WATSONVILLE, CA -- California Giant Berry Farms has a new look on its
four-pound clamshell labels this year.
The company is testing the item-level traceability program offered by
HarvestMark to evaluate the overall system from the field through
distribution. This marks the second season the company is working with the
HarvestMark program, adding a valuable consumer component to the
In an effort to determine consumer interest, impact and demand for the
traceback system, California Giant has added a call-out feature on each four-
pound clamshell label encouraging consumers to visit www.HarvestMark.com
and enter the code on the berries they purchase. Once they have entered the
web site to view sourcing information, consumers will be asked to answer
questions about their experience on the web site to determine if the
information they received was helpful and what was expected.
"As an industry leader in food safety and quality practices, implementing this
traceability program extends our ongoing food safety program and provides
us with critical feedback from our consumers," Cindy Jewell, Cal Giant's
marketing director, said in an April 5 press release. "Encouraging consumers
to visit the traceability web site will help us to really determine level of
interest in this type of information, if the information itself was satisfactory,
and determine what percentage of consumers after purchase actually follow
through with tracking their berries."
California Giant said that it chose to launch the HarvestMark first as a pilot
program to ensure complete success and accuracy throughout the system
from field to consumer before rolling out the complete program to all pack
sizes in all regions.