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PTI Compliance What every Grower Shipper Should Know. March 23, 2011. Todd Baggett CEO RedLine Solutions, Inc. Today’s Agenda. RedLine Solutions Introduction PTI Compliance – What Every Grower Shipper Should Know

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pti compliance what every grower shipper should know

PTI ComplianceWhat every Grower Shipper Should Know

March 23, 2011

Todd Baggett


RedLine Solutions, Inc.

today s agenda
Today’s Agenda
  • RedLine Solutions Introduction
  • PTI Compliance – What Every Grower Shipper Should Know
  • Question and Answer Time
redline solutions background
RedLine Solutions: Background
  • Established in 1997
  • Headquarters – Santa Clara, California
    • Central Valley Office – Fresno, CA
    • Southern California – Orange County, CA
  • RedLine provides complete Whole Chain Traceability Solutions
    • Hardware, software, professional services, support, and labels
  • We have automated over 100 fresh produce and fruit facilities
  • We have production customers doing PTI labeling for field packed items
  • Over 500 wireless network and mobile computer installations worldwide
  • North America integration, support, and repairs
redline s whole chain traceability suite
RedLine’s Whole Chain Traceability Suite
  • Managing inventory and traceability from harvest to shipment
  • Provide PTI compliant case labeling, lot tracking, with electronic records
  • Barcode driven, standards based
  • Uses mobile devices over Wi-Fi and Cellular to gather and transmit data
  • Complete audit log including date, time, action, user
  • Manages internal traceability and publishes data for external use
  • Open architecture allows integration with other systems
the food safety modernization act
The Food Safety Modernization Act

Mandatory compliance is coming

  • Most significant legislation since 1938
  • We owe thanks to the growers, retailers and trade associations that had the vision to create and move on the PTI ahead ahead of this legislation
  • The focus on prevention means traceability will become a standard part of audits
  • Implementation will phase in over three years
  • Retailers will drive PTI adoption in 2011 / 2012
  • The Tester Amendment will not have any effect on retailer requirements
the pti mission
The PTI Mission

“Create an Action Plan for the produce industry to adopt an effective Whole Chain Traceability program by incorporating the use of technology and use of common standards to serve as linkages between internal traceability programs.”

the produce traceability initiative
The PTI is:

Providing the FDA with timely access to necessary information when a food borne illness outbreak occurs

Limiting the scope of recalls to specific “Grower Lots of Interest” instead of recalling entire commodity groups

Using standard data structures across the entire supply chain

Case-level traceability

The PTI is not:

A comment about your already existing traceability systems

A centralized database run by or for the FDA with everyone’s traceability information

The ability to use your current proprietary tracking numbers with your existing tracking system

Item-level source tracking

DataBar for item checkout in retail stores

The Produce Traceability Initiative
the produce traceability initiative9
The Produce Traceability Initiative

The PTI is:

Labeling the carton, bag, bin at time of packing

About Farm to Store or Restaurant

About Whole Chain Traceability and reducing the time to trace-back and trace forwards

The Produce Industry leading the Government

Reducing risk in your business

Increasing consumer confidence in the produce the eat

The PTI is not:

Changing your systems to use the GTIN as your Item Number

About Farm to Fork

Not about Scanning at the Store or Restaurant

Serialization of lot numbers

Throwing away existing traceability systems

whole chain traceability
Whole Chain Traceability

Source Tracking #



GTIN and Lot #


Packer /


Distributor /




GTIN and Lot #

GTIN and Lot #

GTIN and Lot #

GTIN and Lot #


Item Source Tracking

pti milestones 4 5 6
PTI Milestones 4, 5, & 6

#4 Show human-readable information on cases

  • Packers are responsible for providing human-readable information on each case.

#5 Encode information in a barcode

  • Packers are responsible for encoding the GTIN, lot number.

#6 Read and store information on inbound cases

  • Each subsequent handler of the case will have the systems and capability to read and store the GTIN and lot number from each case of produce received.

