Nash Produce, a leading sweet potato shipper based in Nashville, NC, announced that it has fully implemented a case-level labeling and traceability system, and now is applying Produce Traceability Initiative-compliant labels on each of its cases and RPCs of sweet potatoes.
Nash Produce put into operation a print-and-apply labeling system through RedLine Solutions Inc. The software incorporated with this system determines the traceability information needed for each carton of sweet potatoes before sending it to the labeling system that prints and applies the labels as the cartons come across the packingline.
The labels on every case of sweet potatoes have a bar-coded label with a Global Trade Identification Number that identifies the specific product in the case, the packing lot number that traces back to specific field and harvest dates, and a description of the product in the box.
The automated application method allows Nash Produce to continue the quantity and methods of packing and shipping it always has performed but now adds a value-added feature of precise traceability.
In addition to case level tagging, Nash Produce plans to obtain its GlobalGAP certification by year end.