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Safety, efficiency, and trust in the food system rely on a common denominator: accountability. For producers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and more, IBM Food Trust provides unique paths to achieve benefits for their organizations. Find out how our solution is tackling common challenges in the food industry.


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Our Focus On Helping You Increase Overall Trust in Your Brand

84% of shoppers consider the impact of how and where food was produced when making a purchase.¹
59% of consumers think it’s important for food to be produced in a sustainable way
55% of people claim they would switch brands following a recall².
How is IBM Food Trust sustainable-conscious?

Increasing transparency

Top-to-bottom visibility into the food chain enables brands to proactively manage damaged products with minimal disruption.

Giving you the competitive advantage

Brands that are transparent about the quality and origin of their foods build brand equity and trust, creating differentiation.

How does IBM Food Trust work?

IBM Food Trust consists of different modules designed to help everyone in the food system.

The Trace module securely and transparently traces food products upstream and downstream, providing the food details consumers and partners demand.

The Data Entry and Access module enables participants to securely upload, manage, and access transactional data, creating organized records for swift action in the face of an incident.

The Certifications module makes proving sustainability and provenance easy by securely managing certificates throughout the entire supply chain.

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Providing food confidence and trust

Tracking each step of the food supply chain and sharing data on an immutable ledger ensures the promised quality of goods is indisputable.

Our Focus On Reducing Food Fraud

Food fraud is a global business exceeding $10 billion annually¹

Regulators are demanding state-of-the-art technology

Organizations are expected to get up-to-date in order to adopt new standards for more transparency and reduced fraud.

Complex supply chains create blind spots

Companies lack the awareness of where and how they are susceptible to food fraud due to limited view of the complete supply chain.

Out-of-date data storage creates vulnerabilities

Storing data on paper or in centralized databases leaves it susceptible to inaccuracies, internal errors, hacking, and corruption.

How is IBM Food Trust addressing food safety?
Food fraud has increased by 60% over the last couple of years² due to the lack of transparency, accountability, and effective regulations.

End-to-end traceability

Increased surveillance shines a light on each link in the food chain, enabling real-time traceability of food fraud culprits, and creating accountability.

Complete collaboration

Secure data sharing between food chain actors eliminates the possibility for participants to move fraudulent foods unknowingly.

Immutable records

Permanent records enable better management of material safety and quality standards.

How does IBM Food Trust work?

IBM Food Trust consists of different modules designed to help everyone in the food system.

Trace

Allows participants to trace food products upstream and downstream in the supply chain, providing transparency into the authenticity of ingredients and goods.

Certifications

Allows users to share inspections, quality certifications, and registrations, increasing accountability for acquired data at each step.

Data Entry and Access

Enables participants to securely upload, manage and access transactional data, helping detect or mitigate fraudulent action.

Our Focus On Food Freshness

$7 billion worth of fresh food spoils before ever reaching a consumer in North America².

Maintaining freshness is challenging

Complex supply chains and gaps between producers, distributors, and retailers, decrease the velocity of travel, making it difficult to keep food fresh.

Tracking food is difficult

While 5% of our global food supply is lost during transit and storage⁴, it’s difficult to pinpoint what happens during its post-harvest transport.

Fresh food purchases made up a third of all supermarket purchases in 2017¹.
On average, American meals travel 1,500 miles from farm to fork⁵.
How is IBM Food Trust sustainable-conscious?

Creating end-to-end traceability

Tracking how long food has been traveling in real-time means a more accurate understanding of freshness and remaining shelf life.

How does IBM Food Trust work?

IBM Food Trust consists of different modules designed to help everyone in the food system.

The Trace module allows users to securely and transparently trace the status of fresh products at all locations, and be alerted to those at risk of expiring.

With the Fresh Insights module, supply chain members can view the average dwell time, time-since-harvest, and time-to-expiration to see how fresh products are.

The Data Entry and Access module enables participants to upload, manage and access transactional data, gaining visibility into inventory across locations.

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Increasing transparency

Top-to-bottom visibility into the food chain enables companies to know exactly where food is coming from and the conditions under which it was shipped.

Solving inefficiencies

Access to secure transactional data, temperature data, inventory, etc. allows your team to make proactive decisions that can optimize supply chain efficiency.

Our Focus On Food Safety

456 recalls globally in 2017 due to contamination¹
Recalls estimated to cost an average $10 million in 2017²

Not all companies can quickly identify the cause of a food safety incident

Trying to trace food across a complex network of suppliers and distributors using digital and paper-based documentation can take days, if not weeks.

Gaps in supply chain monitoring create vulnerabilities

Deficiencies in production and monitoring processes expose the food system to risks that could be eliminated.

Outdated food traceability practices aren’t built for the modern era

Regulators are now demanding state-of-the-art practices and technology to ensure food safety, and blockchain can help bring organizations up to standard³.

“We strongly encourage the leafy greens industry to adopt traceability best practices and state-of-the-art technologies to help assure quick and easy access to key data elements from farm to fork.”

