8.8
Editor’s Rating:
Best Overall
Famous Software: Famous Software BI Sales Overview
Famous Software
  • Offers real-time data integration
  • Features are easily accessible
  • Can easily share between desktop and mobile apps
8.6
Editor’s Rating:
Specialized Feature Set
Produce Pro: Salesperson Dashboard
Produce Pro
  • Optimizes delivery routes and schedules
  • Offers flexible pricing strategies and controls to adapt to market changes
  • Automates order-to-cash cycle
8.5
Editor’s Rating:
Best for Wholesalers
Visual Produce: Visual Produce Sales Management
Visual Produce
  • Comprehensive food traceability features
  • Advanced inventory control and slotting
  • Supports one-pass picking methodology

Fresh produce software helps companies with traceability, inventory, and supply chain management. These companies include growers/packers/shippers, distributors, and processors. We used our advanced review methodology to test the market’s most popular fresh produce systems, which we reviewed below.

1 Famous Software - Best Overall

Why we chose it: We made Famous Software our top choice because of its ERP system built for the fresh produce industry. Its 8.8 score reflects its variety of effective modules, including WMS, BI, and accounting. The inventory management feature allows growers to track yield percent from their crop and products from the field to the warehouse to final sale. Companies can also trace products to pallets and single cases, enabling efficient quality monitoring and regulation compliance.

We also found Famous Software’s sales management module effective for perishable goods companies. The module updates inventory levels in real-time so sales can provide accurate stock levels for customers. Information like client buying habits and past orders is stored in a database to help make selling easier and prices easily referenced. On top of this, Famous Software also offers a suite of mobile apps for on-the-go processes like quality control and receiving.

Unfortunately, Famous Software does not release public pricing information, so businesses must contact their sales team for a quote. Also, the system can only be installed on-premise, which may turn away companies looking for a cloud-based solution.

Best Overall:
Famous Software

Famous Software: Famous Software BI Sales Overview
Famous Software: Famous Vertical Tabs
Famous Software: Famous Software Order List
Famous Software: Famous Software Sales Performance
Famous Software: Famous Software Tracability Report
Famous Software: Famous Software Commodity Maintenance
Famous Software: Famous Software Balance Sheet
Famous Software: Sales Averages by Project
What We Like
Offers real-time data integration
Features are easily accessible
Can easily share between desktop and mobile apps
What We Don’t Like
Customization options may vary
Limited to the fresh produce industry
Overview
Client OS: Windows
Deployment: On-Premises

2 Produce Pro - Best for Growers, Packers, and Shippers

Why we chose it: We gave Produce Pro by Aptean an 8.6 because it’s an all-in-one ERP solution that can handle the needs of large companies that integrate growing, packing, and shipping. Specifically, its lot-level traceability helps companies retain complete records of all lot updates, including costs, materials used, and fees. This helps growers and packers maintain compliance with requirements such as Country of Origin and the Produce Traceability Initiative.

We also like Produce Pro’s inventory and delivery management tools to optimize all the grower/packer/shipper company stages. Its warehouse management capabilities streamline the picking, packing, and loading processes, allowing for fast order processing and real-time inventory tracking across all storage facilities. With its BI and reporting modules, businesses can analyze market trends and optimize pricing strategies using in-house data. Because of the many complex features, we wouldn’t recommend Produce Pro for smaller businesses like independent growers and packers.

Best for Growers, Packers, and Shippers:
Produce Pro

Produce Pro: Salesperson Dashboard
Produce Pro: Analytics
Produce Pro: Mobile Order
What We Like
Optimizes delivery routes and schedules
Offers flexible pricing strategies and controls to adapt to market changes
Automates order-to-cash cycle
What We Don’t Like
Initial setup is time-consuming
Smaller businesses may find it cost-prohibitive
Initial learning curve
Overview
Client OS: Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Web
Deployment: Cloud Hosted

3 Visual Produce - Best for Wholesalers

Why we chose it: We like Visual Produce best for produce wholesalers and distributors because of its strong traceability and order fulfillment tools, earning an 8.5 score. Its extensive traceability features, including real-time product tracking, lot number, supplier, warehouse slot, and delivery location, can lessen the cost of recalls. It can even tell companies which products were positioned next to the recalled item for cross-contamination cases.

