Fresh produce traceability app for fruit, vegetable: inventory, processing, packing, sales and shipping. Fresh produce app manages entire packing and fruit & vegetable processing business...

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 traceability 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 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.

Fresh produce traceability app:

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. 

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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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.

Fresh produce traceability app for fruit, vegetable: inventory, processing, packing, sales & distribution

Fresh produce traceability app for fruit, vegetable

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. Checkout best practices for handling perishable inventory....

‍The ability of modern supply chains for fresh produce to provide traceability is becoming the norm. At present the systems need to provide relatively straightforward capability to trace back from the market to the source of supply, or trace forward by associating production information with the product. There are, however, significant opportunities to improve supply chain performance through better traceability as well. Two examples are introduced to highlight this potential, one that provides feedback to growers on measured quality and the other feedback to the market on predicted quality. These applications for information sharing require a detailed level of traceability. At this level of detail it is not possible to have an absolute confidence in individual fruit traceability due to mixing that occurs at certain points in the supply chain. The level of traceability is, however, adequate to facilitate improved information systems for enhanced supply chain performance.

Ensuring Traceability of Fresh Produce
In the event that produce purchased for your school nutrition program is recalled, you are responsible
for tracing the produce one step back (trace back) to your supplier and one step forward (trace forward)
to when and to whom it was served. Follow these tips to help you track produce in the event of a food
• Maintain purchasing records for all produce. All purchasing records, typically invoices, should include
lot numbers and other identifiers, such as pack date. If lot number and other critical information are not
already included on the invoice, add it upon receipt.
• Maintain contact information for all suppliers, including farms, if produce is purchased directly from
• Label all produce so that you can identify the source and trace it back through your purchasing records.
Keep produce in original packaging when possible.
• Avoid commingling produce from different sources in storage, preparation, or service.
u If you commingle, you may not be able to identify the specific source of the produce in the event of
a recall.
u If the same product is purchased from a farm, multiple farms, or a distributor, keep the products
segregated through storage and service and keep records of when each product is served.
Example: Apples are purchased from The Apple Farm and Distributor XYZ. Apples from The Apple Farm
are stored separately and labeled clearly. The Apple Farm apples are not added to cases partially filled
with apples from Distributor XYZ, or stored in empty cases that previously held apples from the
• Document information on the menu management/production record to enable you to trace all produce
items back to your purchasing records, should a recall occur. Record information about the source of
the produce--a distributor, a farm, or a school garden.
• Include information on your shipping documents if
produce is prepared at one location and shipped to
another location for service.
• Label repacked fresh produce containers when
distributing it to schools in quantities less than a full case.
This practice will facilitate trace back to its original source
in your purchasing records.
• Conduct a periodic mock recall of fresh produce to test
your internal tracking system. Include your
distributors in the mock recall to test their internal
traceability program
Post harvest app.

Fresh Produce Traceability software
Always be audit ready with end-to-end, paperless QA and traceability, evidencing conformance to industry and customer standards.

Strict traceability regulations are a major challenge for the fresh produce sector. Failing to comply may lead to fines, damage to your business reputation and to your customer relationships.

Track full consignments across your supply chain and factory processes
SI’s industry-leading shop-floor data capture and reporting provides precise farm to fork traceability to:

– Support consignment mixing, throughout all process and packing phases;
– Digitally track produce. From intake, stock, value-added production, packing, through to distribution;
– Identify and flag up non-conformances for action;

– Deliver full traceability and mass balance reporting in seconds, not hours.
– And, if you are faced with a product recall, real-time data provides all the information required in seconds, identifying all products, minimising the time and cost to handle recalls.

We import from around the world. Some of our imported product takes 2-3 days by truck or by flight. Knowing where this product is and when it’s going to arrive is key to our business.

R & G Fresh Herbs
Check out our video to find out how SI is helping R&G Herbs meet the traceability challenges of a worldwide supply chain.

With 100% fresh produce traceability, have the best chance of delivering 100% service levels.

Fresh Produce Traceability
Always be audit ready with SI’s end-to-end, paperless QA and traceability, evidencing conformance to fresh produce industry and customer standards, and tracking full consignments across supply chains and factory processes.

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Traceability is a business process that enables trading partners to follow products forward and backward through the supply chain.

Produce Traceability
Traceability is important to the produce industry for many reasons, including improving food safety by being able to quickly and accurately remove potentially harmful products from the supply chain.

