Fresh produce bar code scanning app for packers, processor, wholesale or fresh produce, seafood, meats, perishables. Full inventory management, quality control, orders & shipping, traceability, food safety barcodes.

99% less fresh produce packing waste

Accurate fresh produce & food inventory management reduces waste through better FIFO stock rotation, stock-takes, and inventory alerts. RFID pallet control (optional) for precision inventory tracking. 

Save time packing fruit & vegetables

Increase the efficiency of fresh produce inventory using options like scanning incoming bar-codes to reduce data entry & errors, integrate with scales for automatic weighing, ore RFID for automatic fresh produce inventory tracking.

Better fresh produce quality control

Guarantee the quality of your fresh produce packing with flexible fresh QC testing systems from your phone or tablet. Customer feedback management, supplier quality control and more...

Reduce fresh produce packing errors & control production

Project required inventory (and shortages), schedule orders to be packed in batches , automatic alerts to prodution line managers.

100% accurate fresh produce order shipping

Shipping teams are guided through the dispatch process from picking using a phone or tablet (optional bar-code scanning), automatic picking, thru bill of lading, invoice, and automatic shipping notifications for customers, transport, and sales teams.

Reduce fresh produce packing administration costs by 40%

Automatic generation of fresh produce labels, bill of lading, invoice, picking documents and more; reduces administrative burden.

Easy audit & recall systems reduces compliance costs.

Faster fresh produce inventory storage  inventory

Accurate fresh produce & food inventory management delivers reduced waste and increased employee productivity. Manage FIFO, improve stock-take accuracy, scan harvester data, and keep a watchful eye on your inventory... Easy stock-take identifies shrinkage and helps reduce waste from ageing. 

100% accurate fresh produce traceability

Maintain strict fresh produce traceability and high food safety standards always. Perform recalls based on lot/batch, pack date, invoice #, inventory #, pallet #, delivery date, purchase order #, or perform a recall on your own user defined data. Perform instant recalls both up and down the supply chain. Makes audits easy and instant. COVID-19 food safety & auditing available. 

Reduce fresh produce waste by 99%

Inventory control ensures there is no 'shrinkage', food inventory is FIFO managed, and expiring inventory always monitored.

Reduce administration time by 60%

Automatic paperwork, labels, and reporting reduces the burden on administration teams and saves everyone's time.

Better fresh produce quality now

Quality control and food safety has never been easier with industry standard quality tests, food safety checklists; or configure your own tests. 

100% accurate orders!

Guarantee only the correct inventory is shipped for each order, on time, every time.

Fresh produce bar code scanning:

Farmsoft fresh produce packing app is for fruit & vegetable packer, processor, import/export.  Full fresh produce traceability, auditing, inventory control, and fresh produce business management app.

Quality inspection for fresh produce

Consistent and accurate quality control ensures higher customer satisfaction and adherence to industry, de-facto, and in-house quality control standards. Track supplier quality performance, customer feedback & complaints, create QC tests for any part of the fresh produce & food manufacturing process (incoming goods, raw materials, finished goods, expiry test, export/shipping tests), daily factory hygiene, machinery calibration, employee checklists... 

Fresh produce logistics

Manage orders, pack to order, picking and auto picking, dispatch & shipping process. Generate invoices, bill of lading, pick slips, export documentation and other sales documents... Dispatch teams are guided through the dispatch process ensuring every order is filled perfectly, and on time. Paperwork such as BOL, freight documents, export documents are automatically generated based on the customer and destination to guarantee no rejected shipments or issues at borders.

Fresh produce labels

Generate fresh produce SSCC pallet labels, GS1 case & PTI labels, bin labels, batch labels, traded unit labels, harvest labels and more. Use the built in industry standard labels for Walmart, Woolworths, Aldi, Tesco, Loblaws etc - or design your own with the built in label & report designer. Our team can design all of your fresh produce documents to ensure farmsoft matches your requirements perfectly.

Fresh produce packing control

Sales, Quality, Profit, Dispatch, Pack, Farm...... Dashboards for sales teams provide instant impressions of customer orders and current inventory levels. The dispatch dashboard helps plan shipments, order of loading, and transport companies & drivers... The Profit analysis dashboard shows margins per unit and most profitable customers. Use our API to access your data however you like.

