Merit-Trax Technologies was founded in 2000 by a team of software developers and
system integrators, who have more than three decades of experience working
together in the food industry to develop and implement real-time
slaughterhouse, food processing and supply chain management systems. We were
early implementers of the GS1 (EAN/UCC) standards for barcodes to identify and
manage the movement and variable attributes of boxes and pallets in meat,
poultry and seafood supply chains, including the implementation of the VICS EDI
standards for electronic data sharing between processors, distributors and food
retailers.Since 2000 we have participated with the food industry in the
development of product identification and electronic data sharing standards.
We have won several industry association awards for our innovative use of these
standards, both for the technologies that we have developed, and the successful
implementations that we have delivered to our customers.
Our Slaughterhouse Software and Traceability Experience
At its founding, Merit-Trax developed and sold food distribution, box meat inventory,
fresh and frozen food warehouse and back to back food trading systems. In 2002
Merit-Trax and other business partners, including IBM, collaborated on the
adoption of the GS1 (EAN/UCC) barcode and Global Data Dictionary standards to
implement food traceability using the one link up / one link down method of
electronic data sharing and the use of RFID technology in animal identification
and slaughterhouse and food processing traceability. The GS1 data collection, data sharing and traceability standards form the foundation for Merit-Trax’s TRAX-IT Slaughterhouse software and standalone modules, which were developed for slaughterhouses, meat packers, meat processors and distributors.
Since 2002 Merit-Trax has been a traceability technology provider and consultant to
both Agriculture and Agrifood Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. In 2006
Merit-Trax was selected by GS1 Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to
prepare the Can-Trace Traceability Integration Guidelines, which identified the
gaps between primary producers and their downstream supply chains, and to
prepare the Can-Trace Traceability Multi-Ingredient White Paper.
Our TRAX-IT Slaughterhouse software implementations in the meat industry have been
recognized for their excellence in innovation, for the implementation of
traceability using GS1 and VICS standards for product identification and
electronic data sharing. Merit-Trax received the VICS Collaborative Commerce
Achievement Award as Most Innovative Third-Party Technology Provider at the GS1
USA and VICS annual convention in Orlando in 2007.
Merit-Trax has a proven track record of innovation in implementing technology in a mannerthat provides our slaughterhouse software customers with maximum cost savings,
which they gain through improved operational productivity and detailed
production cost management. Our implementation of a TRAX-IT Slaughterhouse
software system for Atlantic Beef Products, earned the Canadian Information
Productivity Award Gold Medal for Excellence in Innovation in 2006 and the
Business Solutions Magazine Channel Innovator Award for the RFID Category in
The newest version of our TRAX-IT Slaughterhouse software Livestock Settlement
module, which is currently being installed at multiple locations, allows our
customers to configure as many different product types, attributes and price
grids as they need for both their own products and the custom kill services
which they provide for third party branded beef and veal programs.
The newest version of our TRAX-IT Slaughterhouse software, tracks the weights of
individual prime cuts back to the RFID tag of each animal and shares the data with a third-party herd management system.
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