Albertsons Companies has announced that it will start using IBM’s Food Trust blockchain platform to improve the traceability of food all the way from the source to its store’s shelves.
Platform to be initially used to track romaine lettuce’s supply chain
Although the platform will be used at the early stages to increase the transparency of romaine lettuce’s supply chain, the US grocer aims to use the technology for other products in the future.
Anuj Dhanda, Chief Information Officer at Albertsons Companies said: "Blockchain technology has the potential to be transformational for us as we further build differentiation on our fresh brand. Food safety is a very significant step. In addition, the provenance of the products enabled by blockchain — the ability to track every move from the farm to the customer's basket — can be very empowering for our customers."
As of today, IBM’s blockchain solution is used by more than 80 brands. It has the potential to allow a greater transparency and safer food supply.
How does it work?
Food Trust brings the ability for network members to share digital and indelible data that allows stakeholders to trace products across the entire supply chain. Essentially, the platform generates a digital record of transactions related to the item’s packaging date, temperature at which it’s been shipped until its arrival to a store’s shelf.
"Multiple high-profile consumer advisories from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration demonstrate the need to find more efficient ways of tracing products and identifying likely sources of contamination in a timely manner," said Jerry Noland, VP of Food Safety & Quality Assurance, Albertsons Companies.
"Consequently, retailers are exploring new technologies to improve the infrastructure that underpins the global food supply chain."
Albertsons has already invested in technology in the last few months. Check out its partnership with TakeOff for robotic ecommerce fulfilment.