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Technology For A Smarter Food Supply Chain


By Diane PalmquistInternet based solutions and cloud technology have erased many of the communications barriers that once existed in the food supply chain. The ability to track and monitor orders, inventory and shipments can be done in real-time. More importantly, the ability to shift or react to changes is greatly enhanced.

If an early cold season arrives that impacts a regional produce crop, cloud technology makes it easier and less costly to shift orders to another producer in another region of the world.

Likewise, if consumer demand spikes for corn or a particular grain, companies have the ability to react faster and order more from other suppliers by connecting through the web or the cloud.

When suppliers can simply log on and connect, the food supply chain becomes a faster, more transparent place. more> http://tinyurl.com/nd2gb3k

Hunger Figures Show Massive Failure of Food Stamps (Or Fishy Statistics)


By Paul Roderick Gregory – Statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Agriculture reveal that childhood hunger rates remain high. The U.S. Census Bureau calculates that 29.2 percent of families with children are “food insecure,” to use the agriculture department’s term. Insofar as 32 million of the 78 million U.S. families have children, this means that some 20 million children live in food insecure households.

Another 32 million school children receive free or highly subsidized meals at schools. The federal, state and local government cost of school meals is some $14 billion, or about $438 per year per recipient. For the single mother with two kids, free school lunches add almost $1,000 to her food budget.

Either we have a colossal policy failure of our federal food programs or there is something fishy with the federal government’s measure of “hunger.” more> http://tinyurl.com/c5tw7x2

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Celebrate Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. Many regard this event as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. … Continue reading

The Consumerization Of The Food Enterprise


By Christian Hutter – Advances in mobile technology and the growing adoption of smartphone use have fueled the convergence of consumer technologies with enterprise technologies, a trend broadly referred to as the “consumerization of the enterprise.”

New government legislation and industry initiatives are also driving food enterprises to go even further and deliver field-to-fork traceability. However, food enterprises should ask this question: Why not integrate their enterprise software systems with mobile applications where they not only code, track and trace product items at the field level, processing facility or packing plant, but also connect directly with consumers to build consumer confidence, product loyalty and increased business? more> http://tinyurl.com/bg8cmeq

Without A Trace


Acsis – “We are in an age when consumers are too savvy to rely on brand loyalty anymore,” said John DiPalo, Chief Technology Officer for Acsis, Inc. “People want more than just reassurances that their medicine and food products are safe.”

With more companies outsourcing for raw materials and distribution, having end-to-end visibility in a supply chain is an absolute necessity in order to ensure public safety, as well as brand protection. While branding is the proven means of gaining consumer loyalty, there is downside — the stronger the brand, the greater the risk. A global brand’s strength can become a liability overnight if tainted with a product quality issue such as a food or medication scandal. more> http://tinyurl.com/abp7pxv