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Tracing Tools for Food Supply Chains


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General Info
Evaluation SourcePublications:


  • Own experience





  • EFSA report

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  • EFSA report




Other Ressources (e.g. video)Video:


Image video: explanatory videos Brochures, Case Studies, Customer Segments, Product Data Sheets, Whitepaper, Ebook, videos:
Recall request video:

Ebooks, Fact Sheets, Webinars, Demos:
White Papers, Customer Stories, Webinars, Blog Posts, Testimonials: Screenshots: Image video

5 min video podcasts:
Image video: Farmsoft Brochure: webinar:
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Pricingfreeno infono infono infono infono infono infono infono infono infono infono infoStarter Plan:
  • $169 per month, for solo operators
Producer Plan:
  • $259 per month, for companies with a team
More Info:
Monthly Cloud Subscription:
  • $300 per month / shared user
One time implementation and services investment:
  • Foundation: $95k
  • Professional: $125k
  • Enterprise: $300k
Purchase Option:
  • Local installation
Subscription Option:
  • SaaS (Software as a Service / on the Cloud)
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Target audience
Purpose of the software
  • investigations of food- or feed-borne outbreaks
  • Cross-step origin system
  • quality assurance system
  • having insight into the supply chain
  • complete food business management solutions
  • "Integrity Management Solutions"
  • Audit and certification management
  • traceability and quality management
  • Food processing software
  • Solution for real-time Material Tracking & Tracing
  • Product Quality Management (PQM) of products
  • IoT technology platform
  • integrated system for products traceability
  • support on logistical process from source to consumption
  • greater transparency
  • Supply chain management solutions for the food and beverage industry
  • Food & Beverage ERP Solutions
  • Enterprise resource planning
  • Implement food safety and quality assurance processes
  • Suppliers management
  • Visualise safety and quality issues across the supply chain.
  • Reduce the impact of FSMA and food recalls
  • Address food safety issues when they occur.
  • Control production
  • Maintain quality and safety
  • Know where everything is at all times
  • Improve food safety of food manufacturers and distributors
  • Streamline operational efficiency
  • Manage business growth
  • Managing Food
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Software solutions for the fresh produce industry
  • Modular solution
  • Product Lifecycle Knowledge
  • QuickBooks Inventory Management Software
  • Agricultural Software for the fresh produce industry
  • Traceability and quality management in the post harvest space
  • ERP Software Designed for the Food Industry
  • Enhances Processing, MRP, Inventory, Traceability, Warehousing and Distribution Systems
  • farm to fork traceability solution
Supply chain(s)
  • generally applicable for all supply chains
  • ecological food and feed supply chains, e.g. cereals, milk, spices, vegetables, water, seeds, bakery products
Very broad:
  • food & beverage
  • animal feed
  • agriculture
  • cosmetics
  • minerals
  • pharmaceuticals
  • cotton
  • food
  • food
  • feed
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Poultry
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Dairy
  • Fresh Produce
  • Further Processing
  • Cold Storage
  • Vegetables – fresh & frozen
  • Mills
  • Animal food factories
  • Ready meals
  • Eggs
  • Dairy
  • Potatoes
  • Breweries
  • Bottleries
  • Meat industry
  • food
  • beverages
  • food and beverage
  • food and beverage
  • food
  • agriculture
  • food
  • Bakeries
  • Chocolate
  • Confectionery
  • Snacks
  • Frozen Foods
  • Prepared Packaged Foods
  • Sauces
  • Dressings
  • Ingredients
  • Flavorings
  • Spices
  • Meat
  • Seafood
  • Poultry
  • Beverages
  • food
  • food
  • agriculture
  • Beer distributors
  • Wine distributors
  • Food importers
  • Seafood distributors
  • Meat distributors
  • Produce distributors
  • Wholesale bakeries
  • Frozen food processors
  • Dairy & cheese process manufacturers
  • Coffee roasters & distributors
  • fruit & vegetable business
  • Food Processor
  • Food Manufacturer
  • Food Distributor
  • food
Target Group
  • Food Safety authorities
  • Feed Safety authorities
  • producer communities
  • brand associations
  • sales organizations
  • coverage: DE, AU, HU, SK, CZ
Very broad:
  • farmers
  • suppliers
  • subcontractors
  • ...
  • Coverage: world
  • food industry
  • All industries
  • large-scale food processors
  • food industry
  • food companies
  • consumer
  • food and beverage manufacturers
  • operators
  • retailers
  • grower-shippers
  • distributors
  • logistics providers
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Food Distribution
  • Food industry
  • Restaurant Operators
  • Food Retail and Grocery
  • Food Distributors
  • Food Importers
  • Grower, Packer, Shippers
  • Food
  • Beverage
  • Natural Product Manufacturing
  • food industry
  • food manufacturers
  • food distributors
  • food distributors
  • food manufacturers
  • Fresh produce industry (growers, packers, shippers.)
  • Beverage and food distributors
  • solutions for many other idustries
  • Medium to large fruit and vegetable producers
  • Packers
  • Wholesalers
  • growers
  • processors
  • manufacturers
  • packers
  • shippers
  • distributors
  • brokers
  • retailers
  • producers
  • slaughterhouses
  • packers
  • processors
  • retailers
Supported languages
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Hungarian
  • English
  • Russian
  • Mandarin
  • many more...
  • English
  • English
  • English
  • English
  • English
Usersapprox 500> 100
  • Installations: >30
  • Users: 40000
customer selection: Client list:
  • Barilla Special Edition to Expo2015 in Future Food District – Milan 2015
more than 5,000 customers:
List of some customers:
  • Customers across North America
  • thousands of users in over 14 countries
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Application mobileNonOuiOuiOuiOuiNonNonOuiOui MobileOui iPad, desktop, phoneOui Android or iPhone Add-onOui Mobile devicesOuiOuiNonOui MobileOuiNonOuiOui
Desktop / InstalledOui Windows / Linux / MacOSNonNonNonNonOui win .Net, SQL ServerOuiNonNonNonOui WindowsNonNonNonOuiOui Certified for Microsoft DynamicsOuiNonOuiNon
Data collection / exchange interfaces / assurance of quality
  • Excel templates with well-defined structure (
  • xsd structure
  • JSON schema
  • many interfaces, not yet with FCL
  • many formats, e.g. xls, csv, xml, JSON, web services

