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Voice And The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI)
Hy-Vee is testing Zest Fresh, which uses the Internet of Things (IoT) to autonomously track and report in real time the freshness of products from harvest to the retail store. The pilot program will track seedless Holiday grapes using what Zest said is the industry's first dynamic freshness metric, the ZIPR Code , to provide Hy-Vee with traceability data and continuous real-time visibility of the remaining freshness capacity of the grapes.
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The paper aims to focus on traceability as part of information management in the fruit supply chains of Emilia‐Romagna, Italy. A review of the rules in use for traceability distinguishes between baseline traceability and traceability plus (T+), which encompasses many further embedded value attributes.
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Policy aimed at increasing the cost of distributing unsafe foods, such as fines or plant closures, or policies that increase the probability of catching unsafe food producers, such as increased safety testing or foodborne illness surveillance, will also provide firms with incentives to strengthen their traceability systems. When the cost of distributing unsafe food goes up, so, too, do the benefits of traceability systems.
Bakker Belgium selects Goodman's Boom Logistics Centre as its distribution centre
Bakker Belgium, a Greenyard subsidiary, has selected Goodman Group’s Boom Logistics Centre as its logistics base for the distribution of fruit and vegetables in Belgium for Delhaize.
Bakker Belgium and Goodman have signed a lease for 22,881 m² of warehouse space. Extra office space and parking facilities will be developed. Bakker will be moving into its new space in fall 2019.
Sara Van Hoecke, Country Manager Goodman Belgium said, “The Boom Logistics Centre will enable Bakker Belgium to ensure the continuous distribution of fresh produce throughout the country due to its strategic location. It is located on one of the main logistics axes in Belgium, connecting Antwerp and Brussels, with direct access to important motorways like the N16 and the A12.”
In line with Goodman’s focus on quality, the distribution centre also provides Bakker Belgium with a high-end logistics space. Boom Logistics Centre is equipped with ultramodern technology. It boasts LED technology, motion sensors and highly insulated outer walls in line with leading sustainability practices. The clear height space of 12.20 m and the excellent location near the A12 and E19 allows Bakker to efficiently carry out its logistics operations.
Sara Van Hoecke concluded, “We are proud to be able to support Bakker Belgium in this phase of its growth and will continue to work closely with the company as it continues to grow.”
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Regional Australian cities bid for $10 million fresh produce distribution centre
Regional Australian communities are set to benefit from plans for a new $10 million export distribution centre. Last Wednesday registrations of interest started to be taken. In a major employment boost for the agriculture sector, a high-value produce export distribution centre will be constructed in regional Queensland.
Minister for State Development and Infrastructure Cameron Dick joined Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner at the Fresh Produce Group Distribution Centre at Rocklea's Brisbane Markets to inspect some of the state’s freshest and finest export produce.
“The Palaszczuk Government made a commitment to provide up to $10 million from the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund to fund a business case and capital investment for an export distribution centre in regional Queensland,” Mr Dick said. “The funds will seek to supercharge growth in Queensland's agricultural sector by increasing the export and value of time critical produce.
Mysunshinecoast.com.au quoted Dick as saying the export distribution centre would be built in an area close to ag
Drop in fresh produce transport
FreshPlaza contacted Vignali Trasporti, a leading logistic provider, to talk about the situation after the pandemic.
Fabio Vignali, CEO of all companies part of Gruppo Vignali, reports that "we are dealing with the consequences of the restrictions put in place during the quarantine. While transport and distribution trends were above the norm with interesting increases in volumes during Phase 1, things have worsened during Phase 2."
"Other factors, like the frost in early April, have meant volumes are low, putting our related activities in difficulty as well. Just think that May and June were characterized by a drop in volumes of 18 and 20% respectively."
Over the past 10 years, the fresh produce sector, and therefore also the logistic sector, has changed in such a way that all the rules when it comes to seasonality and work habits no longer apply. It is no longer possible to plan volumes, not even in the short term.
"It seems like we are taking part in a sort of Russian roulette. Thankfully, the strategic choices we made over the past few years enabled us to safeguard our companies and all those who work there."
It is a known fact that Gruppo Vignali does not only deal with the transport and distribution of fresh produce. "In 2011, a leading Italian food group decided to open a branch at our platform, for which we needed to make available competent and suitably trained personnel to perform picking and order preparation activities. We have since received requests from other leading companies that required our services."
