AgroFresh Solutions Implements FreshCloud™ Quality Inspection by Starr Ranch Growers to Combat Food Waste; Jake Gale, Joe Schwilke, and Kim Bui Comment
PHILADELPHIA, PA - As often said in business, you are only as good as the people supporting you. Luckily for Starr Ranch Growers, it has the partnership of AgroFresh to keep its food waste and supply chain insights top-notch. By adopting AgroFresh’s FreshCloud™ Quality Inspection, the company will digitally integrate its quality inspection efforts.
“Every one of our QC inspectors has enjoyed using the FreshCloud Quality Inspection. It’s user friendly and has made sharing data easier than ever,” said Jake Gale, Plant Manager at Starr Ranch. “The AgroFresh team listened to our needs and ideas and made our transition to the FreshCloud Quality Inspection a breeze. We now have a QC platform we can be proud of.”
The solution uses aggregated data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to sustainably address food waste reduction and derive supply chain insights through the FreshCloud digital platform, allowing for real-time decisions with live analytics. By grading produce through the integrated application, FreshCloud Quality Inspection uses real-time data to help customers make crucial decisions on produce quality, harvest timing, packing, storage, and market conditions.
According to a press release, before FreshCloud Quality Inspection, Starr Ranch Growers and its Custom Apple Packers warehouse conducted quality inspections manually, with almost no integration into larger platforms.
“Visibility to QC data has become much more streamlined and transparent, which has aided in faster decisions throughout the process,” said Joe Schwilke, Manager at Custom Apple Packers. “The AgroFresh team has been a pleasure to work with!”
A customized service approach allows AgroFresh to tailor its solutions and build long-standing relationships. Starr Ranch and AgroFresh have been working together on produce freshness since 2002.
“In the battle to protect produce against food loss and waste throughout the supply chain, which is facing more challenges than ever, customers have continued to look to and depend on AgroFresh for our innovative post-harvest solutions and direct high touch customer service model,” said Kim Bui, Global Head of FreshCloud Infrastructure and Analytics for AgroFresh. “Digital solutions like FreshCloud Quality Inspection require deep industry knowledge, and our team of industry experts work closely with our customers to digitize the quality inspection process and create new efficiencies that help maximize the quality of the world’s produce.”
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