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Welcome to Fresh Takes on Tech, a podcast from the International Fresh Produce Association. At IFPA, Our trade association represents companies from every segment of the global fresh produce and floral supply chain. We advocate, connect and guide to enhance members’ prosperity.
This is a show for people interested in the intersection between technology and the produce and floral industries. Each episode we explore the problems, solutions, people and ideas that are shaping the industry.

Fresh Takes On Tech International Fresh Produce Association

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Welcome to Fresh Takes on Tech, a podcast from the International Fresh Produce Association. At IFPA, Our trade association represents companies from every segment of the global fresh produce and floral supply chain. We advocate, connect and guide to enhance members’ prosperity.
This is a show for people interested in the intersection between technology and the produce and floral industries. Each episode we explore the problems, solutions, people and ideas that are shaping the industry.

    Short Takes on Tech 06: Pioneering Innovations in Produce Industry Tech

    Short Takes on Tech 06: Pioneering Innovations in Produce Industry Tech

    Unlock the secrets of innovation and success in the produce industry with today's power-packed lineup! Join us as we dive into the world of cutting-edge technology and data solutions with Greg Gatzke and Thuan Ngo from ZAG Technical Services, Inc. Discover how their accelerated business growth strategies are reshaping the technological landscape and propelling the industry into the future.
    Next up, we're joined by Amy Tranzillo and Ethan Meyers from AgroFresh, a trailblazing company providing integrated technologies for growers, packers, and retailers. Explore the innovative solutions that are driving success across the entire supply chain. Wrapping up this episode is Chris Jones, Principal at RSM. As a top advisor to middle-market leaders globally, RSM plays a crucial role in shaping the future of business. Listen in to learn how RSM navigates the complex landscape of providing valuable guidance, managing data responsibly, and ensuring the utmost importance of data security.
    Key TakeawaysWhy data needs to be managed.How data can be used responsibly.How ZAG is making technology more accessible.The importance of security in data usage.How does someone gather data?How FreshCloud works.The value in having quality inspection of produce.The benefit of taking small steps towards change.
    Guest ResourcesGreg Gatzke: LinkedInThuan Ngo: LinkedInAmy Tranzillo: LinkedInEthan Meyers: LinkedInChris Jones: LinkedInGlobal Produce & Floral Show
    Show LinksInternational Fresh Produce Association - https://www.freshproduce.com/
    Fresh Takes on Tech - https://www.freshproduce.com/resources/technology/takes-on-tech-podcast/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/InternationalFreshProduceAssociation/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/IntFreshProduce/
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/international-fresh-produce-association/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/intlfreshproduceassn/

    • 38 min
    Short Takes on Tech 05: AgTech Revolution

    Short Takes on Tech 05: AgTech Revolution

    We're diving into the cutting-edge world of AgTech with a double feature in today's episode with two industry pioneers who are shaping the future. First up is Walt Duflock, VP of Innovation at Western Growers, a true trailblazer in the AgTech startup scene. Following Walt, we're honored to hear from Melissa Ackerman, CEO of Planet Harvest, on a mission to revolutionize the produce supply chain and make a positive impact on the environment, health, and society.
    Listen in as we unravel the innovative landscape Walt is helping to craft and learn about the profound impact of technology on agriculture. From there, you will be inspired as Melissa shares the vision and passion behind her mission-driven company, highlighting the incredible value fresh fruits and vegetables offer to our healthcare structure.
    Key TakeawaysHow technology is going to impact the agriculture industry.The importance of being innovative and ahead of the game.The benefit of collecting data and using it.Why simplicity and forward thinking are the keys to AgTech innovation.How technology fits into the new labor force in agriculture.The importance of being flexible and optimistic in what we can do. Why fresh produce should have a place in our healthcare structure.
    Guest ResourcesWalt Duflock: LinkedInMelissa Ackerman: LinkedInGlobal Produce & Floral Show
    Show LinksInternational Fresh Produce Association - https://www.freshproduce.com/
    Fresh Takes on Tech - https://www.freshproduce.com/resources/technology/takes-on-tech-podcast/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/InternationalFreshProduceAssociation/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/IntFreshProduce/
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/international-fresh-produce-association/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/intlfreshproduceassn/

    • 26 min
    Short Takes on Tech 04: Navigating Traceability and Innovation in the Produce Industry

    Short Takes on Tech 04: Navigating Traceability and Innovation in the Produce Industry

    Take a look into the ever-evolving fresh produce industry in this episode featuring Andrew Kennedy, Co-Founder of New Era Partners, and Jeff Butler, General Manager of Silo Capital. Andrew shares his unique journey transitioning from the FDA to the private sector, offering insights into the challenges and opportunities of traceability in the food industry. From there, we delve into the world of Silo Capital with Jeff Butler, exploring the innovative platform's role in empowering buyers, growers, and shippers. 
    Listen in to gain a deeper understanding of Silo's operations, its potential shift toward funding or software, and Jeff's journey from Amazon to the produce sector. You'll learn about the intricacies of sales in Silo and the profound significance Jeff places on face-to-face interactions. This episode spotlights companies revolutionizing the fresh produce landscape, providing you with a wealth of knowledge about the latest innovations and solutions in the industry.
    Key TakeawaysAndrew’s unique perspective on working with data.How the industry has shifted in its use of data.How people are reacting to having data that is shared.The benefits Andrew can see in the future from using this data.The challenges of working with traceability.Whether Jeff sees Silo becoming more of a funding or a software company moving forward.How sales work in Silo.How Jeff transitioned from Amazon to produce.Why Jeff believes face-to-face interactions are so important.
    Guest ResourcesAndrew Kennedy: LinkedInJeff Butler: LinkedInGlobal Produce & Floral Show
    Show LinksInternational Fresh Produce Association - https://www.freshproduce.com/
    Fresh Takes on Tech - https://www.freshproduce.com/resources/technology/takes-on-tech-podcast/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/InternationalFreshProduceAssociation/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/IntFreshProduce/
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/international-fresh-produce-association/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/intlfreshproduceassn/

