Sustainability audit demands and traceability requirements are rising for food processors as food distributors and retailers increasingly require more information on farming inputs, their impact and traceability of raw materials through the supply chain.
For Del Monte Foods, this requires a solution that allows for convenient in-field collection of data in specialty crop fields across the U.S., and the ability to connect with processing and warehouse systems to actualize data to support reporting, traceability and compliance needs.
Convenient, Mobile On-Farm Data Collection
Del Monte employs CropTrak as its platform for full-scale, on-farm data collection and tracking. CropTrak’s intuitive, map-centric platform works on mobile devices and disconnected, simplifying near real-time data collection regardless of field location. The platform allows users to easily customize how data is formatted to make better strategic business decisions and satisfy verification and reporting requirements.
Del Monte is taking advantage of these features to allow field personnel to collect data fast and easily to inform field selection at contracting and track yields when raw products are weighed at Del Monte’s processing facilities.
Improved Traceability, Reporting & Compliance
CropTrak is also working to link field data with Del Monte’s current processing and warehouse systems so recall or complaint concerns can be addressed immediately. Del Monte believes the resulting data will be the most comprehensive in the industry, allowing for seamless data transfers to address customer audits, sustainability reporting requirements and compliance requirements.
According to Del Monte, “Costco, Walmart and Sysco are all looking for documentation for sustainability and traceability initiatives. We are looking to CropTrak to provide the information in a functional format, while hoping to reduce time commitments involved in gathering data.”
Del Monte also sees CropTrak’s exclusive global insurance partnership with Sompo International, inclusive of ARMtech Insurance Services, as a way to help growers satisfy crop insurance compliance demands in the future. In addition, they are working with CropTrak to deploy an innovative Del Monte grower portal where all collected data is housed for convenient 24/7 access.
While CropTrak allows users to customize how data is collected and formatted to meet their unique business needs, it is easily deployed. The CropTrak platform requires no coding experience and offers ERP compatibility, which is often a welcome benefit for overburdened IT departments.
Built by innovative GIS software designers with a proven military design background, CropTrak leverages its history in delivering military solutions to offer industry-leading data security.
To learn more, visit https://www.croptrak.com