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Co-operative fresh produce packing solutions
Co-operative fresh produce packing solutions from farmsoft help you increase traceability, reduce waste, and increase accountability.

Co-operative fresh produce packing

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Co-operative fresh produce packing

mange the entire co-op packing process – a software solution designed specifically for cooperative fresh produce packing.  

Co-operative fresh produce packing is made easy with the farmsoft Post Harvest traceability and packing solution.  Easily manage the entire fresh produce handling process.  Designed specifically for co-operative fresh produce packing, sales, quality control, invoicing, dispatch, export and importers.  Manage fresh produce that belongs to an unlimited number of co-operative growers or farmers.  Ensure easy and accurate accountability of co-operative members fresh produce.  Present co-operative members with details reports that analyze the break down of their pack-out and quality for each delivery.  

for enterprise

For medium to large co-operative fresh produce packing companies that need complete traceability, inventory accountability, quality – implement farmsoft Post Harvest Enterprise edition.  Dedicated solution consultants that have deployed multiple co-operative fresh produce packing solutions world wide will guide your company through the implementation process in no time at all.  Access money saving features such as Co-Operative Container Management to ensure maximum accountability of totes, RPCs, lugs, and other fresh produce containers.   Comprehensive and easy to use quality control helps co-operative members understand the quality of the fresh produce they supply and areas for improvement.  Issue detailed returns with charts and graphs to explain what was packed, quality, grade, waste, and delivery details.   Includes functionality excluded from the Small business edition (see comparison here).  Post Harvest Enterprise farmsoft can be installed on your own server or accessed from the cloud – your choice.  

Full support, full training, all features & benefits included.  

co-operative fresh produce packing
Co-operative fresh produce packing solutions

co-operative fresh produce packing
Co-operative fresh produce packing solutions


farmsoft post harvest traceability solutions deliver real world benefits:

>> Make administration easy
>> Consistent quality control
>> Improve dispatch accuracy
>> Reduce waste
>> Easy and accurate traceability
>> Reduce compliance costs
>> Improve production planning  

Choose how farmsoft co-operative fresh produce packing solutions will work in your business.

You choose which processes suit your business, simple or comprehensive.  There are virtually an unlimited combination of flexible business processes supported by farmsoft post harvest traceability software.  Here are a few common processes used by fresh produce co-operative fruit packers…

Co-operative packing process

  • Label & record fresh delivered by farms
  • Issue delivery receipt & container (RPC, tote, bin, pallet etc) receipts
  • Perform quality control tests
  • Store inventory for any period
  • Sort, grade, re-pack, process or value add
  • Process rejects in subsequent batches or package & label finished products
  • Perform quality control tests
  • Receive customer contracts and sales orders
  • Schedule batch based packing/manufacturing based on customer orders and contracts
  • Sell finished product by invoice & order
  • Generate documents for export, transport, organic certificates, EU…
  • Auto email statements for container balances to farms and or customers
  • Charge farms & or customers for container use
  • Export invoices to financial package fresh produce
  • Invoice farms & or customers for packing/processing/storage charges

Farmsoft manages with ease the busy bustling environment at the packhouse. Farmsoft Fruit Packing software ensures that fruit and vegetables have full traceability upon delivery to the pack shed or factory. The traceability follows the fresh produce through the entire storage, sorting, grading, quality control, packing, processing and sales and dispatch phases. Download Fruit Packing specifications to learn how farmsoft cooperative fruit packing software can help your business.

Farmsoft Cooperative Fruit Packing Software

Cooperative fruit packing software
Cooperative fruit packing software

Comprehensive post harvest management of all fresh produce handling, storage, processing, packing, sales and distribution activities. Guarantees traceability and reduced waste.

Farmsoft cooperative fruit packing software delivers much more than traceability. Reduce waste through better fresh produce handling processes, increase the consistency of quality control.

Farmsoft cooperative fruit packing software delivers control over the entire fresh produce packing process, turning chaos, into organized fresh produce handling.

Fresh produce handling doesn’t get any easier with farmsoft’s easy to use fresh produce inventory management functionality. Choose from multiple fresh produce management interfaces – from simple touch screen interfaces on mobile devices or computers, to scanning bar-codes to move produce, pallets, bins, crates, or add produce into a batch for processing, grading, sorting, or value adding.

Fresh produce inventory management – cooperative fruit packing.

From the moment fresh produce is delivered to the pack shed, farmsoft is tracking it closely (if you use farmsoft purchase orders, the produce is being tracked before it arrives at the packhouse). Storage, purchase orders, delivery receipts for fresh produce from external farms, inventory traceability, FIFO management, expiring inventory management, inventory ripening, mobile inventory management, inventory labeling, inventory stock takes, inventory reporting, pallet control and pallet management, sales, dispatch, invoicing, grower reporting, quality control – farmsoft can support your packing process.

