Loose leaf packing mixed salad: wash, sort, grade lettuce and loose leaf fresh produce, mix and pack salads, salad traceability.

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 packing app

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 chain-trace.com 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.

Traceability for fresh produce:

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.
FarmSoft Packhouse Management software provides a strong platform for accurate recording of fresh produce traceability records, via a variety of easy and logical methods. Risk exposure to the pack shed is greatly reduced by having resolution traceability guideline compliance, which in turn reduces financial exposure to the packhouse should a recall become necessary. Accurate fresh produce traceability reduces the quantity of fruit/vegetables in a recall, and therefore reduces the businesses financial exposure. High traceability helps to open new markets for fresh produce, and improves customer confidence in product quality.
Best practice standards for fresh produce traceability such as BRC, GlobalGAP, ISO, HACCP, CanGAP, EuroGAP, (and many more) are supported by FarmSoft, making compliance and audits easy and less expensive.
The FarmSoft fresh produce traceability system constitutes thousands of processes & guidelines that are integrated throughout the entire system, guiding users to record correct fresh produce traceability details at the correct time.

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.

Traceability In The European EU Fresh Produce Sector GS1
 GS1 Traceability for fresh produce
GS1 Traceability for fresh produce
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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.
FarmSoft track and trace also includes the ability to track goods more than one level down the supply chain. This means you can track the supplier of a supplier to provide guaranteed extensive traceability. This functionality is not traditionally found in track and trace systems.
FarmSoft track and trace can be tailored to meet specific client requirements. The FarmSoft team understands every fruit processing business is different, and adapts the solution for each client.
Fresh produce track and trace
Everything is at your fingertips at all time! Stock take, inventory levels, analysis of pack out rates, quality control, instant recall and easy auditing functionality. The track and trace philosophy is enforced by guiding users through the best traceability processes, ensuring easy compliance, and reducing the cost of transient labor training. Throughout the FarmSoft fresh produce management system, track and trace is being maintained at all levels. Incoming fresh produce has bar codes applied, and after packing or processing is finished, labels are applied to individual cases, and pallets. The case and pallet level traceability provides real time inventory monitoring of current raw and finished fresh produce inventory levels.
Comprehensive stock control with track.
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.
Minimize your administration costs with automatic paperwork generation. Ensure accuracy of paperwork by having necessary documentation (invoice formats, export documents, transport documents etc) presented to employees based on the needs of the specific customer - ensuring timely and accurate documentation. No more rejected orders because of bad documentation accompanying a shipment. Food traceability software made easy!
Guarantee consistent, accurate, and efficient quality control is performed at any part of the fresh produce handling life-cycle; including during delivery, pre processing, post processing, and dispatch. Create quality control tests based on each customers requirements, and even create a daily factory hygiene test, employee performance tests and more. Accurate quality control helps to improve customer confidence and quality perception. Easily follow fresh produce quality control & fresh produce inventory guidelines.
Monitor orders, assign orders to specific packhouses (you can have unlimited processing sites in farmsoft), and allow micro monitoring of each production lines output requirements using dashboards. The dashboards ensure the correct products are produced at the correct time to fill orders. Dispatch teams are given details on their mobile device (or PC/Mac) and scan pallets onto orders. Administration teams can see orders are picked and ready for dispatch, and are presented with the correct documents for printing. All of these features result in improved accuracy of both production.
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 chain partners share and understand the same information about products and locations and fresh produce inventory management. Attributes are used as a means to describing specific information about an item when transacting business. They reflect a certain characteristic about the item such as identifiers, weights, dimensions, and manufacturer or supplier information. The guide outlines Industry Core Specific, Industry Commodity Required and Target Market attributes to be used by the Fresh Fruit & Vegetables industry. This guide is platform neutral and can be used with or without third party service providers. Adoption of the guidance offered in this document is voluntary and will be determined by the trading partner relationship. The data model proposed is independent of any means used to exchange this information, the usage of the GDSN Network to exchange this data brings additional benefits to the industry. The guideline also provides the link between the data attribute and how to use it in the GDSN Network.
Inventory traceability software
Inventory traceability software
Using the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) is the key to a successful business. As a supplier of fruits and vegetables you need the GTIN to uniquely identify your product. The GTIN is the key to modern electronic business processes. 
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.
Without a simple traceability solution:
Simple traceability solution
Simple traceability solution
When details are requested about a specific shipment, it was not uncommon to see people combing through reams of paper to trace the required traceability information.
To ensure compliance and to make efficiency gains, implement farmsoft to manage key critical traceability points in the fresh produce handling process: Research and Development, Document every detail, Record all changes before QA and Production, Quality Assurance, Manage new product approval, Corrective Action Reports, Lab Results, Supplier Accreditation, Renewals
Production: Handwritten production records – scanned, classified, routed to Production and QA managers for approval. Records are automatically linked to the product and batch for instant record retrieval
Other processes that can be automated: Quotes, A/P Invoice Approvals, Purchase Requests, Maintenance Requests, Document Management.
Some immediate results of implementing a simple traceability solution include: Tracking shipments, batches and ingredients could take days, with a simple, modern, cloud based traceability solution instant recalls can be produced in less than 3 seconds. 
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.