  • different plausibility checks, e.g. mass balance
  • manual data entry via a web browser or app
  • xls
  • csv
  • xml
  • web services
  • well-defined API
  • SingleSignOn
  • SAP

  • different plausibility checks, e.g. mass balance
  • eliminates duplicate data entry
  • link with bar code scanners
  • link with bar code label printers
  • recording of the traceability and HACCP quality data (one step backward)
  • automatic linkage of supplier lot and trace codes to purchase order number
  • API
  • Data upload through web forms
  • excel upload features and interfaces
  • standard GS1 conform interfaces
  • generated ITN numbers (Internal Traceability Numbers)
  • barcoded labels and handheld scanning terminals
  • Backward and forward traceability along the supply chain
  • Traceability in the intermediary steps of the supply chain (e.g. storage, logistic)
  • Backend database structure containing 100s of tables
  • Tracing the path of raw materials, half-finished products or sell units through the intermediate process stages
  • Data exchange through standard OPC protocol
  • Bi-directional data exchange: capturing of real-time data or control of production steps based on live data
  • XML
  • Microsoft Excel
  • SQL
  • Data collection from different sources along the whole supply chain
  • Manual data entering
  • Data upload from on-field sensors
  • Heterogeneous data sources: files of any format and nature
  • Interaction with devices/sensors in a typical IoT ecosystem.
  • domain ontology
Data collection:
  • Trading partners can automatically append key data elements to orders or shipping notifications
    • GTIN
    • Lot no.
    • COOL codes
    • manufacture and expiration dates
    • buyer and supplier item codes
    • logistical data
    • RPC data
    • nutritional data
    • pallet information
  • Real-time manufacturing information
Stepwise data collection / backward, forward:
  • trace from final product to purchase orders
  • trace from purchased item to finished products, work orders, inventory items.
Stepwise data collection / backward, forward:
  • Export of trace back / forward is possible in the report section as
    • PDF
    • Word
    • Excel

  • CSV import
    • customers
    • suppliers
    • locations (meaning warehouse, cooling room, production area, receiving area)

Data quality:
  • Catalogues for data elements: Received goods, inventory, order, items, suppliers, recipes, products, packing plans, customers, units of measurement, reasons for not using ingredients
Helping functions for data input:
  • Templates for communication, withdrawal of products
Exchange interface:
  • API
  • manual data entry via web interface
  • read barcode labels
  • generation of lot codes during packing products into different sizes
recipes and formulas:
  • import recipes and formulas from spreadsheets
  • role and permission feature for confidentiality
  • grouped formulas to create complex, multi-step production processes that model the same way the products are produced in the real world
  • ad hoc distributed queries
  • API library for creation of connected apps in JustFood
Data collection:
  • Excel
  • CSV
  • Multiple EDI formats supported