The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) is an industry led initiative to achieve whole chain traceability in the produce supply chain by using common industry data standards and the electronic storage and retrieval of traceability related data.

Traceability has become an issue of great importance to the produce industry due to regulatory requirements such as the U.S. Bioterrorism Act, as well as ongoing food safety issues and the need for supply chain transparency and more information on the produce we grow, pack, ship, store, process, distribute and sell.

The Produce Traceability Initiative was formed in 2008 by representatives from over 40 companies including growers, packer/shippers, marketers, distributors and wholesalers, food service and retail and eight trade associations to begin working on an action plan to ensure the industry has a process that will work for the entire supply chain.

The Produce Traceability Initiative Steering Committee developed a traceability solution that members felt could be reasonably implemented by produce companies, large and small alike, across the entire supply chain and operating within the U.S. market and those exporting to the U.S.

Leafy Green Traceability Pilots Reveal the Value of Sharing Extended Product Information During a Traceback Investigation
On December 3, 2020 a group of six industry organizations released a report outlining four months of leafy green traceability pilots with supply chain partners, including growers, distributors and both independent and chain retailers, offering a detailed response to the request by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) for improved traceability in the food system.

The three pilots, conducted July through October, showed that investigations into foodborne illness outbreaks could be streamlined and conducted more effectively when supply chain partners provided extended product information during tracebacks.

Additionally, the use of a standard template called the Produce Traceback Template to exchange pertinent product information was found to enhance the speed of tracing procedures. All of the pilots were successful in tracing the source of the affected product.

Food Traceability in Legislative and Regulatory Circles
While several congressional bills include traceability either as a component or as the exclusive focus including the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which will encompass a record-keeping rule that focuses on traceability.

Industry Perspective on Proposed Rule
Growers, fresh-cut processors, distributors, and retail/foodservice sectors each face unique challenges in capturing, managing and linking traceability data, and developed a white paper to share some of these perspectives.

FDA's Product Tracing Pilot Report Released from IFT aligns with PTI
A report, Pilot Projects for Improving Product Tracing Along the Food Supply System Final Report, required by FSMA was published for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). It provided recommendations on traceability that are consistent with the industry's Produce Traceability Initiative.

The report aligns with PTI in many of its recommendations, including:

encouraging current industry-led initiatives
not excluding commodities
accepting electronic traceability data/records during product tracing investigations
requiring all organizations that handle food in the supply chain to identify and maintain records of traceability related information
Produce Traceability Initiative Participating Companies
PTI is supported by the volunteer work of dozens of companies that hail from across the fresh produce supply chain, from farm to store to table. Representatives of these companies currently serve as volunteers to PTI's Leadership Council, Executive Committee, working groups and/or task forces.

Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC)
The Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) is a collaborative partnership including public and private stakeholders, created to address the challenges and opportunities of global food traceability implementation.

The Mission of the GFTC is to serve all aspects of the global food system by generating knowledge that addresses informational gaps while delivering applied research, objective advice, and practical expertise about food product traceability and data collaboration for private benefit and public good.

PMA participates as the sole produce trade association as a founding member and advisory board member of the GFTC. This will ensure the fundamentals of the Produce Traceability Initiative will be adopted by the GFTC as the global standard for fresh produce traceability.

PTI's 5 Ws (and 1 H): Who, What, When, Where, Why and How
This webinar is designed for anyone seeking a basic understanding of the PTI. In this session, the PTI’s volunteer and staff leaders will address why traceability change is needed, how the PTI came about, what its implementation costs and benefits are, the standards that are involved, and where to find implementation help. After this session, you will have a clear understanding of what the PTI really is – and what it isn’t.

Implementing PTI: Best Practices for Packers/Shippers
Learn best practices for implementing PTI from early adopters with hands-on experience in both field and facility packing. You will take away sound, real-world recommendations for implementing PTI within your business, and where to find resources.

Implementing PTI: Best Practices for Assigning GTINs
In this session, you will learn how to approach Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) assignment strategically as well as best practices to use in assigning your GTINs.

Implementing PTI: Best Practices for Case Labeling
In this session, you will learn more about the global GS1 standards upon which PTI-compliant case labels are based. You will also learn the basics of case labeling from PTI early adopters. You will take away hands-on tips and tools for implementing case labeling, while minimizing your company’s time and costs as much as possible.

Implementing PTI: Best Practices for Retailers
In this session, you will learn best practices for retailers implementing the PTI from sector early adopters. You will take away a plan for implementing the PTI within your business, and contact points for additional help.