Software solution to manage mixed salad loose leaf lettuce packing, > Reduce Mixed salad loose leaf lettuce packing waste, improve mixed salad loose leaf lettuce packing traceability, ensure accurate & timely mixed salad loose leaf lettuce packing orders.

Mixed salad loose leaf salad lettuce packing - full salad mixing, packing, and sales & distribution management.
Use farmsoft to manage the entire mixed salad loose leaf lettuce packing operation for any loose leaf specialty products including spinach, baby kale, green coral, mignonette, butter lettuce, 4 leaf salads, baby cos, rocket, arugula, chives, basil, bunch dill, bunch kale curly, bunch kale deck, bunch mint, bunch silver-beet, bunch tarragon, bunch thyme, tuscan kale, chard, continental parsley, cochran iceberg, cochran cos, mizuna, chard, salad blends, organic salad packs, Asian mix, braising mix, frissee, organic raw, raddichio, Lollorosa, red romaine, spring mix, wild arugula.

Configure the ingredients for each loose leaf salad recipe, project the required materials, produce orders based on requirements (or schedule new harvests or new plantings) to ensure mixed salad loose leaf lettuce packing is accurate and easy to manage.

Loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce

The pack to order process for mixed salad loose leaf lettuce packing has never been easier with farmsoft. Mange traceability for mixed salad loose leaf lettuce packing, perform quality tests on incoming mixed salad loose leaf lettuce, and track quality back to the supplier from customer complaints/feedback.

Customers can use the portal to enter their mixed salad loose leaf lettuce orders online; give your customers a superior mixed salad loose leaf lettuce ordering experience. You can even collect customer feedback for mixed salad loose leaf lettuce products received by the customer in the mixed salad loose leaf lettuce portal.

Software solution to manage loose leaf lettuce > Reduce loose leaf lettuce waste, improve loose leaf lettuce traceability, ensure accurate & timely loose leaf lettuce orders.

A background of fresh salad / loose leaf packing technology in the USA

There is currently no similar product on the market in the U. S. Existing products that come closest to this product are quite different in content, containing compacted shredded vegetables or iceberg lettuce instead of loose-leaf vegetables. They also differ in appearance, sold in a cloudy package instead of transparent packaging products that are made from environmentally friendly materials.

Fresh salad and loose leaf solutions have been successfully marketed in Switzerland since the 1980's, and were introduced in the early 1990's in France, where they have already taken one-third of the linear shelf space in the chain stores and supermarkets. (After only nine months of operation, the leading French company is currently under buyout negotiations for as much as four times its initial capitalization.)

The processing technology for Fresh salad and loose leaf , which was developed in Europe, falls in the realm of "trade secrets." Although there is no patent protection, the technology is proprietary and unique, based upon a combination of machines, including vegetable processing units as well as other food product processing units ;a specific design for some of the machines; and a particular set of quality control methods.

However ingenious, the process remains relatively simple at first glance: raw material is trimmed and cored by hand; selected raw material is then mechanically and automatically cut, washed, rinsed, spin-dried, weighed and packaged. In fact, this proprietary process know-how is necessary to assure the distinctive high quality of the product and avoid production problems that lead to a deterioration of quality.

Fresh salad and loose leaf has secured the source of know-how via a license option granted by the leading French company manufacturing Fresh salad and loose leaf -type products.

Experience in Europe shows that Fresh salad and loose leaf know-how can be mastered only after a one-year learning curve. This will give the management of Fresh salad and loose leaf the time to close at least one one-to-two-year contract with a major chain store company before the competition comes in.

It is anticipated that as soon as operations begin, an R&D program will be instituted, conducting continuous consumer research to determine changes in public preference and market trends as they occur. Again, Fresh salad and loose leaf -type product experience in Europe shows that continuous product development is a necessity to stay ahead of competition and grow.

The relative simplicity of the technology and its production capacity flexibility permit quick and inexpensive adaptation of the process to new products. Salad packing software from farmsoft delivers a loose leaf packing solution from order, salad processing, to fresh salad delivery.

New technologies for salad washing
Food safety is the most important thing that everyone cares about. But during vegetable processing, cleaning is often accompanied by damage. How to achieve thorough cleaning while reducing damage is always a hot topic in the industry, according to sales manager Valencia Yu from Lueon Technologies.

Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce

Last year, Lueon Technologies, a leading manufacturer in China, launched their new Pulse Washer. The Pulse Washer has a variable controlled air injection system. “The quantity of air can be adjusted continuously, based on the type of product, to gain a stronger or softer turbulence in the washing water, enabling a thorough cleaning action without damaging the product. Furthermore, small stones, clay granules, and particles can be separated out and collected by the roller on top and the filter by side.”

Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce

“Normally, three connected Pulse Washers are enough for root vegetables like cucumber, onion, carrot, etc. For leafy vegetables, processors usually choose the two Pulse Washer plus two flume washers to ensure food safety,” Lueon’s sales manager explained. “We are developing rapidly these days and are now looking for distributors worldwide.”

Lueon’s processing lines and machines are operating in more than 210 plants to produce the fresh-cut lettuces and vegetables which are delivered and served daily to over 8,000 fast-food restaurants in China, namely: KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Dicos, ZKungfu, Hidilao (Hi Hotpot), etc.

For more information:
Lueon Technologies Co., Ltd.
Tel: +86 (0) 574 65606120
Email: valencia.yu@lueon.com

New salad products by Bonduelle
Summer is just around the corner, and most people rarely want a heavy meal on a hot day. Summer salads, on the other hand, are wonderfully refreshing and can be a varied accompaniment to a barbecue steak or a light meal. As well as Lollo Rossa, Radiccio and Rucola, Bonduelle has created a new "barbecue salad" [Grill-Salat] edition which is refined with red pak choi from Asia: this flavorsome Chinese cabbage has a lightly spicy taste which is ideal to go with a barbecue. The "barbecue salad" is available in stores from this month in a 180g bag for €1.99.
The "summer salad" [Sommer-Salat] will also be launched this year with a new recipe. Fine frisée, batavia lettuce, romaine lettuce and carrot strips meet sorrel: this wild vegetable captivates with a slightly bitter aroma and gives the salad a fresh flavor especially with the crunchy carrots and lettuce leaves. The summer salad is available in stores from June in a 150g bag for €1.99.

For more information:
Bonduelle Deutschland GmbH

New plastic-free packaging for salads developed
A plastic-free salad packaging solution has been developed by Sirane as part of a project working with some major brands in France.

(RE)SET Packaging are a consultancy company specialised in the circular economy, who looked worldwide for the most innovative providers of sustainable packaging working in the food sector. Carrefour and LSDH (owners of the Les Crudettes salad brand) signed up to an ambitious pact, with Carrefour promising to make all packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

Sirane was among the innovative packaging suppliers shortlisted to work on potential solutions – and nine months on the plastic-free packaging solution is the first potential (RE)SET Packaging product launch on the horizon.

Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “In France alone, 290 million ready-to-eat salads are sold every year. They have always been sold in a plastic-packaging which cannot be recycled, meaning a huge amount of waste going into landfill.

“We’ve managed to perfect a coated paper which still gives the necessary shelf-life. The bags have some translucency – especially when in direct contact with the salad – and there is no need for the producers to use an anti-fog treatment.”

The planned launch date for the salad bags – which can be recycled as part of the paper recycling stream - is currently planned for early 2021.

Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
The Carrefour Group has more than 5,000 stores in France, ranging from hypermarkets to local stores, while Les Crudettes is France’s most well-known ready-to-eat salad brand, producing more than 20,000 tonnes of salad every year.

The salad bags – which are a variant of our popular Earthfilm paper packaging range - will be used for Les Crudettes salads and Carrefour-branded salads.

In 2019, France announced plans to introduce a tax on packaging made from non-recycled plastic, which would result in such products costing up to 10% more.

And on January 1 this year France took its first steps towards phasing out single-use plastics. The ban started with plastic plates, cups and cotton buds, and plastic straws and cutlery will follow January 1, 2021, while 2022 is expected to see a ban on plastic tea bags and toys distributed free of charge in fast food restaurants.

France as a nation pledged to use only recycled plastics by 2025 – but some retailers and producers, including Carrefour, signed up to even more ambitious targets.

Similarly, the UK plans to introduce a plastics tax on all packaging that does not include at least 30 per cent recycled material by April 2022.

Earthfilm is a plastic-free packaging film which is recyclable in the paper stream. We can also supply it as a pre-formed pouch – the award-winning Earthpouch.

Sirane is an innovative food packaging development-to-manufacture company, with expertise in absorbency and material science. Specialisms include bags and pouches, absorbent products, shelf-life extension and dual-ovenable products. We also recently acquired a UK-based board manufacturer and converter.

We can also supply a high-speed low-cost pouch filling machine - the M7 - for anyone looking for the complete ‘food packaging pouch package’.

For more information
Tel: +44 1952 230055.
Email: sales@sirane.com

France: New world record for the largest fruit salad
Chécy, a French municipality of the Loiret department, has set the new world record for the largest fruit salad and will now appear in the Guinness book of records.

