FRESH PRODUCE BLOCKCHAIN

Farmsoft uses the CHAIN-TRACE (TM) blockchain, created for fresh produce suppliers to protect their IP, and prove providence of their fresh produce while sharing only information they choose, with minimal cost. 

To use CHAIN-TRACE, suppliers do not need to buy new software, hardware, consulting, training, or need configure anything.

Simplicity, trust, traceability. 

Easy for Suppliers of fresh produce

Using your chosen CHAIN-TRACE blockchain enabled solution, automatically include QR code on your choice of BOL, Invoice, case, pallet labels.  Share only the information you want to share.

Purchasers of fresh produce

Scan the QR for instant verification and traceability details. No username or password, no app required, no registration.  (view sample Purchaser verification result)

End Consumers of fresh produce

Scan the QR on the End Consumer unit for instant access to the Suppliers chosen traceability and marketing information, provide product feedback.  (view sample End Consumer verification result)

How CHAIN-TRACE works...

1

Supplier data packaged

Traceability file prepared based on a batch or invoice (or other supply chain data) by vendor software & sent to CHAIN-TRACE API (can contain any data).

2

New blockchain record

CHAIN-TRACE encrypts and stores file (off-chain), new blockchain record contains supplier, product(if singular), record type, file hash & name.

3

Purchaser or end consumer verification 

End consumers can verify & access data through web portal (enter a code), or by scanning QR (verification performed by multiple nodes). Vendor's client determines which data is returned for Purchaser or EC.

Historical retention

Blockchain records and associated file packages are purged after 4 years; as per food traceability requirements.

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The traceability package (file) is stored off chain, the hash is stored in the chain to perform verification that the stored file matches the chain record, the file is unstructured may contain unlimited files, file formats (DOC, PDF, XLS, JPG etc) shipping documents, invoices, batch traceability / recall data, supplier details, verifications, quality control tests, lab tests etc. Enclosing a PDF file will resulting in it being displayed directly within the CHAIN-TRACE web portal. The file contents is chosen at the discretion of the Supplier and vendor software to allow complete flexibility and freedom of choice of data being shared on the blockchain. HTML contents are forbidden and will be rejected if added to the network.

Software vendors may not charge additional fees to allow their clients to use CHAIN-TRACE blockchain and are expected to add the API functionality to their software in a manner that does not require the Producer to perform additional configuration or training. Single file size limit 200k, additional storage available POA.

Fresh produce blockchain traceability app & QR codes:  Farmsoft uses the CHAIN-TRACE fresh produce blockchain.

Fresh produce blockchain traceability packing brochures:  [Fresh produce blockchain traceability packing]     [Farm management]      [RFID]

Fresh produce blockchain traceability app.

Software app for Fresh produce packing: grading, sorting, and processing. Includes export, wholesale, and full packing management app. Built around traceability & recalls: bar-code inventory, B2B Customer Portal, Shop front, FARM MANAGEMENT OPTION and more... Farmsoft provides complete management for onion packing, broccoli packing, citrus packing, pepper packing, tomato packing, avocado packing, potato packing. Salad packing, Loose leaf lettuce and other fresh produce such as spinach, rucola, chicory, watercress. Cucumber packing. Citrus packing app for lemon, orange, mandarin, tangerine, clementine. Asparagus packing. Onion inventory & storage. Potato inventory storage app. Potato traceability app for better packing & logistics. Onion traceability management. Tomato traceability for food safety. Print fresh produce blockchain QR codes. Pepper & capsicum traceability app reduces pepper waste. Broccoli traceability app for easy recalls and audits. Carrot traceability app for better inventory and less waste. Manage salad traceability during the salad mixing and packing process. Leafy greens traceability app full business management packing & processing of kale, microgreens, collard greens, spinach, cabbage, beet, watercress, romaine lettuce, swiss chard, arugula, rukola, endive, bok choy, turnip greens.  

