French citizens now have the opportunity to experience what the future of food products could be. In 2017 Nestlé joined IBM’s Food Trust network which was created to help promote the potential for new technologies to revolutionize the food chain. Blockchain technology is often touted for benefits to general supply chain networks, but regarding the food chain, these improvements could prove to save lives and improve the sustainability of our planet by reducing food waste.
By integrating physical technology such as RFID tags with blockchain networks, customers now have a glimpse of a new level of transparency for industrial food system. Specifically, the product being tested is for Mousline purée in partnership with Carrefour. This will be the first time that Nestlé is sharing information on its products with consumers publicly via their new blockchain developments. Consumers use their mobile phone or any device with a QR code to scan the Mousline packaging.
From Field to Store Shelf
Currently the data available is tracking the journey of the product from the Nestlé factory in the north of France to Carrefour stores. Customers can see the production date, quality control parameters, storage times and the location of warehouses.
“This Mousline pilot is the result of a successful partnership with Carrefour and a great step forward on our blockchain journey. We are using this technology to bring more transparency to our products by providing accurate, trusted and impartial information. That will benefit the whole value chain, including retailers and consumers.” - Vineet Khanna, SVP - Global Head Supply Chain at Nestlé.
Perhaps most importantly, consumers can also find view information on the farmers who supply the potatoes for Mousline and how the puree is made. In the future, the ideal situation here will be specific land where the raw materials were sourced from. And potentially, fresh produce will be able to include this information as well. This will greatly increase efficiency in grocery stores, where the expiration dates of products will be integrated into the sales systems.
This way, employees can easily view how many products are nearing expiration or past the date. And in more extreme cases of infected products. It will be extremely simple to check if a store has the specific batches in stock and how many. This data could even track which customers purchased the problematic products.
By: BGN Editorial Staff