Apples, pears, strawberries, kiwis, grapes, watermelons, plums, oranges, grapefruit and bananas: 12.5 tons of fruits graciously donated by local businesses. More than 700 volunteers joined forces for 10 hours to peel and cut the 10 tons and 662 lbs of fruits that made up this salad. Spread around 24 tables by teams of ten, the participants raced against time, with 10 kg of fruits having to be cut per volunteer per hour. The fruits were then dumped into the large container of 530 cubic feet, installed for the occasion.

The giant fruit salad was sold the next day by trays of 1 kg sold for 5 euros [5.5 USD]. Thanks to partnerships with various sports clubs of the Loiret department, the salad will be sold in different establishments in the city of Orléans.

The record for the largest fruit salad had been held since last year by the city of Montreal in Canada, with 10 tons and 353 lbs.

Source: larep.fr

New single serve salad line launched in Canada
Bonduelle Fresh Americas, formerly Ready Pac Foods, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bonduelle (BON.PA), today announced it is launching Bonduelle Fresh Picked™ salads in Canada. Each salad comes with leafy greens, seasoned meats, dressings and a variety of toppings such as cheese, veggies or crumbled bacon.

Currently, Bonduelle Fresh Americas holds more than a 70 percent share of the US$526mm single-serve salad market in the United States, the company says. As Canadian consumers are looking for healthier, convenient meal options, Bonduelle is aiming to significantly grow the existing CAD$24mm market for single-serve salads. Bonduelle Fresh Americas said the meal solutions are created specifically for Canadian consumers’ tastes, with proteins like chicken, turkey, ham and cheese.

“Our commitment to understanding and meeting consumer needs and demands puts us in a unique position to excel when it comes to product innovation,” said Mary Thompson, Bonduelle Fresh Americas CEO. “Canadian consumers want more high-protein food options and Bonduelle Fresh Picked™ salads will make healthier meal solutions with complete proteins attainable for all.”

“The acquisition of Ready Pac Foods in the U.S. in 2017 has not only strengthened Bonduelle as a leader in the plant-based foods industry and the fresh category, but also its ability to efficiently reach more customers and consumers around the world,” said Daniel Vielfaure, Bonduelle Group Deputy CEO. “This expansion into Canada affirms the company’s ambition to be the world leader in well-living through plant-based foods.”

Bonduelle Fresh Picked™ said their salads are high in protein, clean label and with no artificial flavors. The ready-to-eat bowls come with all the fixings separated – with the idea that everything stays fresh until consumers are ready to enjoy.

Furthermore, Bonduelle Fresh Picked™ salads use the Fresh Air Seal™, which the company says is a healthier, natural approach to keep fresh food fresher longer, extending the shelf life without preservatives.

Bonduelle Fresh Picked™ salads are available in five varieties: Caesar Salad with Chicken and Bacon, Greek Inspired with Chicken, Cobb Salad with Turkey and Bacon, Chef Inspired with Turkey and Ham, and Santa Fe Style. Consumers can find them now in the produce aisle of Loblaw stores – Loblaws, Zehrs, Provigo, Maxi & Cie and others – in Quebec and Ontario provinces, as well as in the Maritimes. For information about Bonduelle Fresh Picked™ salads, please visit www.bonduelle.ca.

For more information:
Alan Hilowitz
Bonduelle Fresh Americas
Tel: +1 (626) 678-2222

Austria: Fresh salad from the field to the supermarket in 24 hours
Delicious salads belong in every summer barbecue party. But even on their own, fresh salads can be a complete meal on hot summer days. SPAR and the reliable vegetable growers from Tyrol ensure every day that the salads come fresh from the field to the shelf and onto the table. With Johanna Maiers spice mixes from the SPAR PREMIUM product line, each salad is given an individual taste.

Vegetable producer Anton Giner from Thaur supplies SPAR with fresh Tyrolean salads such as Lollo Bionda, Lollo Rosso and oak leaf lettuce.

"The baby leaf lettuce is our specialty," says Anton Giner, the proud owner of the vegetable garden, at the same time pointing to the other varieties grown in Thaur for SPAR Tirol. The classic butterhead lettuce cannot be missed, just like the popular mixed salads of Lollo Rosso, Lollo Bionda, red lettuce or the lettuce salad. The fruit and vegetable departments of SPAR are characterized by a wide selection, quality and freshness - and at an affordable price. SPAR customers like to purchase products grown in Tyrol - a beautiful way to express their own ties to home.

Summer is salad time in Tyrol
Salads are a light, vitamin-rich alternative on days when it is too hot to cook. They are low-calorie, quickly-prepared dishes and the options are endless. Whether you're looking for a mixed leaf salad with breakfast bacon, a watercress-rocket salad with pear, walnuts and parmesan or a baby leaf salad with mozzarella, Peaches and ham - salad should always be bought fresh and crisp. "And regional seasonal products for SPAR from Tyrol are not to be missed," says vegetable farmer Anton Giner.

