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Globally around 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted annually, representing around one-third of the food that is produced. The USDA’s Economic Research Service report claims that 30-40% of food waste was eliminated at the retail and consumer levels. Nearly 50% of food loss occurs during transit, storage, and by the consumers.
Why do we need to track food waste?
Food wastage has severe effects on the entire food value chain. If the waste ends up in landfills, it releases methane (greenhouse gas) and produces 25 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. It results in global warming and becomes even more harmful to climate change.
The industry has come up with innovative ideas and has started deploying advanced traceability and predictive technologies. Deploying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) solutions aid in managing waste, scale-up operations, and staying relevant in the dynamic market environment of the food industry.
AI can also help by designing avoidable food waste and preventing edible food from being thrown away. AI is one of the significant technological developments and an unparalleled opportunity to transition the food economy from a linear to a circular model.
What is the solution?
One notable breakthrough company in waste management in the food and beverage industry that is utilizing AI and helping the machine learn the basics of food waste is KITRO.
KITRO is a device that scans thrown-away food and calculates the related costs for restaurants. Based on this, users of KITRO get a breakdown of their food waste and how they can save money. This allows them to make smart decisions and use data to reduce food waste and hence also costs.
The KITRO device consists of a scale weight, pole and camera. By placing a waste bin on the scale, the device uses AI technology and image processing to offer an analysis via an online dashboard of all the wasted food. The analysis includes costs, sources of food waste and more. Based on this, restaurants can make data-driven decisions on how to reduce their food waste, save money and improve efficiency.
The measurement process is completely automated, which means the restaurants don’t need dedicated staff to operate the device. Simply put the bin on the scale, turn on the device, and review the waste breakdown.
Sustainable Development Goals solved by KITRO
Infrastructure and industrialization
KITRO makes restaurants more sustainable by reducing food waste.
Responsible consumption and production
KITRO offers restaurants a device that can simultaneously save costs and reduce food waste.
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