Cooperative grower reporting – cooperative fruit packing


Report on the pack out for each grower or farm. Add charges for packing, storage, marketing services, tax, freight, and more. Issue invoices to growers for packing services. Export financial data to finance package.

Fresh produce recalls – cooperative fruit packing


Farmsoft allows recalls based on invoice, purchase order, customer reference, delivery date, delivery docket, sales order, and more. No more recording redundant data on multiple logs or spreadsheet. Instant recall makes audits easy and fast and reduces quality and standard compliance costs. You can also record multiple levels of traceability data, for example, your suppliers supplier can be documented, along with batch and lot codes for their produce. This data can make comprehensive product recalls rapid and instant. Multi-level traceability is not support by many competitor fresh produce solutions.

Lab Tests Fresh Produce Traceability

Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing It can be a long journey from farm to table. And a lot of things can happen along the way. Applies to all levels of product and shipping containers, including pallets, cases and consumer items. Knowing exactly where every apple or pumpkin has been at every stage of the supply chain could prove vital if ever a food health crisis broke out.

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Cooperative Invoicing

Cooperative Invoicing
Cooperative Invoicing

Easily perform cooperative invoicing, record and invoice farms, customers, and clients for packing services for cooperative packing operations.   FarmSoft cooperative invoicing features allow an invoice enabled log of all packing services performed by the co-op / Packhouse on behalf of a customer / supplier / co-op member, and is essential to ensuring smooth co-op packing operations, and efficient billing of packing services to co-op members.  Cooperative invoicing is easy with FarmSoft!

Talk to a FarmSoft consultant about your companies specific cooperative invoicing requirements.  The FarmSoft team ensures specific requirements are fulfilled for every clients requirements.

Learn more about FarmSoft’s Co op invoicing software features for co-operative fruit packing enterprises, download the FarmSoft Packhouse Software brochure or watch the fruit packing video.Co-operative invoicing features:

  • Invoice customers, suppliers, co-operative members, or even internal departments for packing services
  • Configure unlimited service charges such as, Sorting, Packing, Grading, Packaging Materials, Cooling, Storage, Transport, Labor, And more…
  • Associate service charges to specific deliveries of produce, batches, or date range.
  • Multi-currency invoicing for services
  • Packing charges may be measured using Batch output, Weight of delivered/packed produce, Per unit output, Per hour of packing time.
  • Add charges to a supplier/customers invoice as they happen, keeping an accurate log of activities as they happen
  • Relate packing invoice charges to specific batches and even specific inventory if required
  • Close invoices to ensure future charges will be billed on future invoices
  • Record payment method, payment date, payment status for each invoice
  • Make notes on each invoice item to provide supplier/customer with details of individual charges
  • Keep notes on invoices for administrative purposes
  • Bill for freight services, and track non billable freight services

Contact your nearest FarmSoft consultant today to discuss your cooperative invoicing and packing requirements today

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New cooperative for blueberry growers founded: Coöperatie European Blueberry Growers U.A.

Last month, a new cooperative for blueberry growers was founded: Coöperatie European Blueberry Growers U.A. “We’ve been working with these growers for quite some time within Berry Packing Services. Sales will now be taken care of by the new grower’s cooperative. It was a long-cherished wish to group ourselves and to take care of our own sales,” says Harm Valckx. Twelve growers have joined the new cooperative, and they have a combined area of about 280 hectares, good for about 2.5 million kilos of Dutch and German blueberries. “For now, we’ll be doing it with this club.”

Co-operative fresh produce packing
Co-operative fresh produce packing

Two of the growers are SKAL-certified, so the cooperative also has about 300 tonnes of organic berries at its disposal. “Demand for organic berries is starting to increase. Prices for these are better than for conventional berries as well, but the balance between supply and demand is still fragile,” Harm explains.

The blueberries of the cooperative’s members are packed, as per customer wishes, by Berry Packing Services, the sorting and packing station for blueberries in Venlo, the Netherlands. This company was founded a few years ago from a partnership between Special Fruit from Meer and the production companies of Harm Valckx and Leon Schrijnwerkers. The location in the former building of Sunberry International means Harm is now at his former location again.

Co-operative fresh produce packing
Co-operative fresh produce packing

“We’re feeling hopeful about the coming season. Up till now, the harvest and pricing were both good. The blueberries are a bit smaller this year, but I’m not disappointed in the amount of kilos,” Harm says. He expects this year’s season to be spread over a slightly longer period, so that berries will be harvested until early September.

In recent years, the sales of blueberries experienced an enormous increase, in part thanks to larger packaging. However, Harm doesn’t think the market is saturated yet. “All lights are set to green for the market to continue growing. I just don’t expect the Dutch production to continue increasing much more. Unless innovations in the harvest occur, otherwise the production would simply become too expensive in the Netherlands,” Harm concludes.


