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Newton Orchards and DiMuto team up

West Australian apple producer teams up with Singapore-based tech solutions platform to track and trace apples

Newton Orchards and DiMuto team up

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DiMuto, a trade technology solutions platform that provides end-to-end supply chain visibility for global agri-food businesses, has partnered with Newton Orchards to commence its produce traceability and marketing solutions, beginning with Pink Lady apples this season.

Using DiMuto’s 4T Suite Solutions, West Australian-based Newton Orchards will tag its apples for produce traceability and supply chain visibility.

Newton Orchards will also tap into DiMuto SMART Marketing services to engage end consumers with its traceability story while also working closely with DiMuto as part of their trade network to explore export opportunities.

Based in Manjimup, Newton Orchards is a family owned and managed business. It has several orchards located around the Southern Forests region growing apples, pears and cherries, and is one of the largest orchards in Western Australia.

The fourth-generation grower supplies over 7,000 tonnes of apples each year to major supermarkets in Australia including Coles and Woolworths.

It was among the first in Australia to commercially grow Pink Lady apples, a variety that was originally developed in Manjimup. It has also been at the forefront of Bravo production, the newest apple to come from the same Pink Lady breeding programme.

Owner and manager of Newton Orchards, Harvey Giblett, said the family are excited to partner with DiMuto. “This makes up part of our commitment to deliver sustainable and safe food to Australian consumers. By being able to track each apple from the farm to fork, we’re able to guarantee food integrity that customers can enjoy the apples in a way that’s closer to nature,” he commented.

The DiMuto 4T Suite Solution creates traceability for every single fruit as they move through the supply chain by capturing important data at key supply chain stages.

Individual products and cartons are tagged with DiMuto QR codes to assign each one a digital identity. These products and cartons are then digitalized through DiMuto’s proprietary Digital Asset Creation devices (DACky).

All critical information at each supply chain milestone is also recorded on the DiMuto Platform to truly close the supply chain loop on one single platform, creating full supply chain visibility.

Every apple will be tagged with DiMuto QR codes that can be scanned by end consumers with any mobile phones.

Through the DiMuto Sales & Marketing Retention & Awareness Tool (SMART) Marketing solution, consumers will be directed to a product page that gives them easy access to traceability information and product origin.

Consumers will also be able to learn more about the Newton Orchards farm, its growing practices and get to know the story of Newton Orchards farmers. Educational information like recipes and videos, as well as promotions and lucky draws can also be found.

Consumers are also encouraged to leave feedback on their produce, allowing Newton Orchards to gain important information about the quality of the product and the consumer experience.

Western Australian consumers will get to learn more about Newton Orchards’ traceability story in early November, in a collaboration between Newtons and local premium independent retailer Gilbert’s Fresh Market, Hilton.

Newton Orchards will launch a point-of-sale marketing campaign to promote their brand of apples, juices, and ciders.

DiMuto will assist Newton Orchards in hosting a digital lucky draw campaign, where consumers can participate in the promotion through the DiMuto QR codes and stand a chance to win an exciting array of products and grocery vouchers.

“We look forward to working closely with Newton Orchards for a fully traceable supply chain. DiMuto’s trade solutions provide growers such as Newton Orchards with full supply chain visibility and allows them to tell their traceability story to end consumers in a verified, accessible manner,” said Gary Loh, founder and chief executive of DiMuto.

DiMuto’s deal with Newton Orchards follows closely after DiMuto’s partnership with Morning Glory Farms, a third-and-fourth generation farmer and grower in Western Australia.

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