Solutions for a sustainable fruit and vegetables industry
Nowadays most seasonal fruit & vegetables are available all year round. Grapes bought at the supermarket come one week from Chile and the next week from Egypt, for example. Fruit & vegetable supply chains are focused on ensuring short time to market. Regulations on fruit & vegetables are strict and all measures are taken to ensure food safety. This includes better communication along supply chains on residue testing, predicting shelf life and full traceability to create a sustainable fruit and vegetables industry.
Another increasing challenge is related to a more sustainable and secure supplier structure. The environmental impact of the fruit & vegetable supply chain lies mainly at the beginning of the supply chain, namely the plantations. The use of pesticides, herbicides, soil erosion and water usage are some of the environmental impacts. Reducing the use of pesticides, for example, serves a dual purpose, as it also reduces the maximum residue levels when exporting to Europe.
Challenges in creating a sustainable fruit and vegetable industry:
- Complying with maximum residue levels (MRLs)
- Pressure of time to market
- Volatile supply and demand
- Managing many suppliers and plantations
- Quality issues
- Low prices for fruit & vegetables
Sustainable fruit and vegetable industry:
ChainPoint offers multiple solutions for a sustainable fruit and vegetable industry. Our standard solutions for traceability, supplier management, audit management and analytics are used to improve quality along sustainable fruit and vegetables supply chains. ChainPoint allows valuable data to be collected along the chain, giving insight into the supply chain and offering options for cost savings and risk reductions. In addition to our standard solutions, ChainPoint has developed two industry-specific solutions: FreshPoint and Sophy.
Residue monitoring for safe fruit and vegetables supply chains
Fruit and vegetables from around the world are distributed and sold to millions of European households on a daily basis. To ensure the quality and safety of these products – and thus safeguard the well-being of consumers – importers and wholesalers have to verify if products contain residues of forbidden substances or if any residues of pesticides, additives, environmental toxicants or microbiological contaminations exceed the maximum limits. Download our information package on Fresh.Point, our fruit & vegetable residue monitoring platform, to improve efficiency and reduce risks.