Blockchain fresh produce Fresh produce packaging from farmsoft and CHAIN-TRACE.COM delivers customer and consumer confidence in fresh produce Fresh produce packaging, low cost and easy to implement.

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 Fresh produce packaging

Maintain strict fresh produce Fresh produce packaging 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%

Fresh produce packaging 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.

Blockchain fresh produce Fresh produce packaging:

Farmsoft fresh produce Fresh produce packaging is for fruit & vegetable packer, processor, import/export.  Full fresh produce Fresh produce packaging, auditing, Fresh produce packaging, 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 Fresh produce packaging.

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 Fresh produce packaging integrity and transparency with block-chain ledger technology.   We use the blockchain solution. (Optional module not included with standard Packing / Food Manufacturing ERP solution).

Improve fresh produce production planning

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

Accurate fresh produce Fresh produce packaging

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 Fresh produce packaging tracking with expiring inventory reminders.
Cold store management software for fruit importers, exporters, packers, cross docking, and short and long term fruit storage.

Blockchain fresh produce Fresh produce packaging:

The farmsoft Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging and accuracy. FarmSoft’s bar code software for pack sheds makes fresh produce Fresh produce packaging easy.

Bar-code Fresh produce packaging

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

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

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

Combine both FarmSoft Farm Software AND FarmSoft Fruit Fresh produce packaging to create a complete farm to fork Fresh produce packaging solution.
In addition to the Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging India – FarmSoft’s fresh produce management software brings new levels of Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging 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

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

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 Fresh produce packaging
The Produce Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging Software

FarmSoft food Fresh produce packaging software delivers bulletproof food safety and reduces business risk.  The FarmSoft is built on a solid platform of food Fresh produce packaging and safety standards. FarmSoft guides users through the food processing and manufacturing phases. The FarmSoft food Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging software specifications.

Fresh Produce Fresh produce packaging Bar-code

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

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

GS1 Fresh produce packaging for fresh produce

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

FarmSoft track and trace provides end to end supply chain transparency for fresh produce Fresh produce packaging. Implement FarmSoft to guarantee the highest level of Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging or marketing information as chosen by the packer. This helps to improve customer confidence and provides supply chain transparency to promote the concept of food safety.
Produce Fresh produce packaging Initiative PTI

Produce Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging is automatically captured. Pass audits with ease & reduce compliance costs using farmsofts Fresh produce packaging guidelines. Trace fresh produce up and down the supply chain, over multiple Fresh produce packaging hops. Instantly produce spray records, residue analysis, soil analysis, and any other farm Fresh produce packaging records if you use our farm solution.

Inventory Fresh produce packaging software for reduced post harvest waste

Inventory Fresh produce packaging 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. Fresh produce packaging case study for Paramount Citrus, Fresh produce packaging case study for Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms, SunFed visibility of produce throughout supply chain with case and item level Fresh produce packaging. JemD Farms, greenhouse grower with GS1 Standards and the Produce Fresh produce packaging Initiative.
The use of GS1 Standards, specifically for Identification, Master Data Alignment, Fresh produce packaging, Track and Trace, Barcode labels and EDI transactions, provides a common platform to help supply.
Simple Fresh produce packaging solution

Simple Fresh produce packaging solution - software for fruit and vegetable packing
Processors and packers involved in the fresh produce industry deal with a lot of compliance and Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging are key for any manufacturer. Farmsoft delivers solutions in Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Africa, and Asian regions. Use farmsoft to become compliant and increased efficiency.

Less waste, more Fresh produce packaging

Less waste, more Fresh produce packaging: 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 Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging using PC/Mac or Fresh produce packaging app.
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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.

Blockchain in Fresh Produce Packaging: Hype or Hope?
As blockchain technology becomes more pervasive, what does it imply for your product packaging plans?

Slipping from the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” toward the “Trough of Disillusionment” on Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2018 – blockchain might have been oversold. Still, it appears all but inevitable to be widely adopted across many industries. That’s why the time is right for companies plotting their product packaging strategies to start asking themselves:

Can we gain a competitive advantage as an early adopter of blockchain technology in product packaging?
Does it make better business sense for us to hold off for a year or two – or even longer – before launching a blockchain project?
Would the benefits we could gain from blockchain be worth the risks and investment?
To help businesses answer these questions, let’s start with a layman’s explanation of what blockchain is all about, and then delve into what it implies for any particular business.

