Salmon Producers Onboard IBM’s Food Trust To Track Origins Using Blockchain Technology


Cermaq, a salmon producing company, and Labeyrie, which provides smoked salmon, have recently joined IBM's blockchain platform. The two fish-producing companies are using IBM’s blockchain platform to trace their merchandise supply chains.

In a press release on Nov. 20, Cermaq made the announcement saying they had joined hands with Labeyrie. They would both cooperate with the blockchain technology for IBM, IBM Food Trust, to avail information to customers on the value chain for their salmon.

All the salmon products belonging to Cermaq would bear a QR-code and a CV to enable consumers to ascertain specific details about the fish. Such included:

“…[fish] origin, when it was hatched, which freshwater facility it came from, how big it was when it was transferred to seawater, at which seawater facility it has been farmed, as well as health and welfare information such as which vaccinations it has received, what it has been fed and when it was harvested.”

Labeyrie has produced a traceability system for two products already. The Norwegian smoked salmon is already in the system that can be traced, meaning that consumers can access a lot of information. Now consumers will be able to follow the chain of production of the fish from when it was hatched up to when it got to a store.

The sales director, Brede Lofsgaard, made his comments on the matter and said that this project was created after the customers demanded transparency in the salmon production.

Food Firms on Blockchain

Numerous food manufacturers are integrating their supply chains with blockchain technology. Retail syndicates Nestle and Carrefour started using IBM’s technology earlier this November to trace a milk-based formula supply chain for kids. These companies aim at achieving more transparency and thereby gaining consumer confidence in their merchandise.

UPS, which is a significant logistics company in the US, successfully shipped a beef shipment that was blockchain verified to Japan from the US.

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