IBM Launches Food-Tracking Blockchain

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IBM is finally ready to launch its food-tracking blockhain technology for commercial use after 18 months of testing. The U.S. corporation has been one of the key supporters of blockchain technology and has already signed up European supermarket giant Carrefour to use the new system.

Known as the IBM Food Trust Platform, the technology is now available to companies of all sizes in the food supply chain for a monthly subscription fee.

A spokesman from Carrefour commented on the tie-up: Being a founding member of the IBM Food Trust platform is a great opportunity for Carrefour to strongly accelerate and widen the integration of blockchain technology to our products in order to provide our clients with safe and undoubted traceability.

Walmart are another company that have previously supported blockchain technology and made a request for its suppliers to begin tracking lettuce and spinach supplies through a database system developed by IBM. As we see these giant chains begin forcing the new trust-based rules on their partners then IBM’s platform should be a key beneficiary.

IBM’s new food-trust platform is a revolution in the food suppply chain and we should continue to see this type of technology rolled out across the world for the safe tracking of all goods in all industries.