Blockchain: Commoditizing Trust

At its core, blockchain is a network of decentralized, immutable and sequentially grouped “blocks” on which all the users/partners in the network can track, share and verify actions and transactions. Virtually anything of value can be tracked on the network – and whenever any action or transaction is executed, it is recorded as a block. The sequence of these blocks forms the blockchain.

What differentiates blockchain from previous systems? Transactions no longer need a centralized administrator. The system is public and transparent. Because every block is shared and consensually verified by all the users/partners in the network, no single user can con or corrupt the system.

Ultimately, blockchain creates a commoditization of trust – and that’s why it’s a game-changer. Traditionally, companies and consumers have relied on three major institutions to administer transactions: banks, governments, and large retailers. But in light of recent events – the ongoing scandals at Wells Fargo, the Greek debt crisis and the Target security breach to name just a few – many people, particularly millennials, no longer trust these organizations.

From this lack of faith, blockchain evolved. The most notable example is Bitcoin, a network of cryptocurrency (digital currency) that can be exchanged for other currencies, products, and services.

Because blockchain is decentralized and immutable, all the partners/users in the network can independently track and verify the data on a ledger without the need for banks, governments, retailers, or any other intermediaries. The system is protected by “hashes” on the blocks which must match. When they don’t, the chain is blocked.

What Blockchain Could Mean for your Business

Though blockchain is still a few years away from going mainstream, significant real-world examples already exist. De Beers is using blockchain to eliminate conflict minerals and child labor practices from its supply chain. IBM and Maersk have partnered to apply blockchain across the global supply chain. And proving that blockchain is not just a passing fad, Walmart — after teaming up with IBM and nine of the world’s top grocery and food producers to improve the safety of the global food supply chain by leveraging blockchain – is now exploring ways to use the technology to strengthen its mammoth delivery operations.

As these and other use cases demonstrate, companies involved in product packaging can not only streamline – and build integrity into – their supply chains with blockchain, but also cut costs. Blockchain achieves all that in two key ways:

It cuts out the brokers and other intermediators in the supply chain whose service fees and administrative costs eat away at revenues.
It verifies transactions, and as a result, products move more quickly from vendor to consumer.
As a result, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and other highly regulated organizations can use blockchain to improve regulatory compliance and the auditing trail. Food and retail businesses can use blockchain to improve customer awareness and transparency. For example, blockchain verifies that a purse that says “Made in the USA” actually is made there, and that food labeled “all natural,” “Vermont-raised” and/or “organic” are the real deal.

Go With the Flow

According to Gartner, the business value-add of blockchain will grow to slightly more than $176 billion by 2025, before skyrocketing to $3.1 trillion by 2030. In other words, blockchain means billions of dollars will be on the table for companies across all industries in the next decade. So, now more than ever before, it’s time to consider: How will – or should – your company go after a piece of the blockchain pie? That’s a tough question for sure. But this flow chart from the World Economic Forum should make it a little easier to answer.

Unlocking the power of blockchain for sustainable fresh produce packaging
Concern is rising worldwide about the environmental impact of non-recyclable and non-biodegradable packaging. As a bio-based material, paper products are a vital alternative. To deliver sustainable paper packaging solutions, however, we must ensure that the wood is sourced responsibly from well-managed forests.
This requires forest certification and a high level of transparency and incorruptible tracking systems. With Project Trado, the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is testing the use of blockchain technology to reinforce chain of custody systems.

Trado is designed to create a real-time view into certification at origin and a single source of truth using blockchain technology. If realised, it can result in fairer distribution of benefits along a product supply chain as well as higher visibility into the sustainable attributes of packaging.

Project Trado brought Sappi together with major global brands (Sainsbury's, BNP Paribas, Unilever, Barclays, Standard Chartered and Rabobank) to explore how a new model of blockchain and other data-sharing technologies can enhance the sustainability of global supply chains without increasing production costs. It's all part of of our effort to pursue practical innovation that can move us towards the thriving world and sustainable future we envisage.

Testing Trado in Malawi
The Trado model was piloted with smallholder tea farmers in Malawi, showing how sustainability in end-to-end supply chains can look at every aspect from the tea farmers' products right down to the product packaging sitting on supermarket shelves. Sappi's contribution involved ensuring the traceability of the sustainable paper packaging.

The tea farmers were offered financial incentives in return for feeding social and ecological data into the blockchain. The model could potentially pay for some of the investments needed to establish traceability across supply chains, although further investigation is needed to scope the model’s ability to do this while still benefitting smallholders. Trado hopes to use Malawi's experience as a blueprint for replication, development and experimentation in other contexts.