Inventory traceability

Manage incoming Fresh produce blockchain traceability inventory & storage inventory, capture supplier details, traceability and costs (optionally capture on PO in advance), create inventory & pallet labels, record storage location of inventory.  Automatic inventory audit trail and tracking.  Unlimited inventory items. Bar-code inventory management.

Stock-take traceability

Perform stock-takes any time by category or storage location.  Know how much onion inventory you have in real time, even search by storage location.  Report by product line and storage location, or product category. 

OPTION:
FARM Management

Full farm record keeping, activity management, best practices, budgeting, time-sheets, machinery costs, inventory, cherry farm traceability, PHI/WHP management, and more... 

Sales, shipping,  order traceability

Print pick sheet to pick Tomato traceability inventory & storage orders manually, or scan inventory / pallets onto orders, or auto select inventory,  or rapidly sell without an order.  Track paid, and unpaid invoices.  Attach documents to invoices / photos of outgoing shipments.

Traceability & recalls

Instant mock recalls both up and down the supply chain using keys based on supplier lot/batch, supplier name, delivery date, invoice #, inventory #, pallet #, customer reference, order # and more...  Reduces fresh produce food safety compliance costs and makes audits easy.

Invoices, BOL, labels for pallets & inventory traceability

Choose from a gallery of invoices, bill of lading, freight notes, and industry standard fresh produce labels including Walmart, Tesco, Aldi, Coles, Pick 'n Save, Woolworths and more...

Batch packing traceability 

Record all batch inputs such as fruit & vegetables, packaging materials, and other raw materials.  Batch costs automatically tracked.  Batch recalls automatically track suppliers & traceability.

Logistics traceability

View open orders & balances. Assign orders to specific staff for picking, assign to trucks / driver, transport company.  Set loading order for multiple orders on one truck.  See when orders are ready shipped and print bill of lading, export documents, and invoices. 

Quality control

Perform QC tests for incoming pepper inventory, packed, pre-shipping. Configure QC tests for ANYTHING you want to test, supplier quality control tracking.  Attach unlimited photos & documents to QC tests from your cell or tablet.  

Price lists

Manage prices that will be used when a customer order is recorded.  Set up price lists for specials, specific products & customers or promotions.  

Dashboards

Profit:  Analyze profit of each onion line, variety, and even track individual customer profit, and batch level cost & profit.  Sales:  Monitor sales progress & shipments.  Quality:  supplier performance & more...

More...

Auto shipment and sale alerts to customers.  Configure BOM, packing / manufacturing processes, special rules to control the processes in your business (your consultant will do this for you).   

Value adding

For food service and processors:  specify the ingredients for each product you manufacture, farmsoft will calculate required quantities to fill open orders and schedule the batch.  Automatic creation of inventory outputs.  All ingredients and inputs are costed.

Unlimited sites & warehouses

Create multiple sites, specify which sites each employee can view (this restricts inventory, orders, invoices etc to selected sites).  Great for businesses with multiple locations across the country or planet.

Global traceability standards

Farmsoft supports global traceability standards such as GS1 Global Traceability Standard,  

Purchase orders

Order raw materials, packaging materials and more from suppliers.  Analyze orders and prices using Purchases dashboard. 

Re-order alerts

Receive alerts when inventory needs to be reordered, analyze inventory that will need ordering in the future, and inventory that is approaching expiry...


Finance apps

Integrate with Xero finance, or export invoices (AR) and Purchase Orders (AP) to your chosen finance app like MYOB, Quickbooks, , FreshBooks, Wave, SaasAnt, SAGE and others...

Reduce Fresh produce blockchain waste by 99%

Inventory control ensures there is no 'shrinkage', fresh produce inventory is FIFO managed, and expiring inventory always monitored, with automatic traceability being enforced at all times.

Reduce Fresh produce blockchain traceability administration time by 60%

Automatic traceability & paperwork, labels (case and pallet) and reporting reduces the burden on administration teams and saves everyone's time.