Exchange interfaces:
  • Mobile Warehouse Operations
  • Mobile QC incorporating
Catalogues for data elements:
  • Product type
  • date
  • reason for new data entry (e.g. production)
Helping functions for data input:
  • Dropdown lists
  • Management of the entire product lifecycle
  • Tracking of serial numbers and lot numbers using barcode technology and software.
  • Mobile device receiving and picking with product code and lot number scanning
  • Recording and management of expiration dates by lot number
  • Maximum batch based traceability by scanning or selecting inventory when added to batches
  • Instant tracking of all produce to the customer, transport company, dispatch documentation
  • QR code labels, EAN 128 , GS1, PTI, Tesco, Walmart, Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, Pick N Save, Loblaw, La Martina compliant labels
  • API for custom reporting or financial integration:
  • True relational data model
  • Related data always linked to the relevant records and available at the click of a mouse
  • Data entry via web interface
  • Attachment of any file type to the records: Word documents, PDFs, Notepad files, Excel spreadsheets, e-mails, and any other sort of file can be uploaded
  • Data collection in real-time using handheld and touch screen computer
  • Storage of data in one integrated database
  • Interfaces directly with weigh scales, barcode scanners, thermometers, wireless sensors and RFID readers
  • Electronic data sharing and EDI with suppliers/customers
Data analytics (e.g. in terms of outbreak investigation)
  • Simulations of hypotheses
  • Tracing-Score for detecting nodes in the network having high probability being part of the outbreak
  • fabTracer: tool for searching and visualizing supply chains (visio like)
  • ChainPoint Analytics - typical data analytics, not specialized for outbreak investigations
  • On-time analysis: real-time monitoring
  • Include your own database queries
Analysis method of the connections and complexity (e.g. hot spots) of the food supply chain:
  • Report: Supplier, ingredients, product, customer
  • Production plan: Ingredients in stock, BBD
Possibility for on-time analysis:
  • All available for tracing back and forward
  • Report possible at any time
  • Analysis method of the connections and complexity (e.g. hot spots) of the food supply chain: Data from Restaurant Operators, Food Retail and Grocery, Consumer Packaged Goods, Food Distributors, Food Importers, Grower, Packer, Shippers are all connected.
  • Possibility for on-time analysis: yes
  • Analytics for JustFood: isolate, calculate and track the business metrics
Possibility for on-time analysis: yes
  • Traceability of input raw materials and components
  • Traceability of outputs
  • Timing analysis of the material flow
  • On-time analysis
  • Convenient and powerful lookup of specific lot number by product or by customer
  • Handling of variations in input recipe to allow for substitute items and changes in quantities
  • Online real-time data throughout the system
  • SQL-based business intelligence
Data visualizations / Reporting
  • Visualization of Delivery Networks (
  • Temporal and spatial flow of material
  • various graph layout algorithms
  • GIS (
  • reports (Crystal reports)
  • realtime batch tracing
  • B2B interfaces
  • visio style for supply chains
  • export into e.g. pdf, rtf, xls, csv
  • SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
  • Tableau
  • Maps
  • Graphs
  • Charts
  • Tables and flow charts
  • tables
  • graphical network view of supply chain
  • backwards, forwards and mass balance traceability reporting from factory door to door
  • graphical representation of real-time traceability reporting
  • Personalization of reports
  • Lot genealogy shows lot history through process flow (tree-like structure)
  • Customised MS Office reporting
  • Design & print your personal quality reports
  • Export to Excel, HTML, XML and ASCII
  • Creation of charts
  • Workflow Wizard to define the flow of any product within a food production chain
  • web-based GUI
  • Reporting and Business Intelligence capabilities: Mondrian, open source Online Analytical Processing server (OLAP)
Traceability from the Field all the Way to the Consumer:
  • Real-time analytics
  • Data is presented as tables.
  • Suppliers, ingredients, products and customers are shown in the report.
  • Food chain shown in the graphical interface: Graph with symbols for types of business
  • Physical material flow shown in the graphical interface: Map with suppliers
  • Video:
  • automatically puts lot codes on orders and invoices
  • full traceability reports any time by date range for ingredients or specific lots of production
  • complete forward, backward or bi-directional trace report
  • design pick lists with PDF layout editor
  • print barcode labels
  • export report as an Excel file
  • Analytics for JustFood: distills data into meaningful real-time visualizations
  • pre-built reports, visualizations, templates and data elements
  • customize report layouts in other Microsoft products
  • access reports from any device (laptop, tablet, smartphone)
  • generate reports from any module
  • Jet Global Business Analytics
  • Microsoft Excel dashboard
  • Live reporting
  • Storage of a photo or image of each product
  • Printing of lot numbers, expiration date and catch weights on invoices
  • Searching and reporting: Manage, view and report on source, expiration date, lot, inspection and quarantine information and comply with regulatory requirements.
  • Reporting by any date span
  • Data Warehouse based reporting system compatible with reporting tools such as Power BI, Microsoft Query, SQL Server Reporting Services, and Jet Reports
  • SSRS Reporting
Meaning of tracing
  • Lot-based and company internal tracing of all supply chains possible in order to be able to reconstruct whole delivery networks
  • Lot-based tracing of the whole supply chain seemingly possible
  • tracing possible up to arbitrarily small granularity
  • intra company tracing possible
  • tracing possible up to arbitrarily small granularity
  • one step forward and one step back food traceability
Levels of traceability:
  • Supply Chain Monitoring
  • Volume based mass balancing
  • Batch traceability

