Citrus packing app for better citrus quality, lower waste, improved citrus packing profit. 

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Citrus packing app.

Software app for Citrus packing: grading, sorting, and processing.  Includes export, wholesale, and full packing management app.  Built around traceability & recalls:  bar-code inventory, B2B Customer Portal, Shop front,  FARM MANAGEMENT OPTION and more...  Farmsoft provides complete management for onion  packing, broccoli packing, citrus packing, pepper packing, tomato packing, avocado packing, potato packing.  Salad packing, Loose leaf lettuce and other fresh produce such as spinach, rucola, chicory, watercress.  Cucumber packing. Citrus packing app for lemon, orange, mandarin, tangerine, clementine.  

Inventory

Manage incoming Citrus inventory, capture supplier details, traceability and costs (optionally capture on PO in advance), create inventory & pallet labels, record storage location of inventory.  Automatic inventory audit trail and tracking.  Unlimited inventory items. Bar-code inventory management.

Stock-take

Perform stock-takes any time by category or storage location.  Know how much onion inventory you have in real time, even search by storage location.  Report by product line and storage location, or product category. 

Sales, shipping,  orders

Print pick sheet to pick Citrus orders manually, or scan inventory / pallets onto orders, or auto select inventory,  or rapidly sell without an order.  Track paid, and unpaid invoices.  Attach documents to invoices / photos of outgoing shipments.

Traceability & recalls

Instant mock recalls both up and down the supply chain using keys based on supplier lot/batch, supplier name, delivery date, invoice #, inventory #, pallet #, customer reference, order # and more...  Reduces fresh produce food safety compliance costs and makes audits easy.

Invoices, BOL, labels for pallets & inventory

Choose from a gallery of invoices, bill of lading, freight notes, and industry standard fresh produce labels including Walmart, Tesco, Aldi, Coles, Pick 'n Save, Woolworths and more...

Batch packing

Record all batch inputs such as fruit & vegetables, packaging materials, and other raw materials.  Batch costs automatically tracked.  Batch recalls automatically track suppliers & traceability.

Logistics

View open orders & balances. Assign orders to specific staff for picking, assign to trucks / driver, transport company.  Set loading order for multiple orders on one truck.  See when orders are ready shipped and print bill of lading, export documents, and invoices. 

Quality control

Perform QC tests for incoming pepper inventory, packed, pre-shipping. Configure QC tests for ANYTHING you want to test, supplier quality control tracking.  Attach unlimited photos & documents to QC tests from your cell or tablet.  

Price lists

Manage prices that will be used when a customer order is recorded.  Set up price lists for specials, specific products & customers or promotions.  

Dashboards

Profit:  Analyze profit of each onion line, variety, and even track individual customer profit, and batch level cost & profit.  Sales:  Monitor sales progress & shipments.  Quality:  supplier performance & more...

More...

Auto shipment and sale alerts to customers.  Configure BOM, packing / manufacturing processes, special rules to control the processes in your business (your consultant will do this for you).   

Citrus value adding

For food service and processors:  specify the ingredients for each product you manufacture, farmsoft will calculate required quantities to fill open orders and schedule the batch.  Automatic creation of inventory outputs.  All ingredients and inputs are costed.

Unlimited sites & warehouses

Create multiple sites, specify which sites each employee can view (this restricts inventory, orders, invoices etc to selected sites).  Great for businesses with multiple locations across the country or planet.

Advanced tailoring

Add new fields to screens, choose from a wide selection of interfaces (touch based, PC based, data entry, tablet), control special business processes, activate defaults, configure automatic alerts and more...

Purchase orders

Order raw materials, packaging materials and more from suppliers.  Analyze orders and prices using Purchases dashboard. 

Re-order alerts

Receive alerts when inventory needs to be reordered, analyze inventory that will need ordering in the future, and inventory that is approaching expiry...


Finance apps

Integrate with Xero finance, or export invoices (AR) and Purchase Orders (AP) to your chosen finance app like MYOB, Quickbooks, , FreshBooks, Wave, SaasAnt, SAGE and others...

Reduce Citrus waste by 99%

Packing inventory control ensures there is no 'shrinkage', food inventory is FIFO managed, and expiring inventory always monitored.