"On the short transport routes to the Tyrolean SPAR supermarkets, all ingredients are fully preserved." Anton Giner junior is also helping with the salad harvest in Thaur.

Top Partnership: Family Giner and SPAR
In addition to salads, radishes, young onions, potatoes and organic pumpkins are also grown exclusively for SPAR on more than 13 hectares by vegetable farmer Anton Giner in Thaur. SPAR gives great value to natural and healthy food.

Advantages of regional products
Since its foundation in Kufstein more than 60 years ago, SPAR has been focusing on the strengths and advantages of local agriculture. SPAR now offers over 2,600 items from the Tyrol region, freshly delivered by 128 local producers and suppliers. All these partnerships, which have grown over many years, guarantee the farmer a fixed client and SPAR a reliable supplier of the best quality.

For further information: www.spar.at

Despite salad culture, new greens need to be introduced gradually
After a meeting in Berlin, Antonis Vezyroglou from Farm Vezyroglou, has started working together with Living Salads to sell exclusive varieties in Greece.

Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce

"We have a real salad culture here in Greece, so it is the perfect fit, however, the market here is still pretty traditional, so it takes a bit of time before consumers try something new. Saying that, the market has changed a lot over the last 10 to 15 years, when you could pretty much only find Romaine and Batavia lettuce, now we are seeing more variety, like head lettuce and baby leaves," explains Antonis.

The company has deliberately introduced new greens into the market to ease Greek consumers into the new products.


Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
e started by introducing baby leaves into salad mixes, and we introduced a new line at Freskon, which will include baby kale, along with the 'Perivoli' living salad. Although consumers here want to be healthy, offering them a full bag of kale would be too much for them and they wouldn't really know what to do with it, which is why we have included baby kale into our salad mixes, something they are familiar with. We are targeting forward thinking consumers with our new line, who are bored of the traditional offering and would like to try something different. These same consumers are very aware of superfoods and want to add more to their diets," Antonis said.

Farm Vezyroglou produces around 3,000 tons of lettuce annually, across 70 hectares. For now, the company is active domestically and in neighbouring countries, but once the brand has been built up, they plan on expanding their exports further afield.

"The face of the company, a garden bunny, is on every salad packaging we offer. We feel that a mascot helps us build our brand, making it more recognisable, when you see the bunny, you know that it is a high quality product."

For more information:
Antonis Vezyroglou
Farm Vezyroglou
Tel: +30 6974119610
Email: antonis@vezyrogloufarm.com

Alexandre Novi, Exploitation Novi:
“Italy, Spain and the South of France govern the salad market”
The salad season in the French Provence is coming to an end. According to Alexandre Novi from Exploitation Novi, a French salad grower who focuses on export within Europe, it is remarkable that the export volumes of head lettuce seem to decrease. "Other varieties are taking its place, such as the red salad varieties and baby leaves.”

Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce

“The European salad production is more and more concentrated in the South of France, Italy and Spain. These three production areas govern the market. For us, it is very important to know which varieties our Italian and Spanish colleagues will produce in order to keep a strong position on the market. If they focus on one variety, the prices of this particular variety will become lower and we will face numerous difficulties exporting them. Right now the French export is coming to an end and the market is turning towards the Belgian and German production.”

Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce

Exploitation Novi offers a large range of different varieties. The grower produces lollo rossa, lollo bionda, oak leaf, oak leaf green, head lettuce and green Batavia. Alexandre: “We sell our salads in bulk or flow pack. Next season we plan to increase our export volumes and we are open to new European partnerships.”

Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce

Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce

As is the case for a lot of salad producers, fusarium is a big challenge. “We are always looking for new ways to avoid the problems by growing crops that are more resistant.” Regarding the future, “currently, research is being done to develop new varieties. We will see how the salad production develops over the coming years.”

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Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce

Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
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Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce

Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce

For more information:

Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
Exploitation Novi

Alexandre Novi

Mob: +33 6 12 93 25 02



National salad month is celebrated with release of four new organic releases
Braga Fresh is celebrating National Salad Month in May with the release of four new Josie’s Organics value-added salads: Tropical Crunch Premium Salad Kit, a Caesar salad kit, a Classic Cole Slaw kit and a traditional Garden Salad blend.

The organic Tropical Crunch Premium Salad Kit in a 6.25-ounce package, features baby spinach with pumpkin seeds, chopped dates rolled in oat flour, dried mango, sliced almonds and a savory avocado lime dressing.

The organic Caesar salad in a 9-ounce bag contains crisp hearts of Romaine, butter croutons, Parmesan cheese, creamy Romano Caesar dressing and a flavor-packed herb seasoning.

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Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
The organic Classic Cole Slaw is a 9-ounce blend of red and green cabbage, carrots and a creamy dressing and the organic Garden salad is a blend of organic Iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots and red cabbage in a 10-ounce package.