Fresh produce batch packing

Project required raw materials needed to pack/manufacture orders, potential shortages, schedule multiple orders to be packed in batches on selected production lines with a few clicks, automatically send new job alerts to managers, schedule additional harvests, analyze outstanding orders. Manage entire packing and manufacturing process with ease.

Fresh produce alerts monitoring

Automatic alerts for shipments can be sent to customers, transport providers, or even team members. Every time a batch is finished processing, receive an alert with the pack-out breakdown and percentages of grades & quality and waste. Alerts can include simple shipment notifications, or even invoices and original order details. Other alerts include order changes/modifications, yield reports, new order alerts, and low inventory alerts... 

Farm app option

Implement the farmsoft Farm Management suite to provide a comprehensive integrated business management solution from seed to plate. Includes automatic task management, best practices, budgeting, farm inventory, PHI enforcement, audits, residue reporting, USDA reporting, dashboards, recalls and more... 

Fresh produce supplier quality control

Suppliers must know that your business is measuring and tracking their performance. Any trends that effect the quality of fresh produce can be quickly detected, automatically traced back to the fresh produce supplier (especially if a result of a customer complaint / feedback), management and purchasing teams are automatically alerted when a supplier quality issue happens. Quantify your suppliers quality using the Supplier Quality Dashboard. 

Fresh produce finance apps

Share data with your Xero finance app, Quickbooks, MYOB, SAGE, using our API, or request our team perform a custom integration for your fresh produce company. This is an optional module, please ask your consultant for additional details and discuss your specific requirements, additional costs will apply for integration with your chosen finance app. 

Fresh produce RFID

Automatic tracking of each pallet’s exact location. Makes loading orders accurate and easy, stops errors during shipping. Very low costs to setup your hardware using farmsoft’s innovative RFID for fresh produce solution. Pallets put onto truck are auto added to order, and checked for accuracy. Pick up a pallet and its RFID instantly selected. Add pallet/bin to production line and its auto added to batch for traceability.

Fresh produce API

Integrate with virtually any other app or software solution using the farmsoft API. It's open! Anyone can use it. Your in house I.T. team, or any external I.T. vendor you want to help you with integration. Add your own reports, extract special data, or even create new interfaces between farmsoft and any app such as accounting, payroll, B2B, B2C. Other integration in farmsoft includes the ability to integrate with selected weigh scales to capture fresh produce net delivery weights.

Fresh produce bloch-chain

Increase customer confidence and prove the credentials of your traceability integrity and transparency with block-chain ledger technology.   We use the blockchain solution. (Optional module not included with standard Packing / Food Manufacturing ERP solution).

Improve fresh produce production planning

Efficient management customer orders, and the ability to analyze orders gives you new production planning tolls in farmsoft. Ensure each order is filled to exact specifications, on time, every time. Increase customer satisfaction and retention, and reduce stress in the packhouse with confident production planning using work orders/batch orders, sales contracts, sales orders, and sales order items. Are you manufactruing or processing chili products? Try farmsoft for chili processing. 

Accurate fresh produce traceability

Quality officers are guided through the quality control process, presented with images and instructions for each test, ensuring they know what to look for at all times, corrective actions are presented if a quality issue is detected. This makes training new fresh produce quality control officers fast, and ensures consistency in the quality control management processes for incoming fresh produce, post pack/post processing, storage, and dispatch. 

Efficient use of fresh produce cold stores

Maximize your cold store use and rotation of stock using farmsoft's pallet maps, and precision traceability tracking with expiring inventory reminders.
Cold store management software for fruit importers, exporters, packers, cross docking, and short and long term fruit storage.

Fresh produce bar code scanning:

The farmsoft inventory control app provides business wide quality management inspection systems for fresh produce, food manufacturing, seed processing, meat packing & processing, and flower packing.

Tesco food safety compliance food packers
Tesco food safety compliance for food manufacturers, packers, import, export, wholesale.  Tesco customers expect us to only sell products made to the highest quality and that are responsibly sourced. They trust us to ensure that all our products are safe and comply with all the applicable laws and regulations.

