Cherry Central Turns to IBM to Ensure Food Safety for Consumers

With more than six billion cases of fruits and vegetables transported around the United States each year, there are many points throughout the supply chain at which food may be exposed to possible contamination. In fact, outbreaks of illnesses traced to food carry an annual price tag of $152 billion in our country alone.

Cherry Central is collaborating with IBM using analytics technology to track food items as they travel from the farm to supermarket shelves. Employees can tell where a jar of applesauce was produced, which orchard the apples were grown in, what processing plant was used, when it was processed, what temperature it was kept at and when it was delivered to the consumer.

Workers can use mobile devices to record where food is stored and when it’s moved, making communications reliable and instantaneous to notify customers on shipments and arm a small number of individuals to do a lot of complex tasks in the event of a recall.

Using IBM analytics technology, Cherry Central has improved productivity by 50 percent.

The Tech That Will Prevent The Next Big Foodborne Illness Outbreak | Fast Company
By tracking every step of the food production process, the next time people start getting sick from cantaloupes, it will be much easier to find which farms are clean, and which are responsible.
Food contamination has been in the news recently, and for good reason; at this moment, people in the U.S. are still getting sick from cantaloupe tainted with listeria. Every year, there are over 76 million food-related illnesses. And at least some of them could be prevented if suppliers used more comprehensive tracking systems.
Case in point: Using technology from IBM and food safety-technology company N2N Global, fruit and vegetable co-op Cherry Central can look at a bottle of its juice and tell you what oranges went into it, when the oranges were harvested, where they were harvested, who harvested them, where they were located through the entire process, when they were transported, what transport vehicle was used, and who the oranges were sent to. All of the data can be viewed and analyzed in real-time, courtesy of IBM’s analytics capabilities.
Every time a food product is moved or touched by someone new, supply chain data can be updated via mobile phone with information about date, time, location, temperature, and food safety compliance.

The Tech That Will Prevent The Next Big Foodborne Illness Outbreak | Fast Company

By tracking every step of the food production process, the next time people start getting sick from cantaloupes, it will be much easier to find which farms are clean, and which are responsible.

Food contamination has been in the news recently, and for good reason; at this moment, people in the U.S. are still getting sick from cantaloupe tainted with listeria. Every year, there are over 76 million food-related illnesses. And at least some of them could be prevented if suppliers used more comprehensive tracking systems.

Case in point: Using technology from IBM and food safety-technology company N2N Global, fruit and vegetable co-op Cherry Central can look at a bottle of its juice and tell you what oranges went into it, when the oranges were harvested, where they were harvested, who harvested them, where they were located through the entire process, when they were transported, what transport vehicle was used, and who the oranges were sent to. All of the data can be viewed and analyzed in real-time, courtesy of IBM’s analytics capabilities.

Every time a food product is moved or touched by someone new, supply chain data can be updated via mobile phone with information about date, time, location, temperature, and food safety compliance.