Implementing PTI: Best Practices for Hybrid Pallet Labeling
The PTI Hybrid Pallet Label offers an interim solution to traceable pallet labeling if you or your trading partners aren't yet ready for GS1 Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC) pallet labels. This session will cover best practices for creating and placing your pallet labels, and preparing your customers to receive them. You will take away the tools and information needed to successfully execute Hybrid Pallet Labels in your operation.

Implementing PTI: Best Practices for Produce Brokers
This session will focus on best practice recommendations to help develop and maintain efficient shipping, receiving and communication processes for buy and sell arrangements involving produce brokers. Multiple scenarios of shipments of orders to customers will be discussed.

E-learning Course: Traceability in the Fresh Produce Industry
Designed to assist the produce industry to learn how to implement traceability processes for their businesses, this e-Learning module is available to help improve supply chain efficiencies from the field to the consumer and ensure that the right product gets to the right place at the right time.

Related Links
The Produce Traceability Initiative Website was designed to help the industry maximize the effectiveness of current traceback procedures, while developing a standardized industry approach to enhance the speed and efficiency of traceability systems for the future. The website serves as a central resource to provide industry members with extensive education, outreach and guidance on implementing traceability. 


You choose which features you want from farmsoft to bring maximum benefits to your business. Here are some various processes used by farmsoft clients:
* Receive & label inventory
* Sort, grade, wash, pack, and label finished goods
* Sell fresh produce by invoice

Fresh produce traceability app

There are currently more than one billion smartphones in use across the world – and that figure is projected to double by 2015. As the use of “smart” mobile devices continues to grow, apps have become an incredibly effective way of providing information and resources to a wide audience. farmsoft provides access to food traceability information directly from smartphones, tablets, and PC's. Essential traceability information can be accessed at any place in the fresh produce supply chain.

Fresh Produce Traceability and Transparency.
Tracking and Traceability / May 11, 2021 / By Chris Lott
Those responsible for growing, distributing, and shipping fresh produce need to have total visibility into their supply chain. It’s so important that traceability solutions are implemented to best accomplish those aims.

Traceability is key in virtually every industry, but it’s especially so for those working in agriculture. Today’s consumers want to know where their food is coming from and how it was processed so they can make socially and environmentally conscious decisions about which businesses they support.

“The growing utilization of organic wash water for minimization of chlorine contents in processed fruits & vegetable products will drive the processed fruits and vegetables market segment growth.” – Global Market Insight

When you have access to impressive traceability and tracking systems like Coolearth Software offers, you can provide that information as a selling point.

Foodborne illness is a costly problem.
Also in many cases, traceability comes into play during food recalls or reports of foodborne illness. One only has to do a quick internet search to find that the data on food contamination that resulted in foodborne illnesses likely occurred during the growing, harvesting, packing, holding, or transportation processes.

If a fresh produce item becomes contaminated, traceability will allow for the protection of consumer health while minimizing potential losses for growers, shippers, and distributors. If your traceability process is sound, you won’t have to recall an entire lot of goods; instead, you can identify which products are affected, where they’re currently being sold, and potentially recall them with greater accuracy.

Bottom line, robust traceability and tracking can prioritize public health adherence and the health of your business in general.

Improve your fresh produce traceability? Management Software.
Ultimately, one of the best ways to improve fresh produce traceability is by utilizing supply chain management software. Supply chain management software vendors, like Coolearth Software, understand the struggle many growers, distributors, and shippers face when keeping up with various aspects of the fulfillment process. Instead of relying on outdated methods of traceability and subsequently risk damage to your brand or customers, it’s best to let supply chain management software do the work. You can easily transition from a paper system to a digital one, allowing your organization to adopt the cutting-edge technology to protect your brand, your vendors, and your end customers.

An increase in smartphone use happens to coincide with the growth of a consumer demand for more sustainable food – “organic,” “locally grown,” “seasonal,” and “pesticide-free” are becoming more and more common in the vernacular of food sales. In the United States alone, annual sales of organic foods and beverages grew from US$6 billion in 2000 to US$26.7 billion in 2010. And there are nearly three times as many farmers markets in the United States today as there were in 2000.

It’s no surprise, then, that there are lots of apps for those interested in eating more healthful food, wasting less food, finding sustainable sources of seafood, or buying seasonally. These 23 apps for mobile devices and tablets are helping eaters, producers, advocates, and activists lead less wasteful and more environmentally sustainable, healthy, and delicious lives......