Within Tesco we have a number of highly skilled teams and colleagues across the globe that are dedicated to ensuring our customer expectations are not only met but exceeded. They manage the quality of products from the original product concept right through to our stores and customers.
Although this page is based on our UK business, a similar approach is taken across our international markets whilst ensuring all legal and cultural differences are acknowledged and catered for.  Through understanding customers and their needs, product and market trends our expert team of developers work hard to bring great quality, innovative and value for money products to the market; our dedicated team of food researchers and chefs constantly review food trends and bring new food ideas to life to meet those customer needs.
Fresh Produce Bar Code Scanning

Fresh produce bar code scanning in agriculture easily delivers improved traceability in the fruit boxing and fresh produce packing space.  The FarmSoft team has add new features to the FarmSoft packhouse mobile (smart phone, iphone, tablets, and PDA’s) interfaces and new interfaces for in line bar-code scanning to allow rapid recording of packed fruit and vegetable via bar-code systems. Implement FarmSoft to make your fresh produce fruit packing easier and more efficient. FarmSoft delivers bar code scanning for packing sheds, packhouses, and fruit packers, exporters, importers and wholesalers.

FarmSoft fresh produce bar code scanning allows users to choose from a mobile interface that allows smartphones and PDA devices to scan boxed and packed fresh produce to record pallet contents. Fresh produce inventory and stock management with bar code systems ensures traceability and accuracy. FarmSoft’s bar code software for pack sheds makes fresh produce inventory control easy.

Bar-code traceability

FarmSoft bar code traceability is rapid to implement, and easy to maintain. Implementing FarmSoft bar code traceability for fresh produce processing delivers increased accuracy of traceability, easy inventory management, and can result in reduced fresh produce waste.
FarmSoft bar code traceability provides multiple fruit labeling solutions which can be tailored to meet client inventory handling requirements.
Bar code traceability
FarmSoft bar code traceability provides a comprehensive fruit traceability system for packhouses, pack sheds, and fruit and vegetable processors. FarmSoft bar code traceability makes fresh produce inventory handling easy! Contact FarmSoft today to receive these benefits.
Case level traceability

Case level traceability brings fresh produce processors, packers, and marketers easy and rapid traceability. Implement FarmSoft in no time at all, and start reducing processing waste!  Easy to deploy, farmsoft case level traceability is the best friend of any company looking to improve traceability in their food / fresh produce processing enterprise. Farmsoft delivers tangible improvements in food safety compliance and standards maintenance. Implementing farmsoft case level traceability for fresh produce processing delivers increased accuracy of traceability, easy inventory management, and can result in reduced fresh produce waste.

Farm to fork traceability for reliable food safety and best handling practices for fresh produce – while reducing waste and increasing efficiency!  FarmSoft’s farm to fork traceability solution delivers bullet proof fresh produce traceability management in every way. FarmSoft’s farm to fork traceability solution channels staff through the correct farming and fresh produce handling processes ensuring maximum food safety and traceability is being maintained at all times.

Combine both FarmSoft Farm Software AND FarmSoft Fruit Packing Software to create a complete farm to fork traceability solution.
In addition to the traceability features of FarmSoft, the system also provides a comprehensive fresh produce business management suite that takes care of every section of your business including: quality control, invoice, dispatch, sales, contracts, staff labor, packing labor, packhouse reporting and more.

Fresh Produce Traceability India – FarmSoft’s fresh produce management software brings new levels of traceability and efficiency to Indian farming and fresh produce packing, processing, and exporting.  FarmSoft guides users through the fresh produce handling procedures to ensure the safest, highest quality fruit and vegetables with minimum waste. From quality control, waste analysis, to fresh produce labeling – FarmSoft delivers for professional fruit and vegetable processors and packers. Download FarmSoft’s Fresh Produce Traceability India specifications here.

FarmSoft India
Professionally manage and monitor all post harvest processes including quality control, storage, inventory, sorting, grading, washing, packing, sales, invoice, and dispatch.
Traceability requirements matrix fresh produce

Traceability requirements matrix fresh produce packing, processing, value adding.   Traceability requirements matrix fresh produce
Traceability requirements matrix in fresh produce

Makes fresh inventory food safety compliance & audits easy.
Traceability requirements matrix fresh produce
Traceability requirements matrix fresh produce.
Blockchain for fresh produce traceability

Visit our official fresh produce blockchain site for the latest fresh produce blockchain information.
Ask your farmsoft consultant if your chosen block-chain protocol or format is supported.
Blockchain – Essential for Fresh Produce Traceability
The Produce Traceability Initiative, was designed to help the Produce Industry maximize the effectiveness of current traceback procedures, while developing a standardized industry approach to enhance the speed and efficiency.
Food Traceability Software

FarmSoft food traceability software delivers bulletproof food safety and reduces business risk.  The FarmSoft is built on a solid platform of food traceability and safety standards. FarmSoft guides users through the food processing and manufacturing phases. The FarmSoft food traceability software suite specializes in processing and manufacturing involving fresh produce, fruit, and vegetables. Dried, cured, juiced, pulped, or even made into value added jelly and jams. Click here to download food traceability software specifications.