“Just in time for summer season, three of these salads are favorite flavors for organic shoppers while the Tropical Crunch Kit is a fresh take on a more gourmet, summer offering,” said Nicholas DaCosta, president Braga Fresh Foods. “By using the best ingredients with the most flavor, we elevate everyday salads into a satisfying meal option.”

All four Josie’s Organics salads are now available from Braga Fresh to customers nationwide.

Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
For more information:
Kori Tuggle
Braga Fresh
Email: Kori.Tuggle@bragafresh.com

US: Ready-to-eat salad bowls launched nationally
Dole Food Company is taking its line of ready-to-eat salad bowls national with the launch of Dole® FreshTakes™ Salad Bowls in supermarkets throughout the West following a successful debut in the Eastern U.S. in 2019.

To appeal to a spectrum of salad lovers, Dole is offering four flavor varieties with meat protein and two varieties without – the same classic and regional recipes that have performed well in the East.

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“The ready-to-eat salad market is expanding as Americans increasingly want a fresh salad experience that is flavorful and convenient, and delivers a satisfying meal,” said Lisa Overman, Dole’s director of brand marketing for North America.

The six single-serve Dole® FreshTakes™ Salad Bowls started shipping to retail nationwide on May 19 with a suggested retail price of $3.99.

Dole® Classic Chicken Caesar FreshTakes™ Salad Bowl: Dole® Romaine lettuce topped with white-meat chicken, Parmesan cheese and Dole’s Own Caesar Dressing.
Dole® Santa Fé Style FreshTakes™ Salad Bowl: Dole® Romaine lettuce topped with chili lime-seasoned white-meat chicken, fire-roasted corn, four-Mexican cheese blend and Dole’s Own Taco Ranch Dressing.
Dole® Turkey & Bacon Country Cobb FreshTakes™ Salad Bowl: Dole® Iceberg and Romaine lettuces topped with turkey breast, hard-cooked eggs, uncured bacon pieces and Dole’s Own Blue Cheese Dressing.
Dole® Café Style Chef FreshTakes™ Salad Bowl: Dole® Iceberg and Romaine lettuces topped with uncured ham, seasoned turkey breast strips, cheddar cheese and Dole’s Own Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.
Dole® Savory Spinach Dijon FreshTakes™ Salad Bowl: Dole® Spinach topped with hard-cooked eggs, Monterey jack and Colby cheddar cheese blend, wonton strips, almonds, cranberries and Dole’s Own Sweet Onion Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing.
Dole® Cranberry & Candied Walnut FreshTakes™ Salad Bowl: Dole® Spring Mix blend topped with feta cheese, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, flatbread sticks and Dole’s Own Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing.
According to Overman, the FreshTakes™ line was developed and timed specifically by Dole’s product innovation team to offer salad users distinct, discernible advantages over existing RTE salad bowls on the market.

“While Dole may not be the first to offer ready-to-eat salads, our intention is always to provide salad lovers with a full-flavored salad that delivers quality ingredients and differences they can see, taste and appreciate,” she said. “For FreshTakes™, this means a short list of clean-label ingredients you can pronounce without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. It also means flavorful, white-meat chicken, plus Dole’s toppings and signature dressings to create a balance of flavors and textures that deliver truly ‘craveable’ salads.”

Beyond the six single-serve core salad bowls, Dole announced plans to extend the national FreshTakes™ line later this year with the introduction of new flavors that bring even more variety to the

New variety of salad greens out now: Tuscan™ Tender Leaves
Church Brothers Farms is celebrating National Salad Month with the release of a new variety of salad greens called Tuscan™ Tender Leaves.

Tuscan™ Tender Leaves are a blend of European style lettuces, including oaks and tangos and lolarossa; providing a salad mix that is pleasing to the eye as well as the palate.

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“We are growing and blending this new mix of lettuce leaves to provide more benefits and value to end users,” said Rick Russo, senior vice president of sales and marketing. “This is a superior product to traditional spring mix; we established this new mix after extensive reviews with multiple seed companies and seed trials. We selected the best varieties based on shape, color, and taste.”

Unlike baby lettuces, Tuscan Tender Leaves are grown to full maturity, providing a sturdy leaf structure and strong shelf life. The crop is mechanically harvested, requiring less labor. Once the leaves are harvested, they are blended together, triple washed, packed, and shipped to their final destination.

When plated, Tuscan™ Tender Leaves has a higher loft than spring mix, creating higher portion yields and more servings per pound than spring mix. The flavor is sweet (no bitter varieties are used); and has more body, crunch and texture than baby leaves.

“Tuscan™ Tender Leaves look like an unprocessed mix that could be found at a farmers market,” Russo said. “Our tests show that these particular leaves hold up to hot proteins and dressings, which significantly cuts back on kitchen prep time in banquet/catering applications, and gives any salad a fuller plate appearance.”

