From product updates, new releases, and the latest news in fresh produce QC, down to tips and tricks for getting the most out of your fruit and vegetable supply chain, the Clarifruit blog is the quickest way to make sure you're in the know. Remember, you heard it here first.
Food waste is an enormous problem worldwide, with the United Nations reporting that nearly half of all fruits and vegetables are wasted each year, making this category the most wasted food item in the world. What’s causing all of this loss, and how can automated Quality Contol (QC) make the difference?
When it comes to the fresh fruits and vegetables value chain, stakeholders will regularly find themselves standing on opposite sides of the table. After all, buyers gotta buy and sellers gotta sell! These goals should be complementary, and yet there’s a lot of friction between the two parties. What’s causing all the conflict? A seemingly simple language barrier, and it’s all centered around quality control.
It’s the start of blueberry harvest season, and we’re here for it! As blueberry production grows in leaps and bounds, stakeholders across the supply chain are looking to improve the ratio of fresh blueberries to other forms, as fresh berries can fetch double to triple the market value of those which have been processed. In this blog post, we explore how the blueberry industry can improve its quality control processes through automation, big data and Artificial Intelligence.
Separating Quality Grading from the QC Process – a Game Changer for Fresh Produce Supply Chain Management
One of the most pressing issues in the fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain industry is the lack of a common language. Each customer provides a comprehensive list of instructions for anything from color, shape and size to Brix levels and defect tolerances. This PDF can be twenty pages long, and an average marketing company or wholesaler’s customer list could include anywhere from 50-100 customers. One customer’s A-standard is another customer’s C-standard. When we built the Clarifruit platform, we kept all of this in mind and created a smart solution that allows businesses to sidestep the complexity of multiple languages. Here’s how it works.
Agriculture and farming are believed to be the world’s oldest professions, but are your processes for quality control living in the stone age? We take a look at the traditional methods still in place for some of the largest companies in the world, and how innovators are using the latest technologies to digitize and modernize to reduce waste and drive up revenues.
Retailers are receiving a lot of merchandise and obviously, the consumer will not buy everything. When we drill down into fresh produce specifically, around 12% of fruit and 11.5% of vegetables arrive at the grocery store and are never sold, which translates into a serious hit for retailers’ bottom line. So how can technology help the savvy retailer get ahead?
It’s been an amazing year at Clarifruit! As we start 2022, we wanted to take a moment to discuss the shift that we’ve seen in the fresh fruits and vegetable supply chain this year, and the trends that will continue to drive these changes in the upcoming months.
When it comes to enabling digitization for fresh produce quality assurance processes, some features are easier to understand than others. Automation immediately makes sense to our customers – freeing up time from manual and repetitive tasks. However, mobile-enabled? This one sometimes needs a little more explanation. Let’s break down why mobile is such an essential differentiator in the Clarifruit tool-belt, and why it truly democratizes the process for quality control of fresh fruit and vegetables at every stage.
By automating fresh produce quality control processes and structuring the resulting data, Clarifruit helps companies move into the era of Big Data. Learn how you can use our solution to share your information internally or externally at any time, filter, report and use data mining to get the value that’s lying dormant in the data you’re collecting each and every day.
When we started Clarifruit, we were leading the way with a brand-new vision for digitizing and automating the quality control process for fresh fruits and vegetables. We could see the potential for our technology – the first of its kind. Over the past few years, the market has shifted. The benefits are now being realized by many customers across the US, Europe, LatAm and Asia, and we no longer need to introduce prospects to the potential of Clarifruit. We can show customers by the numbers what they often know already – that automating their QC process has a measurable impact on their bottom line.
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