Rapid & consistent Fresh produce blockchain  quality control

Quality control and food safety has never been easier with industry standard quality tests, food safety checklists; or configure your own tests.  Enhanced post harvest traceability.

100% accurate orders, 100% accurate traceability!

Guarantee only the correct inventory is shipped for each order, on time, every time.  Simple traceability solution.

Easy Fresh produce blockchain traceability

Perform instant mock recalls and audits at any time, from anywhere. No need to compile reports or search for documents. International food safety traceability standards maintained.

Reduce Fresh produce blockchain traceability overheads by 40%

Automated management of traceability tasks saves operational teams time recording traceability information. 

Faster Fresh produce blockchain inventory & traceability

Know exactly which inventory is available, where it is, and when it expires:  any-time, anywhere.  Bar-code tracked inventory is fast and accurate.

100% accurate Fresh produce blockchain production

Rapidly assign customer orders to production batches, line & inventory managers receive instant alerts.  Manufacture / pack the exact quantity required for each order. 

Blockchain for fresh produce traceability
Ask your farmsoft consultant if your chosen block-chain protocol or format is supported.

Blockchain – Essential for Fresh Produce Traceability
Blockchain for fresh produce traceability
Blockchain for fresh produce traceability
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Season will work out the price of splits from the whole price of the product and can add on price uplifts for splitting. France intensifies controls to determine traceability of Spanish fruit 100% traceability across the industry will be accomplished much easier and with greater success if the industry agrees on a single standard for the information required to be tracked and shared during a trace-back.

This in an important development and will impact retailers both locally and internationally. SPAIN. Spanish fruit and vegetable producers have still not recovered from the “cucumber crisis” in the summer of 2011, which caused a sharp decline in exports. Working with all supply chain stakeholders including the local traders and smallholders on FFB traceability.

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‍Block-chain for fresh produce:
Blockchain offers a range of benefits for the fresh produce industry. It promises greater transparency and traceability in supply chains; implicating improved productivity and greater food safety. By providing logistical insight, and increased control over produce; block-chain could help fresh produce businesses reduce costs, scale production, and invest in focused growth.

Block-chain bar-codes for fresh produce:
Checkout farmsoft's "block-chain bar-code" feature: apply a block-chain bar-code to your trade units and allow customers to scan the bar-code to instantly access the block-chain for traceability purposes, creating fantastic transparency and customer confidence.

What is block-chain in fresh produce?
In short, block-chain is a digital platform that records transactions in a verifiable, and permanent way. As a transaction occurs it is recorded on a shared ledger. The shared ledger is distributed across the entire ‘chain’ (of users), meaning the data is distributed and stored instantaneously across the network. This means that a transaction can be trusted as its details are verified by the network at large.

With block-chain, the movement of fresh produce is recorded at each hand-off. If, for example, a container of avocados are loaded for transit, the handler will log key data; such as location, time and provenance. As every handler will enter this data, every item will have a full, traceable history with records at every point of its journey from farm to store. This data can be shared to designated participants in the block-chain, and helps build consensus.

blockchain fresh produce traceability
blockchain fresh produce traceability
How will block-chain impact fresh produce businesses?
Blockchain will benefit growers, pickers, and packers by making them more efficient. For fresh produce businesses, this could mean speedier, more reliable supply chains - helping them to improve customer loyalty and maximize sales.

“Fresh produce can spend 50% of its life in transit.”
- Logistics Bureau
The longer fresh produce spends in transit, the greater the risk of defects such as discoloration and food-browning. Block-chain could provide an answer.

Traceability
With access to data charting the journey of fresh produce, growers can utilize data stored on the block-chain to identify slow-moving items or produce that lays dormant before collection. Moreover, being able to map supply lines could open the door to potential pooling opportunities, or to previously unknown routes.