Reduce administration time by 60%

Automatic paperwork for packing, labels, and reporting reduces the burden on administration teams and saves everyone's time.

Better Citrus packing quality now

Quality control and food safety has never been easier with industry standard quality tests, food safety checklists; or configure your own tests. 

100% accurate Citrus packing orders!

Guarantee only the correct inventory is shipped for each order, on time, every time.

Easy Citrus packing traceability

Perform instant mock recalls and audits at any time, from anywhere. No need to compile reports or search for documents. International food safety standards maintained.

Reduce Citrus inventory stocking costs by 10%

Project required ingredients & materials to ensure just in time delivery and reduce inventory overheads & waste.

Faster Citrus packing inventory control

Know exactly which inventory is available, where it is, and when it expires:  any-time, anywhere.
No need to manually create reports in spreadsheets, instant real time access to your inventory details.

Easier Citrus packing management

Rapidly assign customer orders to production batches, line & inventory managers receive instant alerts.  Precision processing & packing reduces fresh produce waste.

CITRUS PACKING TECHNOLOGY 
After a new regulation on the control of citrus canker (Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri) came into force in Brazil in 2017, the post-harvest sanitization of citrus fruit became mandatory to prevent dissemination of the causal pathogen and enable the commercial trade of citrus to other states and countries. Although several sanitizers are available worldwide for decontamination of fresh produce, only sodium hypochlorite is legally required by the country for decontamination of citrus fruit traded with other states and countries against X. citri in the packing house. Thus, the objectives of this study were to assess the efficiency of chlorine dioxide, peracetic acid, and calcium oxychloride as alternative sanitizers and exposure times of 1 and 2 min for the post-harvest decontamination of citrus fruit against X. citri. Sodium hypochlorite, the legally required standard, was used as control. The sanitizers were evaluated regarding the capacity to eliminate live X. citri in solution immediately or 1 h after exposure to the products and the efficiency in disinfesting artificially and naturally contaminated lime fruit. An additional assessment was carried out to determine the infective potential of X. citri suspensions at different concentrations in order to evaluate the risk of disease dissemination by the remaining bacterial population on the fruit following treatment. All the assessed sanitizers were able to completely eliminate X. citri in suspension immediately after treatment. In artificially and naturally contaminated fruit, the sanitizers promoted a significant reduction of 2.4–2.8 and 1.1 to 1.5 log10 cfu/mL, respectively, in the population of live bacteria when compared to the untreated control. In these experiments, the amount of X. citri that remained on the fruit ranged from 0.5 to 1.0 and 0.1 to 0.3 log10 cfu/mL, respectively, regardless of the exposure time. The labeled concentrations and treatment periods assessed effectively decontaminated fruit with X. citri and demonstrated little or no risk of pathogen spread from treated fruit.

The quality of fresh fruit is of vital importance, not only to the retailers and customers, but also to distributors, packing houses and producers. A system to help that the produce reaches the market place in the best possible condition has been developed, aiming specifically at citrus fruit. The developed systems incorporates and integrates sensors, databases and expert knowledge to help with every aspect of the citrus fruit life cycle.

The quality of fresh fruit is of vital importance, not only to the retailers and customers, but also to distributors, packing houses and producers. A system to help that the produce reaches the market place in the best possible condition has been developed, aiming specifically at
citrus fruit. The developed systems incorporates and integrates sensors, databases and expert knowledge to help with every aspect of the citrus fruit life cycle.   Keywords: Quality control, Sensors, Data acquisition, Database systems, Monitored control
systems.

The cold chain is vital in the reduction of physiological developments in citrus fruit to prolong the shelf-life and influence market rates. It is also important for some niche export markets that have specified time-temperature cold treatment protocols as phytosanitary risk mitigation measures for pests that they deem to be of phytosanitary concern. The review covers 44 publications that relate to the non-conformance of in-transit citrus shipments with cold-chain specifications. The findings indicate that the literature can be categorised into different themes, namely technological trends, temperature control, and cold-chain modelling and refrigeration. In addition, the key findings from the literature reviewed show that most non-conformances that occur are due to temperature deviations in the cold chain. In addition, the study suggests a framework for successful engagement with the cold-treatment process. The framework adapted from a citrus industry assessment conducted in 2016 provides a detailed explanation of the different phases and processes that need to be followed to help minimise the occurrence of non-conformances, while also detailing some of the disadvantages of the three components that the framework is comprised of. The three components are: the pre-cooling phase, the container-packing phase and the pulp/probe-stabilisation phase. The results of the study serve as a basis to further develop the research area by presenting recommendations and proposing future research.