Fresh Produce Traceability Bar-code

Fresh Produce Traceability Bar-codes for fruit & vegetable packers, processors, and food manufacturers.  Fresh Produce Traceability is much more than applying a label to the packed fruit or vegetable. FarmSoft delivers strict fresh produce traceability guidelines for supply chain end to end food safety & transparency.

Ensuring that the traceability chain has no gaps in it is important to reduce the risk exposure of your business. If there is a breach in the traceability chain, then the whole traceability enforcement system has failed and becomes a pointless expense. FarmSoft ensures 100% accuracy of traceability throughout the entire life-cycle of fresh produce, from pre-planting, to post sales traceability guideline adherence. FarmSoft ensures your business is not unnecessarily exposed, while minimizing compliance costs. 

GS1 Traceability for fresh produce

FarmSoft GS1 traceability system does much more than just print labels! Manage your inventory, maintain traceability, pack, process, and store fresh produce. Perform sales and dispatch and invoicing. Reduce fresh produce waste.  FarmSoft GS1 traceability system does much more than just print labels! Manage your inventory, maintain traceability, pack, process, and store fresh produce. Perform sales and dispatch and invoicing. Reduce fresh produce waste.
farmsoft makes fresh produce GS1 traceability easy!
Increase the efficiency of fresh produce deliveries using options like scanning incoming bar-codes to reduce data entry, save time, and reduce errors. Scan incoming fresh produce deliveries or use "one touch" rapid inventory creation screens to increase accuracy & reduce data entry time.

FarmSoft track and trace provides end to end supply chain transparency for fresh produce traceability. Implement FarmSoft to guarantee the highest level of traceability both up and down the supply chain!  FarmSoft track and trace is a comprehensive fresh produce business management solution that caters for all operational processes from quality control, inventory, sales, dispatch, and orders. FarmSoft even provides food manufacturing, good manufacturing management, and value adding features. FarmSoft track and trace software provides many innovative features to bring easily maintained benefits to the fresh produce processor, packer, and marketer.

Using the FarmSoft traceability code, customers, and end consumers can track and trace fresh produce simply by scanning a QR code with their smartphone. The track and trace system will then present the customer/end consumer with the traceability or marketing information as chosen by the packer. This helps to improve customer confidence and provides supply chain transparency to promote the concept of food safety.
Produce Traceability Initiative PTI

Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), HACCP, GlobalGAP, CanGAP, EuroGAP, BRC, Bio-Terrorism, ISO and more…Simple PTI solution - software for fruit and vegetable processing

Farmsoft delivers opportunities to reduce waste during the packing, processing, storage, and distribution phases. By enforcing best practices, FIFO (when practical), inventory expiry monitoring, and easy stock takes - your company has every opportunity to minimize waste and maximize profit. From bar code managed inventory, inventory labeling, to 3D pallet storage, farmsoft delivers on reduced waste.
Perform recalls in seconds, with the full confidence of accuracy and reliability. Minimize risk by ensuring accurate traceability is automatically captured. Pass audits with ease & reduce compliance costs using farmsofts traceability guidelines. Trace fresh produce up and down the supply chain, over multiple traceability hops. Instantly produce spray records, residue analysis, soil analysis, and any other farm traceability records if you use our farm solution.

