Broccoli packing app:

  Broccoli packing app for rapid packing of broccoli and other fruit & vegetables. Traceability, quality, inventory, sales & shipping.





Broccoli packing app:

Broccoli packing app for rapid packing of broccoli and other fruit & vegetables. Traceability, quality, inventory, sales & shipping.

Broccoli packing app Batch packing

Record all batch inputs for cost and traceability purposes.

Broccoli packing app Logistics

Manage fresh produce shipments, invoice, fleet management, import / export.

Broccoli packing app Quality control

Fresh produce quality inspection for incoming, packed fresh produce...

Broccoli packing & processing inventory control sales traceability
Broccoli packing & processing, inventory QC traceability by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity in broccoli packing businesses.
Farmsoft delivers reduced waste in the broccoli packing traceability & quality control, processing, storage, distribution phases. By enforcing best practices, FIFO, inventory expiry monitoring, and easy stock takes to minimize waste and maximize packing profit. Use bar-code managed inventory, labeling, 3D pallet storage, to help reduce waste.

BROCCOLI PACKING
Conduct recalls in seconds, with full confidence of accuracy and reliability. Minimize risk by ensuring accurate traceability is automatically captured. Pass audits with ease & reduce compliance costs using farmsoft's traceability guidelines. Trace fresh produce up and down the supply chain, over multiple traceability hops. Instantly produce farm records and any other farm traceability records if you optionally use our farm solution.

REDUCE ADMINISTRATION COSTS FOR BROCCOLI PACKING
Minimize your administration costs with automatic paperwork generation. Ensure accuracy of paperwork by having necessary documentation (invoice formats, export documents, transport documents etc) automatically generated 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!

CONSISTENT QUALITY CONTROL FOR BROCCOLI PACKING
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.

BETTER PRODUCTION PLANNING & DISPATCH FOR BROCCOLI PACKING
Monitor orders, assign orders to specific pack-houses (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 and dispatch processes.

OPTIONAL FARM SOFTWARE INTEGRATION FOR FARM TO PLATE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
Optionally use farmsoft Farm Management software with our Post Harvest solution. Using both solutions provides an end to end solution from field to plate. Farm Management by farmsoft delivers full farm record keeping, farm inventory, cost monitoring, budgeting, best practice enforcement, and adherence to international farming standards. Use Farm Management by farmsoft to manage your own farms, or even hundreds of external farms that supply your fresh produce company.

‍Broccoli packing & processing, food service business management software for improved food safety & reduced waste. Broccoli packing & processing, inventory QC traceability by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity in broccoli packing businesses.


"Every year, we pack around 25 million kilos of broccoli and cauliflower"
This year, the Murcia-based firm Agrícola Santa Eulalia is turning 25. The company was founded by brothers Francisco and Juan Mula, whose ancestors had been active in Spanish cultivation for many years, and the next generation (three sons and a daughter) has already joined the company. The brothers have gained recognition with their own brand: Mr. Broko.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broccoli moves from ice age to fresh packaging
StePac L.A. Ltd.’s modified atmosphere/modified humidity packaging technology (MA/MH) is integrating sustainability into the long-haul transport of fresh broccoli and other vegetables traditionally shipped in ice. The technology effectively eliminates the need for ice and non-recyclable wax cartons while enhancing food safety.

There are multiple benefits of Xtend Iceless MA/MH bulk packaging for maintaining the freshness of broccoli in transit. Most notable is its positive environmental impact through driving substantial reductions in carbon emissions and food waste — two of the greatest ecological challenges facing the fresh produce industry. An added advantage is that of considerable cost savings in packaging (up to 40%) and transport expenses.



In certain countries, such as the US, broccoli and other produce items are typically packed in waxed cartons filled with ice to keep the produce cool and maintain freshness during storage and shipment. However, when the ice melts onto the produce it creates a mess and encourages growth of both plant and human pathogens. Waxed cartons also are non-recyclable. This generates untenable disposal problems for supermarkets, many of which are seeking greener alternatives in the wake of new laws imposed to tackle this problem.

One of the biggest challenges the company faced when developing the product was how to integrate modified atmosphere packaging into a field-packed process. Much of the broccoli in the US is field-packed in cartons, palletized, and then ice is added upon arrival at the packing house. Field-packing represents an obstacle for implementation of MA/MH technology.

