FoodLogiQ software aims to help track produce value chain

Apr. 22, 2013 @ 04:14 PM

Durham-based FoodLogiQ has developed web-based software to track produce from the farm to the restaurant or grocery store and at steps in-between. Now the company is looking to hire additional workers to improve the product.
Headquartered in Durham since 2009, the company has about nine dedicated employees, said Wesley Ange, the company’s product development manager. The business is an independently operating subsidiary of the management and technology consulting firm Clarkston Consulting.
FoodLogiQ’s focus is on tracking produce, Ange said. The process works so that workers scan a product number at the different step along the value chain, and then that information is entered into the company’s database.
That information is compiled and strung together to create a product value-chain history, which Ange said is “really useful to people at the top of the chain.”
Ange said that information could be useful to help companies looking to make and validate claims about their supply chains.
He said the fact that the code must be scanned is part of a tracking challenge, and part of mitigating that problem is working with retailers and restaurants to require tracking by suppliers.
“We also have built-in features, like only relying on a shipment or receipt of a single member, to connect the dots,” he also said in an email. “We can connect the dots with limited information.”
He said the company has other applications, too, such as software and hardware offerings that allow for plant and warehouse case and pallet labeling, printing and scanning. And according to the company’s website, the company also has an application to allow suppliers to upload food safety certifications, audit checklists and corrective action reports.
FoodLogiQ was originally known as Clarkston Canada, and had a focus on livestock, Ange said. In 2006, the company was re-branded as FoodLogiQ, and its focus was expanded to the United States as well. He said it expanded again in 2009 to include produce tracking, which is now its focus.
Ange said the company has released the first version of its software, and now is looking for a few software developers and designers to improve it. He said FoodLogiQ is looking to hire about two workers to help add applications and improve the software’s functionality.
“(We) expect to meet a bunch of qualified people familiar with the technology (we’re) using, and we think this area is going to be able to fill our needs really well,” Ange said.
FoodLogiQ is on the list of technology businesses that are slated to attend Wednesday’s job fair the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in Durham.
The N.C. Technology Association is partnering with the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, also known as CED, and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s “Work in the Triangle” initiative to host the fair.