Inventory traceability software for reduced post harvest waste

Inventory traceability software
The purpose of the Fruit & Vegetables implementation guidance is to provide best practice guidelines for industry-wide adoption for New Item Listing and update of existing assortment. This guide provides support to companies seeking to electronically exchange fruit & vegetable product information in accordance with GS1 Standards. The guidance applies to the full range of fruit & vegetable trade items. The guide outlines which attributes should be used for fruit & vegetable items and recommends best practices for the use of these standards to exchange static fruit & vegetable data between suppliers and retailers. Today, different platforms as well as different means to item identification exist when it comes to data sharing. Traceability case study for Paramount Citrus, Traceability case study for Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms, SunFed visibility of produce throughout supply chain with case and item level traceability. JemD Farms, greenhouse grower with GS1 Standards and the Produce Traceability Initiative.
The use of GS1 Standards, specifically for Identification, Master Data Alignment, Traceability, Track and Trace, Barcode labels and EDI transactions, provides a common platform to help supply.
Simple traceability solution

Simple traceability solution - software for fruit and vegetable packing
Processors and packers involved in the fresh produce industry deal with a lot of compliance and traceability issues. If the worst happens and a product recall needs to be effected immediately, they have to be able to trace where the raw ingredients of fruit and vegetables came from, what was done to them, when and where the finished products have gone.
Fresh produce processors and packers manufacturers are subject to quality audits and they can often practice recalls and food safety incidents. From a business perspective, these activities often can be expensive and cumbersome to comply with, without the use of a simple traceability solution that is integrated into the businesses fresh produce handling processes and guidelines.
As a supplier to the food manufacturing or fresh produce processing or handling and retail industry, quality control and traceability are key for any manufacturer. Farmsoft delivers solutions in Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Africa, and Asian regions. Use farmsoft to become compliant and increased efficiency.

Less waste, more traceability

Less waste, more traceability: Full featured software for fresh produce processing, packing, sales, export/import & distribution.  MINIMIZE FRESH PRODUCE WASTE

For handlers of perishable goods, reduce waste during packing, processing, cold store, order picking and dispatch phases. Enforce GMP and best practices, FIFO (when practical), inventory expiry monitoring, and easy stock takes to help minimize waste and maximise profit. Receive detailed alerts when waste is encountered through quality issues, or possible human error.
Learn more about farmsoft post harvest solutions
Manage your fruit & vegetable packing / processing operation with a simple traceability solution, or implement a comprehensive enterprise management solution. Easily comply with standards for Walmart, Tesco, Woolworths, Aldi, Loblaw, Coles, USDA, FSMA, GFSI, AANZFTA, PTI, HACCP - for full inventory traceability using PC/Mac or traceability app.

Fresh produce export documentation

Farmsoft makes fresh produce export documentation easy with new features that generate international standard fresh produce export documentation for fresh produce producers, processors, and packers.   Rapidly generate fresh produce export documentation on demand!

Farmsoft makes fresh produce export documentation easy with new features that generate international standard fresh produce export documentation for fresh produce producers, processors, and packers. The modern packing and processing facility is busy environment. Dealing with the excess of export regulations and paperwork requirements can often be a headache. Farmsoft guides users through the documentation process, reducing administration costs, and increasing productivity.
Contact a farmsoft consultant today to discuss your fresh produce export documentation options today.
Farmsoft takes the effort out of preparing fresh produce export documentation for fruit, vegetable, coffee, hop, and grain producers by generating commonly used export documentation.  

Reduce fresh produce waste, Orders - Quality - Production - Sales & shipping - Recalls & audits - Dashboards, analysis, business intelligence.   Reduce fresh produce waste, make production and shipments 100% accurate

Strict inventory management ensures FIFO and no orphaned fresh produce inventory, no loss of inventory due handling processes.
Production management ensures every order is filled accurately, dispatch is planned in advance, and correct shipments dispatched on time, every time.
Sales dashboards help marketing and sales teams plan orders, schedule production, and identify any fresh produce that needs to be sold before it becomes waste.
A choice of interfaces to suit every environment gives your team a simple fresh produce business management tool.
Manage fresh produce inventory stored at an unlimited number of sites / packhouses, and unlimited warehouses
Manage and monitor the storage and status (ie: in processes such as sorting, grading, cooling, ripening etc) of all fresh produce inventory, regardless of its state.

The FarmSoft team has added new features to the FarmSoft packhouse mobile (smart phone, iphone, tablets, and PDA’s) interfaces and new interfaces for in line bar-code scanning to allow rapid recording of packed fruit and vegetable via bar-code systems. Implement FarmSoft to make your fresh produce fruit packing easier and more efficient. FarmSoft delivers bar code scanning for packing sheds, packhouses, and fruit packers, exporters, importers and wholesalers.