Backward and forward traceability:
  • all along the supply chain from raw material to finish
  • 100% Traceability reporting from factory door to door
  • integrated, real-time product traceability (forward and backward)
  • quality management in discrete, batch and continuous process environments
Data gathering along different stages of the supply chain:
  • in the exact places of origin
  • production
  • conversion
  • storage
  • delivery
  • Make traceability a natural extension of the supply chain
  • full supply chain trace-forward and trace-back capabilities, from field to fork
  • Efficient traceability of products in the event of a recall
  • Knowing for any item on a sales order, what purchase orders it connects to
  • One step forward and one step backward
  • Trace by supplier receipt (date, P.O., truck ID, shipping manifest number, supplier product ID), best before date, product name, production date, lot number, inventory status, customer
Track + Trace
Real-time tracking of products at the lot level
  • Enforce lot numbers across all of your inventory items
  • Maintains each lot number throughout the production process
  • Tracks user who did the transaction, the date and time
  • bidirectional traceability: account for the raw materials through the production process to finished product
  • Record product lot numbers as they are received into your warehouse
  • Manage the movement of each product as it is used or shipped
  • Maintain the traceability path of product’s if used as a raw material
  • Quickly identify the location of every unit of a specific lot controlled product
  • Full track forward and trace back capability
  • Ability to record or create Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN) references and traceability throughout the supply chain.
  • Complete traceability of products (by single item, product category, lot, etc.)
  • Tracking of serial numbers and lot numbers
  • Tracking both up and down the supply chain, directly to specific application areas, suppliers of specific batches/lots of inventory

'Always on' traceability:
  • capturing of traceablity details at the earliest possible point in the supply chain
  • no redundancy
  • permanant preservation
  • identification using many recall factors.
  • Lot traceability
  • uses traceability technology in ways to improve operations while integrating data collection needs for planning, purchasing, production, sales and distribution, quality assurance, food safety and traceability.
  • Managers and floor operators are alerted in advance when a quality assurance or food safety issue is about to occur.
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Features interesting for FCL
  • Establishment of interfaces
  • Central Dashboard
  • data collection pipeline with notifications and option to reject and correct!
  • Dashboard
  • chat function between data collectors
  • interface to API
  • SingleSignOn
  • interface to SAP
  • camera, location sensor and barcode scanner
  • read barcode labels
  • API
  • GS1 conform interfaces
  • Backend database structure
  • Mobile dashboard
  • Farm-to-fork traceability
  • trace from ingredient or from final product
  • Trace from ingredient or from final product or from customer
  • Central Dashboard
  • Barcode scanner
  • API
  • Real-time visualisation of supply chains with graph containing symbols for types of business
  • read barcode labels
  • API
  • Barcode reading
  • farm to fork
  • API
  • Report by any date span
  • Website "not secure" error - certificate not up to date
  • data collection established with automatic information system (SMS, email)
  • data collection established with approval options for the step forward or backward
  • Internal validity checks:
    • Inspection of received goods: date, truck door seal, odor, harmful material, intact load, refrigeration, trailer temperature
    • Ingredients: Check for shelf life in product plan
    • Inventory: Verified that product arrived at location (e.g. warehouse); material release, product release, release history
    • Several amount checks and plausibility checks in the setup of new product / new batch
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