NEWS: Blockchain Initiatives Enable Local sourcing an Halal Verification


To separate developments show how quickly Blockchain technology can be used to enable two very differnent aspects of modern food supply chains.

The first, an intiative, by an American organisation Foodshed, is able to connect ‘sustainable independent’ producers to local wholesale markets. Their platform streamlines ordering, payment and delivery from independent farmers with in a 250 mile radius of one app, according to the report in Food Navigator-USA.

With more than 50% of US shoppers claiming to want more locally based produce options in their supermarkets the difficulties are in how to meet the bulk supply needs of most of these retail outlets while sourcing from small scale producers, even if they are relatively local.

Retailers using the Foodshed blockchain technology can dramatically cut the time spent forming local contracts. They can pay for multiple sources in one place and the app enables tracking from the moment the item is harvested through to the drop off point – offering total supply chain transparency.

Since launching the beta version of its app in January 2018 Foodshed has attracted 150 suppliers  to list their products across seven New England and mid-western states. Restaurants and store, as well as foodservice or institutional customers can browse the lists, place orders with a number of outlets and pay on one patform. With no middle man in the distribution chain they both get a better price, claims the blockchain platform developer.

Dan Beckmann, CEO of foodshed told FoodNavigator-USA, “ Our system is basically set up to provide food to everybody, at all times of the year, at the lowest possible cost, no matter where it comes from.”

In another ‘first-of-its-kind’blockchain development, HalalChain offers consumers the opportunity to track and trace Halal products, in an attempt to overcome difficulties caused by scores of accreditation schemes and regulatory uncertainty, say the article in FoodNavigator-Asia.

Co-founder Dr Sulaiman Liu explained the technology uses smart IoT devices, RFID sensors, LoRa, smart cameras wit AI , etc., to gather data. Manufacturers who subscribe are given an on-site inspection prior to the installation of devices for real-time data gathering – providing a bespoke blockchain solution. Consumers access the information by scanning a QR code on the packaging.

Following a three month pilot phase HalalChain will be launced commercially this August.