MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fresh Del Monte Produce, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated producers, distributors and marketers of fresh and fresh fruits and vegetables announced today that it has invested a 39 percent stake in Decapolis, a Jordanian and UK technology start-up. a company that provides blockchain-powered food safety and quality traceability technology for the food industry. The investment is part of Fresh Del Monte’s technology-driven mission to offer best-in-class, innovative solutions for its products and services and to provide sustainable solutions that other companies and industries can benefit from.
The two companies plan to roll out Decapolis Food Guard (DFG)™, a blockchain-based traceability solution, across all Fresh Del Monte business segments, starting with Fresh Del Monte’s pineapple operations in Costa Rica. Decapolis Food Guard provides full traceability solutions through the DFG chain of files that capture food at every stage of production, from planting to distribution through the use of QR codes. The implementation of blockchain technology ensures that data is immutable, and QR codes on brands certify end-to-end traceability. Anyone who scans the QR code will be able to see a complete farm-to-fork catalog of product information. This traceability process allows for reliable documentation in the supply chain, whether it affects consumer knowledge, food safety or quality analysis. Fresh Del Monte and Decapolis also plan to provide Decapolis Food Guard (DFG)™ to other interested companies.
“Now more than ever, consumers are very aware of what goes into their food. With this blockchain technology, they will know exactly what has gone into the product and where it has traveled until it was purchased for consumption. We are excited to begin implementing this traceability solution for all Fresh Del Monte products,” said Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, Fresh Del Monte Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Decapolis has successfully developed and deployed this solution in the private and public sectors, spanning four continents. Today, Decapolis is optimistic about its promising partnership with Fresh Del Monte.
“We are in the business of doing good. We embark on this project with full confidence in our company, our offerings, our services and the people we serve. It will definitely be a promising and fruitful project, a force multiplier for work that has a positive impact on communities, families and the future of healthy living and technology for good. “We are committed to our vision of becoming the leading global reference platform for compliance and certification for food businesses around the world,” said Abedalrhman Habashneh, Decapolis Founder and CEO.
ABOUT FRESH DEL MONTE
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. is one of the world’s leading vertically integrated producers, marketers and distributors of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, as well as a leading producer and distributor of prepared foods in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Fresh Del Monte markets its products worldwide under DEL MONTE® brand (licensed by Del Monte Foods, Inc.), a symbol of product innovation, quality, freshness and reliability for over 135 years. The company also markets its products under the MANN™ brand and other related brands. Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. is not affiliated with certain other Del Monte companies worldwide, including Del Monte Foods, Inc., the US subsidiary of Del Monte Pacific Limited, Del Monte Canada or Del Monte Asia Pte. Ltd. Fresh Del Monte is the first global fruit and vegetable marketer to commit to the Science Based Targets initiative. In 2022, Fresh Del Monte Produce was ranked as one of “America’s Most Trusted Companies” by Newsweek based on an independent survey that evaluates companies on three different touch points, including customer trust, investor trust and employee trust. Fresh Del Monte Produce is traded on the NYSE under the symbol FDP.
Decapolis is a global leader in Jordan and the UK in food traceability technology. Decapolis’ mission is to support partners, and by extension, the industries where we work to provide premium products where the end-to-end manufacturing and production chain meets strict safety and quality control standards. Decapolis helps food manufacturers increase product profitability and reduce operating costs by using blockchain to increase transparency and efficiency in the food manufacturer’s supply chain and distribution processes. Where possible, manual processes and record keeping are digitized and automated. Decapolis Food Guard (DFG)™ integrates connections with manufacturer measurement systems, IoT devices and manufacturer ERP systems to collect business, financial and technical data that control production processes. Decapolis works with the World Food Program (WFP) to enable over 600 smallholder farmers to produce sought-after, high-quality crops and increase product profitability by accessing new markets. This improves the bottom line of smallholder farmers, brings safe, healthy products to local markets and increases efficiency throughout production and supply chains. This year, Decapolis is joining WFP in the National School Feeding Program in Jordan. Decapolis sources fresh fruit and vegetables from its farms for the program which ensures that traceable, healthy and nutritious meals are delivered to school children across the country.