Though an added grower expense, Jackson said he hopes such traceback systems will in the long run help make a difference as to which shipper receive retail business.
While Jackson’s Farming this year is focusing on case-level traceability, Jackson said next year the grower-shipper, which also has production in Florida, plans to focus on item-level traceability.
Along with using its Famous Software, Fresno, Calif., Jackson’s Farming through adopting the FoodLogiQ system has added another computer workstation and printer to its current cantaloupe and watermelon packing operation.
FoodLogiQ is also working to provide case and item-level traceability for the 40 grower members of the Pittsboro, N.C.-based Eastern Carolina Organics, Farrell said.
Farrell said FoodLogiQ has experience in traceability in the canned vegetables and livestock industries.