Company: Dole Food Co. Inc. (Dole Fresh Foods)
Headquarters: Westlake Village, CA
Size of Company: 1,000 or more employees; $5M-$10M in revenue
Industry: Non-manufacturing
Primary Product Line: Fresh fruit, vegetables, packaged food products, fresh-cut flowers, leafy greens
Name of Project: RFID-Driven Food Safety
Project Objective: To safeguard consumers and optimize processes; increase levels of traceability of harvested foods and visibility into efficiencies of processes, such as weighing, cooling, and storage
Technologies Employed: IBM Cognos for Metrics reporting, RFID readers from Impinj and Mojix, handhelds from Intermec Technologies
Accomplishments/ROI: Decreased harvest-to-storage times; eliminated bottlenecks in weigh scales and cooling tubes; improved traceability and safety for customers; improved visibility of any product that may have been contaminated or come in contact with contaminated batch