Food and drug dealer Albertsons Companies is the latest to join the IBM Food Trust Network to track food utilizing blockchain technology. According to a press release, the IBM system tracks the date food is packed, its shipping temperature, and the date it reached the grocery shelves.
Albertsons said that it intends to bring more transparency to its food ecosystem and allow a quicker response to food recalls. To begin the pilot test of the Food Trust network, the firm said it will start with bulk romaine lettuce coming from one of its distribution centers.
Anuj Dhanda, chief information officer of Albertsons, said, “Blockchain technology has the potential to be transformational for us as we further build differentiation on our fresh brand.”
“Food safety is a very significant step. In addition, the provenance of the products enabled by blockchain — the ability to track every move from the farm to the customer’s basket — can be very empowering for our customers.”