Electronic Labeling For Food Traceability And Fresh Produce Integrity
Fresh Produce Traceability app
Fresh Produce Traceability app

Fresh Produce Traceability app
The year 2018 saw North America reeling under multiple E.coli outbreaks, with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issuing a blanket warning against consuming the suspected source — romaine lettuce. The agency along with the Food and Drug Administration struggled to pinpoint the source for the outbreak. Similar outbreaks of foodborne illnesses like Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Salmonella have also littered the past year affecting hundreds of people. Foodborne illnesses cause millions of dollars worth in losses from recalls, loss in sales and damage to brand reputation. Money needs to also be spent on notifying retailers, regulatory bodies and storing or disposing of affected products and government fines.

So, what steps are the government agencies and enterprises taking to reduce the impact of such outbreaks in the future? The CDC and FDA are encouraging labels on susceptible fresh produce which clearly state the origin of the product as well as when it was harvested so that consumers can take a more informed decision while purchasing. In fact, product labels can go a long way in boosting food safety and accurately locating the ground zero for outbreaks. With digitization gaining momentum everywhere, electronic packaging and labeling solutions are the key to delivering consistent and reliable data of each product’s journey from farm to shelves.

Simplifying Complex Food Systems with Reliable Data

Food systems are highly complex. A restaurant may have bought tomatoes from multiple distributors, who themselves may have repackaged their products after sourcing them from a variety of farms. We can see how it becomes a challenge to trace the origins of each item back to its source. It is thus important to link all the diverse participants within a supply chain. Reliable and consistent data is the indispensable factor that decides the integrity of food quality and helps quickly locate the ground zero during recall situations.

Fresh produce traceability app
Fresh produce traceability app
The challenge presents itself in the collection, management and analysis of such a large amount of data without suffering any damage to its quality. Much of this data is maintained by distributors in their respective PIMs, but they are neither in congruence with each other nor exposed to the end consumer. But technology has advanced in leaps and bounds making it possible to transform everyday items, even fresh produce into active and intelligent objects. Bringing electronic labeling solutions and cloud computing into the fold makes it simpler to record each and every event occurring to a product. Digital tags (RFID, NFC, QR codes, data matrix codes, barcodes) on packaging and labels can be used as the medium to link fresh produce to the internet, essentially giving them a unique identity or digital twin that is capable of collecting and relaying information about itself (origins, current location, previous stops in the supply chain etc.). Thus, by converting fresh produce and all food products into connected smart products and bringing all partners within the supply chain into a shared system to maintain integrity, the end result on the shelf will be capable of accurately describing its journey to a potential buyer.

Minimizing Impact of Contaminated Food with Traceability

With certain fresh produce, foodborne illnesses are unavoidable. The least we can do is to look for innovative solutions in order to contain their spread and minimize their impact. The detective work that goes into identifying the source farms for the outbreak of foodborne illness is exhaustive and time consuming. By the time government officials figure out the origin, the contaminated produce has already covered a lot of ground and affected hundreds of people. Entire supplies of the suspected produce gets halted resulting in severe losses and prices of similar produce shooting up. Brands associated with the produce take a hit to their reputation.

But fresh produce powered by electronic labels can show exactly which farm or distributor it has traveled from via it’s digital twin on the web. With a far more uncluttered food supply chain to sieve through, the investigative tasks for regulators becomes much more simpler. Product recalls become more straightforward by targeting only the suspected farms, instead of banning the supply of the entire range of the produce. Traceability is thus the key to tackling and understanding the causes for such frequent outbreaks.

But better management of foodborne illnesses is just one of the advantages of going digital.

Increased Visibility means fewer mishaps down the Supply Chain

Retailers, distributors, manufacturers and farmers can all benefit hugely from smart packaging and electronic labels. The digital transformation of very complex supply chains afford more transparency into all events that are a part of it and make available data of higher quality to work with. From producers to distributors, packaging companies and retailers, each participant can know the exact actions of a particular item within the supply chain. When you have a complete and accurate record of each product’s journey at both SKU and batch levels from all active participants, processes that focus on narrowing down sources for inadequacies or anomalies in events of a product recall situation become faster and simpler — more powerful.

