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Case Labels for Food Traceability

PTI Case LabelAdvanced Traceability Solutions takes pride in consistently working towards new technology and systems that make food traceabilty a more time efficient and cost effective process for clients of all sizes. By offering simple, low cost, Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) compliant case labeling software and printing units, Advanced Traceability Solutions makes it possible to comply with new case tracking policies set in place by major retailers.

Advanced Traceability Solutions offers several case label compliance systems that won’t disrupt current operations, while still being economical and easy to use. We augmented our system to allow automated creation of voice pick codes, further cementing our position at the forefront of the food traceability industry.

Wal-mart, Kroger and Publix recently announced that every case of produce sold through their stores will soon need to be traceable by standard tracking information. This is a big change for many smaller suppliers, but with Advanced Traceability Solutions’ wide range of handheld and desktop label printing units available, to suit any farming environment, businesses can seamlessly integrate the new labeling protocol into their daily workflow and packaging systems.

Whether a business requires durable waterproof labeling, a hassle free label printer that doesn’t require a PC to operate, or an ultra portable handheld system that is capable of scanning 2D barcodes, the experts of Advanced Traceability Solutions will help guide you to the best food traceability software for your requirements.

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Harvest to Plate: Ways to Feel Good About Your Food This Holiday Season

The holiday season is right around the corner, and planning family gatherings can be together exciting and daunting. Arranging for the perfect turkey, the bounty of vegetables, the diverse cheese board, and the never-ending selection of pies can make anyone feel as though they don’t have control over where their food is coming from. Luckily, with the rise of the farm-to-table movement it is becoming easier to procure your food locally and have the ability to trace it back to its origins. Knowing where your food is coming from this holiday season will make you feel better in more ways than one.

Local Foods are Usually Whole Foods
Even though we are well into autumn, your local Farmer’s Market is still producing and making local goods. Most Farmer’s Markets provide seasonal favorites all throughout the year. By shopping at your local market you have a friendly, direct-to-consumer exchange with your farmers. This is a way to be a part of your community, and to buy whole foods that are grown there too. Spotlight that free-range turkey or heirloom variety apple pie because these foods are minimally processed and are raised with care. This holiday season, your table can be a delicious array of what is grown, raised, or baked in your local area and you can rest assured that your food is clean and healthy.

Make Your Environmental Footprint Smaller
By supporting your local farmers, you are also doing your part to help the environment. So what does buying local actually do for the environment? Local agriculture involves food production methods that are more healthy, including the reduction of pesticides and less environmentally harmful equipment and practices. The reduction of transportation needs is the most important factor in buying local products. Local commerce supports a more sustainable food system that goes beyond the methods used in industrial food production. Industrial food production relies on fossil fuels and manufactures on a global scale producing an over abundance of food, using a variety pesticides and preservatives in order to transport goods all over the world. Food that is farm-to-plate has little transportation needs; essentially food travels from the farm to the Farmer’s Market to your house. Seeking out your local markets this holiday season will make you a good steward of the land, because you will be minimizing packaging waste and buying food that has been harvested only when it is ready to be consumed.

Keep Track of Your Food
Sometimes buying everything directly from your local farmer is not feasible, but tracing harvest to plate is not. Many companies make it easy for you to trace your food from where it is grown to your kitchen with GPS software. The use of GPS, thermal printers, durable labels and tags allows consumers to be able to trace the food they purchase from its harvest, through the processing and distribution all the way to the day you set it out for you and family to enjoy. Consumers, farmers, producers, grocers, and producers alike can be advocates for respecting food production and knowing their food. By supporting these advancements in food traceability we are able to create clear visibility in the way our food is produced and labeled. So when the bustle of the holidays are upon us, don’t let what you eat, serve, and prepare for your loved ones be stressful too. Knowing your food and where it comes from will make you feel healthier, reduce your environmental impact, and support a transparent food industry.

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Advanced Traceability Systems Offers an Easy and Economical Solution to New Case Label Compliance Policies

Grocery giants Wal-mart, Kroger, and Publix will soon require that all cases of fruits and vegetables sold through their stores be labeled with standard tracking information. Pack date, product description, UPC, farm name and farm location will be compulsory on each case.

Look to the experts at Advanced Traceability Systems for your compliant case label solution. In three simple steps, ATS will assist you with choosing an optimized system for your labeling requirements. Continue reading

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Food Traceability in Portland, Maine

When you dine in Portland, Maine, you can expect more than simply great tasting food. The talented chefs of Portland boast a flair for innovative flavors, and tantalizing new spins on standard fare, but above all, they value the freshest produce, meats and cheeses for their signature dishes. Nothing makes a recipe pop like fresh from the farm vegetables and ingredients that have been minimally processed. Food traceability tools like those offered by Advanced Traceability Solutions gives the renowned chefs of Portland a guarantee that the food they receive is the freshest. Food traceability means accountability at all stages of food harvest and transport, so we can all enjoy some of the best meals out in the Northeast.

If you haven’t yet dined in Portland, Maine, here is a sampling of the over 300 restaurants to whet your appetite!

The Farmer’s Table, Commercial Street
This waterview spot has one of best summer decks in the Old Port, hands down. Overlooking the bustle of Commercial Street, both upstairs and downstairs patios give you a view worthy of a post card. The food is locally sourced and the dedication to detail and full flavor comes through in all of the rustic, Mediterranean-style dishes. Stop by during the summer and fall months, they may still have the summer squash gnocchi (with house smoked pancetta, apples and local Parmesan cheese) or thick, grilled pork chop (with apple ginger chutney and polenta fries) on the menu!