The project represents a significant step towards technology-driven innovation to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It shows how collaboration between corporates, financial institutions and fintech firms can harness new technology for a fairer and more just world.

How blockchain is revolutionising fresh produce packaging supply chains
Blockchain has long been used for supply chain management, however, it has only begun to make its mark on the food industry recently. Soon we could see blockchain implemented to combat some of the biggest challenges facing food supply chains today.

Why use blockchain to track food supply chains?
Blockchain technology provides traceability, security and decentralisation when dealing with data around food.

Blockchain has the feature of immutability. Transactions cannot be altered or hidden as every change is tracked, recorded, and displayed to the entire network of people who have access to the information.

It also stores data in a decentralised manner. This means that there is no single server where information is kept. Instead, multiple copies of the data are saved to different nodes (computers) where all members can access and view it. Blockchain creates such a radically transparent environment that the need for trust is removed completely and no central authority is needed to mediate between parties.

The unique functions of blockchain technology are particularly helpful with:

Deterring food tampering, fraud and false advertising
Aiding in mass recalls of contaminated items
Identifying wastage in food supply chains
Decreasing chances of food spoiling
Allowing companies to certify organic or fair-trade origins of products
Who is using blockchain?
As people are beginning to see the real-world benefits of having radical transparency in their food supply chains, there has been a steep increase in companies adopting the technology.

Walmart has been using blockchain technology to digitise their supply chain and reduce the time it takes to track the source of food contamination. In 2020, an E. coli outbreak that spanned 19 states and hospitalised 20 people was traced back to leafy greens in the US. The industry spent millions of dollars notifying the public as well as tracing and removing the contaminated vegetables from the market. Walmart now requires all suppliers of leafy green vegetables to upload data onto a blockchain that tracks produce right back to the farm it came from. In the event of batch contamination, Walmart is able to trace contaminated food within in seconds, versus the weeks-long manual process. This is invaluable during times of product recall.

Frank Yiannas, VP of Food Safety at Walmart said:

“With a blockchain traceability solution you could scan a product and trace that product back with precision and accuracy to source in seconds – not days or weeks… in the future a customer could potentially scan a bag of salad and know with certainty whether its been involved in a recall”.

Nestlé uses a blockchain to trace the growing origins of its Rainforest Alliance certified coffee brand, Zoégas. To enhance trust and transparency around the product, The Rainforest Alliance provides its own certification information, guaranteeing the origins and sustainability practises of the coffee growing. By scanning a QR code on the packaging, customers can view information on farmers, time of harvest, the roasting period and even the transaction certificate for their coffee’s specific shipment.

Bumble Bee Foods records its yellowfin tuna operations on a blockchain to improve traceability and deter fraud. The system traces the movement of the fish through the supply chain, from the moment it’s caught to when it’s sold in the shops. Like Nestle’s initiative, customers can view information on where the tuna originated, the fishing community that caught it and the size of the catch. Fair-trade data is also displayed, giving customers peace of mind that their money is not being used to fund unethical practises like slave and child labour.

By leveraging blockchain technology, we have the opportunity to bring transparency, accountability and trust to food supply chains.

Blockchain Technologies is empowering companies with blockchain-backed solutions like STAMP Supply, a platform that enhances transparency, auditability, and performance of supply chains.

Blockchain implementation in agriculture has begun. Blockchain is recognized as an emerging technology in the agri-foods industry which may provide an efficient and robust mechanism for enhancing food traceability and a transparent and reliable way to validate quality, safety, and sustainability, of agri-foods. However, the technology is in its nascency, therefore, this review was written to foster discussion and encourage the application of blockchain technology, especially in the agri-food industry. In this review, the working principle of blockchain for data recording and tracking is briefly described. The collaboration models for the current blockchain applications on agri-foods are summarized. Furthermore, the specific utilization of blockchain to enhance safety and quality of agri-foods is discussed in four aspects: enhance the data transparency, realize data traceability, improve the food safety and quality monitoring, and reduce the cost of financial transactions. A case study on a Walmart pork traceability system has been provided to demonstrate how blockchain may be used to enhance the food traceability. Finally, challenges and future trends of blockchain technology in agri-foods concerning data/cost management, data security, and data integration are discussed. Blockchain technology reveals a promising approach to foster a future of agri-foods system in a way that is safer, healthier, more sustainable, and reliable.