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The source of a single food safety incident can take weeks to identify – and possibly years to recover from. Yet food safety is just one of many challenges in the food industry. With a smarter supply chain, we can have longer shelf lives, reduced waste, faster traceability and better access to shared information.

In 2017, leading food supply companies like Walmart partnered with IBM to bring new trust and confidence to the food system. The result is IBM Food Trust™, built on IBM Blockchain. Other companies including Dole, Driscoll’s, Golden State Foods, Kroger, McCormick and Company, McLane Company, Nestlé, Tyson Foods and Unilever are also participating – and now, you can join.

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Food safety

Securely trace products in seconds – not weeks – to mitigate cross-contamination, spread of food-borne illness, unnecessary waste and the economic burden of recalls.

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Food freshness

Gain unprecedented visibility into supply chain data to improve freshness, increase shelf life and reduce product loss.

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Reduced waste

Maximize shelf life, optimize the supply chain and provide quick response to food recalls, all helping to reduce waste.

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Sustainability

Identify inefficiencies, ensure quality of goods, track authenticity of products and certify provenance across the entire supply chain.

With blockchain, we can trace origin of food products back to source in 2.2 seconds. That's food traceability at the speed of thought.

—Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety - Walmart

Resources to get started

Try our interactive demo

Experience the transparency and efficiency of IBM Food Trust modules by following the store-to-farm journey of a blueberry fruit and nut bar.

How much can you save?

We will help you estimate how much you can potentially save by joining IBM Food Trust.

See how easy it is to join

Learn how simple it is to select, customize and purchase the right IBM Food Trust plan for your business.

Customize your plan

Scalable solutions created and priced for your business needs

Trace

Securely and transparently trace the location and status of food products on the supply chain upstream and downstream to better manage demand, food waste and freshness.

Certifications

Take our Trace solution further by selecting Certifications before checkout. Prove sustainability and provenance with ease by securely managing certificates throughout the entire supply chain.

Data entry and access

Securely upload, manage and access your transactional data to help create a better food supply chain. This module is included with Trace and Certifications modules.

Virtually-Guided Onboarding

Engage with IBM Food Trust experts to receive hands-on virtual onboarding. You'll learn how to add your products, facilities and process maps to help you get started. Service must be purchased separately.

FAQ

Why blockchain?

Blockchain can help reach business goals around traceability, compliance, freshness and more by enabling a holistic ecosystem. A blockchain solution is not just about technology, it's about solving business problems that have been insolvable before due to the inability of the ecosystem to share information in a transparent, immutable and trusted manner. Unlike other systems of record, blockchain technology provides a trusted record of data.

What is blockchain?

Blockchain provides the foundation for a new generation of transactions that establishes trust and transparency, while streamlining business processes. 

Some blockchain networks, such as Bitcoin, are public and anonymous. Anyone can join and see any transaction that happens on those networks. These networks typically require resource-intensive computations to help prevent fraudulent transactions. 

IBM Food Trust's blockchain solution, on the other hand, is permissioned so invited members know exactly with whom they are transacting, similar to what happens between business partners today. Participants also determine what data is seen by whom, thereby providing information on a need-to-know basis. Smart contracts also run on our blockchain, allowing business logic to help solve disputes, automatically execute contracts, and build trust.

What is IBM Food Trust?

IBM Food Trust™, built on blockchain, benefits all network participants with a safer, smarter, and more sustainable food ecosystem. The digitization of transactions and data provides a more efficient way of working across the supply chain, including growers, processors, shippers, retailers, regulators, and consumers.

The solution provides authorized users with immediate access to actionable food supply chain data, from farm to store and ultimately the consumer. The complete history and current location of any individual food item, as well as accompanying information such as certifications, test data and temperature data, are readily available in seconds once uploaded onto the blockchain.

The software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution is working to ensure that trust enables, rather than hinders, the expanding food system. With capabilities for safer food, longer shelf lives, reduced waste, faster traceability, and better access to shared information, IBM Food Trust can empower you to meet the new standard for transparency and trust.

How does IBM Food Trust ensure that data entered by various parties can be usable in the solution?

IBM Food Trust has been built leveraging both business and technology standards. To ensure maximum value and access to all participants, our solution leverages standards already implemented across the food industry (i.e., GS1) and open-source technology such as Hyperledger Fabric. Interoperability on both business and technology levels enable IBM Food Trust participants to exchange information across the food ecosystem. We work with industry leaders (e.g., GFSI) to drive industry standards for sustainability, food safety, and quality assurance.

How secure is the solution?

IBM Food Trust provides the highest level of commercially-available, tamper-resistant protection for food supply chain transaction data. Use of IBM Cloud offers unique protection from insider credential abuse, protection from malware and hardware encryption key protection. 

Features include: 

  • Always-on, high availability with seamless software and blockchain network updates
  • Hardened security stack with no privileged access, which blocks malware
  • 24/7/365 IBM Blockchain Support
  • Built-in blockchain monitoring for full network visibility
  • Powered by The Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Fabric

What data types are leveraged and what APIs are available for IBM Food Trust?

Please visit our Developer Zone for further information on APIs and data types.

Who owns the data?

You upload, you own, you control.

Your data belongs to you. Data is owned by the registered company or organization that owns the data prior to it being uploaded to IBM Food Trust. Users can set permissions that govern what data can be seen and by whom – determined solely by the owner of the data. Data uploaded by a third party is owned by the original owner. 

How do I invite others to join?

All food ecosystem participants can join IBM Food Trust, via tiered modules available to buy in IBM marketplace. You can connect to your partners and define what information is shared when you define your transactions. IBM Food Trust provides users and stakeholders with real-time, instant access to business-critical information from which everyone benefits.

What value are the participants seeing from the solution?

Clients are now able to trace from store back to the farm in 2.2 seconds, where data is available. Additional business value and savings depend on company size, brand values and number and category of products implemented. Estimate the potential value you may have from the solution implementation by using the IBM Food Trust Value Assessment Tool, which was built based on average savings that current participants are seeing.

Have questions?

IBM Food Trust experts are here to help! Sign up to speak to leaders who built the IBM Food Trust solution, focusing on aspects from business value, early adopter pilots, getting started, and general questions on blockchain.