The newly formed Produce Traceability Initiative Leadership Council met Oct.
13 to begin implementing the industry-led governance structure for the
initiative moving forward.
The group's inaugural meeting, held in Orlando, FL, prior to the Produce
Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit International Convention & Exposition,
featured an orientation on the PTI’s new governance structure, including the
council, a forthcoming Executive Committee and its working and interest
Council members comprised of retailers, foodservice executives and growers
shared their implementation plans and experiences, and provided input on
the PTI’s development moving forward.
In the process, they validated PTI’s goal of whole-chain, electronic traceability
and its milestones. Chairs and co-chairs of the PTI’s new working groups
provided updates on their groups’ initial meetings.
"It was gratifying to see the industry reconfirm their ownership of this
initiative; the entire group was extremely committed throughout the
meeting," PTI Leadership Council Chairperson Cathy Green, president of Food
Lion Family, said in a press release. “The group members were very candid
and transparent in their feedback about PTI, and are eager to begin moving
forward with the implementation of PTI throughout the industry. We look
forward to continuing to make progress on this important initiative and
working collaboratively to advance PTI in the future.”
In its first official action, the council approved a proposal from the new
Implementation and Technical working groups to update the labeling
requirements to include a four-digit voice-pick code. This change will help
overcome a barrier to implementation of Milestone 7 (read and store
information on outbound cases).
The council adopted the open-source Cyclic Redundancy Check 16 algorithm
to calculate the voice-pick code, which will eliminate the need to scan
outbound cases in those operations that utilize a voice-directed picking
The Implementation Working Group will conduct pilot tests and develop best
practices to aid industry in implementing this PTI voice-pick code solution,
the release stated.
The council will meet every other month, with the next meeting scheduled for