It will also allow suppliers to manage demand more effectively. The very same data could be manipulated to identify issues such as overstocking or stock-outs will help ensure resources are utilized optimally and reduce the likelihood of wasted journeys or unnecessary loads.

blockchain fresh produce traceability
block-chain fresh produce traceability
The technology will also reduce admin-overheads by automating documentation. Vital information - such as bill of lading, invoices and certificates - will be shared via the block-chain. This allows for quick hand-offs and decreases the likelihood of timely mistakes.

Ultimately, greater traceability and efficiency will make for quicker, more reliable supply chains - helping suppliers to improve relationships with retailers, and maximize profits.

With block-chain, suppliers are able to improve the safety and quality of produce.

Smart Contracts
While time and distance certainly affect the freshness of produce, variable conditions are another potential problem. Fresh goods are sensitive to temperature fluctuations and highly susceptible to contamination.

With block-chain, suppliers are able to implement smart contracts, which helps maximize freshness. A smart contract digitally facilitates, verifies, or enforces contract terms via the block-chain. Users can personalize a smart contract to suit their needs; a fresh food supplier might, for example, ascribe a temperature limit to fresh produce containers.

With an RFID sensor suppliers are able to track the temperature and humidity of conditions at each link in the supply chain. This gives suppliers access to historical data relaying conditions from an origin, through warehouses and carriers, all the way to the store.

With an RFID sensor, suppliers will be able to tell if a smart contract has been broken instantly. If, for example, the temperature of a container arrives in store above a prescribed temperature limit, suppliers will know and might penalize the previous carrier. This way, the root cause of defects can be identified and resolved quickly. This will help reduce the loss of produce as it moves through the supply chain.

blockchain fresh produce traceability
block-chain fresh produce traceability
The RFID sensor will make each handler accountable to the next, and an attached smart contract will ensure handlers comply with the requirements stipulated by growers. This helps decrease waste without any need for a costly enforcement strategy. The ability to maintain produce as it moves along the supply chain will improve the quality of goods, meaning suppliers generate more value and increase profits.

Block-chain will allow for greater logistical and operational capacity; enabling suppliers to build efficiency, trust, and reliability into the foundation of their business. With the fundamentals covered, fresh produce businesses can scale-up and maximize gains.





Fresh produce block-chain for fruit & vegetable traceability & supply chain transparency


OPEN SOURCE TRACEABILITY
Introducing Hyperledger, the open source Linux Foundation managed block-chain collaborative effort to advance cross industry block-chain technologies. Hyperledger has the ultimate goal to create an open, standardized enterprise quality distributed ledger framework.

Blockchain technology drives growth in the fresh food industry
Radical transparency delivers insights across the blockchain food value chain
Evolving technologies are spurring collaboration, partnerships, investment, and new opportunities to improve product quality and reduce food waste. Our latest report offers unique insights into blockchain food innovations and their effect on this rapidly growing market.

Radical transparency and renewed trust
Blockchain technology is establishing new forms of trust across the food industry supply chain while promising better quality food for end consumers. How? Radical transparency.

Radical transparency via blockchain technology offers food producers, distributors, and retailers detailed insights and data about fresh produce as it makes its way from seed to sale. The blockchain food value chain has the potential to deliver new benefits to the fresh food industry. With radical transparency:

Global food supply chains that struggle with fraud, corruption, false claims, and gray-market trading can verify freshness, improve traceability, and re-capture consumer confidence
Buyers challenged by previous market inefficiencies and missing information can modify their purchasing decisions based on more relevant, up-to-date product characteristics informed by blockchain food insights
Growers, distributors, and 3PLs can identify root cause quality failures early on and avoid repercussions.
The emerging blockchain economy for food Download the report
Partnerships, co-investments, and virtual vertical integration
While supplier and customer collaboration, such as joint business planning, are not new concepts in the grocery industry, more granular information sharing, progress tracking, and benefit measurement have proved challenging for partners. With blockchain food technology, concepts such as freshness-based contracts, rather than quantity-based contracts, have the potential to overcome those challenges. More trusted information helps align value chain compensation on attributes that are most relevant to consumers. This approach allows partners to share freshness KPIs, from Internet of Things sensors, and develop new grading and pricing guidelines, prior to transactions occurring. This creates win-win solutions for the entire blockchain food value chain, as buyers can now source and pay based on quality.

