Retail giant Carrefour, headquartered in France and operating in more than 30 countries, is deploying a blockchain food tracking platform based on Hyperledger in its Spanish network.
The food tracking solution, initially developed by U.S. tech corporation IBM, will be used to track free-range chickens branded as “Calidad y Origen” (Quality and Origin) that were raised in the northern region of Galicia without antibiotic treatment. Each package in the Spanish network will be marked by a QR code providing detailed info on the chicken’s date of birth, type of nutrition, packing date, and more.
Carrefour explains that “blockchain is a key technology for supply chains, as it provides greater transparency and allows customers to review the entire distribution process.” In the nearest future, the company is planning to extend the use of decentralized technologies, implementing them to all food from the “Calidad y Origen” line.
In October, the retail giant announced it was joining IBM’s blockchain-based Food Trust that had been created back in 2016 in order to increase transparency, cut costs, and reduce time spent on food delivery.