    • 24 min
    Short Takes on Tech 03: Illuminating AgTech Innovations in Fresh Produce

    Short Takes on Tech 03: Illuminating AgTech Innovations in Fresh Produce

    Today we are taking a deep dive into the realm of technology in fresh produce and the remarkable advancements shaping the industry. In our first conversation, Gene Wisakowsky, CEO of Agniuity, Inc, reveals how their revolutionary horticulture lighting system is not just illuminating crops, but doing so with exceptional energy efficiency, setting a new standard in the field. Stay tuned to explore the path forward, lit by a full spectrum of possibilities.
    Next, we venture into the world of vertical farming with Benjamin Weir, Director of Sales, and Emily Gee, Marketing Director of AeroFarms. Discover how AeroFarms is redefining the landscape of food production, offering a glimpse into the cutting-edge technologies transforming agriculture. Buckle up for a journey through AgTech and innovation, where each conversation paints a vivid picture of the future of fresh produce and the role technology plays in reshaping our approach to growing and consuming food.
    Key TakeawaysHow Agniuity has taken horticulture lighting to the next level.How Gene discovered this way of enhancing crop growth.The ROI of using this innovative lighting system.What Gene learned that will change the way they go to market.Where AeroFarms is currently.What microgreens are.What is important to the consumer.How technology and AI will impact the industry moving forward.
    Guest ResourcesGene Wisakowsky: LinkedInBenjamin Weir: LinkedIn | AeroFarmsEmily Gee: LinkedInGlobal Produce & Floral Show
    Show LinksInternational Fresh Produce Association - https://www.freshproduce.com/
    Fresh Takes on Tech - https://www.freshproduce.com/resources/technology/takes-on-tech-podcast/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/InternationalFreshProduceAssociation/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/IntFreshProduce/
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/international-fresh-produce-association/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/intlfreshproduceassn/

    • 24 min
    Short Takes on Tech 02: Inside the Fresh Field Catalyst Accelerator Program

    Short Takes on Tech 02: Inside the Fresh Field Catalyst Accelerator Program

    Join us today as we uncover the groundbreaking Fresh Field Catalyst Accelerator Program, a platform propelling 12 revolutionary companies toward commercialization within the next 1-2 years. In this episode, our insightful guests share their journeys and their insights into the agricultural markets, and shed light on the invaluable advantages of participating in this accelerator program.
    Listen in as we talk to James Ethington, CEO of Arable, who believes in the power of digitizing the analog world to revolutionize agriculture, ensuring sustainability, reducing environmental impact, and improving lives. Guillaume Wegria, Co-Founder & CEO of Fyteko, takes climate-smart agriculture to new heights by developing innovative biomolecules, while Kristine White, CEO of Spornado, introduces a game-changing crop disease early alert system, revolutionizing the way we approach sustainability.
    Key TakeawaysWhat Spornado is setting out to change.Why early crop disease spotting is important.How Spornado works.The motivation behind these initiatives.What Fyteko is working on.How the market is different in the USA versus Europe.The advantages of being a part of the program.The problems Arable hopes to change.Arable’s competitive advantage.
    Guest ResourcesJames Ethington: LinkedIn | ArableGuillaume Wegria: LinkedIn | FytekoKristine White: LinkedIn | SpornadoGlobal Produce & Floral Show
    Show LinksInternational Fresh Produce Association - https://www.freshproduce.com/
    Fresh Takes on Tech - https://www.freshproduce.com/resources/technology/takes-on-tech-podcast/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/InternationalFreshProduceAssociation/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/IntFreshProduce/
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/international-fresh-produce-association/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/intlfreshproduceassn/

    • 34 min
    Short Takes on Tech 01: Harvesting Innovation from the Global Produce & Floral Show

    Short Takes on Tech 01: Harvesting Innovation from the Global Produce & Floral Show

    Today we are starting a journey into the heart of innovation with the inaugural episode of our special season, recorded live at the Global Produce & Floral Show. Throughout this season, join us for 2-4 interviews in each episode, featuring discussions with experts from groundbreaking companies and pioneers in cutting-edge technology within the produce and floral industry. These dynamic conversations offer quick glimpses into the innovative solutions addressing the industry's most pressing challenges. Whether you're a seasoned professional in the field or simply curious about the latest advancements, this season has something for everyone.
    In this episode, we kick off with the Tip of the Iceberg Podcast, sharing insights into the accelerator program's purpose and impact. Following that, we explore Julian Godding's perspective as the Lead Data Scientist at Gardin, a pioneering company in the Fresh Field Catalyst Program. Lastly, we speak with Brandon Contino, CEO, and Co-Founder of Four Growers, as he shares his unique insights into the main pain points for growers.
    Key TakeawaysWhat the accelerator program entails.The benefits of participation.The purpose of the accelerator program.What Gardin is working on in terms of crop growth.Julian’s experience in the Fresh Field Catalyst Program.What Four Growers has set out to do in the industry.The major pain points of growers.
    Guest ResourcesJulian Godding: LinkedInBrandon Contino: LinkedInIFPA innovator Vonnie Estes on opening up the produce industryGlobal Produce & Floral Show
    Show LinksInternational Fresh Produce Association - https://www.freshproduce.com/
    Fresh Takes on Tech - https://www.freshproduce.com/resources/technology/takes-on-tech-podcast/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/InternationalFreshProduceAssociation/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/IntFreshProduce/
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/international-fresh-produce-association/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/intlfreshproduceassn/

    • 37 min

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