Nestlé Expands IBM Food Trust Blockchain to Track Zoégas Coffee With Rainforest Alliance


Blockchain has seen a significant rate of adoption across the globe in various industries, be it Healthcare, Shipping management, agriculture and probable most dominantly in the food tracking businesses. The Distributed Ledger Technology has brought a lot of transparency in the sector which has helped both the producers as well as the consumers to get a better insight into the foods they are buying from supermarkets.

Nestle, one of the world’s leading food and beverage provider has been at the forefront of incorporating blockchain in their supply chain and has been using IBM Food Trust Blockchain for the same for quite some time now. The firm has now decided to expand the scope of the blockchain into its coffee brand Zoégas.

IBM Food Trust Blockchain was initiated back in 2016 with food safety as its priority. Nestle along with 9 other firms was among the founding members of the blockchain project. IBM Collaborated with retail giants like Walmart as well to identify recalled foods and remove them from their inventory.

With the introduction of Blockchain in Zoégas’s supply-chain, customers would be able to trace the origin of the coffee from Brazil, Rwanda and Colombia. Not only that the customers would also get to know some minute details which are not possible in the traditional world, like the time of harvest, for how long their coffee has been roasted, the certification of shipment, the farmer who produced it, all of this by simply scanning a QR code on the package.

Rainforest Alliance Would Be The Trusted Third-Party Data Provider For the Platform

As per the April 6th announcement, Rainforest Alliance would be the trusted third-party who would offer reliable data to the platform which would eventually help in tracking all the progress of the Coffee brand right from its harvesting in the field, to its roasting, manufacturing and packaging at Zoégas factory in Helsingborg.

As per the agreement, the Rainforest Alliance would directly offer its certification and data input directly onto the IBM Food Trust blockchain platform.

However, IBM Food Trust is not the only blockchain venture that Nestle is involved with, in fact the firm has also partnered with the likes of WWF-Australia and BCG Digital Ventures which Nestle uses to track the shipment of milk from farmers in New Zealand to its factories. However, the largest food and beverages producing firm has admitted in the past that switching to Blockchain was not an easy task.

The firm noted that being such a large venture, it was quite complex for them to rearrange the decade-old supply-chain management system in order to incorporate DLT into their business. Armin Nehzat, Nestle’s Digital technology Manager also admitted that in order to lead in the blockchain race they had to implement a “start-up mindset” in their work culture.

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