Blockchain technology has proven to be a boon for many different areas of supply chain management, especially after the recent announcement of the largest food and beverage company in the world, Nestlé, on its plan to integrate the blockchain technology platform ‘IBM Food Trust’ into its Zoégas coffee brand.
“Nestlé has expanded the use of the IBM Food Trust blockchain technology platform to its Zoégas coffee brand… Through blockchain-recorded data, coffee lovers will now be able to trace their coffee back to the different origins,” the announcement reads.
Now that the integration has been made available, Zoégas coffee lovers are able to track the origin of coffee from various farms in Brazil, Rwanda, and Colombia. In addition, the firm aims to enhance consumer confidence in product quality with the right to access information regarding harvest time and location, roasting time, transaction certificate and more for specific shipments by scanning the QR code.
The integration of Zoégas with the IBM Food Trust platform was made following Nestlé’s partnership with a trusted third-party called Rainforest Alliance. The organization will independently provide reliable data beyond what is usually disclosed by the company to allow users to follow coffee journeys to the Zoégas plant in Helsingborg, while providing its own certification which are directly accessible to everyone with the IBM Food Trust blockchain platform.
This is not the first time Nestlé has applied blockchain technology to their internal processes. Earlier in 2019, Nestlé collaborated with retail giants Carrefour in applying blockchain technology to track the supply chain of milk-based formula for infants, which reinforces their belief to go further with this development.
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