CITRUS PACK-HOUSE OPERATIONS

Packinghouse operations can be as simple as moving produce from a field lug into a shipping container, or may include a variety of handling practices, from cleaning, waxing, sizing, and quality grading to color sorting. The provision of shade during the packing operations is extremely important. Shade can be created using palm leaf fronds, a plastic mesh or canvas sheet hung from temporary poles, or via a permanent roofed structure. When deciding upon where to locate a packinghouse, access to the field and market point, adequate space for vehicles to enter and leave the packinghouse and ease of access to labor will all be considerations (Proctor, 1985).

In the simplest packinghouse, produce is delivered in picking containers, immediately after harvest, directly to the packers. The packers then sort, grade, size and pack the produce directly into appropriate transport containers. In this case, each worker must be knowledgeable regarding produce defects, grade and size requirements, and packing methods.

As the size and complexity of the packinghouse increases, more operations and workers trained in specific tasks might be added.



Dumping

Produce must somehow be removed from the field bin or harvesting container and moved through the packinghouse. This first step is known as ''dumping". Dumping must be done gently, whether using water assisted methods or dry dumping. Wet dumping can decrease bruising and abrasions by using moving, chlorinated (100-150 ppm) water to carry delicate produce. When using dry dumping, padded, sloped ramps or moving conveyor belts can decrease injuries to produce.



Pre-sorting

Pre-sorting produce is usually done to eliminate injured, decayed, or otherwise defective produce (culls) before cooling or additional handling. Pre-sorting will save energy in that culls will not be handled. Removing decaying produce items will limit the spread of infection to other units, especially if postharvest pesticides are not being used.



Cleaning

For some commodities, such as kiwifruits and avocadoes, dry brushing may be sufficient to clean the produce. Other commodities, however, such as bananas and carrots, require washing. The choice of brushing and/or washing will depend upon both the type of commodity and the type of contamination.

Wash before cooling and packing : tomatoes, cucumbers, leafy greens

Wash to remove latex, reduce staining: mangoes, bananas

Wash after storage : sweetpotatoes, potatoes, carrots

Dry brush after curing or storage: onions, garlic, kiwifruit

Do Not Wash : green beans, melons, cabbage, okra, peas, peppers, summer squash

Sanitation is essential, both to control the spread of disease from one item to another, and to limit spore buildup in wash water or in the packinghouse air. Chlorine treatments (100 to 150 ppm Cl) can be used in wash water to help control pathogen buildup during packing operations ( Moline , 1984). There is some variation in the strength of bleach available commercially in different countries, but a rule of thumb is to use 1 to 2 mls of chlorine bleach per liter (1 to 2 ounces of chlorine bleach per 8 gallons of clean water). Walls, floors and packing equipment can also be cleaned using quaternary ammonium compounds labeled as safe for food processing equipment (Kupferman, 1990).



Waxing

Waxing of immature fruit vegetables such as cucumbers and summer squash; mature fruit vegetables such as eggplant, peppers and tomatoes; and fruits such as apples and peaches is common. Food grade waxes are used to replace some of the natural waxes removed in washing and cleaning operations, and can help reduce water loss during handling and marketing. If produce is waxed, the wax coating must be allowed to dry thoroughly before further handling.



Sizing

Sizing produce is optional but may be worthwhile if certain size grades receive a higher price than others. In most low-input packinghouses, manual sizing is still commonly practiced. Operators should be trained in selecting the size desired and to either directly pack the items into containers or place the selected produce gently into a bin for packing further down the line. Sizing can be done subjectively (visually) with the use of standard size gauges. Examples of the smallest and largest acceptable sizes for each product can be placed within view of the operator for easy reference. Hand held sizers are used for a variety of products.

Many products have established U.S. grades and standards that can assist packers in sorting and sizing produce. The following are examples of standards based upon diameter and/or length.

Examples of USDA Grade Standards: