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IBM’s Blockchain Program Seeks To Eliminate Food Fraud By Partnering With Producers And Retailers

Announced in August 2017, IBM’s Food Trust is a blockchain-enabled cloud-based system designed to help retailers determine the sources of food contamination. Counting 10 food producers and retailers, including Dole, Driscoll’s, and Kroger, among its partners, the system uses blockchain to link the members using a “transparent, permanent and shared record” of the “most urgent areas” in the global food supply chain. At present, the IBM Food Trust system accounts for more than 350,000 food data transactions, covering dozens of food products, such as vegetables, meats, and spices. [Image Credit: © Fancycrave.com from Pexels.com]


"Understanding How IBM And Others Use Blockchain Technology To Track Global Food Supply Chain", Forbes.com, August 11, 2018

Technological Advances Disrupt Meat Industry, Prompt Industry Leaders To Adapt

Digital disruption, the process by which technological changes are forcing businesses worldwide to re-invent their operations and products, is also affecting the meat industry. Recent steps taken by industry leaders Cargill and Tyson Foods, Inc., are providing a clear insight on how digital innovations are upending the market. For example, Cargill has disposed of its 153-year-old business model to become a “modern, flexible, integrated food company.” For its part, Tyson launched its Tyson Ventures investment arm, which has invested in laboratory-grown meat startups Beyond Meat and Memphis Meats. Also, technology is transforming the industry’s supply chain into a “shortened, more transparent, completely disrupted” model. [Image Credit: © PDPhotos from Pixabay.com]


"Digital Disruption: Technology is Transforming the Meat Business", Drovers.com, July 12, 2018

Leading Brands Employ Blockchain To Get Most Value From Online Advertising

Leading brands, including Anheuser-Busch InBev, AT&T Inc., and Kellogg Co., are adopting blockchain technology to ensure that their online advertising is viewed by real people and not by computer-generated bots. Also, these major brands seek to use the technology to determine how much of their ad spending goes to middlemen. Designed as a “secure digital database” that can host a “record book” of transactions, blockchain lets business partners to maintain a record of their dealings and transactions. These data cannot be edited. [Image Credit: © Mediamodifier from Pixabay.com]


"Big Advertisers Embrace Blockchain to Root Out Digital Spending Waste", Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2018

India’s Kerala State Taps Blockchain, IoT To Upgrade Food Supply Chain

In India, the state of Kerala is planning to use a combination of blockchain technology and the Internet of Things to improve its food supply, including milk, vegetable, and fish. Being implemented through the state’s Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council, the program aims to use separate ID tags for each food shipment to keep track of food products across the supply chain. To ensure fast and reliable delivery and prevent food waste, each part of the supply chain will include radio frequency identification or RFID tags integrated with mobile apps. [Image Credit: © Igor Ovsyannykov from Pixabay.com]


"Kerala to use Blockchain Technology for Food Supply", Blockchain Council, July 08, 2018

SMC Nutrition Uses Blockchain Service To Offer Supply Chain Transparency And Prevent Food Fraud

Singapore-based food company SMC Nutrition is using a distributed ledger, which is hosted on a blockchain-based service developed by security services provider Certis Group. Designed to provide business partners and consumers access to information about the company’s supply chain, the system lets consumers see the information by scanning QR codes found on the food company’s products. According to Fuji Foo, VP for business digitization, the system is fraud-proof because only suppliers and distributors are granted control and access to the information. [Image Credit: © alohamalakhov  from Pixabay.com]

"Singapore company turns to blockchain to improve food security", Computer Weekly, July 04, 2018

Olam’s Technology Empowers Farmers, Gives Them Real-Time Access To Information

Commodities company Olam’s Olam Farmer Information System is helping farmers innovate and increase their production. For example, Olam’s technology puts farmers, such as Ghana cocoa farmer Muhammed Adams, in touch with agricultural experts. From them, Adams learned that he did not have to use pesticides when he had an outbreak of disease. To make customized recommendations to farmers, the OFIS app gathers farm data and uses algorithms. Also, Olam apps let farmers monitor products when leaving the farm and enable them to check product prices and trade online. [Image Credit: © David Greenwood-Haigh from Pixabay.com]


"The trick that turned seven bags of cocoa into 25", BBC, July 03, 2018

FSA Tests Blockchain As Regulatory Tool, Completes Pilot In Slaughterhouse

UK’s Food Standard Agency has completed a trial program involving the use of blockchain technology as a regulatory tool in a cattle slaughterhouse. Aimed at improving transparency in the food supply chain, the pilot allowed both FSA staff and the slaughterhouse to access data. According to the FSA, the agency will implement the same program in other food production plants. [Image Credit: © Jose Antonio Alba from Pixabay.com]


"UK Food Standard Agency Completes Blockchain Pilot for Food Supply Chain", Cointelegraph, July 02, 2018

Blockchain’s Innovative Features Whet Restaurants’ Appetite For Safety And Openness

Restaurant companies are trying blockchain applications to manage their various operations, including customer loyalty programs and supply chains. For example, Chanticleer Holdings uses blockchain, which is a digital, peer-to-peer technology designed to store encrypted data and protect it from fraud, to manage its loyalty program. With blockchain, the company is letting customers earn points and rewards across its restaurant brands. Closely linked to the cryptocurrency bitcoin, blockchain lets users share and access data through a decentralized system that is both open and anonymous. However, developers can add safeguards and safety parameters to the technology. [Image Credit: © Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.com]

"Explaining the Rise of Blockchain in Restaurants", QSR Magazine, July 01, 2018

Alibaba Cloud Creates System For Raising Better Hogs

Alibaba Cloud has developed ET Agricultural Brain, an artificial intelligence-enabled platform for helping agricultural enterprises, including hog farmers, in China. Proprietary in design, the system is aimed at helping farmers to improve their livestock raising and crop production through innovations. With a special focus on hog farming, ET Agricultural Brain uses algorithm-based models to develop an “exercise regimen” for pigs to improve their health, as well as their piglet yields. China is the world’s largest producer of pork, according to data from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. It also accounts for half of the world’s pork consumption, data from Singapore-based DBS showed. [Image Credit: © Andreas Lischka  from Pixabay.com]

"That’s Some Pig: How AI’s Serving Up Better Pork in China", Alizila, June 07, 2018

 
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