Scott Gottlieb, FDA Commissioner

How is IBM Food Trust addressing food safety?

Increasing transparency

Ability to know the provenance, real-time location, and status of any food product at any time

Built for end-to-end traceability

If a food safety issue is reported; it is immediately clear who is impacted and who should take action.

Providing food confidence

Know where foods have been grown or produced and eliminate contamination risks and harmful food fraud with a trusted source for supply chain visibility

How does IBM Food Trust work?

IBM Food Trust consists of different modules designed to help everyone in the food system.

Trace

Supports food safety initiatives and increases transparency by allowing you to securely trace a product’s location and status in seconds.

Certifications

Provides your organizations a system to securely manage your certificates and documents while giving you and your supply chain partners permissioned access to other critical documents.

Data entry and access

Upload, manage, and access your transactional data so that you and your partners are able to digitize transaction records now and into the future.

Our Focus On Reducing Food Waste

1/3 of all food produced ends up in the trash¹.
By 2030, nearly 66 tons of food will either be lost or thrown away every second².

Quantifying food waste is difficult

Lack of standards for reporting and measuring make quantifying food loss accurately difficult.

Uncertainty leads to waste

A third of fresh food is thrown away annually by consumers due to the lack of confidence in the quality and freshness of the item³.

The digital supply chain solution

Studies suggest widespread adoption of supply chain technology could reduce food waste by up to $120 billion annually².

How is IBM Food Trust addressing food safety?

Accesing end-to-end traceability

Full transparency across the food chain maximizes shelf life, optimizes partner networks and increase recall response efficiency, helping reduce waste.

Collaboration

Selective data sharing enables all participants in the food system to adopt consistent standards, policies, and procedures.

Increasing transparency

With greater visibility into food waste, food producers, distributors and retailers can help identify opportunities to reduce food waste.

How does IBM Food Trust work?

IBM Food Trust consists of different modules designed to help everyone in the food system.

Data entry and access

Enables users to securely upload, manage, and access transactional data to create shareable records of where food has been when and identifying areas of waste.

Trace

Provides participants with a way to securely and transparently trace the location and status of food products on the supply chain to better manage food waste.

Certifications

Helps users prove food provenance and authenticity and eliminate inefficiencies by securely managing certificates and documents.

Our Focus On Increasing Supply Chain Efficiency

The annual cost of inefficiencies between producers and suppliers is $60 billion¹.

Inefficiencies in the food system negatively affect consumer pricing, the carbon footprint, food waste, and expected freshness.

Manual processes created inefficiencies

Most companies’ reliance on paper-based processes make it difficult and time-consuming to identify issues and manage inventory.

Blockchain saves time and money

Enabling a system that tracks product loss, waste, and expiration dates could save $150 billion annually¹ in food waste.

How is IBM Food Trust addressing food safety?

A shared ecosystem

Easily identify process inefficiencies, eliminate bottlenecks, and optimize your supply chain for continuous growth.

Real-time demand forecasting

Knowing the provenance, real-time location, and status of food products means more accurate contracts, forecasting models, and ingredient sourcing.

A scalable model

Automated processes and end-to-end synchronization create efficiencies at every step.

How does IBM Food Trust work?

IBM Food Trust consists of different modules designed to help everyone in the food system.

Trace

Enables food system members to securely and transparently trace the location and status of food products on the supply chain.

Certifications

Allows users to prove sustainability and provenance by securely managing certificates throughout the entire supply chain.

Data Entry and Access

Allows participants to securely upload, manage and access transactional data.

Our Focus On Sustainability

70% of consumers said they want retailers to be more transparent about their sustainability efforts¹.

Consumers are becoming more “sustainable-conscious”

59% think it’s important for food to be produced in a sustainable way, up from 50% in 2017².

The cost of unsustainable food practices is adding up

Consumers unknowingly pay twice as much for their food due to costs associated with unsustainable food practices³.

A growing population

With the global population expected to boom from 7 to 9 billion by 2050⁴, companies are looking for ways to decrease their ecological footprints.

“They {consumers} want companies who balance the social, environmental and economic impact of responsibly producing nutrient-rich foods to nourish people while protecting the planet.⁵”

Erin Coffield, National Dairy Council

How is IBM Food Trust sustainable-conscious?

Providing transparency

End-to-end transparency gives a clearer view of where inefficiencies exist across the entire supply chain.

How does IBM Food Trust work?

IBM Food Trust consists of different modules designed to help everyone in the food system.

The Data Entry and Access module allows users to securely upload, manage and access transactional data, ensuring sustainability claims are genuine.

The Trace module provides a secure and transparent way to trace the status of food products along the supply chain.

The Certifications module boosts confidence and transparency by letting users share inspections, quality certifications, and registrations.

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Certified responsible practices

Farmers, producers, and other food actors can automatically digitize and easily share audits, certificates, and other records proving that they utilize and promote sustainable practices.

Creating food confidence

Tracking each step of the food supply chain and sharing data on an immutable ledger ensures the promised quality of goods is indisputable.