Within the food industry there are a lot of challenges that we’re facing. I would say one of the biggest is traceability...and IBM has built customized modules on top of [the] Blockchain for food traceability and for certificate management

Steve O’Nan, Compliance and Supplier Integrity Program Manager, Kroger

Business Challenge

Kroger is one of the largest grocery retailers in the US and like any other food industries there are many challenges that Kroger is facing and one of the biggest is traceability . A lot of federal regulations that are coming down their way are forcing companies to get an understanding of their entire supply chain because ultimately they are going to need to not only know where are they getting the goods from and are those goods safer for consumers to eat but also needed to know where exactly they come from as well.


For Kroger, one of the largest grocery retailers in the US, food recalls are quite costly because it often must pull unaffected product from the shelves. By implementing a Hyperleger blockchain with industry-specific IBM modules for food traceability, the retailer can work with suppliers to trace food from the farm to its shelves, helping it identify which products to pull, and which are safe for its customers. 

Solution Category

  • Other