Leveraging Data for the Complex Dairy Supply Chain

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Leveraging Data for the Complex Dairy Supply Chain

Tim Hammerich
Journalist

This is Tim Hammerich from the Ag Information Network with your Farm of the Future report.

The size and complexity of the food system is very difficult for most of us to grasp. For perishable products like dairy, data and technology can help at many stages. Scott Sexton co-founded milk.com over 20 years ago.

Sexton… “You are dealing with a highly regulated perishable liquid multi-component product that needs to be assembled, tracked, quality managed. And then, you think about it, it’s like the oil and gas supply chain. There are many refineries. So if you’re a Greek yogurt company, you want the protein, but you don’t want the fat. To get the fat out of the processing plant. He has to switch to someone who makes ice cream or cream cheese or butter or sour cream. So there is this kind of stopwatch for all these transport of goods with specialized transport. There’s no pipeline for, you know, milk, is there? Like oil and gas.

The company started as a marketplace for buyers and sellers, but discovered that its real value was in helping customers manage these complex supply chains.

Sexton… “It’s the internet-based shared record system for people to manage the life cycle of milk. And so, in some ways, we didn’t realize how perfectly suited the dairy sector was to sort of a new way of doing business. »

Sexton said we are still in the very early stages of this new way of doing business digitally.

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