These Milestones are scheduled to be completed in 2011

pti is much more than putting a label on a box
PTI is Much More than Putting a Label on a Box
  • Source lot traceability at the case level, must track co-mingling of lots by pallet (Hybrid Pallet)
  • Internal Traceability extends from the Field through the Packing Shed and Cooler to customer shipment
  • Whole Chain Traceability – The GTIN and lot ID are recorded on all inbound and outbound transactions of each supply chain member
  • Electronic records shared within 24 hours of a request
  • Correct label on the correct box.
pti compliance requires time and planning
PTI Compliance Requires Time and Planning
  • Field
    • Combining geography, item, and date information on a single label
    • Different types of harvests require different PTI processes
    • The harvest plan can change multiple times per day
  • Packing
    • Volume and span of packing operations
    • Source lot control
    • Multiple concurrent pack configurations per packer and\or packing line
  • Cooler
    • Tracking pallet consolidation of partials from the field or packing shed
    • Tracking consolidation \ building of mixed pallets for specific customer orders
    • Tracking of product through required processes
  • You will need to pilot process changes
  • A well trained staff using effective system does not lose productivity
process improvements
Process Improvements
  • Traceability (and PTI compliance) will require closing the gaps in current processes
    • Source lot control at bin level
    • Ad hoc sourcing (Order Substitution)
    • Delays between action and entering information
      • Inventory is not accurate in the system
      • Misses In-process visibility
    • Audits will reveal weak process links
leverage your investment in pti to improve operations
Leverage your investment in PTI to improve operations
  • Improve visibility
    • “Cut to Cool” and other valuable cycle times
    • Real Time View into Packing for Sales and Operations
  • Automate receipt at the Cooler
    • Eliminate data entry errors
    • Reduce the time required to check in and receive a field truck
  • Data Analysis and Reporting
    • Wealth of new data available to help you better manage your operations
      • Differences in harvested quantity to received quantity at the Cooler
        • “Lost Pallet” issue
  • Use Information to Better Manage
    • Harvest and Pack Operations
    • Treatments and Resources (cooling tunnels, Hydrovacs, ripening rooms)
    • People
    • Order fulfillment
real time visibility of harvest and pack
Real Time Visibility of Harvest and Pack
  • Ability to see planned, labeled, packed and received product in real time
  • Ability to see details on what is being harvested / packed
  • Ability to anticipate arrival times for special orders
  • Ability to track the changes to harvest plans
  • Sales can provide better information to customers
  • Operations can better manage staffing and resources
one size does not fit all
One Size Does NOT Fit All
  • Effective solutions differ for different Companies
    • Commodities
    • Scope and Span of Operations
    • Fulfillment Model
  • Effective solutions differ for different areas of operation
    • Field
    • Packing Shed
    • Cooler
pti best practices are evolving
PTI Best Practices are Evolving
  • Approved by Working Groups
    • Case label standards are being updated
      • Clarity on dimensions and quality of bar codes
    • Hybrid pallet tags
  • Approved by Leadership Council
    • PTI voice pick code
  • Not Approved by Leadership Council
    • Base GTIN’s for traceability
what should i be doing
What Should I be doing?

Understand and take action on the PTI Milestones

Get started now

Define products for testing

Start small, test the new processes

Talk with your customers to understand their expectations and timelines

Talk to your peers who have already been testing

Talk with traceability vendors to scope your needs

Stay connected


Trade Associations

Industry Events- National and Regional

redline solutions is your partner for pti compliance
RedLine Solutions is Your Partner for PTI Compliance

RedLine Solutions provides complete traceability solutions

Hardware, software, professional services, support, and labels

Field Harvest through the Packing Shed to the Cooler and customer shipment

Print what you need, whenever and wherever you need it

Capture and transmit key information for early visibility

Create and manage electronic records for traceability

Our Solutions are designed working with leading produce companies

While others are talking about solutions, RedLine is delivering

webinar series
Webinar Series

Join Us on April 20, 2011, 11am PST

“PTI Labeling in the Pack Shed-

Insights from PTI Pilots”

Register at

Come see us at Booth 1454 at United Fresh in New Orleans

questions contact us at info@redlineforproduce com or 888 801 2039
Questions?Contact us atinfo@redlineforproduce.comor 888-801-2039

Questions and Answers

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