Cold supply chain: strengthening the weak points


Cold supply chain industry is one of the most earning industries in the world with market value near 100 billion EUR. Also, logistics is one of the industries that has a lot of responsibility on their shoulders, but for now – their responsibility is not so trackable as we would wish. For example, there are 48 million people who get sick, almost 130 thousand people are hospitalised and more than 4000 people die from food poisoning annually. These figures include the cases, where the food supply chain providers weren’t following the recommendations.


Although the food supply chain is one of the main sectors in logistics, the food’s route and conditions during the trip is not always monitored as we would like to think they are. For example, one of the recent scandals with Wilke sausage manufacturer raised concerns about quality checks in the industry. Because of bacteria – listeria (Listeria monocytogenes) in the food, several people have been hospitalised and few of them have passed away because of listeriosis, which is also the third-most common cause of meningitis in newborns. Listeria monocytogenes can infect the brain, spinal-cord membranes and/or the bloodstream of the host through the ingestion of contaminated food such as unpasteurized dairy or raw foods. But how did the listeria get there?


Listeria is one of bacteria that grows in higher temperatures, so keeping products cool prevents the bacteria growing. Usually food suppliers use transportation with a refrigerator system, but the tracking of temperature in each refrigerator section usually is not monitored. To prevent various bacteria, such as listeria, growing in food while they are being transported to stores, Kedeon offers a solution – tracking the temperature, humidity and other influential factors in the food supply chain. By utilizing blockchain technology, this data can be stored in a decentralized way. This means that data can be accessed by all involved parties, while staying tamperproof. 


This architecture removes the need for centralized database or data gathering, which helps to decrease corruption and cheating. This will directly reduce customers health hazards, because companies will find it harder to hide the bad deliveries and temperature fluctuations, which can cause potential issues down the line.