Brennan Whitfield | Jul 11, 2022

There is little margin for error in the food industry. One mishap in food supply or preparation can be costly, for both finances and health.

When it comes to foodborne illnesses, the main culprit in most cases is inefficient tracking. Outbreaks occur when traditional food supply methods make it difficult and time consuming to trace the origin of contamination. Blockchain is being championed as a solution. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said food suppliers should experiment with blockchain because it could link outbreaks “to a specific grower, specific farm and a specific distributor.”

Blockchain for Food

Blockchain’s ledger technology is used to track food supply chains and manage food safety measures.

In 2018, retail giant Walmart employed blockchain to track and trace its lettuce supply chains, and was hailed as a next-generation solution in food safety. Other companies have emerged too, helping blockchain become increasingly prevalent in food safety and the food industry as a whole.

Here are 10 companies using blockchain technology to change the way we eat.

Blockchain Companies in the Food industry

  • AgriChain
  • AgriDigital
  • Greenfence
  • IBM
  • Kezzler
  • Mojix
  • Ripe.io
  • TagOne
  • Transparent Path
  • Wholechain


Blockchain for Food Examples

Location: Caloundra, Australia 

AgriChain, previously known as BlockGrain, uses blockchain technology to host a platform for agricultural supply chain management. The software is utilized for facilitating transactions and networking stakeholders, with the goal of automating and reducing the costs of supply chain operations. Since its launch, AgriChain has been used by farmers and food manufacturers throughout Australia and Asia.


Location: Sydney, Australia  

Housed on the blockchain, AgriDigital’s software provides farmers and consumers operation transparency within the grain supply chain. The main AgriDigital platform allows users to conduct deliveries and orders, as well as access real-time data, reports and other documents. Another platform, WayPath, is a digitized management system for grain products where users can track contracts, delivery trucks, farm storage and more.

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Location: Manhattan Beach, California

The Greenfence platform uses ledger technology to authenticate and trace all actors in the food chain-of-custody process. The software identifies and certifies the people, locations, distributors, equipment and anything else involved in the farm-to-table process to ensure that quality standards are being met every step of the way. Greenfence’s platform provides each farmer and distributor with biography and messaging channels so consumers can read about them and reach out with questions or concerns.


Location: Armonk, New York

IBM created the IBM Food Trust to help bring transparency and efficiency to food supply chains. The company has dozens of products that measure food safety and freshness and help to reduce waste. Real-time certifications, test data and temperature data ensure that proper food handling protocols are met.  

Since 2016, IBM and Walmart have partnered to launch and maintain the retailer’s food track-and-trace program. IBM’s open-source ledger lets Walmart officials trace the lifespan of their products, from farm to table, to ensure safety. The initial ledger experiments found promising benefits, most notably the ability to track the origin of U.S. perishables, such as mangoes, within 2.2 seconds. With the help of IBM, Walmart has been able to trace approximately 500 items as of 2021.


Location: Oslo, Norway   

Kezzler’s cloud-based traceability platform enables parties to view product information along each step of the supply chain process, and is able to be integrated into existing blockchain ledger and database systems. The core platform tracks not only product delivery data, but also consumer engagement, key analytics, product UID details and related activations. Kezzler is partnered with various companies to bring the latest in tech to its solutions, with some being Accenture and Microsoft.


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Location: Los Angeles, California   

Mojix creates chain management software for increasing automation, reducing waste and ensuring product quality in the retail and food industries. By using blockchain technology, the company’s software can securely trace product certification, timestamps and delivery of product between distributed ledgers. Mojix currently works in collaboration with food companies such as McDonald’s and Wendy’s.


Location: San Francisco, California

Ripe.io uses blockchain to increase transparency in the food supply chain. The Ripe.io blockchain ecosystem has a variety of tools to map the food journey, including supply chain tracking, secure data aggregation, bran quality verification and sensor and IoT integration. With Ripe.io, farmers leverage blockchain-backed IoT devices to automate farming processes, distributors track food in real-time and consumers receive verified information about their food’s journey.


Location: Princeton, New Jersey  

Utilizing blockchain, AI and cloud computing, TagOne is seeking to create a more responsible and connected global food and natural product supply chain. The company’s combined technologies are able to identify data tempering, provide clear audit trails and track global natural supply imbalances. TagOne has been in use by a few U.S. businesses to provide transparency for their honey, herb and CBD products.

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Location: Seattle, Washington

Transparent Path’s platform displays the farm-to-distributor journey of food in real-time. The company’s chain-of-custody software helps restaurants and CPG brands manage food safety and consumers to research a food’s origins. The company’s framework combines printed sensor technology, third-party auditors and decentralized blockchain apps to give food vendors a transparent real-time look at their food chain-of-custody.


Location: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 

Wholechain is working to provide traceability and bridge fragments within food supply chains. Situated on the blockchain, the company’s platform helps producers and suppliers digitize product information, track food quality data and coordinate between parties during the delivery process. Wholechain’s blockchain technology meets both GS1 and GDST standards, and offers open-source and permissioned customization options.

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