How to protect the fresh food supply chain

The zipper chain of big publicity has gradually become a widely used mainstream technology. However, when you encounter a company that uses the Internet of Things Sensors and block chains to solve an agricultural issue, it is also a bit surprised. ZEST Labs creates a fresh food management solution that focuses on food quality, reduces waste, improving food safety, and use technology to achieve this.

They provide a holistic solution from growers to retailers. Use sensor-based technologies to help suppliers and retailers manage freshness and quality, as well as tracking and traceability. The core of this concept is that the usual 30% of the products are not properly processed, and it is difficult to distinguish them from other 70% qualified product. There is actually tens of millions of tons of agricultural product transport. You can’t check all the goods.

According to the Natural Resources Protection Committee (NRDC), the annual food waste is as high as $ 218 billion. The agricultural products picked on the same day are not all the same, nor does it necessarily have the same shelf life, depending on the humidity, field and storage temperature. This makes the best date a problem. In order to cope with this problem, Zest Labs launched a single freshness metric – ZiPR code – it can significantly improve freshness management decisions based on specific product types, growth locations, actual harvesting and processing conditions.

ZEST Fresh software uses patent methods and sensors to calculate ZIPR code for each tracking tray (bulk goods unit), based on actual freshness to ensure inventory and transport decision. Growers, retailers and restaurant bosses can benefit from smart routes, which means that agricultural products closer to the best date can be replaced earlier to closing locations earlier for primary processing or deep processing.

Test indicates that using ZEST FRESH and ZIPR code can reduce half a waste and significantly improve customer experience. This provides a continuous real-time visibility of product residual freshness, optimized the required goods on the shelf cycle through intelligent routes.

ZEST LABS said: “We have seen opportunities to help suppliers, because they can protect the freshness of the product, get the maximum quality can be paid. Imagine, if you can make your product different, you have a freshness Competitive advantages.”

ZEST LABS recently announced that they also provide free block chains for growers and consignors using the ZEST Fresh platform. The block chain adds a layer of security and trust to the entire fresh food supply chain, which creates real transparency of all the participants in the network.

ZEST Fresh uses its wireless termination sensor, intelligent access point, and secure ZEST cloud, using safe, certified data collection, quickly providing clients to the access of block chain technology. In addition, combined with intelligent prediction analysis, the value of the block chain can be expanded through the intelligent contract, and the intelligent contract can automatically recognize whether the fresh product meets the supply chain.

Most industries are considering how the zone chain is effectively applied to their operations, and food suppliers are particularly concerned, because the big company may eventually ask their supply chain partners to participate. This may mean that many growers are forced to use block chains, whether they like or not. Of course, the mandatory use of technology has also happened before, such as RFID, just before the big company enforced it, its application is successful, but smaller suppliers do not have an affordable RFID tag.

Although the block chain solves the problem of trust, it cannot replace the traditional IoT data processing and storage.

The ZEST Fresh platform is actually a data stream complex event processing system created in the IoT world, which is never possible to handle the block chain. But given the essence of the work made by the block chain, it creates a very interesting information sharing network opportunity to ensure the consistency of the supply chain.

As agriculture becomes more automated and interconnected, the block chain may become another commercial tool for farmers’ widespread use.