Sustainable Industry

Uisa biorefinery uses blockchain to track its bioproducts

Uisa was a first-mover in embedding new technology to its production and control processes, starting with its Itamarati Demerara sugar

Safe, effective and transparent production traceability is increasingly important for the industrial sector. In this landscape, blockchain technology emerges as an effective tool to track the movement of goods and services in real time.

Last May, Mato Grosso-based uisa biorefinery was a first-mover in embedding this technology to its production and control processes for its bioproducts, starting with its Itamarati Demerara sugar, one of the brands in the company’s food portfolio.

Blockchain first became known for its application in the financial market. In recent times, it has also been used in the industrial and agricultural sectors, as it can be used to tracking information exchanges in a transparent and secure manner. Data is stored in a unified database, thus generating information in real time. It’s pieces of code that are generated on-line and carry connected information – like blocks of data that form a chain. Its traceability and data integrity features have increasingly enabled the implementation of ESG initiatives in the corporate world.

Therefore, the primary role of this technology is to provide transparency, efficiency and security to the production chain of a company and its partners.

Application – In the case of the Itamarati Demerara sugar, consumers can use a QR Code on the packaging to access comprehensive information on sugarcane growing and harvesting and other stages of sugar production. In addition, the new technology will contribute to uisa’s ESG certification efforts and decarbonization processes.

In other words, it will be possible to have control over the quality of a product and verify the certifications that attest to its cultivation process. This information can be accessed anywhere in the world as it is available on-line.

“Its main advantage is transparency. Consumers can see how the entire production process takes place, where crops are located, which raw materials were used, etc. It is a matter of ESG and consideration of all customers, as well as a gateway to carbon credits in the future,” said Rodrigo Gonçalo, head of technology and innovation at uisa.

Starting in October, the technology will also be used to track crystal and refined sugar, chocolate products and hand sanitizers produced by uisa. The idea is to deploy this technology across the company’s production lines.