September 23, 2014
HarvestMark Awarded Patent for Enhancing Quality Management of Perishables
Creator of HarvestMark food traceability and insights platform receives 23rd patent related to monitoring the supply chain
HarvestMark Inc., provider of HarvestMark, the industry-leading fresh food traceability and insights platform, announced today it has been granted an important patent on using traceability to make quality measurement more meaningful and actionable in the food supply chain.
The new patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,825,516, covers a method for making a quality assessment of a product – for example in a Distribution Center or grocery store – and associating that assessment with information from a traceability code on the product packaging. The invention covered by this patent has been incorporated into a quality management solution that has conducted hundreds of thousands of produce inspections to date, worldwide.
As retailers and their customers increasingly demand better quality fresh food and the industry implements traceability, this invention represents a crucial solution for gaining actionable visibility to the supply chain.
“Quality and freshness is the currency of the perishable supply chain. This patent demonstrates our commitment to innovation in traceability and building value-added solutions on that solid foundation,” said HarvestMark CEO Charlie Piper. “Many leading produce companies and grocery retailers are looking for ways to increase margin and grow sales. We’re proud that HarvestMark solutions are supporting quality initiatives that are delivering results to suppliers, retailers and consumers worldwide.”
Retailers and shippers globally now use the company’s HarvestMark Insights platform for gathering data from the produce supply chain and analyzing it to take action. With the ‘516 patent, HarvestMark continues to demonstrate technology leadership in the industry, with twenty-three U.S. patents now granted.
HarvestMark, Inc. provides innovative data solutions to the food industry. HarvestMark® is the industry-leading fresh food insights and traceability platform from HarvestMark. HarvestMark delivers transparency and unmatched insights for the fresh supply chain that drive sales and profit. The HarvestMark brand provides food recommendations to shoppers based on their personal health and wellness profile, and provides suppliers with analytics to better understand shopper behavior. For more information about HarvestMark, Inc. visit www.Trimble.com or call us at call 1-866-76-TRUST (or +1.650.264.6200).