Bringing new clarity to food supply complexity

Food’s journey from farm to table involves numerous transactions between different people and companies. What if we could simplify this process, enabling transactions to be shared securely and efficiently among every actor in the supply chain?

IBM Food Trust™ uses blockchain technology to create unprecedented visibility and accountability in the food supply chain. It is the only network of its kind, connecting growers, processors, distributors, and retailers through a permissioned, permanent and shared record of food system data. Together, we are improving food for all. 

Let’s build a smarter, safer, more sustainable food supply chain

Supply chain efficiencies

Eliminate bottlenecks to speed your supply chain.

Brand trust

Enhance your reputation for safety and quality.

Food safety

Help ensure safety and regulatory compliance.

Get value from IBM Food Trust today

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

Download our solution brief

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

Why blockchain matters

Chef Aarón Sánchez on the importance of knowing where our food comes from.

See the value of Food Trust

The CTO of Golden State Foods, Guilda Javaheri, describes how Food Trust delivers new value by providing insights into the supply chain and helping to build consumer trust.

Trace

Securely and transparently trace the location and status of food products on the supply chain upwards and downwards 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 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. 

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 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, Food Trust can empower you to meet the new standard for transparency and trust.

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

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 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?

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 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 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 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 Food Trust, via tiered modules available to buy in Marketplace. You can connect to your partners and define what information is shared when you define your transactions. 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 Food Trust Value Assessment Tool, which was built based on average savings that current participants are seeing.

What technology is required to use Food Trust?

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

Onboarding to 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, Experts will lead you through the entire process.

See Food Trust capabilities and buy

Build the Food Trust solution you want by selecting the capabilities you need. Have questions or need assistance? We're here to help.