Church Brother Farms is harvesting and shipping Tuscan™ Tender Leaves now to customers nationwide.

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For more information:
Sasha Krnic
Church Brother Farms
Tel: +1 (831) 796-2439

New salad kits to feature flavors from around the world
Eat Smart, the plant-centered, chef-inspired, 100% clean, fresh salad kit company, and a Curation Foods brand, continues to show consumers that the foods they should eat can also be the foods they want to eat. Eat Smart’s two new salad kit lines make their debut in May in celebration of National Salad Month.

Everyday Favorites™ will initially roll out in the U.S. in Kroger stores and Flavors of the World™ will appear on shelves in Canada exclusively at Sobeys IGA in Quebec with Sobeys Safeway and other Sobeys banners to roll out this summer. “The commitment of Kroger and Sobeys to innovation and velocity in the Bagged Salad Kit Category makes them ideal launch partners for the Eat Smart brand,” emphasizes Jenny Stornetta, Marketing Director at Curation Foods.

Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce

“Our Everyday Favorites™ combines the greens that consumers love with the delicious and familiar flavors that excite them such as lime, avocado, and ranch,” explains Stornetta. The Everyday Favorites™ exclusive sku's at Kroger includes the Avocado Crunch and Homestyle Ranch flavors. “We are excited to collaborate with the Eat Smart Innovation Team and the Kroger Culinary Team to develop these great flavor combinations that we know our customers will love,” comments Erin Rykhus, Fresh Produce Category Manager for Kroger.

Flavors of the World™ includes exciting flavors from around the globe. Francis Bérubé, Director of Produce and Floral for Sobeys Quebec describes the motivation for the partnership. “The key to Curation Foods’ success is its constant innovation and above all, product differentiation in a highly competitive market. The Flavors of the World™ salads are well aligned to this premise.” Flavors of the World™ spans three countries of culinary influence: Thailand: Thai Style Chile Mango; China: Asian Sesame; and Mexico: Chile Lime Crunch and Mexican Fiesta. Plans to roll out Flavors of the World™ in the U.S. are in the works for 2020.

#ShareYourSalad is the Eat Smart consumer sweepstakes that focuses on the fun and versatility of salads and encourages consumers to be creative at home with their healthy eating choices.

“We wanted to give salad lovers a platform to share their own unique and favorite ways to create and enjoy salads,” declares Stornetta. “We are asking consumers to enter as many different creations as they like. All they have to do is prepare their salad and post it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter tagging Eat Smart @eatsmartveggies and use #ShareYourSalad in their caption. Complete instructions on how to enter the sweepstakes can be found here. Nine participants will receive free Eat Smart salads, and one grand prize winner will be selected to win a grand prize of one free month's worth of Eat Smart Salads. Consumers may enter as many different creations as they like before the Sweepstakes closes on 5/31/20 at 11:59PM PST.

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Salad & loose leaf packing of mixed salad & lettuce
For more information:
Jenny Stornetta
Curation Foods
Tel: +1 (805) 249-5251
Email: Jenny.Stornetta@curationfoods.com

Series of salad recalls in Australia due to Salmonella
In Western Australia, a number of salad products have been recalled because of Salmonella contamination. These recalls involve the Loose Leaf Lettuce Co., Supreme Salads, Fresh Frontier and Quality Produce International. There have been no reports of illness associated with the products.

The Loose Leaf Lettuce Co. recalled Asian Salad Mix and Special Salad Mix 200-gram with best-before dates from March 21 to 28 due to microbial contamination. They were sold at various independent retailers and IGA stores in Western Australia.

During routine testing the Special Salad Mix was found to be positive for Salmonella, according to a company statement.

“As a precaution, we are recalling all Special Salad Mix and products with any of the same ingredients (Asian Salad Mix, Tatsoi, Mizuna and Swiss Chard) with a best before date between March 21 and 28 inclusive. Please return any of this product to your place of purchase for a refund. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused, and we want to reassure you that we are taking all actions to ensure our food is safe. All our other product lines are unaffected.”

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Additional recalls
Quality Produce International recalled Asian Vegetable Mix 500-gram, Lettuce Mizuna 500-gram, Prepack Asian Mix 200-gram, Special Mix 1 kilogram, Special Mix 200-gram, Swiss Chard 500-gram and Tatsoi Baby 500-gram Loose Leaf Lettuce Company products.

Fresh Frontier salad recall
Fresh Frontier recalled Foodies Choice Gourmet Greek Salad with Quinoa and Kale with use by dates of March 23, 24 and 25 that was sold at IGA, Farmer Jacks, Gilberts Fresh, Rawsters, and SUPA IGA in Western Australia.

A statement from Supreme Salads said due to a supplier notifying them of a contamination problem with supplied salad mix, the firm decided to recall all products as a precaution.

