How data can alleviate food waste

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Every year around one billion tons of food is wasted. Food waste isn’t just a humanitarian issue but a sustainability issue. Now organisations are tackling this issue with the use of IoT and data.

Robert Lang, Chief Technology Officer at Eskavox spoke to Digital Nation about how they use technology to improve their food supply chain processes.

“What you're being told is happening to your product, as it moves from production through to let's say, retail, there are nuances in there that the producer, for example, isn't aware of unless they're applying technology that we can offer,” he said.

Because of the issues with shipping and supply chains, Lang said that organisations are doing international shipping via sea. The product is taking parts that previously it has never taken before.

“The producer and anyone involved in the supply chain, except the carrier doesn't know about those differences unless you're tracking your product. And unless you're applying technology to report back to where your product is, and what's happening to it,” he explained.

The previous tracking involved monitoring whatever was carrying the food, now IoT sensors can oversee the whole supply chain journey.

Lang said, “What we're doing is using IoT devices to track the food from production through to retail, and we're making sure that we are getting an accurate representation in real time of that and providing that back to our customers so they don't have to rely on what they're being told.

“They can let the data tell the story with us having a device that is placed into the carton, pallet shipment, whatever, alongside the food, we are giving a more accurate representation of what's happening to the food, where is the food and how is it being treated.

"As opposed to where the truck is and what the truck thinks its temperature is, we can give a more accurate representation of how the food has been treated.”

This is the case because Lang said the company is not part of the supply chain, they are fully independent.  

“Because of our expertise in fresh food tracking and cold supply chains, we can then further apply that expertise to algorithms and systems that can report back on what is the impact of the things that have happened, the events that are happening in the supply chain to the quality of the food,” Lang said.

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