From the price of coffee to the national debt as a percentage of GDP, these 11 numbers provide a picture of a fast changing global economy.
Food processor J.M. Smucker <SJM.N> has started to sell a coffee brand that allows consumers to have information about where it was produced and, if they wish, contribute financially to programs in the grower's community, the company said on Wednesday. Smucker, one of the largest coffee processors in North America, will sell through retailers in the United States and Canada packages of its 1850 Coffee brand containing QR codes that will lead consumers to a website with information about the coffee origin in Colombia. Once in the website, called Thank My Farmer, consumers would have the option to donate to programs that assist those communities, such as systems to provide clean water, school supplies or coffee seedlings for small farmers.
IBM is giving its blockchain track-and-trace capabilities the social-impact treatment with a provenance application focused on coffee.