Visual Produce’s order fulfillment and picking tools allow efficient warehouse management and shipping, useful for wholesalers with large inventories. It offers a comprehensive dashboard with logistical tools that include route analysis, job assignments, and picker teams to streamline day-to-day operations. We also like its one-pass picking methodology to optimize picker routes through the warehouse for large orders. Visual Produce can be deployed cloud-based or on-premises, allowing for deployment flexibility

Best for Wholesalers:
Visual Produce

Visual Produce: Visual Produce Sales Management
Visual Produce: Order Screen
Visual Produce: Mobile
What We Like
Comprehensive food traceability features
Advanced inventory control and slotting
Supports one-pass picking methodology
What We Don’t Like
Niche is more focused on food and beverage companies
Some users report UI is clunky to use
Overview
Client OS: Windows, iOS, Android, Web
Deployment: Cloud or On-Premises

4 Food Connex - Best for Processors

Why we chose it: After demoing the product, we found Food Connex ERP best for fresh produce processors. Its production tools are made specifically for food processing, as companies can view work orders with specific weights to be cut and packed. It also allows for more accurate production yields by eliminating manual entry for metrics like shipped weights for each order, making order entry more efficient.

We also like that Food Connex supports lot traceability, so companies can view inventory by lot details like remaining shelf life and date received. Additionally, management can view costs for each lot to analyze profitability, which can help extract more granular data. Food Connex offers seamless integration with QuickBooks for accounting and Zebra for barcode scanning. One downside is it lacks multi-slot capabilities, which could be difficult for businesses with complex warehouse setups.

Best for Processors:
Food Connex

Food Connex: Touchscreen View
Food Connex: Fill and Ship Screen
Food Connex: Order Dashboard
Food Connex: Item Inquiry
Food Connex: Inventory Inquiry
Food Connex: Mobile Order Entry
What We Like
Managed IT Services
Real-Time Inventory
Ability to track lots and attributes
What We Don’t Like
No multi-slot capability
May require integrations
May require consult call for pricing
Overview
Client OS: Windows
Deployment: Cloud Hosted

5 Acctivate Inventory Management - Best for Distributors

Why we chose it: We included Acctivate Inventory Management because of its strong inventory and multichannel sales modules that suit the needs of fresh produce distributors. It supports industry-specific features like catch weight pricing, lot and serial number tracking, and expiration date monitoring. These help produce distributors sell products by the pound or kilogram and quickly perform recalls if needed.

Acctivate also provides a cohesive order management module for orders placed from all sales channels - from eCommerce sites to EDI orders. Businesses can select prices based on weight, catch weight, or by unit. For flexibility, prices can be automatically selected for standard, promotional, or customer-specific. Acctivate Inventory Management can be integrated with QuickBooks for full ERP functionality, syncing accounting with inventory management. However, QuickBooks is the only accounting system that can be integrated, so companies using a different system won’t be able to sync data.

Best for Distributors:
Acctivate Inventory Management

Acctivate Inventory Management: Customer Preview
Acctivate Inventory Management: Customer Timeline
Acctivate Inventory Management: Product Timeline
Acctivate Inventory Management: Product Inventory
Acctivate Inventory Management: Product Manager
Acctivate Inventory Management: Purchase Order Manager
Acctivate Inventory Management: Order Manager
Acctivate Inventory Management: Account Tab
Acctivate Inventory Management: Track and Trace
Acctivate Inventory Management: Sales Order
What We Like
Fully-compliant EDI
Multi-national price strategies
QuickBooks integration
What We Don’t Like
Limited warehouse scanning functionality
Reporting and customization can be complex
Overview
Price Range: $$$
Starting Price: $10,995 (perpetual license)
Client OS: Windows
Deployment: Cloud or On-Premises

6 Produce Inventory Control System (PICS) - Another Good Option

Why we chose it: Produce Inventory Control System (PICS) by WaudWare is another good option for produce distributors and growers/packers/shippers. The system allows for complete traceability on all perishable goods, which helps create smooth recall processes. We also like its pricing flexibility, as it handles real-world costing to get current prices.

