This packing line at Nash Produce in Nashville, N.C., packs 12 different products at the same time. The RedLine Packing system’s scanner and label printer (on the left side of the conveyor belt) scans each carton and in a few seconds identifies which product is in the carton and prints the appropriate label.
This packing line at Nash Produce in Nashville, N.C., packs 12 different products at the same time. The RedLine Packing system’s scanner and label printer (on the left side of the conveyor belt) scans each carton and in a few seconds identifies which product is in the carton and prints the appropriate label.

With the announcement of the third module in its suite of whole-chain traceability products, RedLine Solutions now offers growers and shippers the ability to better track produce and manage inventory with RedLine Packing.

The integrated traceability product operates in the field, the packing shed and the cooler, said RedLine chief executive officer Todd Baggett in a news release from the company’s Santa Clara, Calif., headquarters.

RedLine developed the RedLine Packing system in collaboration with packers and shippers who work with a variety of fresh produce commodities, from citrus to avocados to sweet potatoes. It allows for traceability information from harvest through shipment to be easily stored and managed.

Baggett said the product has been tested with multiple customers who are using RedLine Packing in their production operations. It is compliant with the Produce Traceability Initiative, allowing packers to print barcode labels and capture source lot information, including what farm and field the produce came from and the date it was harvested.

Packers can track movement of product as well as treatments and storage locations. Depending on their setup, users can either print out batches of PTI labels to apply manually or automatically identify and label each carton or reusable plastic container as it moves down the line.

The RedLine Packing module captures traceability information from cases as they are assembled into pallets and connects the information to the pallet tag number. If users want hybrid pallet tags, the RedLine Packing system provides that information, too.

An electronic record of the complete traceability information from the receipt of bulk product assists with inventory management.

For clients who are also using the RedLine Cooler system, traceability information is extended to include which pallets were shipped to which customer location. On-demand reports can be produced showing the exact source for any case of product, and trace forward information on all other cases of product from the same source is also available.