Faculty Publications

Title

A blockchain use case in food distribution: Do you know where your food has been?

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Blockchain, Food Distribution, Supply Chain Management, Technology & Innovation

Journal/Book/Conference Title

International Journal of Information Management

Volume

52

Abstract

This paper aims to explain the implementation of blockchain technology in the production and supply chain delivery system for eggs from farm to consumer by a company based in the Midwestern USA. One of the primary research questions answered is how blockchain can be utilized and applied to more accurately and transparently move goods through global supply chains. This company is at the forefront of developing such systems for use in industry, and a use case for egg distribution is detailed. The goal is to track products from farm to fork using blockchain and internet of things (IoT) enabled technologies. By creating traceable and transparent supply chains for food, consumers can attain the information they need to make informed choices about the food they buy and the companies they support. For stakeholders in the food supply chain, having traceability and transparency builds better relationships with their customers, increases efficiency, and reduces the risk and cost of food recalls, fraud, and product loss. The blockchain technology and this business are creating a case for fixing and transforming the world's food system.

Department

Department of Management

Original Publication Date

6-1-2020

DOI of published version

10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2019.09.004

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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