Source: foodsafetynews.com

Dole releases one new Chopped! and two new Premium salad kits
Dole is extending its offerings with one new Chopped! and two new Premium salad kits that provide salad lovers innovative new salad ingredients and flavor combinations.

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Each of the three new kits comes complete with Dole lettuces, toppings and an original dressing allowing customers to simply toss and enjoy. They arrive in supermarkets nationwide in June for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $3.99.

DOLE® Sweet Kale Salad Kit (Premium Kit Category): DOLE®Green Cabbage, Kale, shredded Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and Radicchio topped with pepitas, dried cranberries and Dole’s Poppy Seed Dressing.
DOLE® Blueberry Bliss Salad Kit (Premium Kit Category): DOLE®Spinach, Baby Red Chard and Carrots topped with almonds, dried blueberries and Dole’s Blueberry Lemon Dressing.
DOLE® Chopped! Avocado Ranch Salad Kit (Chopped! Kit Category): Chopped DOLE®Cabbages, Green Leaf Lettuce, Kale, Carrots and Green Onions topped with shredded cheddar cheese, crispy corn and Dole’s Avocado Ranch Dressing.
"Dole is committed to giving salad fans more reasons to eat more salads as part of our larger mission of motivating families toward healthier living and a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Bill Goldfield, Dole’s director of corporate communications. “That means offering bold new flavors and ingredients like kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and blueberries that not only taste great but offer proven health and nutrient benefits.”

The three new kits join 66 other Dole salad varieties including the popular Chopped!, Slawesome! and Premium salad kit lines, salad mixes and slaws.

Latest Harvest to Home comprehensive review: Fresh salad
Harvest to Home is an interactive online dashboard that provides users with up-to-date retail information and consumer trend data on a range of vegetable commodities on a single platform.

All of the data is provided by Nielsen, which collates it through a home scan service, that surveys around 10,000 Australian households.

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The latest Harvest to Home comprehensive review available on fresh salad — including loose leaf, packaged and kit salad — found that supermarkets accounted for 85 per cent of all fresh salad sales.

The research found that wastage and shelf-life issues were the main barriers to purchase for existing and non-fresh salad buyers.

To read the report click here.

Italy: Undisputed leader of mixed salad sector
Mixed salads are composed of different types of salads cultivated in greenhouses. Currently, Italy has no competitors thanks to its type of production, climate and soil composition. During the winter period, Southern Italy becomes the sole supplier for the whole of Europe.

Harvesting phase.

For this reason, rather than being affected by foreign competition, this segment has to deal with "neighbour greenhouses."

In order to understand more about the dynamics of the segment, this was explained by "La Linea Verde", one of the main players in the salad industry and owner of the lion's share of "Ortomad", which specialises in lettuce and baby leaf. The group supplies foreign markets with packed unwashed and fresh-cut salads.

"Almost 50% of the produce is loose or packed baby leaf, although we normally sell the loose produce which is then mixed and packed by final buyers. Only less than 10% of the produce is packed by us."

What is a mixed salad made of
"Typically, they are made of red and green lettuce, spinach, rocket and corn salad baby leaf. We also use other varieties like Red Chard and Bull's blood and we have introduced a new mix with eight ingredients, i.e. green and red lettuce, rocket, Red Chard, Mizuna tatsoi, Red Jand and Bull's blood."

Two Dimmidisì ready-to-eat mixed salads: left, Mix Orientale (110 g),right, Dolce Vitamino (140 g, for the Russian market).

Some markets prefer different types of salad, as for example the UK tend to prefer "bigger and tougher leaves, which though in Italy are considered premium. Some suppliers, like Spain, are now interested in this sector, although they do not have our experience."

Shelf life
"All of our products reach our processing plants in refrigerated containers because we start the cold chain on the fields."

"In addition, our packed unwashed produce is hardly manipulated, except for a simple portioning to make it easy to manage and distribute. There is no use-by-date according to European and Italian laws but we do state that there is a 12 day minimum durability term upon request (the produce must be refrigerated)."

Destination markets
Unwashed Ortomad mixed salads are destined to retailers, wholesalers and the processing industry in Northern and Eastern Europe and Russia.

Loose produce yet to be mixed.

"We do not always know where our produce ends up as we use intermediaries and brokers. For example, we do not know how much of our produce reaches the Netherlands. We do supply directly to Russia and Belgium though. We are also available in the main Polish retail chain."

As regards the approach of foreign markets, the Italian specialists says that there are quite some differences between Russia and Poland and the other Eastern European markets as the former are more organised and professional and require high quality and experience, whereas the latter only work through intermediaries and are not as organised." Italy is doing well at an international level and the business trend is becoming increasingly better.

The domestic fresh-cut market processes 450 million bags, 220 million of which are just plain salad. Mixed salads represent 55 million bags for €80 million. "Prices per kilo, are lower than 2013 though (-2.5%)."