It all began with a Data Science consulting company in Omaha NE. Contemporary Analysis got a phone call from a previous client on the Fortune 500 list. (name withheld due to non-disclosure agreement)
They had just acquired a large group of co-manufacturing plants. The food industry has a lot of protocol and procedure in place to meet with regulations.
Our client had a large problem surface during the acquisition. These co-manufacturing plants were making their products, as well as other companies products. For liability reasons they cannot mix data sets.
The internal team was contacted and brought up to speed on the situation. They also had a large price tag and a delay in production as they were working through a backlog.
It was then our client contacted CAN and asked for our help. Before we got started we contacted other producers. This was a problem for not only them but for other companies as well.
Nathan Watson, President of Contemporary Analysis, had an idea. We would build the tracking software for them, but we (CAN) would retain the intellectual property (IP).
In exchange for taking on the project our client agreed to be the first client on the new solution.
It was at this time CAN brought on Justin Trowbridge to be the Business Development Officer. As Justin developed the marketing pieces for Inventory Batch Tracker he started running through use cases. (Justin left the company in 2022)
In that process he remembered a conversation with a friend and client about a nightmare situation involving CBD and Fentanyl contamination in Mississippi.
The whole nightmare could have been avoided with a batch recall, but there wasn’t one in place.
From there the team at CAN went to work i much the same way they validated the idea for Inventory Batch Tracker. It turns out there was no tracking solution for Hemp so they were pioneers.
After validating the original solution could be adapted with Gordon Summers, Lead Data Scientist for CAN, they set out to build Hemp Batch Tracker.
The team quickly realized they were on to something as they talked to industry professionals. Almost every time they turned a corner they found another person who agreed this was the bottleneck in Hemp.
Hemp Batch Tracker was built from day one to service the needs of the hemp producers as well as states to work with hemp long term.