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Sweetcorn specialist, Barfoots of Botley, has just completed its 2 millionth assessment using our Greenlight Quality Control software. Since the implementation in 2005 nearly 1,100 assessments have been successfully completed every day with significant improvements and efficiencies being made.
Barfoots, which has significant fresh produce operations specialising in the growing and packing of sweetcorn and semi-exotic produce, was faced with increased requirements from retailers and organisations to demonstrate traceability and quality assurance of certified produce that was well beyond the capabilities of a pure paper based system.
The company needed a robust, manageable quality assurance system to facilitate their daily audits and assessments. Subsequently, our QC software was implemented on the back of a joint process - Barfoots identified the processes being needed to manage its commitments, and Greenlight Quality Control developed the solution. This process enabled an opportunity for Barfoots to review their current practices and then identify areas of change that would yield process improvements and embed control points to preserve the integrity of the product.
“When dealing with fresh produce, constant improvements and efficiencies have to be delivered to our demanding customers and consumers, resulting in better productivity and cost reductions. Since the introduction of Muddy Boots, issues are more readily identified and then plans are put into place to resolve them,” claims Justin Creasy, Technical Director at Barfoots of Botley.
“One of the biggest industry concerns is Emergency Product Withdrawal’s (EPW’s) through careless label management which is potentially business threatening. Therefore, a system like this, which is capable of reducing the risk of label failure, is a huge improvement. The big advantage of Muddy Boots is knowing that the label information is correct and therefore the product is ‘safe to release’. I believe that the company’s Greenlight QC label check assurance is the ultimate solution for this.
“Electronic systems, like Greenlight QC from Muddy Boots, are much easier to police and since implementing the software, we have witnessed better organisation within our supply base and a more empowered workforce. Members of staff and suppliers are aware that they are always being monitored and we can quickly identify the number of checks that have been carried out and the accuracy of these assessments. It is now really simple for us to recognise poor performing suppliers and because of this our suppliers are encouraged to take ownership of their responsibilities.
“This data has enabled us to put improvement plans in place to promote continuous development. Any supplier that is not meeting their objectives is able to use Greenlight technology and its information to establish where the key problems lie, and put preventative measures in place for continuous improvement gains,” concludes Creasy.
Jonathan Evans, Managing Director at Muddy Boots, says the level of assessments completed by Barfoots is testament to the ruggedness of the software. “Over the past 5 years Barfoots has demonstrated their ability to utilise the capabilities of our software to add efficiency and cost gains. Completing their 2 millionth assessment not only reflects the reliability of the software but also demonstrates how their team have embraced Muddy Boots.”