Redwood City, Calif.-based YottaMark Inc. — provider of the HarvestMark traceability platform — has been granted a patent on using traceability to make quality measurements in the perishables supply chain.

The new patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,825,516, covers a method for making a quality assessment of a product — perhaps in a grocery store or distribution center — and linking that assessment with information from a traceability code on the product packaging, according to a news release from the company.

“Quality and freshness is the currency of the perishable supply chain,” YottaMark chief executive officer Charlie Piper said in the release. “This patent demonstrates our commitment to innovation in traceability and building value-added solutions on that solid foundation.”

YottaMark has now been granted 23 U.S. patents, according to the release.