"Our facilities are now home to six companies part of the main distribution chains. Around 100 trucks delivering food products to the H&R segment as well as to numerous private buyers depart from the Vignali platforms each day."
"Had we not made certain choices, we would not be in this position. Many may think this is simplistic, but I can assure you that there were some intense and uncertain times."
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Mercadona to automate fresh food distribution at four DCs with Cimcorp
Manufacturer and integrator of turnkey robotic handling solutions, Cimcorp, has received its largest ever order in the intralogistics market from Mercadona, one of Spain’s leading grocery retailers. Under the deal, worth over 120 million euros, Cimcorp will automate the distribution of fresh food at Mercadona’s new distribution centers located in Huévar (Seville), Sagunto (Valencia), San Isidro (Alicante) and Zaragoza.
The four distribution centers (DCs), will serve over 600 of the retailer’s 1630 supermarkets, so Cimcorp’s automated systems will ensure that fresh foods are available to some 2 million of the 5 million plus households that shop at Mercadona. “The main objective of these four centers,” explained Javier Blasco, Warehouse Purchasing Coordinator for Mercadona, “will be to meet the demands of our stores, secure growth in perishable product sales and eliminate the overexertion that results from the manual handling of orders.”
Cimcorp previously supplied automation to Mercadona back in 2013, when it implemented a fully automated order picking system for fresh produce at the retailer’s DC in Guadix, near Granada. However the new order will be the first time that Cimcorp has acted as system integrator. Commented Javier Blasco, “Our previous experience with Cimcorp was positive, and the company’s professionalism – along with the support of a strong parent company like Murata Machinery – has led us to put our trust in Cimcorp as a partner for a project of this scale.”
Longer shelf life
Kai Tuomisaari, Cimcorp’s Vice President, Sales, said: “We provide reliable intralogistics solutions for rapid order fulfillment, and thereby optimize product shelf life. This means that customers get their fruit, vegetables and other fresh products faster, ensuring they stay fresh for longer in the home. We are delighted to be working with Mercadona again,” he continued. “There is an excellent spirit of partnership, open communication and mutual trust between our two companies.”
All four of the new logistics facilities will have two climate zones for fresh food: +3°C for packed meat products and +12°C for fruit and vegetables. “This order will cover several independent automation modules within each DC,” added Kai Tuomisaari, “and all the automation will be controlled by Cimcorp software, which integrates various technologies into a seamless system. If one module is out of operation for a while – such as when cleaning is performed – the others continue in operation to take care of the material flow.”
Tanzania: Agri-tech startup East Africa Fruits plans to scale after $3.1 mln Series A round
anzanian agri-tech startup East Africa Fruits hopes to with more than 10,000 farmers and 15,000 businesses, and expand into new verticals, after raising US$3.1m Series A funding last month. Founded by social entrepreneur Elia Timotheo in 2013, East Africa Fruits addresses food distribution challenges to improve efficiencies in the farm-to-market sector via a B2B e-commerce platform.
The company trades and markets fresh fruits, vegetables and rice for supply to hotels, restaurants and cafes, supermarkets and shops, local vendors and export customers.
“For smallholder farmers who need access to markets at good prices and consumers of fresh produce who need affordable high-quality produce, we are a fresh produce distribution company that aggregates fresh produce from farmers, processes then distributes to customers,” Timotheo told Disrupt Africa.
Last month East Africa Fruits secured US$3.1 million in Series A equity and debt capital to grow its operations. Already supplying produce to close to 2,300 retailers in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar alone, and sourcing produce from more than 2,000 farmers, Timotheo said the company planned on significantly increasing these numbers using the investment.
“Ninety-seven per cent of our sales are to the local market specifically Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar, the remaining three per cent as exports,” he said. “Our plans are to work with more than 10,000 farmers and 15,000 businesses in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and neighbouring regions.”
In order to achieve this, East Africa Fruits will invest in its technology. “This will enable us to streamline all our operations and impact, and create a bridge between farmers and small businesses to all sorts of financial inclusion, such as micro-loans, insurances, and extension services,” Timotheo said.
Product diversification is another goal. With more than 15,000 customers, East Africa Fruits sees a growth path for other perishable and non-perishable food items.