Hans Vanderhallen, new director of Hoogstraten cooperative

Hans Vanderhallen will be the new director of Hoogstraten cooperative from 1 January 2020. Vanderhallen succeeds Gaston Opdekamp, who will remain associated with the cooperative as an advisor.

Co-operative fresh produce packing
Co-operative fresh produce packing

The board of directors of Hoogstraten cooperative has decided to transfer the position of director to Hans Vanderhallen on 1 January 2020. This decision was made in good mutual consultation and has been prepared for some time. Gaston Opdekamp will remain associated with Hoogstraten cooperative until his retirement age as a consultant and project manager. In that position he will among other things, follow up the current building projects.

Gaston Opdekamp joined Hoogstraten cooperative on 1 June 1983, where he initially worked in general administration. He later joined management, became deputy director and from the end of 2002 to the present he was director of Hoogstraten cooperative. In those 37 years, Gaston Opdekamp had 5 presidents and worked under 2 predecessors of directors.

Hans Vanderhallen joined the team of Hoogstraten cooperative in 2000 and was immediately able to hit the ground running on the central sorting of peppers. As a logistics manager, he got to know the company from the inside out. In 2016, Hans was appointed as deputy director, making administration and commercialisation more of his working domains. The route to the current succession was already in the works some time ago.

The board of directors is firmly convinced that the gradual nature of this change of management is the best guarantee for the continuity of operations and expresses its full support for its new director.

For more information:
Cooperative Hoogstraten
Loenhoutseweg 59 (Kluis Z.1 - 1050)

Co-operative fresh produce packing
Co-operative fresh produce packing


2320 Hoogstraten
Belgium
T: +32(0) 33 40 02 11
info@hoogstraten.eu
www.hoogstraten.eu

The Spanish cooperative sector as engine for growth

The results of the study "Economic-financial diagnosis of agro-food cooperatives in Spain (2015-2017)", carried out by researchers Narciso Arcas Lario, Domingo García Pérez de Lerma and Jorge Luis Sánchez Navarro, from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, and published by Cajamar, reveal the good health of Spanish agro-food cooperatives.

One of the main objectives of the study, which has compiled information from 447 Spanish agro-food cooperatives, has been to find out details about the financial situation of these entities, taking into account aspects such as their size, the type of cooperative or their activity. It has also sought to analyze their economic status based on the growth and profitability of each cooperative, as well as their accounting.

One of the main points of the study is the importance of agro-food cooperatives, especially given their socio-economic relevance and their role as a driving force, as well the "increase in their bargaining power when dealing with customers and suppliers," says the text.

The document mentions that agro-food cooperatives supply consumers with "healthy and quality food while contributing to the development and social cohesion of the rural environment, since they improve the income of producers and help keep the population in the area," say the authors.

Thus, the importance of agro-food cooperativism applies to both Spain and the European Union, where, according to the organization COGECA (General Committee of Agricultural Cooperativism in the European Union), these companies invoiced 347,000 million Euro in 2014, "which corresponds to around 40% of the production, processing and marketing of agricultural products," says the Cajamar study.

It also reports that the growth in the turnover of Spanish cooperatives has been progressive, just like their size, which improves their productivity. This growth took place even during the 2009 crisis, which shows the strength of the Spanish cooperative sector as a growth engine.

The analysis also shows that the growth in turnover, capital and gross added value is higher among younger and second-degree cooperatives. These have better liquidity and good prospects for development in the short term.

Source: laopiniondemurcia.es

New second-degree cooperative created in the Spanish region of Valencia

On Wednesday, March 4, the Assemblies of the Sant Bernat Cooperative, of Carlet, and of the Guadacoop Cooperative, of Guadassuar, were held simultaneously. They approved the integration of the Fruit and Vegetable Producers' Organizations of the two cooperatives (with the support of almost all of their members, which amount to 4,400 and 2,034, respectively) and greenlighted the creation of a second-degree cooperative, which will be called Ribercamp.

With this move, the two cooperatives, which in turn are integrated as partners in Anecoop, will bring the productions of their members together, with a fruit volume totaling about 85,000 tons, consisting mostly of citrus fruits, kakis and stone fruit, and with growth prospects in the coming years.

The handling centers that they currently have will be optimized for improvements in the processes and their management.

For more information:

Co-operative fresh produce packing
Co-operative fresh produce packing

Cooperativa Sant Bernat
Ctra. Creu Negra, 27 46240 Carlet, Valencia. Spain
Tel.: +34 962 539 000
coopcarlet@coopcarlet.com
www.coopcarlet.com

Co-operative fresh produce packing
Co-operative fresh produce packing

Cooperativa Gauadacoop
Calle Tarragona, S/N, 46610 Guadassuar, Valencia. Spain
Tel.: +34 962 571 182
guadacoop@guadacoop.eu
http://guadacoop.net


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