Carrefour, a french retail giant is all set to tap blockchain for tracking milk products. The retail giant will be gradually rolling out it its first blockchain-powered product, Carrefour Quality Line (CQL) micro-filtered full-fat milk. The quality line is claimed to be provide complete product traceability across the supply chain.
Previously, the retail giant had partnered with IBM’s blockchain-enabled food tracking network called Food Trust. This was after major food producers such as Nestle, Dole Food, Golden State Foods joined IBM’s blockchain.
With CQL consumers would be easily able to track the GPS coordinates of the farmers who gave their animals for milk collection. In addition, to knowing all details about collection and packaging and knowing about stakeholders involved in the product line.
In November 2018, Carrefour launched a food tracking solution which was powered by Hyperledger. The tracking solution was branded as free-range chickens “Calidad y Origen” in Spain.
In late 2018, Auchan, expanded TE-FOOD’s FoodChain solution to five more countries after a 18-month test of the designed blockchain tool in Vietnam. Auchan’s solution helps in retail monitoring and is available in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Senegal.
On 25th February, CoinMarketFeed reported that Mercedes Benz has developed a blockchain-based platforms for getting sustainability and transparency in complex supply chains. For the same the leading German automobile brand has partnered with Icertis, a US based software enterprise for building the supply chain use case. The synergy will accordingly allow for simplified storage of contacts and documents in complex supply chains. Both the parties have entered the testing phase of the pilot project.
In early February, The Food and Drug Administration of the Chinese Chongqing Yuzhong District announced its decision to incorporate blockchain technology to its operations.
Blockchain will help the agency have better supervision of food and drug quality assurance. In addition to better traceability of the product life cycle and also anti-counterfeiting measures.
Also in February Japanese trading company, Itochu Corporation has announced the start of a proof-of-concept (PoC) aimed to develop a blockchain traceability system. It will allow buyers and sellers to record the date, time, location and other transaction details on blockchain via a smartphone app.
Carrefour S.A. is headquartered in Boulogne Billancourt, France, in the Hauts-de-Seine Department near Paris. It is one of the largest hypermarket chains in the world with 12,300 self-service shops. It operates in more than 30 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.