T&G seeks clearance to acquire Freshmax
The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application from Turners & Growers Fresh Limited (T&G) to acquire 100% of the shares in Freshmax NZ Limited (Freshmax).
T&G and Freshmax are both involved in the supply of fruit and vegetables (fresh produce) to supermarkets and other parties in New Zealand.
T&G grows, imports and wholesales fresh produce in New Zealand and exports locally grown fresh produce. T&G also operates a produce distribution network and undertakes a small amount of contract ripening for customers. T&G is a wholly owned subsidiary of T&G Global Limited.
Freshmax imports and wholesales fresh produce in New Zealand. Freshmax also provides distribution, fumigation, packing, ripening, quality control and cool-store services. Freshmax is a wholly owned subsidiary of Freshmax NZ Group Limited.
A public version of the clearance application will be available shortly on the Commission’s case register.
The Commission will give clearance to a proposed merger if they are satisfied that the merger is unlikely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition in a market.
Further information explaining how the Commission assesses a merger application is available on their website.
Bakker Barendrecht employees sink new distribution center's first pile
On Tuesday, 17 September, Bakker Barendrecht sunk the first pile of its new distribution center. This Dutch fruit and vegetable company's new center will be at Dutch Fresh Port in Ridderkerk. The more than 30,000m² DC will be ready in mid-2020. This increases the company's existing capacity.
This expansion fits in with its current and future growth. Bakker Barendrecht is one of the largest fruit and vegetable companies in the Netherlands. The new location will mainly be used to implement new distribution and packaging ideas.
Bakker Barendrecht's employees sink the first pile of the new distribution center. It is located at Dutch Fresh Port in Ridderkerk, the Netherlands. Photo credit: Menno Ridderhof
Maarten van Hamburg, General Manager at Bakker Barendrecht, says, "This new location allows us to keep supplying the best quality fruit and vegetables to our strategic partners. We want to do so now and in the future. Our partners are Albert Heijn and Koninklijke Vezet."
"It enables us to further improve our warehousing and packing processes. This improvement is thanks to new logistical technology. We can also provide our employees with a healthy, pleasant working environment. "
Bakker Barendrecht is part of Greenyard. They have had a strategic partnership with the Dutch supermarket chain, Albert Heijn, for close on 60 years. Together with a tight-knit, sustainable fixed growers network. Albert Heijn's Fresh Director, Constantijn Ninck Blok, says, "We fill about 5 million plates every day. We want to be the supermarket that helps its customers lead a healthy lifestyle."
"We do so with, among other things, a wide assortment of fruit and vegetables. We also have easy-to-prepare fresh packs. We believe eating fresh products contributes to a better life for everyone. We are opening three 'Echt Vers' stores per week. This development at Bakker Barendrecht will help us stay ahead in that mission."
The distribution center will be classified as BREEAM EXCELLENT. That means steps have been taken to significantly reduce water and energy consumption. CO2 emissions will be lowered, and specific building materials are being used. These materials contribute to the reuse of demolition material. The whole building - all 30,000 m² of it - will also be fitted with solar panels.
Somerset Capital Partners is developing the site. The Vrolijk construction company will do the build. Frank Kersten is a partner at Somerset Capital Partners. He emphasizes the new distribution center's high-tech and sustainable character.
He says, "We are delighted to be able to realize this ultramodern distribution center. With it, we can help accommodate Bakker Barendrecht current and future expansion, as well as its clients."
Nieuw Reijerwaard, part of Dutch Fresh Port
The distribution center is being constructed on Nieuw Reijerwaard. Nieuw Reijerwaard and is part of the Dutch Fresh Port. Dutch Fresh Port is the largest specialized agri-and-food cluster in the Netherlands. Three business parks in the areas of Barendrecht and Ridderkerk joined forces to achieve this.
Tanja de Jonge is the chairperson of the Gemeenschappelijke Regeling Nieuw Reijerwaard. This organization was set up to actualize this new business park. She says, ‘We are thrilled that Bakker Barendrecht chose Dutch Fresh Port. We offer businesses the room to grow.
"These companies generally take innovation, smart partnerships, and sustainable business practices as a given. We want to become the most sustainable business park in the Netherlands. Bakker Barendrecht's goals contribute nicely to this ambition."