FarmSoft fresh produce bar code scanning allows users to choose from a mobile interface that allows smartphones and PDA devices to scan boxed and packed fresh produce to record pallet contents. Fresh produce inventory and stock management with bar code systems ensures traceability and accuracy. FarmSoft’s bar code software for pack sheds makes fresh produce inventory control easy.

Fresh produce bar-code traceability
Use FarmSoft fresh produce bar code scanning software to manage banana, citrus, stone fruit, pomegranate, apple, bell pepper, capsicum, tomato, cucumber, broccoli, onion, pineapple, strawberry, cassava, blueberry, cherry, squash, and all other fresh produce for farm management, fresh produce bar code inventory, and traceability. FarmSoft fresh produce bar code scanning can be used to improve vegetable packhouse efficiency and fruit packhouse efficiency.

Other fresh produce bar code scanning options allow users to scan produce using a wireless hand held scanner that will build pallet contents and allow printing of fresh produce labels (using various formats including PTI/Produce Traceability Initiative and more).

Other options exist where the packhouse can configure in-line barcode scanning systems to perform the pallet building process.
The new functionality allows packers to maintain a high level of packhouse traceability whilst maximizing efficiency and minimizing packing costs. The FarmSoft bar-code systems can be customize for each clients requirements to ensure a high level of business process fit.

Optionally integrate the bar-code scanning solution with other modules from the FarmSoft Packhouse solution like the print and apply label printing module, or other optional pack shed traceability modules. Advanced quality control ensures consistent standardized testing.

Fresh produce bar code scanning software for pack house and pack shed efficiency improvement:
Other options include scanning of in line bar codes for inventory creation, barcoded inventory control, and RFID inventory for fresh produce. FarmSoft fresh produce bar code scanning software helps pack sheds improve traceability, increase profit, and reduce waste. Contact a FarmSoft consultant for more information.

Fresh produce bar-code traceability
Traceability As Part Of Competitive Strategy In The Fruit Supply Chain
Traceability, added value for Spanish fruit and vegetables Businesses in the fresh fruit and vegetable industry continue to focus on process improvements such as, recall and traceability, effective lot control, and obtaining accurate information quickly and easily. Earlier this year, Lufa Farms opened its third rooftop greenhouse, a 63,000-square-foot operation in the Anjou borough of Montreal — the most technologically advanced yet.

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Field where produce was harvested For pallets, labels are the only alternative. The Produce Traceability Initiative requires the use of SSCC (Serialized Shipping Container Code) when labeling pallets. At any time the user can exercise their rights of access, opposition , rectification and cancellation in accordance with Data Protection Act Personal, at the following address:

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Could barcodes be a thing of the past?
Dataphyll is a start up company in New Zealand which has been developing a product for the horticultural industry called Binwise. The Binwise system replaces current barcode systems for harvest, logistics and traceability management. This system uses RIFD tags, RFID portals and Smart Phones and can be adapted for any type of fruit or vegetables, tracing it from the field right through to the end consumer.

Fresh produce bar-code traceability
The RFID tag can be attached to the harvesting bins to track the movement between the orchards and the packhouse, the tags can also be integrated into sticky labels on the packing, punnets, trays etc.

"We are using Near Field Communication or NFC technology which is prevalent in every smart phone, so any grower, worker or consumer can pick up their phone and look up the data. They can get information on where the fruit was grown and also information about it, like which treatments and sprays etc. were put on the crop. They can also follow the product's path to the supermarket. Also because the RFID system is extremely secure, the consumer can be assured of the provenance of the product, ie. if it was domestically grown or if it has been relabelled from some other country," explains Patrick Malley, Director of Dataphyll Limited.

Fresh produce bar-code traceability
"We want the Binwise system to be beneficial for the retailer and the consumer, but being a grower myself I also want it to benefit the grower. I think it is very important to first make sure it works for the growers and post-harvest operators on this end of the supply chain, because if it does not benefit them it remains a 'nice to have product' and there are so many other technologies out there that are nice to have, so you really need to have something which drives actual benefits to the grower. They need to be able to pick up and run with it and that is how we have built our software, to drive real-time produce tracking and staff productivity. Binwise removes a whole lot of work around labelling, saving labour costs and, as it all becomes automatic, this also saves a lot of time and hassle."

fresh produce bar-code traceability
fresh produce bar-code traceability

The system provides a lot of cost saving benefits, but also provides food safety, traceability and supply chain management.

