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Nestlé, Carrefour To Use IBM Blockchain For Traceability Of Infant Milk

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Swiss food major Nestlé and French supermarket chain Carrefour have again teamed up with IBM Blockchain to apply blockchain technology to track organic infant milk formula products to provide consumers with greater transparency on product checks and origins.

This follows the move by the three companies in mid-April to successfully apply blockchain technology to track a popular mashed potato brand in Europe, Nestle Maggi's Mousline puree.

Nestlé's GUIGOZ Bio 2 and 3 infant milk range from Laboratoires Guigoz will be tracked using blockchain-based Cloud network IBM Food Trust solution, which is based on Blockchain Hyperledger technology.

Blockchain technology is now applied on the product packaging across sales distribution channels and on shelves in Carrefour stores around France. This will help in building on the close relationship of trust between consumers and the brand.

Consumers could receive reliable and unfalsifiable information on the supply chain and production by simply scanning the QR code on the packaging using a smartphone. The data will include production date and place, quality control parameters, storage times, location of warehouses, and all information across the entire supply chain, from dairy to shelf.

In addition to sharing supply and production data for GUIGOZ BIO 2 and 3 products, Nestlé also contributed its experience as a founding member of the IBM Food Trust consortium.

Nestlé has conducted several tests as a founding member of the IBM Food Trust platform since 2017, while Carrefour has already rolled out Blockchain technology on several products in its Carrefour Quality Lines since last year. Carrefour joined the IBM Food Trust platform in October 2018.

IBM Food Trust network connects growers, processors, distributors, shippers, retailers, regulators, and consumers through a permissioned, permanent and shared record of food system data. This will enable them to work together to trace and authenticate products or optimize supply chain processes.

Other firms that are part of IBM Food Trust include Topco Associates, Wakefern, BeefChain, Dennick Fruit Source, Scoular, and Smithfield as well as other multinational companies such as Kroger, Tyson Foods, and Unilever.

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