We found PICS’s inventory management module also effective for produce companies. It can handle inventories of any size and supports unlimited warehouses for larger companies. Other features include buying, selling, accounting, and over 100 standard reports, making PICS a comprehensive system for various fresh produce businesses. However, one drawback is that pricing details aren’t available without requesting a quote.


Produce Inventory Control System (PICS): Stock Lots
Produce Inventory Control System (PICS): Production Work Order
Produce Inventory Control System (PICS): Grower Work order
Produce Inventory Control System (PICS): Sales Order
Produce Inventory Control System (PICS): Purchase Order and Receiving
What We Like
Has customizable forms and screens
Simplistic and highly adaptable
Intuitive navigation
What We Don’t Like
Requires a 32 bit host operating system (nothing later than Windows 8)
Limited mobile access
Exact pricing information unavailable without a quote
Overview
Client OS: Windows

What Is Fresh Produce Software?

Fresh produce software is a type of food distribution software tailored for the fresh fruit and vegetable sector. It integrates various functions like inventory management, quality control, sales, and logistics, focusing on real-time perishable food inventory management and traceability. This software aids in handling complex costs and operations in the produce industry, including production, transportation, and handling fees.

Fresh produce software offers modules for inventory, accounting, buying, selling, processing, packing, growing, brokerage, and more, ensuring efficient supply chain management and quick response in recall situations. It caters to industry growers, packers, shippers, wholesalers, and distributors. Users handling meat or grains should visit our best food distribution software roundup instead.

Visual Produce Order Screen
Visual Produce can help you add inventory items to your sales order.

Key Features

  • Traceability: Record the origin of a product, ingredient, or component. Best used for identifying defective or contaminated produce. Ensure you can create PTI-compliant labels for fresh produce
  • Inventory Management: Monitor your real-time inventory produce stock levels. Improve your inventory control processes via barcode scanning, FIFO, picking locations, and stock adjustments and transfers. More advanced produce ERP systems will include a warehouse management module.
  • Accounting: Track financial transactions to record profit and loss and better improve business finances and overall cash flow. Manage produce pricing, forecasting, and planning.
  • Supply Chain Management: Handles your shipping and receiving, routing and delivery, sales order processing, purchase order management, and picking processes.
  • EDI: Facilitates the exchange of business documents from one computer to another in a standard electronic format between trading partners.
Produce Pro Fresh Produce Software Analytics
Create analytics about your net sales with Produce Pro Software.

Primary Benefits

Stay Compliant and Prepared for Audits Via Automated Traceability

Software for the produce industry will be able to monitor production and operations in real time, providing a full view of all stock movement in your inventory. This is crucial for an industry with strict traceability requirements. This is accomplished by tracking variations in produce variety, grade, brand/mark, size, color, and origin.

A strong traceability tool will also track all-important delivery data. This starts with your sales shipments by logging where orders are being placed from, any documentation that comes with the said shipment, and proof of delivery receipts attached to invoices.

Produce traceability software will also record staff actions on your production or shipping floor. This includes line status, who was working that day, what orders came in, what was stocked, and any downtime that may have occurred. For example, knowing how long a product may have been outside your inventory before it was loaded onto a truck can help determine if there were any spoilage or expiration issues to be concerned about.

Famous Software Tracability Report
View full traceability reports using Famous Software.

Organize Information During Recall Events

Keeping track of where your ingredients came from and where they were distributed allows you to quickly notify affected customers if specific batches of products were contaminated and need to be recalled. In the unfortunate circumstance of a product recall, you’ll want to ensure your company’s quality control department is prepared for the worst.

Your business will want to be quick and efficient in identifying any suspect produce. If a health emergency has occurred, you’ll want to efficiently find and identify any contaminated stock in your inventory or in any shipments.

