Naturipe Farms Teams Up with SAP on Blockchain Technology
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
SALINAS, CA - Things are ever-changing in our industry, and there are always ways to make improvements. In that spirit, Naturipe Farms is working with SAP, a German-based software corporation, on an initiative to lead retailers and consumer products companies using blockchain technology to improve safety and reduce waste in the global supply chain for food. The goal is to help build the next-generation of farm-to-consumer “track and trace,” also known as a digital supply chain for food.
“We are excited to work with SAP to provide improvements in food safety and provide consumers with information they are asking for,” said Carol McMillan, Director of IT for Naturipe Farms in a recent press release. “Currently, food supply chain stakeholders record their own product information and share only if necessary. The goal is to help create a system with higher trust and transparency between companies to increase speed and operational simplification.”
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, more than 30 percent of the food produced in the world is lost or wasted. Improving the food supply chain will greatly reduce food scarcity.
“We are working with leading brands in the food industry to unlock the potential of blockchain to address the industry’s biggest supply chain challenges. The case is important to SAP because our technology helps to reduce food waste and optimize the supply chain,” said Hans Thalbauer, SAP Senior Vice President for IoT and Digital Supply Chain.
Along with other partner companies, Naturipe and SAP aim to boost supply chain integrity and efficiency through the blockchain initiative. In addition, Carol McMillan is scheduled to speak on a panel at the SAP Enterprise Blockchain Symposium, September 5-6, 2018.
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