iFoodDecisionSciences recently announced the addition of Vic Smith, CEO of JV Smith Company, as the newest addition to its board. The organization continues to partner with companies across the produce industry, providing a comprehensive Food Safety and Quality software platform that empowers their clients with visibility into their operation’s performance from anywhere and on any device, which has been particularly valuable in today’s unique climate. Additionally, iFood equips companies with the ability to capture critical data, enable real-time process controls, track trends, and implement food safety solutions that advance continuous improvement. Inteligistics is deploying a new, simple system for monitoring and managing truck load times. Some design features include: monitor dock operations in real-time; provide real-time visibility of the time elapsed during loading operation to the forklift operators; improve product staging and shipping monitoring; receive real-time notifications based on defined operation rules; and standardized reporting for critical door operations such as load times, dock utilization and other metrics. This dashboard will show the live status of each loading dock based on door and truck presence detection sensor data. Status and loading time will be displayed in color coded interface based on customer provided thresholds. As part of its commitment to help the supply chain navigate these uncertain times, iTradeNetwork is inviting WG members to join the new iTradeMarketplace. Launched April 7th, iTradeMarketplace is a forum for buyers, suppliers, packaging companies, logistics operators—any organization in the supply chain—to match available supply with demand, establish relationships, reduce food waste, and add resiliency to their supply chains now and for the future. iTradeMarketplace is free to join, and iTradeNetwork will set up any new trading connections generated from the marketplace free-of-charge for six months. Irish Agritech firm MagGrow has launched its first presence in the Australia/New Zealand market with the opening of their new offices in Melbourne and Sydney. MagGrow has developed a patented, proprietary technology that significantly reduces waste associated with conventional pesticide applications, delivering important plant protection products where they matter the most. Naïo Technologies, which is working in the area of agricultural robotics, has begun serving a new crop, that of the sugar beet, by signing a partnership with the German breeder Strube, European seed referent. Encouraging sustainable agriculture through innovation is the objective of this cutting-edge partnership. COVID-19 SUPPORT - ripe.io, is harnessing its resources and technology to launch the ripeCommunity to connect consumers with COVID-19 impacted food businesses. THE TOOL ripeCommunity is a free online directory built to provide food businesses an accessible, efficient way to create a profile and directly communicate real-time updates on operational hours, pickup/delivery options, food safety precautions, and donation support options to their consumers. To strengthen food safety during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, SafeTraces, Inc. is offering its groundbreaking saniDART rapid sanitation verification solution for free. While supplies last, the offer is available to a limited number of customers until June 30, 2020. Terms and conditions apply. The SafeTraces’ saniDART is a rapid solution for verifying sanitation effectiveness at a microbial level. Sapphire Automation has led efficiency optimization in high tech and is now utilizing its sensing and predictive analytics platforms to focus on ag and food. Their software and hardware solutions collect real time production data, machine status, events, cycle time and send alarms. The system works as a stand-alone solution or can sit on-top of existing equipment in a manufacturing or processing facility. Using Sapphire’s Dashboards, users can onsite or remotely monitor the performance of the factory and availability of the assets. Using Machine Learning, IIoT, Cloud and Big Data technology help to improve production efficiencies that will increase volume, quality, profitability and competitive advantage while reducing downtime. Despite recent challenges faced worldwide, SWIIM has adapted quickly and is able to continue to provide water data essential to farming operations while following new regulations and employing best practices ensuring the safety of our staff, clients, and the global community. Some good news on SWIIM’s front is new videos being posted to our website weekly, including informational pieces and new client testimonials. Please visit swiim.com for more information. Tailwater Systems has announced new system orders and new funded product development projects in 2020. 2019 was its best year so far and the firm is expecting strong revenue growth in 2020 from its integrated nitrate removal systems. They have also made progress in their “net zero cost nitrate removal” technology. They expect to make announcements at the end of the year about this integrated biorefinery system.


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