Longwood, Fla.-based N2N Global plans to launch www.traceabilitysource.com on April 7, said Angela Paymard, company chairwoman.
“The site will be used to provide item-level traceability for both consumers and brand owners,” Paymard said. “Brand owners can log products, and consumers can trace products that belong to brand owners to the field.”
The service will be free but will require a registration, Paymard said.
N2N Global also now has incorporated PTI compliance and GS1 into its Knowledge Integrated Software Suite, Paymard said.
“The KISS suite is an enterprise resource planning — ERP — software, part of the software that runs the (company’s) operation,” Paymard said. “It incorporates the sales order processing for the sales department, accounting and checks in the accounting department and collects all spray records for the growers. It puts that into a single piece of software.”
The product is a result of a lot of time and work, Paymard said.
“When we take time to incorporate PTI into our software, that’s no small task,” she said.
N2N Global, which changed its name from KPG in March, is the first company in the industry to incorporate PTI compliance into its software, Paymard said.
In fact, the company will be helping one of its customers, Porterville, Calif.-based citrus packer Magnolia Citrus Association, toward that end, she said.
Traverse City, Mich.-based Cherry Central Cooperative has implemented N2N Global’s Food Safety Manager software, which is enabling the company to go completely paperless in becoming GS1-compliant, Paymard said.
“They are totally paperless now. There’s not another produce company in the country that can say that,” she said.
“Imagine going to Costco and finding those big boxes of papers,” Paymard said. “They go through about five boxes of paper a month. That’s an average grower with food safety compliance. You’ve got to give documents to USDA, your promotions board, your local compliance boards. Now, all that documentation is kept virtually.”
Cherry Central Cooperative is implementing the paperless system across its fresh, processed and bagged-vegetable operations, Paymard said.
Others will quickly follow the trend, Paymard said.
“You’ve got Wal-Mart and a lot of larger buyers that want sustainable business practices,” Paymard said. “Whether people are thinking about it or not, the issue has been forced because of what suppliers are demanding now.”