A new research project called BeefLedger has been launched by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) that aims to track beef from the paddock to the plate and fight food fraud.
Researchers found that many consumers have difficulty distinguishing the difference between foods labelled as "organic" and "non-genetically modified", with some viewing them as synonymous.
To simplify RFID integration across industrial environments, Turck has released two interface modules: the TBEN-S-RFID and TBEN-L-RFID.
With perishable food products, speed is crucial in every part of the supply chain, but this is often hindered through slow and complicated warehouse operations. Wearable technology company Picavi has sped up this process using smart glasses in order picking, and Weerts Supply Chain has utilised their technology.
Automated technology supplier Dematic has announced it will distribute Vuzix Smart Glasses in Australia and New Zealand.
In summer 2017, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) discovered that over 700,000 contaminated eggs from Dutch and Belgian farms were distributed to the UK. The final destination of each egg was unclear, so thousands of salads, sandwiches and other meals containing egg were recalled from supermarkets.
A new cold chain advocacy group has been established in Queensland to improve compliance and standards in the handling of food at all levels of the cold chain.
Carrefour and SGS, along with its two technology partners Transparency-One and Blippar, launched the Visual Trust Initiative which produces in-depth supply chain information.
The National Product Catalogue is GS1 Australia's data synchronisation solution that helps businesses exchange standardised supply chain data including product details, pricing and marketing-related information with their trading partners. Started in 1997, the service has just welcomed its 2000th registration.
A new blockchain collaboration has been formed to help reduce the number of people falling ill due to contaminated food every year.
Honeywell's Connected Freight technology gives shippers and logistics companies the ability to monitor shipments of high-value and perishable goods, helping prevent costly damage and loss.
With indications that the added value in the food supply chain is not adequately distributed across all levels of the chain, the European Commission has launched an EU-wide public consultation on how to make the EU food supply chain fairer. Should we be doing likewise?
RFID technology does not require any contact to detect objects with electronic information tags, speeding up a variety of processes in production, logistics and retail. In cases that require high levels of object identification accuracy, a high-performance antenna is needed that is capable of capturing the information stored on the RFID transponders at any time.
The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has launched ePIF, which enables food and beverage companies to track product information across its entire value chain.
A prevailing trend in the cold chain is the focus on quality and product sensitivity. With an increase in demand for premium products, shippers must maintain the integrity of these loads.