How we can improve food for all

IBM Food Trust™ uses blockchain technology to create unprecedented visibility and accountability in the food supply. It’s the only network of its kind to connect growers, processors, distributors, and retailers through a permissioned, permanent and shared record of food system data.

Food safety

Trace food instantly – with end-to-end supply chain data visibility – to help ensure food safety and regulatory compliance.

Supply chain efficiencies

Access a shared and immutable digital ledger in real time – rather than ink on paper – to find choke points and uncover opportunities to speed your supply chain.

Food freshness

Gain instant and efficient food tracing from source to consumer to more accurately judge peak freshness and remaining shelf life – and reduce product loss.

Sustainability

Rely on shared data and an immutable ledger to help ensure the promised quality of products and that food comes from a sustainable source.

Brand trust

Gain a competitive advantage as you add transparency and specificity about the sourcing of your food products. Build trust in the safety and quality of your brand.

Food waste

Identify waste hot spots and speed responsiveness using better visibility into your food supply chain. Reduce costly food waste and boost your bottom line.

Food fraud

Data-sharing across the food supply helps eliminate chances for fraud and errors – and can help preserve the integrity of raw materials, products, and packaging.

Create the IBM Food Trust you want

Need to trace the location and status of food products? Or prove sustainability and provenance with certificates? IBM Food Trust offers a family of scalable capabilities to fit your needs.

By simplifying on-farm and front-office reporting and putting data on the blockchain, IBM Food Trust has helped Dole unlock the value of compliance data across our suppliers and partners in a cost-effective way.

—Natalie Dyenson, Vice President, Food Safety & Quality, Dole

See how IBM Food Trust works and brings value to your business

How blockchain powers IBM Food Trust

Understand the basics of blockchain technology, and its impact and value across the food ecosystem, with four quick videos.

About IBM Food Trust

Discover how IBM Food Trust is making food safer, lengthening shelf lives, reducing waste, and providing better access to shared, secure information.

How much can you save?

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

Learn why IBM Food Trust goes beyond blockchain technology

IBM Food Trust in the news

Blockchain for good: Why is the technology so impactful for food?

See the transformative power of blockchain, including the importance of verifying food products, protecting workers and consumers, and the dangers of the status quo.

The rising demand for trust and transparency: Blockchain for food

Blockchain can be the underlying technology for a renewed food system and organizations are realizing the unique benefits.

Blockchain for transparency: Nestlé and Carrefour partnering

Two IBM Food Trust members are partnering to give consumers access to information from the first blockchain tracing a national brand in Europe: Mousline instant potatoes.

Albertsons joins the IBM Food Trust network

The $60 billion company, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, is piloting the blockchain technology by tracing the bulk romaine lettuce supply chain.

People want to know, quite rightly, where ingredients they give to their baby have come from. We wanted a product in which trust meant something.

— Chris Tyas, Global Head of Supply Chain, Nestlé

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 open to all 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.

What technology is required to use IBM Food Trust?

Being a Software as a Service solution (SaaS), a browser and access to internet is needed to run the IBM Food Trust applications.

Also there are APIs available for data upload and integration with your ERP system. Learn more: 

What are the steps required for onboarding onto IBM Food Trust?

Onboarding to IBM Food Trust starts with: 

  • assembling your team of food supply chain experts and data integration experts 
  • identifying your facilities and products 
  • defining your product scenarios
  • uploading data and setting up permissions

Looking for hands-on guidance? With Virtually-Guided Onboarding sessions, IBM Experts will lead you through the entire process.

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