Sage integration (fresh produce)
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Sage integration allows farmsoft to automatically insert invoices (accounts payable) into your Sage accounting solution. Invoices are generated in farmsoft when dispatch teams add pallets to an order (or invoice) or make a sale.
Reduce fresh produce waste with better stock-takes, FIFO, and inventory alerts.
Sage integration for fresh produce packers and shippers.
Using farmsoft, you can take advantage of all the special fresh produce functionality such as traceability, recall & audit, quality control, shipment planning, label printing, inventory management while keeping your accounts accurate using Sage accounting solutions.
Usually farmsoft will manage your sales orders (customer purchase orders) and you can even manage price lists in farmsoft by setting prices for any part and its associated produce & variety, and features, and even individual price lists for different suppliers and customers. When orders are created in farmsoft, the price list is used to default current prices.
Use the native Android app on your phone or tablet (rugged or regular) to scan inventory & pallets to:
* move location
* sell / add to order / invoice
* add to a batch
* look up full details
* reprint pallet or inventory labels
* scan harvested units (bin/tote/crate etc) to collect harvest pay or contractor pay information
Vanguard Pride aligns with Sage Fruit
Vanguard International’s Pride Packing Company has joined Sage Fruit Company to enhance the marketing, sales and distribution of its fruit as part of Vanguard’s global growth and mission to supply fresh, quality-assured produce 365 days a year. The focus of Sage Fruit will concentrate on promoting Pride’s domestic Washington State apples, pears, cherries, apricots, peaches and nectarines.
“We are very happy to join Sage as an equity partner and to continue our working relationship with this industry leader to market and sell the fruit we grow and pack in Washington,” stated Craig Stauffer, Vanguard’s CEO. “We look forward to working closely with the Sage team and its members to deliver high quality, great tasting fruit to customers worldwide.”
Founded in 1999, Sage Fruit is a growing, marketing, and sales organization made up of four family businesses from Central Washington (Valley Fruit, Valicoff Fruit, Olympic Fruit and Larson Fruit). In 2015, Valley Fruit and Larson Fruit combined their packing operations and formed Legacy Fruit Packers (Wapato) with a state of the art packing, storage, and shipping facility. Each of its vertically integrated members is continuously adding acreage to their well-established farms, while also replanting current acreage with high-density, new-variety trees.
“We are excited by the addition of Vanguard Pride to the Sage Fruit Family,” stated Steve Clement, General Manager of Sage Fruit Company. “The addition of such a high quality growing and packing operation to Sage is an important step in our overall growth strategy and will enhance our ability to supply our customers with the best tasting, highest quality tree fruit Washington State has to offer.”
Vanguard Pride is a vertically-integrated 3,000-acre farming operation complete with its own packing and cold storage facilities and is one of Washington’s leading fruit producers. Further development of Vanguard Pride will continue to focus on planting additional acreage of complementary products that provide a unique taste experience and superior quality.
“We’re extremely proud of the success and development that has been created at Vanguard Pride and we look forward to further expanding our growth with the Sage marketing and sales organization,” says Brett Calhoun, General Manager and Vice President of Washington Farming Operations, Vanguard Pride Packing Co.
For more information:
Tel: +1 (705) 606-0184
2020 Pacific Northwest pear harvest kicks off
Pear production began last week in the Pacific Northwest with Bartletts being the first variety off the trees.
Following Bartlett harvest, Sage Fruit Co. in Yakima, WA will continue the season with Red Anjou harvest beginning in late August, followed by Bosc and Green Anjou in mid-September. Kaci Komstadius of Sage Fruit says the company will offer both organic and conventional volumes in these varieties and also carry a small volume of Taylor’s Gold pears this season.
In Washington and Oregon, there are four primary growing regions including Wenatchee, Yakima, Mid-Columbia and Medford. (Sage’s fruit comes from Yakima and Mid-Columbia). “The Pacific Northwest produces 87 percent of the nation’s fresh pears,” says Komstadius.
Sage Fruit is reporting increased pear volume for the 2020 crop, though part of the growth for the company comes from the addition of Congdon Orchards, also of Yakima, WA. As of August 1, 2020, Congdon Orchards joined Sage Fruit’s family of warehouses, which specialize in growing, packing and shipping of fresh apples, pears and cherries, says Komstadius.
