zest Fresh | Insights, Zest Fresh | Metrics and Zest Fresh | Optima. The Zest Fresh platform provides fresh food companies across the supply chain with insights to improve operations and manage freshness at the pallet level.

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Lettuce Industry Refines Food Safety Practices

“Zest Labs’ customers in the leafy greens industry face substantial challenges when it comes to making sure product is brought to market in time to ensure long shelf life,” says Peter Mehring, Zest Labs’ CEO. “Their challenge is the variability in harvest process and weather. Any variability in timing from how it is in the field, how it’s brought in, how it’s processed.”

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AgroFresh-Zest Labs Link Expands Reach of Food-waste Fight

AgroFresh Solutions Inc. and Zest Labs Inc. have a strategic collaboration, adding Zest Fresh’s ability to calculate and communicate the freshness of produce through the supply chain to the FreshCloud Transit Insights platform. The FreshCloud platform from AgroFresh is a “data-backed, insights-driven solution for monitoring produce quality” through the supply chain, and Zest Fresh is a post-harvest freshness management solution.

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Agrofresh Integrates Zest Labs’ Platform for Produce Tracking

AgroFresh, the company working to optimize produce freshness along the supply chain, is incorporating Zest Lab’s platform into their own FreshCloud tracking technology. Agrofresh uses Zest’s platform to aggregate transit insights from produce shipments, after which it applies its own knowledge of biotechnology to decide how/where best to ship the order.

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Augmenting Supply Chains With IoT | Peter Mehring, Founder & CEO of Zest Labs (Podcast)

On this IoT For All podcast episode, Peter Mehring, Founder & CEO of Zest Labs discusses how IoT is augmenting the global fresh food supply chain. He also shares how IoT solutions improve labor utilization and reduce the impact of food waste. Peter reflects on his journey to starting Zest Labs and developing Zest Fresh— a solution that improves both food quality and product margins while reducing waste and benefiting the environment. In a nutshell, it modernizes the food distribution and delivery system.

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AgroFresh and Zest Labs Collaborate for Comprehensive Freshness Management

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc.and Zest Labs™, Inc. announced today a strategic collaboration between AgroFresh and Zest Labs to strengthen their end-to-end solutions. AgroFresh will incorporate Zest Labs’ Zest Fresh™ solution into its FreshCloud™ Transit Insights platform. The agreement will utilize both companies’ resources and strengths to provide customers with a comprehensive solution that improves operations, increases visibility into produce shelf life and reduces food waste.

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US: Study Detects Big Differences in Produce Shelf Life

Produce shelf life can vary widely between supermarkets and about half of the products sampled in a recent study spoiled prematurely, according to new research from Zest Labs. Zest Labs has examined random samples of strawberry clamshells, hearts of romaine lettuce and packaged salad mixes purchased from eight major U.S. grocery store chains between February and May. The study -titled “Half-Bad Is Not Good”– found that the freshness “varied significantly” from store to store and within individual stores, leading to early spoilage.

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Study Reveals Significant Produce Shelf-life Variability Among Leading Grocery Stores

Zest Labs™, an AgTech company modernizing the post-harvest fresh food supply chain, today released the results of new research study measuring and comparing the shelf-life (or freshness) of produce being sold at major grocery chain stores across the United States. The research found that the freshness of produce – specifically strawberries, romaine lettuce and packaged salad mixes – varied significantly from store to store as well as within each individual store. This shelf life variability causes early spoilage, which can disappoint consumers and result in costly retail waste.

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Study Reveals Significant Shelf-life Variability in Produce Among Leading Grocery Stores

Zest Labs, San Jose, Calif., released the results of new research study measuring and comparing the shelf life (or freshness) of produce sold at major grocery chain stores across the United States. The research found that the freshness of produce – specifically strawberries, romaine lettuce and packaged salad mixes – varied significantly from store to store as well as within each individual store.

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AgroFresh and Zest Labs Collaborate for Comprehensive Freshness Management

AgroFresh Solutions and Zest Labs have teamed up to enhance the companies’ end-to-end solutions. AgroFresh will integrate Zest Labs’ Zest Fresh™ solution into its FreshCloud™ Transit Insights platform. The agreement will take advantage of both companies’ resources and strengths to provide customers with a comprehensive solution that improves operations, increases visibility into produce shelf life, and reduces food waste.

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Research Finds Produce Freshness Varies

New research has found that the freshness of produce at U.S. grocery stores varies significantly from one grocery store to the next, as well as within individual stores. The study, conducted by the agricultural tech firm Zest Labs between February and May, measured and compared shelf life of produce being sold at major grocery chain stores across the country. It was based on random samples of strawberry clamshells, hearts of romaine lettuce and packaged salad mixes purchased throughout the research period from eight major U.S. grocery store chains. Its aim was to document some of the conditions that contribute to premature produce spoilage.

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Big Differences in Produce Shelf Life, Study Finds

Produce shelf life can vary widely between supermarkets and about half of the products sampled in a recent study spoiled prematurely, according to new research from Zest Labs. Zest Labs said Monday that it examined random samples of strawberry clamshells, hearts of romaine lettuce and packaged salad mixes purchased from eight major U.S. grocery store chains between February and May. The study — titled “Half-Bad Is Not Good” — found that the freshness “varied significantly” from store to store and within individual stores, leading to early spoilage.

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