Enterprises can keep track of harvest dates and accordingly plan logistics to ship items to locations depending on their freshness. A digital record via the digital twin of each item on the web enables far better stock keeping. These digital twins ensure that store employees are alerted to produce that are nearing their expiry dates or use-by dates . With a clearer view of items in their inventory that might soon be going bad, companies can plan for and take definite stems in offloading these items through multiple channels; for example sell them at cheaper rates or donate them to food banks.

Product Data is equally valuable to Consumers and Enterprises

Fresh produce traceability app
Fresh produce traceability app
It is not just enterprises who benefit from traceability and the expanded product information afforded by electronic labels. Consumers today are looking for more than an ingredient list on product labels. They want to know use-by and expiry dates, ingredients, allergen information, instructions for storage and preparation, advisory and warning statements, country of origin and much more. Savvy consumers are conscious of how their lifestyle choices and purchase decisions impact the world. Not only are they more aware of environmental and social issues, they want each aspect of their lives to contribute to the betterment of the world. This involves their purchase decisions being more responsible, sustainable and ethical. Brands would be unwise to ignore this shift in mindset and would do well to deliver more visibility into their products to build richer relations with their customers.

But there is only so much that the physical surface of a product can manage to cram into its limited confines! But the digital space is not bound by such confines. It can contain an endless amount of data, can capture and store changes in real time, distribute relevant data into multiple channels as deemed necessary and enable a user friendly interface to display the data, reducing unnecessary confusion caused by overcrowded text on product labels.

Electronic labels leverage the universal presence of smartphone technology in our daily lives to enable access to expanded product information at the point of consideration for a sale. Not only can brands utilize e-labels for the purposes of ensuring higher consumer transparency, it could be an opportunity for some innovation in packaging and branding. Smart packaging and interactive product labels can lead to a more personalized, interesting and fun shopping experience for richer, smarter and thoughtful customer engagement and experiences.

Electronic labels can reinvent smaller enterprises and farmers

There are plenty of smaller enterprises that pride over their organic produce. Fresh produce from such farms generally do not carry any outer packaging, save for a tiny sticker. These enterprises can capitalize on these tiny stickers to deliver rich content to their consumers. A single data matrix code on a sticker can elevate a orange into a connect smart product. Scanning its sticker will tell the potential buyer how and where the single orange was grown, the date it was harvested, temperature and storage conditions it was under as well as the locations it has passed through before reaching a local supermarket. It can carry information verifying its organic nature and lack of any bio-engineered content through certifications. Electronic labels can help smaller enterprises and farmers re-imagine their business practices by appealing to a more technologically savvy market base.

And that is not all that a simple data matrix code can do. Its traceability feature will also help smaller enterprises come onto a shared system of collaborators in events of contaminated and poisoned food circulating the market.

It is the responsibility of every enterprise which works to grow and distribute food, to ensure a bountiful supply of safe and fresh produce to the mass. Meshing the digital and physical world is the key to securing the integrity of the fresh food supply chain.

Unique cloud-based system
Kenya: National Horticulture Traceability System launched
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries (MOALF) through Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD) of Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA), the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) in collaboration with the horticulture exporters Associations of Kenya (FPEAK and KFC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID, through its Kenya Agricultural Value chain Enterprise (KAVES) project; have developed an online National Horticulture Traceability System (HTS).

The cloud-based system is unique to Kenya and will make it possible for any shipment that does not comply with market standards on arrival in the export market to be traced back to source, and remedial action taken immediately.

The system was developed to increase transparency and accountability in horticultural supply chains in response to recent challenges faced by the industry in complying with EU and international food safety requirements. These include lack of a national traceability system for horticulture produce; frequent interceptions of exports due to excessive pesticide maximum residue levels; and the presence of regulated pests in export consignments. These challenges pose a threat to the competitiveness of Kenyan horticulture exports, which are currently valued at KES 90 billion (USD 888 million) annually with 80 percent going to EU markets.

Fresh produce traceability app
Fresh produce traceability app
Fresh produce traceability app

The National Horticulture Traceability System has been developed over the last 18 months through a pilot phase involving 12 export companies and 1,460 smallholders growing beans and peas in 10 countries. The system has three main components: a mobile app for registering farmers and capturing routine farm operations and agronomic practices; a web reporting portal for sharing information among stakeholders; and a barcode and Quick Reference (QR) code printing module.

