Dole to Implement Blockchain Supply Chain Tracking in All Food Departments by 2025


The Dole Food Company, one of the world’s leading fruits and vegetable distributor has decided to join the blockchain bandwagon as it announced its 5-year plan to introduce blockchain-based tagging and food tracing in all its departments by 2025. The food business is planning to launch advanced traceability solutions to ensure the highest quality of food safety across its major business departments.

The sustainability report released on Wednesday contained a blueprint on how the world’s leading fruits and vegetable distributor is going to redesign its network to incorporate blockchain-based traceability solutions. One of the major goals listed in the blueprint or redesign work was to identify the trouble spots in its supply chain and increase the speed to make amendments to it to meet its 2025 deadline.

The Dole Food Company has also been working with IBM Food Trust to help them with redesigning their supply-chain management. IBM has emerged as one of the leading players among the mainstream tech firms to research and develop various blockchain-based enterprise solutions. It is already working with Nestle, the leading food and beverage company to help them incorporate blockchain in their supply chain to improve the quality and safety of foods that reach the customers. The sustainability report said,

“Blockchain cuts the average time needed for food safety investigations from weeks to mere seconds. Produce that’s been logged via blockchain can be instantly traced back through the supply chain, giving retailers and consumers confidence in the event of a recall.”

Food Supply Chain Management is Emerging as the Top Blockchain Use Case

Blockchain technology has found many use cases in the past few years, be it in the field of healthcare data management, agriculture or education, but food supply-chain management by far has emerged as the leading use cases where numerous mainstream food businesses have increasingly utilized the decentralized technology for tracing and managing their supply-chain business.

Dole like many other food producer and distributors have decided to incorporate the technology to not only ensure better safety, higher transparency, but also to provide more information to the end customers on the products they are purchasing. The incorporation of blockchain technology would help customers know the history of their food, right from the farm, their fruits/vegetables were picked to the place where it was packed and shipped.

Dole also claimed in its report that they were already offering the data to its retail customers since last year, but they are adding protection to the data to avoid other retailers from seeing competitor’s data. The report also revealed that they have been experimenting with the DLT for quite some time now, thanks to their association with IBM, and they plan to continue their association with IBM’s blockchain consortium known as IBM food trust.

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) department has been bullish on the use of emerging technology like blockchain in the field of food management. The FDA in its upcoming “New Era of Smarter Food Safety” is also going to advocate for the incorporation of blockchain technology to bring better food safety and quality standards.

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