“We developed a solution that enables the broccoli to be field-packed in Xtend packaging and then forced air and/or vacuum cooled in the sealed packaging. This seamlessly integrates the packaging into the existing packing process,” explained Gary Ward, Ph.D., Business Development Manager for StePac, noting that the system is patented in the U.S. and Mexico.

"With costs escalating, the outlook for the start of the broccoli season is anything but rosy"
The start of the 2021/2022 Spanish broccoli export season is just a few weeks away in the Region of Murcia, the country's main producer of this vegetable, while concern continues to grow among producers and exporters due to the increasing rise in production costs. The sector has already suffered a difficult year and the outlook for the new one is not promising.



"The 2020/2021 broccoli season was complicated due to an erratic behavior of the demand, as well as weather issues that significantly affected the production cycles during several periods," says Juan Manuel Ruiz Soler, President of the Broccoli and Cauliflower Sector at Proexport. "We had a late and slow start, as the domestic seasons of the countries we supply were extended due to a benign climatology at destination, which did not encourage consumption until well into the year. Also, in the first quarter of the season the yields we had were particularly good, but the lack of consumption and really low prices weighed the companies' results down."

"Throughout the year we suffered the impact of abnormal and unseasonal weather conditions, both at origin, with the clear example of storm Filomena, and at destination, with unusually high temperatures at certain times of the year that had an impact on both production and demand," he says.

In terms of production, volumes are expected to be similar or even somewhat lower than last season. For the time being, the planting is being carried out normally and sticking to the established programs, according to the representative of the Broccoli and Cauliflower Sector of Proexport.



"Taking into account the results obtained by many producers last season due to the erratic behavior of both the demand and the production, as well as the very aggressive returns and the fact that an increase in production costs was already in sight, we believe there will be less free planting. In general, this type of productions already yielded catastrophic results and distorted the supply and prices of companies working with programs at certain times. Unfortunately, cost increases have been confirmed and reinforced over the months and the outlook for the beginning of the season is anything but rosy."

The significant cost escalation affects each and every one of the companies' production processes, including "the inputs for cultivation, energy, land rental prices, water, or the materials we use to pack our products. This, combined with the current conditions, is making the activity of the companies totally unfeasible and many of them are doomed to fail if we are not able to find solutions. Let's bear in mind that before the start of the campaign, we are already estimating an increase in costs of around 25%, with the aggravating factor that the rising trend of inputs continues with every week the passes," says Juan Manuel Ruiz.

"Both producers and customers must adapt to this new scenario, which is undoubtedly affecting the economy worldwide and all sectors. I sincerely believe that dialogue and sanity must prevail in order to jointly face these spectacular increases, given that producers lack both the resources and the capacity to face them on their own," he says.

"We are really concerned about this escalation of costs. We do not know how or when it will end and it makes it very difficult to have long-term plans. Faced with this situation, it is vital to activate commercial mechanisms, working hand in hand with our customers to find solutions. Failure to do so could entail the ruin of a large part of the sector, but also distortions and tensions in the supply. With the current conditions, the viability of many companies and thousands of jobs are threatened," says Juan Manuel Ruiz.

"We can no longer compare current cost and production structures with those of three or five years ago, no matter how much certain operators insist on doing so. Everything must be updated in a sensible, consensual way, and in accordance with the reality we are living today," he says.



The shift from northern and central European to southern European productions is expected to happen in mid-October. "At this point, everything seems to indicate that we will have a smooth transition between seasons. However, we must keep an eye on the weather, because as we know, it could either bring the start of the season forward or delay it. If we had to endure a period like the last quarter of last year, it would be unbearable for the producing companies."

Murcia is a privileged region for broccoli production, with conditions that can hardly be matched elsewhere in Spain. "There are areas that have served as complements at certain times, but no one is oblivious to the new situation and we know that producers are switching to other crops which are more profitable or are better appreciated by their customers," says the president of the Broccoli and Cauliflower Sector at Proexport.

The Region of Murcia cultivates around 21,000 hectares of broccoli, with an estimated production of more than 300,000 tons. Of this, it exported almost 235,000 tons last season, which is almost 75% of the national total. To this figure we must add the production for the domestic market and the frozen industry.