Fresh food is getting fresher at Costco

Mike Troy
Editorial Director
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Zest Labs CEO Peter Mehring

AgTech company Zest Labs said Costco was using its Zest Fresh supply chain solution to further define and verify best practices that ensure delivered freshness of produce. Zest Labs is modernizing the post-harvest fresh food supply chain with innovative technology solutions that provide true end-to-end supply chain visibility that helps improve sales and reduce food waste. 

Costco is currently working with Zest Labs to optimize delivered freshness of produce from suppliers in California to warehouses on the west and east coasts. Initial work is underway to provide analytic insights about the supply chain to help better manage freshness, according to a Zest Labs statement.

“Costco Wholesale is a pioneer in the retail industry and we’re thrilled to be working with them to help improve the delivered freshness of produce for their members,” said Peter Mehring, CEO of Zest Labs. “Zest Fresh helps to proactively manage the fresh food supply chain to maximize delivered shelf life, reduce store waste by 50% or more and deliver value that drives customer satisfaction.”

Mehring explains how the fresh food supply chain works and opportunities to improve freshness and reduce waste in this video.