Nestlé to use OpenSC blockchain technology

Swiss multinational food and drink giant Nestlé will be using the OpenSC blockchain platform to allow customers to track their food back to the farm.

“Through this collaboration with OpenSC, Nestlé becomes the first major food and beverage company to announce that it will pilot open blockchain technology in this way,” the company said on 2 July.

“The initial pilot programme will trace milk from farms and producers in New Zealand to Nestlé factories and warehouses in the Middle East. Later, the technology will be tested using palm oil sourced in the Americas. These pilots will allow Nestlé to understand how scalable the system is.”

Nestlé had piloted blockchain technology since 2017, most prominently with IBM Food Trust, the company said. In April, it worked with French retailer Carrefour to give consumers access to traceability data for its Mousline purée.

“This open blockchain technology will allow anyone, anywhere in the world to assess our sourcing facts and figures,” said Benjamin Ware, Nestlé’s global head of responsible sourcing.

“We believe it is another important step towards the full disclosure of our supply chains announced by Nestlé in February this year, raising the bar for transparency and responsible production globally,” he added.

Open SC is a supply chain tool founded by World Wildlife Fund-Australia and California-based venture capital firm, The Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures.