World’s largest food and drink company, Nestlé, French chain store Carrefour and multinational information technology firm, IBM have all gone into a partnership that would see them utilize blockchain technology in tracking the supply chain of Mousline, a well-known brand of instant mashed potatoes.
According to the announcement, Nestlé and Carrefour, who are already members of IBM’s Food Trust blockchain platform, would begin use of the technology to track the product with effect from yesterday.
It said, by tracking the supply chain system, shoppers will be able to authenticate and track the origin of the produced.
All they have to do is to scan a QR code on the packet which the potatoes has been preserved in, to get the needed information as well as how long it took the product, to get to the designated Carrefour store.
“Using the QR code on the product’s packaging, each consumer will be able to use a secure platform on their smartphone to access information on the production supply chain, including the varieties of potato used, the dates and places of manufacture, information on quality control, and places and dates of storage before the product reaches the shelves,” the press release said.
It added that, “This partnership is based on the shared values of each company to bring consumers greater transparency in the food sector.
“By simply scanning a product using a smartphone, consumers will receive reliable and unfalsifiable information on the supply chain and production,” it noted.
Recall that U.S. supermarket chain Albertsons, also released a statement a few days ago, that it is partnering with Food Trust to track one of its products — iceberg lettuce — with the potential for more to follow.
More so, Mousline mashed potatoes is not the first product by Carrefour, to be tracked with the blockchain technology, as it has previously utilized the blockchain integration system in tracking milk.
It is estimated that across the globe, about five million different food items already utilize the blockchain technology in their supply chains.