The Center believes that technological innovation can exert positive impact on the food industry in unprecedented ways.
Accordingly, one of its priorities is to promote and implement the latest technological innovations in the industry. The Center will continue to harness the potential of science and technology by actively promoting pilot projects and helping them scale up in the food industry supply chain.
Specifically, the Center cooperates with universities, technology firms, food safety agencies, think tanks, and food safety experts from other companies to identify projects which will bring extensive positive effects. The Center also supports pilot projects along with the Walmart Foundation to help them succeed and realize large-scale application in China for continuing innovation in the food industry.
Current innovation projects include:
: Launched in November 2017, this program aims to accelerate technological innovation by bringing stakeholders across food industry to assess the feasibility and scalability of food safety projects and help introduce them to the market. The first round of the initiative seeks innovative project proposals in six areas including Cold Chain Traceability & Compliance, Rapid Testing Technologies, and Materials and Delivery Tools for Consumer Education. Next round of proposal submission will soon begin. Click here for more details.
Poultry Excellence in China
: This is a two-year project jointly organized by universities from both the U.S. and China. The project aims to reduce food risks by monitoring and controlling the origins of foodborne diseases in China’s poultry supply chain. The project will involve relevant stakeholders, who will collaborate from farm to sales and share their findings.
Predictive Analytics in Supply Chain
: The three-year project is conducted in close collaboration with Tsinghua and Zhejiang Universities, iSoftStone, Hainan Group, and others. The project compares key characteristics of food suppliers with a dynamic database of indicators using advanced technology, and produces statistical rankings of adulteration risks. This allows food producers to better target the riskier areas for adulteration testing.
Blockchain Traceability Pilot Project:
Launched in cooperation with Tsinghua University, Walmart China, and IBM in October 2016, this project has allowed for the successful testing of the blockchain traceability system in May 2017. The goal was to effectively trace pork products at every production node from farm to store shelf, and allow customers to trace the information by scanning a QR code. The ultimate objective of the project is to establish a food traceability system, which is urgently needed by the Chinese government, and assist in setting relevant industry standards.