The enterprise Dole Food Company, the world’s largest producer of fruit and vegetables, has unveiled a five-year plan to expand the adoption of distributed ledger technology.or DLT, to monitor the supply chain.
Dole’s expansion to blockchain was announced in its 2020 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report.
Dole began researching DLT after joining the IBM Food Trust in 2017 as a founding member.
Dole will start DLT tracking in all business areas by 2025
The report announces that Dole will thoroughly review his food tracking systems, including the goal of integrating blockchain-based product labeling and advanced tracking solutions in all business areas by 2025.
Dole already uses blockchain in its entire supply chain for lettuce and fresh vegetablesand has shared its data with selected retail customers since 2019.
“Blockchain reduces the average time it takes to conduct food safety studies from weeks to just seconds,” says Dole.
“Products that are registered via blockchain can be tracked immediately through the supply chain, which gives retailers and consumers confidence in the event of a return,” the report added.
Food manufacturers are testing QR codes scanning for consumers
The report Claims that security measures are built into the system to prevent retailers participating in its blockchain program from sharing valuable proprietary information with other network entities.
Dole also announced plans to introduce a consumer-centric feature that would allow shoppers to scan each pack of lettuce or vegetables to access detailed information recorded throughout the product’s supply chain:
“After all, consumers can search every salad bag or vegetable pack in the store for information about their journey from the farm to the store shelf.”
On April 6th the member of the IBM Food Trust, Nestlé announced that it would use DLT to print QR codes on the packaging of its premium coffee brand Zoégas. Consumers can now track selected blends on farms and roasters in Brazil, Rwanda and Colombia.
The egg producer, Farmer’s Hen House launched a similar program in collaboration with blockchain company Bytable, which tracks food. C.They started printing QR codes on the egg cartons Mid-April that allow consumers to track the origin of their eggs.