Dec 8, 2020AgroFresh expands rollout of agtech innovation with Australian fruit grower, Montague
AgroFresh Solutions Inc. announced Dec. 8 that Montague, one of Australia’s largest fruit growers, will utilize FreshCloud Quality Inspection to drive a comprehensive transformation of its entire quality system and decision-making for the management of fresh produce.
FreshCloud Quality Inspection is AgroFresh’s proprietary cloud-based mobile quality management service that digitizes the formerly manual quality control process by capturing, organizing and analyzing quality metrics in real time.
According to a news release, the service combines digital information from many different physical and digital sources and locations, including analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. These features allow growers, packers, shippers and retailers to drive accuracy and consistency across their operations. Montague’s adoption follows a series of successes with North American produce operators resulting in enhanced fruit quality and freshness.
“As an agriculture technology innovator and fresh produce industry leader, our mission is to provide the global supply chain with solutions that increase efficiencies, improve operations, deliver high-quality produce and reduce food waste,” said AgroFresh CEO Jordi Ferre. “The adoption of FreshCloud Quality Inspection by a global leader such as Montague is evidence of that mission, as this service equips our customers with intelligent visibility, allowing them to be at the forefront of quality decision making that curtails waste and helps to enhance consumer satisfaction.”
In making our decision, we were impressed with how AgroFresh combines extensive postharvest expertise with cutting edge digital technology capabilities. We are excited to collaborate with their global teams, and look forward to the significant advantages that FreshCloud Quality Inspection will bring across all facets of our operations, said Rowan Little, Chief Innovation Officer, Montague. â€œWe expect numerous benefits throughout our entire quality system, including growing, harvesting, storing, packing and selling.
The FreshCloud digital service platform is backed by AgroFresh’s more than 20 years of post-harvest expertise. AgroFresh developed FreshCloud Quality Inspection to better match fresh produce quality to customer demand and favorable revenue opportunities for all stakeholders in the fresh produce supply chain.
This powerful service streamlines quality assessment workflows by centrally configuring, managing and reporting on product performance to help customers apply excellent quality standards for fresh produce across the supply chain. The cloud-based service offers automated, end-to-end quality control capabilities that facilitate fast, objective, and consistent fresh fruit and vegetable quality management.
Operators will gain real-time visibility, insights and imagery that allow their teams to access the latest checking standards and digitally capture their findings to identify accurate quality metrics and compare performance across various crops, regions, locations and markets. FreshCloud Quality Inspection enables users to reduce testing time by 80% and increase sample frequency.
An introduction to FreshCloud Quality Inspection is available in this video.
AgroFresh continues to innovate and expand its portfolio of solutions to help the produce industry make decisions based on fact-based data and powerful analytics. For more information, visit the AgroFresh website or contact your local AgroFresh representative.
AgroFresh (Nasdaq: AGFS) is a leading agtech innovator and provider of science-based solutions, data-driven technologies and experience-backed services to enhance the quality and extend the shelf life of fresh produce. For more than 20 years, AgroFresh has been revolutionizing the apple industry and has launched new innovative solutions in a variety of fresh produce categories from bananas to cherries and citrus to pears. AgroFresh supports growers, packers and retailers by providing near- and post-harvest solutions across the industry to enhance crop values while conserving our planet’s resources and reducing global food waste. Visit agrofresh.com to learn more.
Montague, one of Australia’s largest fruit growers, has established itself as a leader in the fresh fruit industry through a history and series of innovative programs and developments influenced by international partners and a passion for high-quality fresh fruit production. The family-owned business was founded in 1948 and has been growing fruit for three generations. Montague’s integrated operations include fruit growing, production and packing, food sales and marketing and the provision of storage and logistics services for the fresh produce industry. The Montague team and their network of national and global horticulture partners are dedicated to innovation in the horticulture industry and educating consumers about the world of fresh produce. Visit www.montague.com.au to learn more.