Data management optimization in the fresh supply chain

Fresh Upstream Foundation

The Fresh Upstream Foundation is a collaboration platform of the Dutch Food Industry Federation (FNLI), Fresh Produce Centre, Frug I Com, the Dutch Agriculture and Horticulture Organisation (LTO Nederland), the Dutch Food Retail Association (CBL) and GS1 Netherlands.

The aim of this collaboration is to strengthen the use and development of information standards in the fresh chain. The platform uses international standards from both retail and government in an integrated approach.

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Kringlooplandbouw of biodiversiteit aanjagen? Meten en weten in de keten!

Thijs Cuijpers, directeur beleid van LTO Nederland en bestuurslid stichting Fresh Upstream

Om de agrifoodketen verder te verduurzamen is het digitaal delen van data noodzakelijk. Willen we minder uitstoot, meer biodiversiteit en meer gesloten kringlopen? Dan moeten we meten en weten in de keten: over wie, wat, waar en hoeveel praten we? Met eenduidige informatiestandaarden worden data inzichtelijk en kunnen efficiënte technologieën in agrifood worden toegepast. Zonder uitwisselbare informatie is de innovatieve boer of tuinder nergens. De stichting Fresh Upstream werkt aan één uniforme, digitale ketentaal in de internationale versketen. 



Fresh Upstream stimulates use GS1 standards in Fresh Chain
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Fresh Upstream stimulates use GS1 standards in Fresh Chain

Several fresh food chains in the Netherlands are working together to improve information exchange and thus contribute to, among other things, better food safety. Chairman Philip den Ouden of the new Fresh Upstream foundation: "We want to broaden support for existing information standards."

In the fresh chains, standards are already being used to exchange information between the links. These are often the standards of GS1 Netherlands. "But these are mainly applied in the last part of the chain. That is the part of the food producers and processors to the retailers. Further upstream in the chain these standards are not or barely used, "says Philip den Ouden, chairman of the Fresh Upstream Foundation.

Fresh Upstream wants to change that. "There are several reasons why it is necessary to improve the provision of information throughout the entire chain. Consider food safety or the safe use of crop protection products in arable and horticulture and antibiotics in the meat industry. That is why we want to create a wider basis within the entire chain for the use of the existing GS1 standards, "explains Den Ouden, who emphasizes that Fresh Upstream will not develop or manage new standards. "GS1 does just fine."

Create broad support
Fresh Upstream creates broader support by bringing parties together. Various branch organizations support the foundation such as the GroentenFruit Huis, the Federation of Dutch Food Industry (FNLI) and the Netherlands Agriculture and Horticulture Organization (LTO Nederland). Discussions are also taking place with the Central Bureau for Food Trade (CBL). "Frug I Com already plays a similar role in the fruit and vegetable chain. With the experience of Frug I Com - we want to broaden that to all fresh food chains, including the meat industry. That is why we are pleased that a company like Vion is also actively participating ", says Den Ouden.

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Philip den Ouden, chairman Fresh Upstream: "There are many useful information standards in the supply chain, but their use is very fragmented. Together with stakeholders from the fresh supply chains, we tackle the fragmentation and accelerate the broad application of standards in order to efficiently and effectively meet the demand for data across the entire product chain. We are very pleased with the support of many stakeholders and in particular the cooperation with GS1 Netherlands. "