Agriculture companies are always striving to produce better tasting, longer lasting fruits and vegetables. Whether it’s corn or berries, produce diminishes in value the minute it goes from the stalk or vine to the market.
Driscoll’s, a $3.5 billion provider of berry plants, is turning to emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), the internet of things (IoT) and blockchain, to produce hardier plants and fortify its supply chain.
“We’re just scratching the surface on building an integrated data platform strategy that will take advantage of artificial intelligence and machine learning, both for R&D genetics and on the value chain of fruits as well as business operations,” Driscoll’s CIO Tom Cullen tells CIO.com.
Driscoll’s develops and leases strains of berry nursery plants — strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries — to growers around the world, from the Americas to New Zealand, China and Australia. Growers produce berries and ship them to Driscoll’s, which in turn ships out the berries for sale under its own name at Walmart, Whole Foods, Kroger and several other retailers.