Knowing where the food supply comes from isn’t just a farm-to-table movement for consumers. There are lots of players when it comes to where food is sourced and manufactured. Much of the information generated about all facets of the food supply chain isn’t necessarily shared via central database or other means of capture. Blockchain technology, for example, has been touted as a way to identify and react to pressures on the food supply chain.
Blockchain technology essentially creates a “birth certificate” for everything from pork to cheese and follows the food through to end purchase. Food manufacturers, receiving raw materials from producers or putting a product out with their brand on the line, have a lot to gain by investing in “traceability.” Food information is critical to food safety, and manufacturers stand to gain by being more informed of where raw ingredients come from, for example.
Some of the advantages of being more aware of one’s supply chain include being quickly responsive and proactive about contamination issues (whether from a supplier or through a manufacturing process) as well as identifying any critical impact to the product line, say, through pressure on water sources for critical raw ingredients. In some instances, food information from the supply chain have helped identify and stop tainted products from reaching consumers.
There are many issues that impact the food supply, from depleted natural resources to demographic changes to fraud and tighter regulations. Many of these stakeholders do not speak to nor are even aware of each other. An industrial supply chain, though, cannot remain unaware. Check out our case studies involving the food and beverage industry for examples of how Komax helps companies increase productivity, reduce contamination and become critically aware of key issues to the industry.