Patrick says that their expectation is a period of two years before customers will see the system pay itself off, but some customers are saying that they have seen the return on their investment after a year.

fresh produce bar-code traceability
fresh produce bar-code traceability

"We have been working together with T&G Global at their Kerikeri site on their blueberry crop and we are now talking about expanding our product through some of the other ranges they have, although this still in the early stages of discussion.

"The best thing about this product is that it is adaptable to any crop, we have systems running on kiwifruit, blueberries and on raspberries, and we are looking at many other types of produce. It is very adaptable to any kind of horticultural produce because, ultimately, all you are doing is capturing data and tracking it electronically," according to Patrick.

Binwise is only being used in New Zealand at the moment, which as Patrick says is a very good proving ground, "But we are looking to become an international company in the near future and as a small company we want to work with people to make that happen."

fresh produce bar-code traceability
fresh produce bar-code traceability

The senior Dataphyll team, which includes Reuben Wallis, a hardware and systems specialist, and Christoph Kistler and Kerrin Roberts who are both senior developers, have been developing and working on the Binwise system for over two years. “It has taken us over two years of testing and development on the family orchard to get it right. There are a lot of technical issues on something like this and as soon as you put it in the hands of many different people you have be ready to deal with these issues. Horticulture has staff from a wide range of technical and educational backgrounds and this Binwise has to be accessible to all of them."

"We think we have a really good solution that starts right from the grower up through the supply chain. In addition to supply chain management, Binwise also captures a huge amount of data automatically which helps drive productivity reports and other useful tools so that growers are able to keep a track of and manage staff and their produce in real-time. Lots of growers that we have talked to have said that they were waiting for a product like Binwise to make their jobs easier and faster. And we are looking forward to working with many more growers to help improve their businesses."

For more information:
Patrick Malley
+64 21 963 363

Australia is in the process of revolutionising its barcode system
GS1 Australia is in the process of revolutionising its barcode system, providing more information and traceability, regarding the identity of loose produce items.

Account Director, Andrew Steele told the Hort Connections conference that the project has been in work for two years now, and is in the implementation stage. Driven by Woolworths and Coles supermarkets, he says retailers have been working with suppliers to implement the GS1 data bar, where the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) is linked back to the packhouse where that item has been sourced.

fresh produce bar-code traceability
fresh produce bar-code traceability
"Traditionally, produce items like apples, oranges, stone fruit, mangoes have had a global PLU, or price look-up number," he said. "It tells you what it is, but it doesn't give you any link back to where that Pink Lady or Granny Smith apple, or Kensington Pride mango has come from. In some case, the packhouse will also be the grower, or sometimes the grower might send it to a consolidated packhouse. But at least it is the first step in getting better linkage and traceability back to the packhouse."

But Mr Steele says the most exciting thing on the horizon is data embedded barcodes, and that comes in two forms; a slightly bigger "1D" barcode, or a much smaller "2D" barcode, called a data matrix.

"It includes a lot of additional data, for example, not just that a product is a tray pack of meat, but it has variable weight, production date, best before date, either a batch or serial number, and whether it is a prime cut or not," he said. "There are a lot of opportunities in the industry and food waste is one of them. So, if we can get product out through the checkout without having to throw it out. It is a better opportunity for the industry, just on that alone."

He added that Woolworths is implementing a new barcode trial, starting next month, working with two meat suppliers, using a 2D data matrix barcode. But the supermarket eventually would like to do a similar thing with fresh produce, which currently has a barcode, such as ready to eat soups and salad kits.

"What this means is that if you look at your pre-packaged salads, it has a pre-printed barcode on it," he said. "As soon as you want to include data like a batch code or use-by date, you have to move away to in-line barcode technology. This is the discussion that we have to have in the industry now, regarding what is the potential for businesses to introduce in-line barcode printing technology. The other big discussion is, we know where Woolworths is at, so we need to get the other retailers together to form an industry-wide roadmap. There's nothing worse as a supplier doing it one way for Woolworths, but all the others require the old way."

Globally, GS1 has been around for more than 45 years, and has around one million companies in 150 countries using the system to make more than six billion transactions per day. It a not-for-profit organization, and Mr Steele says it was started by industry, so it works for the industry, and some of the leading global brands sit on the board to give it a bigger presence in the marketplace.

