Swiss food and drink processing company Nestlé has expanded the use of the IBM Food Trust blockchain technology platform to its Zoégas coffee range.

The company has introduced select editions of Zoégas whole beans and roast & ground coffee in the country.

With the integration of coffee brands with blockchain technology, consumers will be able to trace their coffee back to different origins.

Consumers can trace the origins from the growing locations to the Zoégas plant located in Helsingborg where the beans are roasted, grounded and packed, by scanning the QR code on the packaging.

They can obtain data related to farmers, time of harvest, transaction certificate in addition to the roasting period.

For the first time, Nestlé partnered with The Rainforest Alliance to independently provide reliable data, which was usually provided by the company. This information can be accessed by everyone with the IBM Food Trust blockchain platform.

Since 2017, Nestlé has been using the blockchain technology, and over the last three years it has scaled up and diversified its use.

By incorporating new technologies, Nestle intends to offer better visibility of the whole value chain of its products and make the supply chain more transparent.

The company started giving consumers access to blockchain with IBM on products such as Mousline purée and Guigoz infant formula in France.

It is also piloting open blockchain to monitor and openly communicate data related to the sustainability of milk and palm oil, along with OpenSC.

Last November, Nestlé partnered with French supermarket chain Carrefour to apply blockchain technology to its GUIGOZ Bio 2 and 3 infant milk range.