The push for exports
Meanwhile, Komstadius says demand for pears will increase as the new crop becomes available. “The domestic market is always strong, but we are also seeing demand from export markets as well. China, India and Mexico all have strong pears demands,” she says.
She also notes that pears tend to be more of an impulse buy for consumers. “Though we are working to change that by educating consumers on the flavor and texture of pears, as well as how to select, store and prepare them,” says Komstadius. This season, Sage Fruit will add new state of the art pre-conditioning rooms to elevate its pear program while also increasing its marketing efforts which include offering point-of-sale bins, in-store promotions and online/digital promotions.
Additionally, Sage Fruit will continue to find different ways to appeal to consumers, including offering bagged product. “We’ve seen an increase in demand for fresh produce and more specifically, packaged product since March,” says Komstadius. “They provide less exposure to other shoppers when on the retail shelf and they’re also easy for grab and go or online purchases for those participating in grocery pick up or delivery.”
Intuitive software solution boosting yearly revenue
Software and CRM solutions are not always top of mind for growers and retailers of fresh produce, but making sure that the right systems are in place can lead to year-on-year revenue increases of as much as 35% in key areas, which is particularly significant for mid-market companies, according to Sage Business Solutions’ Strategic Sales Manager Gareth Moore. “Identifying key product requirements for customers, quoting rapidly and providing accurate lead times are all factors which contribute to revenue growth,” he says.
Automating recurring invoices, allowing for flexibility to take into
account changes to legislation, additional purchasing costs and control over inter-company transactions are just some of the changes which businesses can expect to see with implementation of the most recent Sage ERP X3, version 7, an ERP solution first introduced in late 2014 and making its way to customers in Australia and New Zealand. “Sage ERP X3 brings greater flexibility and an entirely redesigned web and mobile experience,” Mr Moore says. The aim is to simplify the management of complex business processes by providing users with personal dashboards and intelligence tools, allowing them to monitor performance, serve customers better and be notified of events that require attention, when and where it is needed, according to him.
Australian businesses, including the popular dairy brand Five:AM, are discovering the benefits of Sage ERP X3, according to Mr Moore, and those benefits have been demonstrated by overseas case studies including the highly diversified South African business Overberg Agri. Creating standard processes across different business units, providing real time financial information to base decisions on and integrating planning, harvesting, packaging and marketing processes have all been achieved for Overberg since implementing Sage ERP X3, according to the Datacentrix case study report.
For more information:
Gareth Moore, Strategic Sales Manager
Sage Business Solutions
Phone: +61 2 9921 6516
Apple grower ready to talk good volume of fruit at Fresh Summit
One apple grower and marketer is looking forward to debuting a fresh look at this year’s Fresh Summit 2019 taking place in Anaheim, Ca. October 17-19.
“We’ll debut a brand new booth this year,” says Chuck Sinks of Sage Fruit Co. in Yakima, Wa. “It’s a completely different look for us as opposed to the last few years.”
Along with its new look, Sinks is also looking forward to a chance to connect with customers. “It’s just good to see all of them in one location. You take away weeks of travel by being able to see customers in one spot for a few days,” he says.
At this year’s show, Sage will be discussing its line of products including apples, pears and cherries and notably will be able to share that its apple volume will be up this year. “The state of Washington will be up as well,” says Sinks. “We’ve grown our volume through increased tonnage within our own orchards and then it’s just going to be a record crop to boot. It was good growing conditions—some of the apples like the Royal Galas will be running smaller while other varieties will be running closer to the norm.”
Sage will also be discussing a number of its varieties including more specialty varieties such as the Smitten and the Pazazz. Sage Fruit has been helping to market these varieties the last few years.
Demand to be strong
And the large crop will be welcome news for retailers. “Everyone wants to get apples into the pipeline,” says Sinks. “They want all the new crop apples as soon as they’re harvested and unfortunately not all the varieties are harvested as of yet. But as they come off, the retailers are looking to get new crop apples in the stores.”
Harvest generally ends in the first part of November with the Pink Lady variety.
Sage will also be discussing some of its packaging options for apples. “We have some new 5 lb. pouch bags that are doing well. We came out with those at the end of the last crop and they’re really taking off,” he says. “And we’ve had a lot of interest as well in our 2 lb. organic bags. But overall we’ll just be promoting apples and get people to do lots of apple ads and contests to drive sales to their stores.”