Traceability systems have become increasingly important in recent years, to help solve some serious issues across the industry surrounding food safety, food contamination and food fraud.

"Implementing effective traceability processes can lead to big dollar savings across the global fresh food industry, right down to the store level" Mr Steele said. "Of course, the government is playing an increasing role these days by increasing regulations surrounding traceability requirements, market access and the like."

But Mr Steele admits that one of the challenges is the introduction of different types of barcode labelling on packages.

"You have QR codes which is for BTC - business to consumer marketing purposes," he said. "You have got your traditional 1D barcode for point of sale scanning. In the US there's a thing called 'smart label' where you scan it and it takes you to a brand-owner website that gives you access to all the off-pack label information around nutritional data and allergen statements. There's a lot of information that is hard to fit on smaller packets."

The company presented a global standard to industry last year, called Digital Link, which incorporates a URL into a barcode.

"The idea, if you think of Lord of the Rings, 'One Ring to rule them all', we would like to move to one barcode that is multi-purpose," Mr Steele explained. "So, it will satisfy the point of sale, and supply chain requirements, but also consumers can use it for marketing, smart labelling, and business to consumer engagement. At Gs1 we realise that people in the real world don't want multiple barcodes on products."

SIMBA barcode system supports potato growers
Dynamic Systems, Inc., a Redmond, Washington leader in Real-time Traceability Systems for the produce industry announces a barcode-based system for potato processors.

When fully utilized, potato grower/packer/shippers will find that the SIMBA system provides up to the minute accurate inventory, both unprocessed bins and product that is packed and ready to be picked for shipment. The software prints both case and pallet labels, either in batch mode or on demand. SIMBA delivers detailed traceability information with the push of a button, and its logistics module records shipping in detail and prints bills of lading and manifests.

The SIMBA System uses the latest touchscreen technology to quickly record product details and to print product labels from the field or on the pack line, capturing product data such as “Russet, 5lb, Poly Bag”. The touch screen is located on the plant floor and is very easy to use, requiring minimal training. The system can be connected to digital scales or printer/applicators, which save time and increase productivity in packing.

This label information is stored in the SIMBA Office inventory, which provides data for inventory management, traceability and shipping as well as allowing for queries and printing reports.

Advanced Logistics

At the time of shipping, the Van Loading feature of SIMBA tracks each carton or pallet onto a specific van. A Bill of Lading is then produced automatically. This feature not only saves time in the shipping process, it eliminates disputes with the customer regarding what was actually shipped.

Positive Results

Key results from implementing the SIMBA Traceability & Labeling Software include real-time production reporting, fulfillment of traceability requirements, more accurate inventory, a professional-looking carton and pallet labels, and verified shipping. The SIMBA Potato System is simple to use and will improve productivity, reduce errors and provide faster processing says Bill Allen, Process Improvement Consultant.

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Japan: Aomori apples to get barcodes that show individual fruit’s history
Japan’s Aomori Prefecture produces almost all of the apples that are sent out-of-country for export. In a time when there is a clamor for safer food – especially from Japan – the Aomori prefectural government and local apple farmers have found an ingenious way to use the Quick Response barcode system, better known as QR codes, to show that Aomori apples are safe to eat.

QR codes were introduced in 1994, incidentally also in Japan by a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp., but its usage is generally in decline. It reached its heyday when Blackberry smartphones (also arguably in decline?) used them as a quick way to transfer contact information from phone to phone. Be that as it may, these export quality Aomori apples now have their own individual QR codes per apple, which when scanned by a consumer through a QR code reader on their smartphone will show them the apple’s growth and production history – which farm the apple came from and how it was cared for, including information on how often pesticides were used. It even comes with a photo and message from the farmer who grew the fruit, a great touch that will make consumers feel “connected” with the person who actually made it possible for us to enjoy the apple. This information will be available in Japanese, Chinese and English.

This new project is set to start possibly during the harvest season next autumn, with farmers attaching QR code stickers on apples bound for Taiwan, the main export destination for Japanese apples. Each individual apple – even if harvested from the same tree – will get its own unique code, a rare production practice in today’s manufacturing environment. The new system will not only help out consumers, it will also allow the prefectural government and apple farmers to follow the distribution routes of the exported apples.