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Provenance | Date: 2017-04-10

Embodiments of the invention for the track, categorize, or authenticate the provenance of historical artifacts. The invention couples an artifact to at least one unique identifier. Unique identifiers may be attached to or be contained within an artifact. Unique identifiers are coupled to a data storage archive where historical information relating to the artifact are stored. In certain embodiments the data storage archive is a database or relational database. Artifacts incorporated into the invention, may be objects used in sports, be objects used in politics, or may be personal objects. The invention tracks the use of artifacts and records historical information corresponding to the artifact in the data storage archive. Historical information recorded may include the time, or place where an artifact was used. The invention, in certain embodiments also tracks the use of the movement of an artifact, tracks who interacted with the artifact, and provides a mechanism for collectors to review historical information corresponding to one or more particular artifacts.


News Article | August 2, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Already a mainstay in the financial sector, blockchain technology allows for public verification of information in the food chain. Shoppers and diners will be able to scan QR codes on Grass Roots products to learn where the meat came from and how the animals were raised. The "digital history" of the meat will also include stories of the people — from farmer to butcher — who contributed in crafting the final product. "Americans have an increasing interest in better understanding what they're eating. According to the 2016 Label Insight Study, 83 percent of consumers want more information about what's in their food, and I totally believe it," said Cody Hopkins, Grass Roots general manager and founding member. "When I learned about this technology, I thought 'this is the solution.' It's the perfect way for Grass Roots to offer folks total transparency. [UK-based technology company] Provenance has developed a platform that levels the playing field for small-scale farmers and puts information directly in consumers' hands." Grass Roots embraced technology as a way to boost food quality and customer service. Heifer USA's Advisory Board Chair, Pierre Ferrari, commented, "Our farmers are innovative, always looking for ways to incorporate the latest technology that ultimately create real value to the consumer. Partnering with Provenance and the Golden Gate Meat Company is another example of how proactive they are in wanting their customers to know where their food originates. It's only a matter of time before this becomes 'best practice' throughout the industry." San Francisco-based Golden Gate Meat Company, a purveyor of Grass Roots products, will debut the first trial of this technology today, giving customers the opportunity to use these advanced tools in stores. Additionally, Grass Roots meats are available for purchase online and can be found in restaurants and retailers across the country. For more information about their foods and traceability measures, visit grassrootscoop.com About Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative Grass Roots is a small-batch meat company working to restore consumer confidence in the integrity of their food. We believe it shouldn't be so difficult to understand what you're eating and how it was raised. And that's what sets us apart—ridiculously high standards and transparency from pasture to plate. We empower consumers to ask questions because we want them to understand the differences between farms and factories and why scale is a critical component of animal husbandry, environmental stewardship and food safety. About Heifer USA Heifer USA works with small-scale farmers to help them transform their communities. Farms become strong, community-focused businesses that support their families and spark economic growth in rural America. With hands-on learning and access to livestock and horticulture experts, we teach farmers how to grow their sustainable farm enterprises and connect to steady markets while caring for the Earth. We invite the public to join the work that directly aids our project at Heifer Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts, and Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. About Provenance Provenance is a platform that empowers brands to take steps toward greater transparency by tracing the origins and histories of products. With its technology, users can easily gather and verify stories, keep them connected to physical things and embed them anywhere online. Golden Gate Meat Company The Golden Gate Meat Company is a family owned and operated business that has been distributing natural and organic meats to wholesale customers – including fine restaurants, culinary institutes, caterers, and hotels – in San Francisco Bay area since 1977.  They also run an old-fashioned butcher shop and charcuterie in the Ferry Building Marketplace that offers natural and organic beef, veal, pork, lamb, poultry, wild game, offal and smoked meats.


News Article | August 16, 2017
Site: www.wineindustryadvisor.com

Napa, Calif. (August 16, 2017) – Matthew Glynn has been appointed the new General Manager and Chief Winemaker for Provenance Vineyards after earning an enviable reputation over the past decade as Senior Winemaker at Acacia Vineyards, crafting memorable Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Napa and Sonoma. “I started my winemaking career here in the Napa Valley and I have lived in many of the most iconic microclimates where the best Bordeaux varietals that Provenance sources have been grown, including Howell Mountain, and the Calistoga hills,” noted Glynn. “Making wines at Provenance will bring me back to my roots of making vineyard specific bottlings from the best terroirs in the Napa Valley.” Glynn, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, graduated from UC Davis after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in biology and botany in 1995, as well as a Master of Science degree in viticulture and enology in 2003. Over the last 20 years, Matthew has developed an intuitive approach to winemaking shaped by vintages in the Grand Cru vineyards of Burgundy, France; Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand; and several winegrowing regions in California.  Glynn began his winemaking career in the Napa Valley at Domaine Chandon in the early 1990’s, followed by winemaking roles at Beringer Vineyards. During his tenure as Senior Winemaker for Acacia Vineyards from 2006 to 2016, Glynn also took on the responsibility of Senior Winemaker for Orogeny, which focused on Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Provenance currently produces estate and single vineyard expressions of Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec Rosé, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Fortitude, a limited release Cabernet Sauvignon showcase for Napa appellations. The name Provenance, taken from the French word for “origin” or “source,” is the true identity of a wine.  We believe great wines are made from great vineyards and our mission is to craft wines from vineyards that show unique and exceptional qualities.   As a “Bordeaux-varietal House” located in Rutherford in the heart of Napa Valley, we feel our vineyard sources and our Cabernet Sauvignon-led portfolio are second to none. Because Provenance Matters.