Recalls can be caused by several factors, including contamination, allergens, spoilage, or improper storage and labeling. Vendors, production, or customers can identify these issues. In any scenario, you’ll also want to efficiently notify buyers, traders, and customers to meet safety compliance set forth by most governing bodies.

Some fresh produce software will allow a business to run a mock recall program. This lets your staff test their response to product traceability issues and any recall code requirements stipulated by food safety certification programs.

Food Connex Order Dashboard
View and manage all orders in Food Connex.

Pricing Guide

Fresh produce systems can range anywhere between $500 to $6,000/month. Subscription-based pricing models are generally found for cloud-based (online) software solutions. The price depends heavily on different variables, such as number of users, total employees, and annual income of the business.

For on-premise deployed systems, the cost will be much higher, as businesses will purchase the software outright. Again, the price varies based on several different factors, and most systems, like Famous Software, do not share pricing information publicly. Most businesses can expect locally installed (on-premise) options to have licensing, implementation, and training fees rolled together for their initial costs. Services such as support and data migration will usually be billed separately.

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Famous Software Screenshot
Famous ERP is a specialized software solution for the fresh produce industry designed to optimize operations and enhance decision-making. It integrates applications to manage business processes from inventory to financials and supply chain logistics. Developed by industry experts, Famous ERP is customizable to each client’s needs, ensuring smooth integration with existing workflows. Its business intelligence tools provide real-time insights through advanced data visualization, aiding strategic decisions. Additionally, it connects with Warehouse Management and Integration Services modules for a comprehensive approach. The platform also includes mobile apps, enabling on-the-go access to data and functions, vital for agility in the modern business landscape. Famous ERP aims to drive efficiency and profitability across enterprises.
Client OS
Windows
Deployment
On-Premises
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Produce Pro

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Produce Pro is an ERP software for the perishables industry. It streamlines procurement, fosters business growth, and offers instant inventory insights. Produce Pro emphasizes food traceability to monitor produce from origin to consumer, and its advanced business intelligence tools aid in crafting data-driven strategies.
Client OS
Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Web
Deployment
Cloud Hosted
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Visual Produce

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Visual Produce is a customizable accounting software for the produce industry. Key features include enhanced slotting, inventory control, and traceability functionalities. The software’s ability to handle complex tasks such as order fulfillment, product picking, and site-to-site transfers, combined with its specialized focus on the produce sector, makes it a valuable tool for businesses looking to improve the quality of their supply chain management.
Client OS
Windows, iOS, Android, Web
Deployment
Cloud or On-Premises
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Produce Inventory Control System (PICS)

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Produce Inventory Control System (PICS) is an agriculture software designed for SMEs and agencies. This software provides a web-based, end-to-end solution which utilizes specialized tools, like Crop Management and Recall Management, for businesses dealing with perishable goods. PICS offers a wide array of functionalities including CRM, Customer Management, Inventory Management, Production Management, and Built-In Accounting. It stands out with features such as Vendor Management, Import/Export Management, Warehouse Management, Traceback and Traceforward, and Weather Records
Client OS
Windows
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Food Connex

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Food Connex is a manufacturing ERP and food service management software. It supports processing and distributing companies in inventory, sales, lot tracking, and pricing. It can accommodate multiple units of measure and catch weight items for variable-weight products.
Client OS
Windows
Deployment
Cloud Hosted
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Acctivate Inventory Management

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Acctivate Inventory Management software is primarily a real-time inventory management and high-volume order fulfillment solution. It’s best suited for small to mid-sized distributors, manufacturers, and online retailers using QuickBooks. The software offers seamless integration with QuickBooks, efficient purchasing, and reordering modules, and solid customer history and reporting capabilities.
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$10,995 (perpetual license)
Client OS
Windows
Deployment
Cloud or On-Premises
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iNECTA Produce

iNECTA Produce is a cloud-based ERP software for receiving, packaging, and shipping within the produce industry. Meant for growers, shippers, distributors, terminal markets, and processors, this solution provides quality control, food grading, and field & greenhouse management. Quality Control; Food Safety; Food Processing; Grower Accounting; Purchasing; Sales; Reporting; Customer & Vendor Portal; and Warehouse Management.
Starting Price
$145/user/month
Client OS
Windows, macOS, Web
Deployment
Cloud or On-Premises
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FreshByte Software

