Proposed IBM blockchain-based food tracking network, Food Trust, has began operation after 18 months of testing.
The company revealed this in a press-release on Monday.
More so, IBM announced that Carrefour, a leading food retailer, based in France, with more than 12 thousands stores in 33 countries, would be the firt to test the blockchain-based food network on their own stores, with a plan to expand blockchain to all of its brands around the world by 2022.
IBM Food Trust was first announced back in 2016 as a blockchain solution that would connect different parties in the food industry.
During the trial period, which started August 2017, the company partnered with Nestle SA, Dole Food Co., Driscoll’s Inc., Golden State Foods, Kroger Co., McCormick and Co., McLane Co., Tyson Foods Inc. and Unilever NV.
According to IBM, the testing period, saw retailers and suppliers using IBMs Food Trust blockchain to track “millions of individual food products.”
In 2016, U.S. retail corporation Walmart was one of the first to companies to experiment alongside IBM using blockchain to identify and remove recalled foods that customers had complained about.
Just last month, Walmart announced it would be asking leafy greens suppliers to implement a farm-to-store tracking system based on IBM’s Food Trust system.
It would be recalled that IBM was recently awarded a patent for a blockchain-based monitor system, that will help prevent hacking and security breaches.