Nestlé and Carrefour use IBM's blockchain to track mashed potato supply chain

By Laura Mullan
Swiss food giant, Nestlé, and supermarket chain, Carrefour, have announced that they will use IBM’s blockchain technology to track a French mashed po...

Swiss food giant, Nestlé, and supermarket chain, Carrefour, have announced that they will use IBM’s blockchain technology to track a French mashed potato brand.

Both Nestlé and Carrefour joined the IBM Food Trust blockchain platform in 2017 and will use the firm's technology to track the supply chain of Mousline, a popular brand of mashed potatoes

“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,” Carrefour said in a press release.

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By using blockchain technology, the companies aim to enable greater transparency and, ultimately, a safer food supply.

According to Carrefour's press release, "this three-way partnership is a continuation of its programme, Act for Food, that works towards the food transition, and its desire to promote blockchain.

The announcement comes shortly after US supermarket chain Albertsons Companies said it would use the platform to track the supply chain of it its romaine lettuce.

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