When there’s an outbreak of a food-borne illness numerous teams from numerous agencies jump into action.
When I had filled out the application process for an internship at Procurant I didn’t realize how complex the produce industry was.
Two of the most hyped technologies that supply chain professionals constantly hear about are the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and blockchain. It is becoming increasingly clear that they are destined to be together.
Procurant recently completed and released our first major software product, called ProcurantOne. It got me thinking about the effort, coordination and focus that has been required to reach this milestone.
Change, it’s a real pain the you-know-what. When it comes to technology and the fresh produce industry, a real problem. Technology and the fast moving fresh food business have such a love-hate relationship.
At a National Food Safety Summit in Baltimore in 2014, 216 attendees shared a tainted chicken marsala dish at lunch and became sick. Oh the irony!
In the old days, the inventory tracking of fresh produce was easy. Count the boxes, record the totals and put the product away. Prior to the 1990’s, inventory tracking by grower-shippers was a secondary concern.
As consumers, we generally assume the food we buy is safe to eat. Behind the scenes, making it so, involves an army of people constantly learning, be it from improved science or from audits or, unfortunately, from actual outbreaks.
Certain things jump out about food industry events that make them unique and much different than anything you’ll find in the pure tech space.
Supply chain traceability for fresh fruits and vegetables has come a long way, but it still has a long way to go.