Ingredia first to track and audit dairy ingredients in real time with blockchain

New ready-to-use solution allows manufacturers to apply the dairy blockchain to their products and reduce time-to-market

French diary cooperative Ingredia, in partnership with Connecting Food, has introduced the first certified, traced and audited dairy ingredients in real-time. The ready-to-use solution allows manufacturers to apply the dairy blockchain to their products and reduce time-to-market.

In 2017, the dairy cooperative implemented its CSR policy called Via Lacta. The group was then the first in the dairy sector to collect milk from an eco-responsible specification, the "Via Lacta milk from grass-fed cows", according to the following criteria:

  • Cow feeding guaranteed GMO-free,
  • Minimum surface area of 1500 m² accessible per cow,
  • Minimum grazing period of 170 days per year per cow,
  • Milk only from farms in the Hauts-de-France region,
  • Minimum price et annually for committed producers and production bonus.

Convinced that the future of the agri-food industry is focused on total transparency from the field to the shelf, Ingredia dairy cooperative has gone further in its CSR commitments by tracking and auditing in real-time its eco-responsible dairy ingredients by blockchain, a world-first in the dairy sector.

Ingredia has, therefore, become completely transparent in regards to its supply of dairy ingredients, towards industrial customers in the food industry.

Real time digital audit, the real revolution

In addition to complete traceability from the farm to the ingredient, Connecting Food's solution, dedicated to the food industry, allows customers to go further by means of a real-time digital audit.

To verify that a product labelled "GMO-free", "animal welfare-friendly" or "origin of the Hauts-de-France" follows these specifications, it is necessary to check that these criteria have been respected at each stage.

Thanks to the digital audit, it is now possible to trace the different stages of the process: each criterion of the specifications is verified. When written in the blockchain, this data is made immutable; it is impossible to modify the information.

As a result, at the end of the chain, the consumer has access to a promise that is kept and verified in real-time, with complete transparency.

Restoring consumer trust

Transparency and traceability have been major trends in the food industry. Consumers no longer have trust in the food industry and are confused by the vast number of labels, certifications and promises on their packaging. Therefore, consumers demand transparency and look for products that are in line with their values and keep their promises.

Real time traceability and audit data for Ingredia's eco-responsible ingredients are recorded on the blockchain. This register only has to be linked to the traceability system of the production site of the end product. At the end of the process, the finished product will then be 100% traced and audited in real time for Ingredia's customers that are food manufacturers, and final consumers.

Meet Ingredia at Food Ingredients Europe, Parc des expositions de Villepinte / Paris, 3-5 December 2019, Booth 6F91.

Ingredia’s partner, Connecting Food, will be hosting a conference about connected ingredients on Tuesday, 3 December at 3:40pm in the Supplier Solution Theatre, Stand 6P70.

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