Case Studies

Since 2017, the Institute of Food Technologists’s (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) has been working with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature to advance a unified framework by convening seafood companies and other relevant stakeholders. From October 2018 – March 2020, the GFTC conducted end-to-end traceability pilots as a way of evaluating and interrogating real-world seafood supply chains for identification, data collection, and sharing relationship requirements. After the release of the standards in March 2020, GFTC with WWF are conducting early implementations grounded in the pilot methodology.

The pilot methodology utilizes a Key Data Element / Critical Tracking Event matrix to structure relevant data needing to be collected at certain supply chain processes to achieve end-to-end traceability, especially pertaining to Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing. Using the Basic Universal List of KDEs developed by GDST member input, GFTC maps supply chains of pilot participant companies with a view to a diversity of geographic locations, commodities, company size, and technology adoption.

Pilot Methodology Steps: 

  1. Identify Stakeholder Requirements 
  2. Define Process Flow 
  3. Develop Key Data Elements 
  4. Define Critical Tracking Events 
  5. Pilot Testing 
  6. Leverage Existing Standards 
  7. Develop Implementation Tools
  8. Drive Adoption

GFTC End-to-End Traceability Pilot Methodology:

Case Studies Available for Download

The following traceability pilot case studies are available for download in PDF format. For questions on pilots, reach out to

Video: Case Study, Thai Union

This video illustrates the pilot process and how the GDST standards may be used to achieve interoperable end-to-end traceability.