The HTS is customized for Kenya’s smallholder-based export industry and can accommodate up to one million farmers. The HTS has the capacity to identify the exact source of a shipment through its GPS coordinates, and generate online production and handling reports required by the market. Deployment of the HTS will increase market confidence and safeguard more than 2.5 million smallholder farmers and workers involved in export horticulture. The system will increase the competitiveness of Kenyan horticulture exports through enhanced transparency in the supply chain. It will facilitate a rapid response to food safety risks by providing the capacity to identify, isolate, and rectify non-compliant producers; and expedite responses to pest and disease early warning alerts by locating affected areas.

The HTS system will place Kenya at the leading edge of countries supplying the EU market with horticultural crops.

The National Horticulture Traceability System was launched Thursday September 8, 2016 at the KALRO National Agriculture Research Laboratories (NARL). The launch was officiated by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Willy Bett and the USAID Assistant to the Administrator Bureau of Food Security, Beth Dunford.

For more information:


The Managing Director- Horticultural Crops Directorate

The Director General- Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA)

Freshliance brings out new product
Cloud-based temperature tracking system improves product traceability
Recently, Freshliance brought out a new product: a cloud-based real time temperature tracking system. Compared to similar temperature recording systems on the market, this product's special feature is that it can improve the traceability, and record the temperatures for more than one year. This means that the transportation record can be traced back even further.

Cloud-based real time temperature tracking system

Real time temperature tracking system improves traceability

By using this cloud-based temperature tracking system, the customer can follow the transport in real time with the app or on the website, and exactly know its location. Freshliance has developed this product based on the requirements of its foreign customers. After solving its server problems, it has now started to sell in China as well.

Fresh produce traceability app
Fresh produce traceability app

Cloud-based real time temperature tracking system

Currently, Freshliance has a server in Europe. In the future, it will also have a Chinese and an English system for the Chinese and foreign market. For the international promotion of its cloud-based real time temperature tracking system, Freshliance will attend the American PMA Fresh Summit in New Orleans, and the German Anuga Fair in Cologne, where they hope to find more partners

From 19-21 October, Freshliance will be at stand 4704 of the PMA Fresh Summit in New Orleans. They will attend the Anuga Fair in Cologne from 7-11 October at stand 024a in exhibition hall 4.1A.

Kevin Wu (Marketing Director)


Indian app promises to track and trace fruit & veg
A new app is promising to provide all the information you may need with a few taps on your phone. FarmLink, an Indian fruit and vegetable supply and chain company, will soon be launching an app called FarmTrace that will trace a product from the farm to the consumer. With a seed stage funding of Rs 200 million (2.5 mln euros) from its parent company last year, Pioneering Ventures and Syngenta, the agri-tech company intends to expand its geographical reach, strengthen its technology and contribute to the supply chain.

The FarmTrace app would help a consumer locate the store where they can find the right food and also get to know the location where it was grown and the nutritional factors that made it.

Founded in 2014, the agri-tech start-up obtains the fruits and vegetables directly from farmers through a network of collection and service centres. The produce is then delivered to established retail stores, hotels, cafes, e-commerce platforms, among others.

But the company is now going one step further by deploying a B2C consumer traceability app that can track the product from farm to shelf, allowing customers and consumers to get a transparent insight into when, where, and how the food was grown. reports how in the final stages of making FarmTrace, the app is available to all Android and iOS users.

While the app is currently available, the company says it is going through a phase of testing at Hosur in Bangalore and they expect to launch it in June. The pilot launch will be in Bangalore and will be subsequently available across states in India at a later stage.

Migros implements TE-FOOD for blockchain based food traceability
Migros, a retailer in Switzerland, implements TE-FOOD’s blockchain based traceability system for its fresh fruits & vegetables supply chains. The project provides an interesting case for food traceability, and aims to deliver significant value for Migros and its supply chain partners.

Although a growing number of food companies are launching traceability projects, many of them focus only on the marketing advantages by providing transparent food information to their consumers. However, food traceability can provide more value from easier product recalls to improved supply chain control.

Migros wants to achieve deeper supply chain insights to optimize its processes. Supply chain optimization can lead to quicker distribution and reduced food waste, which is also part of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) initiatives for the next years.

Fresh food suppliers of Migros already had the possibility to communicate traceability data from their legacy systems (ERP, Farm management) to Migros through a GS1 standards based API (EPCIS). Now this data collection method was extended to a B2B mobile app, a web app, and file upload possibility - with the assistance of TE-FOOD.

Traceability data, which is sent by the suppliers, is automatically transformed to GS1’s Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) format, and sent to Migros’ own EPCIS system. The system is aimed to be used internally, opening it up towards consumers is outside of the current project’s scope.