Traceability for Western Australian Food and Beverage Industry

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The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s (DPIRD) Food Industry Development branch works with industry to support the growth of an internationally competitive Western Australian food and beverage value added sector.

DPIRD has partnered with GS1 Australia to investigate how five WA food and beverage businesses have incorporated traceability systems into their operations. Traceability Learning Journeys is the report on the lessons in implementation and impact of improving and updating a businesses' traceability approach.

Insights from Traceability Learning Journeys

Enhanced traceability of food products from production to consumption is increasingly important for industry and government. Despite significant investment in traceability technology and solutions, there are considerable knowledge gaps. Notably, there is a lack of information about the financial and economic benefits of enhanced supply chain traceability.

This study investigates business drivers for traceability capability through surveys and inteviews with 20 WA food processors. Case studies of five businesses reveal different motivations and use cases, highlighting implementation experiences and lessons learned. These stories are related to a general 'traceability learning journey' and the diversity of interests and needs of businesses of varying maturity levels, scale and type.

Businesses face different challenges at different stages of growth, however there are common issues and lessons to be learnt from those who are going on the journey.

Drawn image of the journey businesses take when implementing traceability systems
The traceability journey map uses Emma & Oliva's experience growing their crackers business to demonstrate the different stages and needs for traceability systems.

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