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FreshByte Online software is a cloud-based inventory management system designed to support wholesalers, distributors, and manufacturers. It focuses on inventory and warehouse management features. The software includes key functionalities such as data import/export, basic reporting, and online customer support. Additionally, FreshByte’s alert/notification system, barcode/ticket scanning, and product lifecycle management are notable features that make it a comprehensive solution for businesses looking to streamline their inventory and distribution processes​
Client OS
Web
Deployment
Cloud Hosted
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Aptean Industrial Manufacturing ERP Traverse Edition

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Aptean Traverse Edition is an ERP software featuring enterprise-level accounting, operations, and sales functionalities. It delivers customizable features and strong reporting capabilities. Aptean Industrial Manufacturing Traverse Edition was previously known as Traverse from Open Systems. [It was acquired in 2020](https://www.aptean.com/en-US/insights/press-release/acquisition-of-open-systems-adaptable-solutions). Traverse became a part of Aptean’s offerings following this acquisition.
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$100/user/month
Client OS
Windows, Web
Deployment
Cloud or On-Premises
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farmsoft

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farmsoft is a fresh produce inventory traceability, quality management, and shipping solution. farmsoft provides easy incoming delivery, precision inventory to prevent waste, quality control, production management, order fulfillment and dispatching. The post harvest traceability software can be cloud based or have a local install depending on your needs. Inventory; Traceability and recalls; Quality control; Sales; Labeling and documents; Dashboards; Production planning; Alerts; Farm Management;
Client OS
Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Web
Deployment
Cloud or On-Premises
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Produce Magic Software

Produce Magic Software is a tool for the fresh produce and perishables industry. It provides produce traceability, real-time inventory, warehouse/cooler management, shipper control, and processing tools. Automation, can be seamlessly streamlined from A-to-Z; Bill of Materials for your packing, repacking or others; Color Coding for fresh dates, delivery/arrival times, etc.; Complete Inventory tracking by pallet, bin, container, etc.; Tare wgt. calcs, your P&L by lbs., bins, cartons, per each,
Deployment
Cloud or On-Premises
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dProduce Man Software

Quick Order Entry, Unlimited Pricing Flexibility, Lot Tracking / Lot Liquidation, Grower Accounting / Load Accounting, Brokerage / Drop Shipment, Detailed Sales Analysis / Reporting,…
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Grownote

Grownote can help manage all your grow data in one easy to use web-based software. This lets you plan your grow operation for your orchard by improving resource utilization and communication. Radford Software provides leading software products to manage your fresh produce operation from farm to market. This includes production software, post-harvest software, and supply chain management software. Orchard Events Diary; Spray Diary; Harvest Scheduling; Reports and Document Library; Timesheets; Map
Client OS
Web
Deployment
Cloud Hosted
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FreshPack

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FreshPack is a complete traceability and inventory management system, allowing fresh produce operators to efficiently track and trace all inputs across their product’s supply chain, generate pack and pallet labels, monitor packaging and inventory levels, allocate stock to orders, generate grower payments and invoices, integrating seamlessly with financial systems and packing hardware. Inwards Receipt Management; Packing and Labeling; Quality Control; Cost Management; Cool storage management;
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$40,000 (perpetual license)
Client OS
Windows
Deployment
Cloud or On-Premises
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KisanHub

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KisanHub help suppliers of fresh produce and food production companies to transform their supply chain and improve margins with greater visibility and data driven insights. Maximise commercial opportunities with insights and analytics. No more spreadsheets - just fast access to the latest supply chain data for smarter decisions. Win and maintain contracts with more accurate forecasting and a better quality of service. @vimeo Dashboards: the perfect blend of procurement, agri-data and commercial
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$500/month
Client OS
iOS, Android, Web
Deployment
Cloud Hosted

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