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GRAPE TRACKING AND TRACEABIILITY SYSTEM
Grape quality control app for rapid grape quality testing, and completer grape packing business management. Consistent quality grapes, less waste. Easy grape packing; better traceability.
ATGA secures major pilot project on table grape traceability
The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) has secured a major innovative project to strengthen table grape traceability for high-value export markets.
ATGA and Agriculture Victoria will partner to lead the $650,000 project, funded by the Victorian Government from its Food to Market program.
The pilot – which commenced in June 2021 – will run for the duration of the 2021/22 table grape harvest season, and aims to build, diversify and protect exports by developing producer-to-consumer traceability.
Australia’s table grapes are the nation’s largest fresh horticulture export, valued at $800 million in total, with $623 million export product. Ninety per cent of Australia’s table grape exports are generated by Victorian producers and exporters, for a value of $562 million across 152,000 tonnes of table grape exports.
Table grape producers and exporters have a responsibility to maintain and elevate standards of safety and quality for consumers, to bolster export capacity in a changing global market.
Implementing new traceability systems, including labelling and integration with cool chain tracking, will help leverage the value of Australian export brands, previously impeded at times by limited product and cool chain traceability as fruit enters export countries.
Victorian Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas announced the $8.4 million first tranche of the program, which will see the ATGA – among 13 key industry and regional peak bodies – receive funding to support projects that will add value to food grown and processed in Victoria.
“The Food to Market program is an excellent example of how we are providing timely support to agribusinesses impacted by the pandemic, while capitalising on opportunities to expand into new markets over the longer term,” Minister Thomas said.
ATGA CEO Jeff Scott welcomed the pilot project, and said traceability was pivotal to reinforcing competitiveness in international markets.
“It is important that all growers embrace traceability of their product to ensure the link from the grower to the consumer gives confidence all the way through the supply chain of a high quality product and food safety,” Mr Scott said.
Fruit Master, a large Australian producer and exporter, will apply leading traceability technology and cool chain tracking to premium fruit brands and varieties across table grape exports this upcoming season.
Fruit Master export sales manager Christian Jones said Fruit Master growers invest significant time and money into developing premium products, and that utilising technologies which highlight that quality to their customers would be a vital step forward for industry.
“Traceability works as an extension of 12 months of hard work,” Mr Jones said. “Continuing to evolve this link enhances the supply chain and brings the consumer’s experience closer to the source.”
Technology provider Result Group will apply unique serialised GS1 Digital Link-enabled QR code labels to export table grapes, allowing the automated collection of data from farm and supply chain, which can be shared with consumers to authenticate the food’s precise origin and engage with the brand through an open platform smartphone scan.
The Active Digital Identity™ embedded in the QR code labels ensures each one is unique and traceable – an important innovation in combatting all manner of food fraud. Labels will also carry critical international traceability data, based on GS1 current standards, covering consumer pack units, cases and pallet codes, as well as time and temperature logging, which will be captured through the EVRYTHNG Product Cloud® database.
Result Group general manager Michael Dossor said they were “beyond excited and proud” to be the traceability technology provider for the program.
“We have assembled the world’s best technology and, with local talent, adapted it to make it right for the Australian produce sector,” Mr Dossor said.
“Consumers the world over are seeking transparency, while brands are seeking visibility into the journey of individual products from farm through supply chains to consumption.”
GS1 traceability standards will be incorporated into the pilot, enhancing the international compatibility of these supply chains for global exports.
GS1 Australia chief customer officer Marcel Sieira said GS1 was pleased to support traceability projects through advice on GS1 standards and labelling options.
“GS1 standards enable organisations to identify, capture and share information smoothly, creating a common language that underpins systems and processes all over the world,” Mr Sieira said.
The pilot project will run for the duration of the 2021/22 export season and conclude in January 2023.
The Victorian Government’s Food to Market program is a $15 million commitment to invest in the state’s agri-food supply chain.
Table grape exports up as traceability project gets green light
TRACKING: Table grape exports are surging upwards while a trial is planned for supply chain traceability technology within the crop.
A VICTORIAN fresh produce exporter has been granted more than $30,000 to trial its data logging technology in table grape exports.
It comes as figures show the table grape industry experienced a record-breaking year for exports.
AND Fresh Pty Ltd was awarded the grant money has part of the federal government's Traceability Grants Program.
The Mildura-based company will use $32,166 in funding to carry out its Frigga Technology trial.
AND Fresh has partnered with Frigga Tech to become the exclusive Australian and Australasia licensed dealer for Get Real Data Loggers powered by Frigga Tech.
Real Time Data Loggers allow full cold chain visibility with the user being in control of monitoring their goods.
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This can be for temperature sensitive goods and produce, humidity, shock and location status.
AND Fresh managing director, Allan Anderson, said the company was very happy to be named as a grant recipient.
He said it had growers and exporters lined up ready to begin the data logging trial when the table grape season kicks off next January.
"We'll be able to monitor the crop from when it is picked and packed, through to the cold room, freight, containers and to the end customer, identifying any weak points or even how robust the chain is," Mr Anderson said.
Proving supply chain security could potentially be a marketing tool for growers and exporters that embrace data technology.
With cases of produce piracy occuring in various markets around the world, the need for a provable data trail is becoming increasingly important.
"It's about showing authenticity in that the product is what it claims to be," Mr Anderson said.
Federal agriculture minister, David Littleproud, said the company the technology has the potential to boost export supply chain traceability of an industry worth over half a billion dollars.
"Traceability is about consumer trust and we know trust is an increasingly valuable currency in these challenging times," Mr Littleproud said.
"Building more awareness about just how safe and healthy Aussie produce means more opportunities to export and more dollars for our farmers.