Patent
Provenance | Date: 2014-07-18

Embodiments of the invention for the track, categorize, or authenticate the provenance of historical artifacts. The invention couples an artifact to at least one unique identifier. Unique identifiers may be attached to or be contained within an artifact. Unique identifiers are coupled to a data storage archive where historical information relating to the artifact are stored. In certain embodiments the data storage archive is a database or relational database. Artifacts incorporated into the invention, may be objects used in sports, be objects used in politics, or may be personal objects. The invention tracks the use of artifacts and records historical information corresponding to the artifact in the data storage archive. Historical information recorded may include the time, or place where an artifact was used. The invention, in certain embodiments also tracks the use of the movement of an artifact, tracks who interacted with the artifact, and provides a mechanism for collectors to review historical information corresponding to one or more particular artifacts.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Smart - Development of Prototype | Award Amount: 239.19K | Year: 2016

Our relationship with the material world around us is broken. Raw materials travel through exploitative supply chains, premium goods are forged and and producers remain invisible. How can we stop this disconnection between people and their material items? How can we enable goods to change hands in a way that helps business with fair practices flourish? Project Provenance Ltd was founded with the goal of using technology to enable every physical product to come with it’s provenance. Through a successful Proof of Concept grant, we have integrated blockchain technology along a supply chain to allow interoperability of provenance information. The Development of Prototype grant will enable us to build a full prototype for supply chain traceability on the blockchain. Specifically, we intend to meets the needs of our primary market opportunity: Regulation and voluntary standards compliance in food supply chains. We seek to empower business with a consumer facing proof for the provenance of everything we eat - starting with high value items such as organic food, fish and beverages. The end-to-end prototype will integrate our PoC work with new R&D that will deliver an easy to use toolkit and further key operations, including: Item transformation (e.g. food processing), full verification of claims (e.g. certified organic) and item level data access (e.g. a digital marque). At the core of our system is the Proof-of-Provenance Tag (or “PoPTag”): This is a digital/physical ‘product’ that links a secure digital history to any respective physical item. PoPTags allows information to flow freely with goods without the need for intermediaries or data trustees – the weakness of current alternatives. We employ the unique features of blockchain technology so that control and ownership can fully lie in the hand of users. For the first time, customers all along a chain of custody will have access to authentic data about the journey and attributes of an item.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Smart - Proof of Concept | Award Amount: 88.48K | Year: 2015

Our relationship with the material world around us is broken. Raw materials travel through exploitative supply chains, handbags get forged, valuable items from bikes to art masterpieces get stolen or disappear, the maker behind your kitchen table is invisible and the valuable materials in the objects you no longer want often get wasted. How can we stop this disconnection between people and their possessions? How can we enable goods to change hands in a way that helps business with fair practices flourish and prevents crime and exploitation of people, animals and the natural world? Behind everything there is a story. A journey of people, places, materials, and uses. For almost every product, this story is valuable yet intangible and difficult-to-verify. We founded Project Provenance Ltd with the goal of using digital technology to enable every physical product to come with it’s provenance. We’ve already built a network that allows businesses to present the story behind any product in an open and accessible way. Bringing the process behind products to light. Now, we want to take the next step. We propose to use the Smart grant to build a system that brings even more transparency to supply chains and product life cycles. We want to develop a seamless digital “passport” that empowers authenticity and traceability of material goods. We will integrate the new disruptive blockchain technology with current information systems into the workflow of manufacturers to enable the fully transparent tracking of tagged physical items. Our solution will allow information and data to flow freely with goods without the need for intermediaries,which until now, data had to be entrusted. We will facilitate the access to blockchain technology so that control and ownership can fully lie in the hand of users. For the first time, customers will have a true choice based on authentic data to purchase original products manufactured under fair and good conditions.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Business, Innovation & Skills Financed | Award Amount: 550.48K | Year: 2016

Delivering consistent supplies of high quality fresh produce is a significant challenge for Kenya’s fresh veg. growers. Yields of beans range from 5 to 50T/ha and up to 40% of produce is of poor quality, due to ineffective irrigation and soil-borne diseases. A 12% increase in average yield and a 20% reduction in waste would raise Class 1 yields by 978T/year; this would generate an extra £3.2M/year, increase food security and improve soil management practices. We will: 1) Develop irrigation scheduling tools to improve consistency of cropping; 2) Identify effects of biocontrol agents on soil pathogens and soil microbiome 3) Determine effects of soil water availability on incidence and severity soil pathogens and efficacy of biocontrol agents; 4) Develop integrated control measures to improve Class 1 yields, quality and shelf-life; 5) Promote benefits of precision irrigation and biocontrol at workshops/on-farm demos; 6) Assess social and economic impacts of outputs and implement sustainability improvement plans.


Trademark
Provenance | Date: 2016-03-08

After-shave; Aftershave cologne; Beard dyes; Cologne; Colognes, perfumes and cosmetics; Hair pomades; Lip balm; Lotions for beards.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Innovation Voucher | Award Amount: 5.00K | Year: 2013

Provenance aims to unite consumer & maker through true stories about products & services based on open data. Fundamentally it is a new kind of online (& physical) shop selling products made by open companies with transparent supply chains & practices. Consumers don’t just buy products, they buy brands and advertising, which used to be a public reflection of the true company: workings and philosophy. Now this is rarely the case and greenwash has made it tricky for small companies with genuine stories to differentiate. Provenance in a platform for carefully selected product’s designer makers, initially based in Europe, to ‘plug-in’ their open data feeds, anything from their locations to their water usage, into a consumer facing communications platform & store. Provenance turns its open data foundations into browsing attributes and easy to explore stories: Filter products by locale - based on supply chain data from Sourcemap’s API or check-out carbon neutral using embodied energy data.


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