The world’s first trust framework for the full food supply system is to be developed by a collaborative project funded by Innovate UK. The £2.8m Trusted Bytes project will use novel digital technology that connects the supply chain with central government and other critical partners to help facilitate the flow of goods across international borders and drive productivity within the UK food economy.
Professor Simon Pearson, Director of the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology at the University of Lincoln, commented: “Given the changes to UK terms of trade post Brexit, this project is extremely timely. We hope to provide technology to help the flow of the fresh produce trade but also lead innovation to establish the trusted sharing of data in complex supply chains.”
Trusted Bytes will deliver a complete service that can integrate across multiple enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, from order to compliance and submission. The information will be made available on a transparent data sharing platform that tracks conditions and location, as well as enabling this data to be easily ingested into their forms, templates, and enterprise business and procurement systems. This integration is crucial for businesses seeking to streamline their processes and regulatory compliance.
The consortium, led by Produce Logistics Limited includes leading fresh produce supply chain operators Fesa UK Ltd; Worldwide Fruit Ltd; Davis Worldwide Ltd; Hain Daniels; FreshLinc Ltd; and ukFPN Lincolnshire, supported by technology companies Contained Technologies UK Ltd; British Standards Institution (BSI); and Excelerate Technology Ltd, as well as the University of Lincoln, UK; the High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s Manufacturing Technology Centre; and the Satellite Applications Catapult.
Contained Technologies’ BlueRing software is at the heart of the project, and it is designed to integrate external systems, such as HMRC, quickly and easily. It will be extended by a new BSI standard to enable businesses to automate the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certification process. A further challenge for the rural food sector will be addressed by ubiquitous end-to-end telecommunications developed by Excelerate Technologies Ltd.
Angie Stuart, ukFPN Lincolnshire, said: “This is a major achievement and another great example of the level of innovation found within the fresh produce industry in South Lincolnshire. We’re super excited to be working on this project with our members and partners.”