"Frigga also has the potential to be rolled out in other industries such as red meat and mangoes.
"AND Fresh will trial the use of data loggers in a select number of table grape export shipments from harvest point to shop shelf along road, rail, and shipping networks.
"The loggers will capture location, temperature, humidity and light in real time."
Member for Mallee, Dr Anne Webster, said the technology will assist the identification of breaks in the cool chain and be able to detect if containers have been opened by the use of light sensors.
"Data will be available on a smartphone app showing graphs and maps in real time meaning farmers, transporters, freight forwarders, exporters and retailers can all access it," Dr Webster said.
"This is the technologically smart future of Australian agriculture, guaranteeing quality and surety of Australian Products around the world. Technology like this is driving us towards $100 billion by 2030."
The Traceability Grants Program will invest $7 million in grants over two rounds until June 2023.
Table grapes booming
FIGURES released by Hort Innovation show the Australian table grape industry achieved its highest ever export volume and value in FY20 with 152,200 tonnes valued at $622,947,485.
Hort Innovation head of international trade, Dr Penny Measham when looking at table grape export figures over the past three years, volume increased by 47 per cent, while value increased by 67pc."
China continues to drive export growth, taking up 42 of total exports by volume, increasing by 12 in volume and 25pc in value in FY20.
However, South Korea has had a record year with 152pc year-on-year growth in volume, and 951pc growth over the past two years.
The Philippines has also increased its share of exports with value increasing 29pc year-on-year.
AND Fresh's Allan Anderson, who grew table grapes himself for 25 years, said the industry, led by the Australian Table Grape Association, had done considerable work to open up and maintain new markets such as China and South Korea.
Ms Measham said Hort Innovation's Taste Australia campaign launched at the peak of the COVID-19 global outbreak, causing a change in direction for the program to become more digitally focused, with an upweighting to social media, e-commerce, use of influencers and digital advertising to reach consumers in their homes.
Hort Innovation general manager marketing and trade, Justine Coates said the table grape success was underpinned by the production of high-quality fruit, being able to export some product prior to significant global disruption and the ability to sea freight product.
"Many horticulture products are now facing into a peak period of export with reduced airfreight capacity due to COVID," she said.
TABLE GRAPE TRACEABILITY AUSTRALIA
Grape expectations: FRIGGA traceability tech potential
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, The Hon David Littleproud MP
Member for Mallee, Dr Anne Webster MP
Fresh Pty Ltd awarded grant to trial data logging tech across the table grape export supply chain.
Improved supply chain traceability will help enhance Australia’s status as one of the world’s most trusted sources of clean, green and safe produce.
In 2018-19 the export value of Australian table grapes was $555 million with more than 146,000 tonnes of fresh table grapes exported.
The Australian Government is supporting the trial of data logging technology to trace table grape shipments along the export supply chain from grower to the retailer.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said Mildura-based AND Fresh Pty Ltd will use $32,166 in Traceability Grants Program funding to carry out its FRIGGA Technology trial.
“This has the potential to boost export supply chain traceability of an industry worth over half a billion dollars,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Traceability is about consumer trust and we know trust is an increasingly valuable currency in these challenging times.
“Building more awareness about just how safe and healthy Aussie produce means more opportunities to export and more dollars for our farmers.
“FRIGGA also has the potential to be rolled out in other industries such as red meat and mangoes.
“AND Fresh will trial the use of data loggers in a select number of table grape export shipments from harvest point to shop shelf along road, rail, and shipping networks.
“The loggers will capture location, temperature, humidity and light in real time.”
The Member for Mallee, Dr Anne Webster said the technology will assist the identification of breaks in the cool chain and be able to detect if containers have been opened by the use of light sensors.
“Data will be available on a smartphone app showing graphs and maps in real time meaning farmers, transporters, freight forwarders, exporters and retailers can all access it,” Dr Webster said.
“This is the technologically smart future of Australian agriculture, guaranteeing quality and surety of Australian Products around the world. Technology like this is driving us towards $100 billion by 2030.”
TABLE GRAPE TRACEABILTY SYSTEM
Improving traceability and transparency of table grapes cold chain logistics by integrating WSN and correlation analysis
• Improving traceability and transparency integrating WSN and correlation analysis
• Monitored in actual aquatic cold chain between Xinjiang and Guangzhou in China.
• Critical temperatures in table grapes cold chain logistics were determined.
• Various quality parameters of table grapes were measured at critical temperature.
• Critical quality parameters of table grapes were determined and measured.
Effective and efficient measurement and determination of critical quality parameter(s) is the key to improve the traceability and transparency of the table grapes quality as well as the sustainability performance of the table grapes cold chain logistics, and ensure the table grapes quality and safety. This paper is to determine the critical quality parameter(s) in the cold chain logistics through the real time monitoring of the temperature fluctuation implemented with the Wireless Sensor Network (WSN), and the correlation analysis among the various quality parameters. The assessment was conducted through three experiments. Experiment I indicated that the temperature have a large fluctuation from 0 °C to 30 °C, and the critical temperatures could be determined as 0 °C, 5 °C, 10 °C, 15 °C, 20 °C, 25 °C and 30 °C. Experiment II described that the firmness and moisture loss rate, whose Pearson correlation coefficient with the sensory evaluation were all greater than 0.9 at the critical temperatures determined in Experiment I, could be the critical quality parameters. Experiment III illustrated that the critical quality parameters, firmness and moisture loss rate, could be reliable indicators of table grapes quality by the Arrhenius kinetic equation, and results showed that the evaluation model based on the firmness is better to predict the shelf life than that based on the moisture loss rate. The best quality table grapes could be provided for the consumers via the easily and directly tracing and controlling the critical quality parameters in real time in actual cold chain logistics.