Hot Suppa!, Congress Street
This west end hole-in-the-wall first gained notoriety in Portland for its off-beat name and mouthwatering Cubano sandwich. After several years of a reputation for one of the best brunches in town, they are now open for “suppa.” This comfort food will charm you and unique local art will make you feel extra hip. The menu is short and sweet, allowing the chef to focus on quality and consistency. The creamy mac and cheese (with grilled kielbasa),is always on point but we could go on and on about every item on this menu, from the breakfast burrito to the falafel salad, but really you should try for yourself!

Artemisia Café, Pleasant Street
This brunch joint is tucked away up on Pleasant Street where few Portlanders would roam if it was not for Artemisia’s fresh fare. A laid back, homey vibe makes dishes like the turkey sandwich, (served perfectly with cranberry mayo and stuffing, on homemade bread) even more enticing. It’s like having a mom make you lunch and dining in her house plant strewn living room. With both vegetarian and carnivorous dishes offered with equal passion, this café scores just as big with the flavor packed Portobello sandwich as it does with the juicy steak topped salad.

Figa, Congress Street
If you are in the mood for modern, upscale atmosphere, Spanish influenced flavor, Figa is the spot for you. The presentation of every course is both thoughtful and artful, from the dainty duck rilettes to their creative beet carpaccio (served with a melt-in-your-mouth dollop of goat cheese). The black bean quinoa cake with tomatillo salsa verde will have vegetarians on their knees and the hangar steak mohlo rita will send your taste buds into fits of rapture. As with most quality establishments in Portland, the ingredients are carefully sourced from nearby and practically everything except the linen napkins is prepared from scratch. An extra small dining room means you have to get here early!

Learn more about food traceability software, GPS food tracking and other technology that Advanced Traceability Solutions offers for reliable and comprehensive farm to table systems here.

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The Farm to Table Movement: 4 Ways to be a Smart “Locavore”

Although the term “locavore”may seem novel to some, its meaning is deeply ingrained in the traditions of our ancestors. In the past decade there has been a surge of individuals who identify with this term, however. Although no single definition stands to exist, many of the principals to which these individuals adhere to are congruent and similar regardless of where they live or who they are. So what does it mean to be a “locavore,” to be conscious of where your food, especially your produce  and dairy products, come from, and to desire to follow to “farm to table movement?” Here are four ways to not only get your locavore on, but more importantly become a more mindful consumer and learn to ask questions, like where did my food come from, how it was made, and how it got here!

The 100-Mile Rule Decoded

The most common definition of a locavore is an individual who consciously chooses to consume food products produced and grown within 100-miles of its point of purchase. The thought is, by consuming food found within this small radius you will reduce your carbon footprint while helping to support local farmers. Of course many of the luxuries that we have become so fond of, spices, chocolate and coffee often pose a conflict of interest for strict followers of this movement. What’s more, it is a common misnomer that food produced within a 100 miles is always fresher, healthier, has more nutritional value and was farmed with ideal production practices. Unfortunately this is not always the case and it is important to look at the labels and do your research on local producers.

Discover your Farmers Market

Unbeknownst to most, farmers markets exist all over the country and depending on your location, many are open year round. Farmers markets have been around for hundreds of years, cultivating produce and locally made goods for the general public in a friendly, pleasant direct-to-consumer market environment. Farmers come together usually once or twice a week to showcase their latest crop, prized cheese, freshly baked goods, and or newly tapped maple syrup. The output is usually fragrant, fresh and bursting with flavor. Locavores flock to their bi-weekly or weekly farmers markets to stock up on fresh goods. It is important to know that not all farmers are required to produce organically. However you simply need to ask and most farmers are extremely forthcoming about their production techniques!

Become a Steward of the Environment

Every individual contributes to the longevity of our planet–some more than others, but everyone plays a role. Gaining a deeper understanding of this influence is the first step in helping reduce the rapid deterioration that we find taking place to our natural surroundings. The food we eat, where it comes from, and how it is produced has an incredibly large impact on the environment. Industrial farming, for example, has proven negative impacts to the environment; it pollutes the air and groundwater, degrades the soil, causes loss of biodiversity, and can harm the health of individuals living within close proximity. However, small-scale farming on the other hand has proven to improve the environment degradation, minimize use of harmful pesticides, and offer more nutrition-rich food goods. If awareness is the first necessary step than action is sure to follow with much smaller carbon footprints.

Follow the Breadcrumbs: Food Traceability

Because consuming and purchasing food wholly produced in a 100-mile radius can be extremely difficult and sometimes unfeasible, many companies have found it advantageous to utilize food traceability software. The use of GPS, thermal printers, durable labels and tags allows consumers to be able to trace the food they purchase from its harvest, through the processing and distribution all the way to their plate. Consumer confidence will surge and producers, grocers, and everyone involved in the process will incur fiscal benefits when there is exists 100% visibility in the labeling of our foods.

Here’s to you taking the necessary steps to be a conscious consumer. Whether producer, grower, farmer, grocer, or consumer, become an advocate for yourself and your community: support local farmers, do your part to help the environment, and push for greater visibility in the way food is labeled and produced.

 

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