CAT Squared announced that it is the first manufacturing execution system (MES) provider in the food industry to become an onboarding partner for IBM Food Trust, a blockchain-enabled global network of food chain participants that securely connects supply chain data across the ecosystem with trust and transparency.
“In 2018, Walmart mandated all its leafy-greens suppliers to implement end-to-end traceability and referred their suppliers to Food Trust as part of the initiative. If any of our customers become part of such a mandate, they will need support connecting to the blockchain platform,” said CAT Squared Marketing Manager Kathy Barbeire. “We are now taking steps towards providing a fully blockchain-enabled traceability solution for our customers.”
“CAT Squared is currently working with IBM Food Trust to create new blockchain solutions for our customers that leverage standards developed by GS1, an organization that develops global business communications,” said CAT Squared R&D Manager Mark Bowden.
CAT Squared is developing a blockchain solution for food manufacturers called FoodTrace. FoodTrace offers varying levels visibility to participants along the food supply chain:
- Food Manufacturer Portal provides a complete view of the plant-floor production data and supply chain data.
- Retail Portal gives retailers access to select data for mock recalls and freshness tracking.
- Consumer Portal shows select traceability and freshness data to consumers who scan the product QR code with their mobile device. It also allows manufacturers to offer coupon discounts and view data on what products are being scanned at which retailer outlet.