Similar capabilities would enable retailers to identify suboptimal cold chain performance from their suppliers, for example, and co-invest in shared mobile cooling units to improve product quality during peak seasons when suppliers suffer from inadequate precooling throughput.

Virtual vertical integration could also create opportunities for organisations to exert control through compliance and incentives, in a similar way to vertical integration, without having to take operational control.

New business models based on radical transparency
These new blockchain solutions can reduce market inefficiencies to create more value and reduce the food waste that was once considered a cost of doing business. As a result, industry partners will be able to reduce total industry costs and create new sources of value. New market entrants could offer:

freshness management services,
product-buyer matching, and
digitally-defined industry performance standards.

Exploring the Implications of Blockchain Technology in Fresh Produce
Oct 13, 2021 John McCurdy
Food and BeverageERPAptean Food & Beverage ERPFresh Produce & FarmingData ManagementSupply ChainTraceabilityBlockchain
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While blockchain technology first broke into the public consciousness with the financial success of Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies, new applications for this emergent platform are now being developed and implemented in industries like food and beverage. The implications are particularly significant for the fresh produce sector, where time is of the essence and food safety is a primary concern.

Adoption is increasing rapidly, with more than 20% of the top global companies having committed to deploying blockchain solutions by 2025 and leaders such as Kraft Heinz, Tyson and Nestlé already on board. The technology can unlock improvement across operational functions and represents a significant step forward in supply chain management capabilities.

Here, we’ll examine two key characteristics of blockchain technology and their impacts on critical concerns for fresh produce businesses.

A Single Secure Ledger Improves Traceability, Efficiency and Inventory Management
As a fully digital platform for information exchange that updates in real time, blockchain technology’s unified and completely secure ledger facilitates the creation of an uncompromisingly accurate and resilient supply chain. Considering how many aspects of food and beverage operations rest on the integrity and accessibility of data, there are several areas in which this can have a positive impact.

First, there’s traceability, which is improved by blockchain through the use of automatic information collection and end-to-end visibility. When the process of record-keeping is entrusted to devices built for that purpose and all partners along the supply chain share the same record, the accuracy and accessibility of your facts and figures can be assured.

Industry leaders are eager to unlock these advantages, as evidenced by 22% of respondents indicating that traceability via blockchain will be a priority in the coming year according to IDC’s Global Food and Beverage Trends and Strategic Insights 2021 commissioned by Aptean.

Inventory management efforts can also benefit from the implementation of blockchain management. Because material and product details are logged every step of the way and automatically imported upon receipt via the scanning of a smart label, your fresh produce business will always know exactly what’s in stock, what’s in transit and what needs to be ordered or shipped.

One final facet of fresh produce businesses that stands to gain from the deployment of blockchain solutions is efficiency. With your staff relieved of the responsibility of manual reporting processes, they can spend less time on paperwork and more on important production-related tasks that affect output and revenue.

Smart Contracts Ensure Optimal Food Quality and Customer Satisfaction
Blockchain technology can also help ensure excellent product quality and consumer experience by utilizing smart contracts. These are digital implementations of agreements between businesses with regards to the storage conditions and critical characteristics of fresh produce.

RFID sensors synced with the unified blockchain ledger allow for automatic readings of temperature, humidity and other factors important to preserving fruit and vegetable freshness. That way, your organization will know if your predetermined requirements aren’t met by suppliers or transport providers, helping you weed out items that aren’t fit for store shelves and foodservice deliveries and thereby protecting brand reputation.

You’ll be able to rest easy with that level of transparency, knowing that your products are handled with due care. Such a setup also encourages accountability between supply chain partners, which can lead to reduced waste from spoiled goods and botched shipments. As a result, your operations are both more profitable and more sustainable.