Ecoark Holdings, Inc. and Zest Labs
Founded in 2011, Ecoark is an AgTech company modernizing the post-harvest fresh food supply chain for a wide range of organizations including growers, suppliers, distributors and retailers. The company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Zest Labs™, offers the Zest Fresh™ solution, a breakthrough approach to quality management of fresh food, is specifically designed to help substantially reduce the $161 billion amount of food loss the U.S. experiences each year. Through item-level monitoring and real-time predictive analytics, Zest Fresh enables customers to improve the freshness and quality of produce and proteins, realize substantial cost savings and reduce food waste. To learn more about Zest Fresh click here.
Our mission at Zest Labs is to help reduce the massive post-harvest fresh food waste through prevention by proactively managing the fresh food supply chain. More than 33 percent of post-harvest food is never consumed. Our solutions reflect our goals of improving the environment through sustainable practices, improving profitability for users, and improving the delivered freshness for consumers. We achieve these goals by providing complete solutions that modernize fresh food distribution. We continuously strive to deliver best-in-class solutions by addressing the science at the root of the problem, then provide the tools that make it easy to do “the right thing” every time.
Zest Labs suite of freshness management solutions improve operations and the delivered shelf-life of produce and proteins for growers, suppliers, distributors, grocers, restaurants and food service companies.
Zest Fresh for Produce is a produce freshness management solution that provides growers, shippers and retailers with autonomous, end-to-end fresh food chain visibility for proactive decision making to improve delivered freshness and reduce shrink by 50% or more.
Zest Fresh for Protein is a protein freshness management solution that provides true transparency for meat, seafood and poultry with autonomous, end-to-end fresh and frozen food supply chain visibility to improve delivered quality, reduce spoilage due to temperature and handling variations, document authenticity, and provide a complete traceability record for advanced food safety.
Zest Delivery is a restaurant food delivery solution that provides comprehensive visibility and control over dispatcher monitoring, meal staging, customer satisfaction and food safety.
Our Zest Fresh solution is a SaaS-based system that utilizes predictive analytics, machine learning and IoT sensors to autonomously collect data and provide insights about the condition of perishable foods from harvest or production to retail delivery. Zest Labs freshness management solutions are compatible with Intel® architecture and Zest Labs is a proud participate in the Intel IoT Alliance.
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Fresh Food Supply Chain
Restaurants & Food Service
How Zest Fresh helps restaurants and food service providers maintain quality of fresh, frozen and processed foods.
How Zest Fresh helps retail grocers maximize product quality and freshness of produce, meats, seafood, dairy and frozen foods.
Chief Executive Officer
Peter Mehring is the CEO and a co-founder of Zest Labs, and is also the President of Zest Technologies (OTCQX:ZEST) and serves on its Board of Directors. He brings extensive experience in engineering, operations and general management at emerging companies and large enterprises. Peter has led the Zest Labs’ efforts in pioneering freshness management solutions for the cold supply chain. The company’s Zest Fresh solution improves food quality, reducing waste, and benefiting the environment by modernizing the food distribution and delivery system. He was formerly Vice President of the Mac hardware group at Apple Computer, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Echelon, and founder, General Manager and Vice President of R&D at UMAX. Peter has a BSEE from Tufts University and holds 17 US patents.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Russell has extensive experience in operations and engineering management at both emerging and large enterprises. He was formerly Vice President of Engineering and Materials at Echelon Corporation, Vice President of Operations at Philips Electronics for Flat Display Systems, and Vice President of Operations and Engineering at UMAX.
Chief Technology Officer
Scott has over twenty five years’ experience in the high technology field across enterprise, consumer, and early-stage ventures. He was founder and Chairman of Aligned Global, 440labs’ predecessor. He was Founder & CEO of Buyjacker, a real-time showrooming marketplace with a social commerce twist and was SVP Products & Operations at AdessoSystems, a Carlyle-backed venture in the distributed mobile application space. Previously he was CTO at GotuitMedia where he and his team broke new ground in consumable time-shifted, online video services, and before that was CTO at iCast, a first-of-its-kind consumer-based interactive entertainment portal for both commercial and user-generated content. Scott spent ten years at IBM/Lotus where he co-created Sametime, the fastest revenue-growing product line, and headed up the Product Management team for Lotus Notes, what was then a $680M product line.
Vice President, Business and Program Management
Tom has comprehensive experience in market development, sales and engineering from start-ups to large enterprises. Prior to Zest Labs, Tom led Motorola’s Cold Chain Market Development and supported other industries including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, retail, transportation and logistics. Prior to Motorola, Tom founded a CRM software solutions company in the hospitality market.
Vice President of Retail Sales
Tom is an experienced sales executive in the retail, technology and financial services industries and is highly accomplished in sales leadership and client relationship management. Tom focuses on understanding the problems and challenges at hand to help uncover solutions to improve the customer’s operations, profitability and quality. He has been a sales leader at InAuth, BlackHawk. Altierre and InComm. He holds a bachelors degree from Indiana University at Bloomington.
Vice President of Marketing
Kevin heads up marketing for Zest Labs. He has successfully directed marketing teams at startup and mid-sized technology companies. Most recently Kevin ran global demand generation programs for 7, a SaaS customer engagement and artificial intelligence company. He has also led corporate marketing, branding and PR programs at Intelleflex, Evault, and Portal Software. Kevin holds a BA in Marketing Management from San Jose State University and an MBA from Golden Gate University.
Director of Technology
Dean has 29 years of wireless communication systems, protocol standards, and signal processing algorithm design experience and leads Zest Labs’ standards, reader architecture, signal processing design, and solutions engineering programs. Dean spent 12 years in various design/management roles at Symbol Technologies designing wireless LANs and 10 years at TRW developing satellite communication systems. He also chaired the Physical Layer sub-group of IEEE 802.11 for 4 years.
Dr. Ricardo Badia has over ten years of experience in cold chain management of perishable, food and pharmaceutical products, including fresh produce quality analysis. In 2011 Ricardo was awarded the Young Researcher National Award of the Horticultural Science Spanish Society for his master’s thesis. He has worked developing cold chain innovative solutions at the University of South Florida, and at the National Engineering Research Centre for Information Technology in Agriculture (NERCITA, Beijing, China) as part of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme. Ricardo obtained his PhD in Agro engineering in the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) where his thesis focused on the application of new control techniques and methods for the cold chain and has received the Extraordinary Award of Doctoral Thesis in 2019 by the UPM. He has also published his work in distinguished scientific journals, and different international congresses.