Migros, the largest supermarket retailer in Switzerland, today announced it has implemented TE-FOOD’s blockchain-based traceability system for its fresh fruits and vegetable supply chains.
TE-FOOD’s blockchain, the FoodChain is a secure and scalable solution to store all traceability data in a decentralized, permissioned way.
Fresh food suppliers of Migros already had the possibility to communicate traceability data from their legacy systems (ERP, Farm management) to Migros through a GS1 standards-based API (EPCIS). Now, this data collection method was extended to a B2B mobile app, a web app, and file upload possibility, with the assistance of TE-FOOD.
Traceability data, which is sent by the suppliers, is automatically transformed to GS1’s Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) format, and sent to Migros’ own EPCIS system. The system is aimed to be used internally, opening it up towards consumers is out of the current project’s scope.
Migros wants to achieve deeper supply chain insight to optimize its processes. Supply chain optimization can lead to quicker distribution and reduced food waste, which is also part of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) initiatives for the next years.
Although a growing number of food companies are launching traceability projects, many of them focus only on the marketing advantages by providing transparent food information to their consumers. However, food traceability can provide more value from easier product recalls to improved supply chain control.