Food giant Nestlé, French supermarket chain Carrefour, and IBM have teamed up to track supply chain of Mousline, a well-known brand of instant mashed potatoes via IBM’s Food Trust blockchain platform.
With the new options, shoppers will know exactly where the potatoes in a specific packet came from by scanning a QR code with their smartphones.
“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 companies’ press release said.
The IBM Food Trust uses the IBM Blockchain Platform to connect companies through a permanent, and shared record of food origin details, processing data, shipping, and other details. In tests, IBM’s blockchain technology can track a product from the farm through every stage of the supply chain to the retail shelf in as fast as 2.2 seconds compared to days or weeks.