With the level of hunger and famine ravishing some parts of the world, it is unconscionable to waste food. There is concerted effort all over the world among stakeholders in the food industry to cut food wastage drastically through innovations. High-level collaborations among farmers, cooks, entrepreneurs and innovators have resulted in technologies targeted at solving different issues in the food management system. Here are some of the leading food tech innovations that aim to change the way people interact with food. These innovations are meant to help people reduce food waste and save money in the process.
Bluapple is a new product which allows consumers to store fresh produce for longer by absorbing ethylene gas in the refrigerator. Ethylene gas is the hormone that ripens fruits. By controlling the oxidative effect of ethylene, Bluapple can effectively extend the shelf life by as much as three times.
BluWrap is a brand-new food tech which uses fuel cells to monitor and reduce oxygen levels in shipping containers used to transport fresh meat and fish. BluWrap features inbuilt sensors that keep the atmosphere of the shipping cabin consistent, effectively extending the shelf life of the food and making it possible to transport them to new markets.
Copia is a food tracking software that helps redistribute surplus food to feed the needy. The company has a large food waste reduction mechanism which it uses to connect businesses that have food surpluses with nonprofit organizations such as local shelters and after-school programs. Copia collects food from businesses for a fee based on the volume of the food and delivers it to organizations that need the food. Copia also has an analytic software that businesses can use to monitor their surplus food to cut costs and food waste.
Edipeel is an invisible, edible, and tasteless natural postharvest protection innovation created by Apeel Sciences as protection for food surfaces. Edipeel acts as a barrier between the surface of produce, protecting it from oxidation, transpiration, and microbial infestation, effectively extending the shelf life of produce and reducing post-harvest spoilage.
IRRI Super Bag
The Super Bag is an innovation that increases the shelf life and germination life of stored grains and seeds through hermetic storage. When the bag is sealed, it reduces the oxygen levels to 5 percent, which helps to reduce the number of live insects without applying any insecticides. The bag also helps to maintain consistent grain moisture within the bag and increases germination life of stored seeds to 12 months.
There are different types of smart packaging options. VTT Technical Research Center developed wireless sensors that detect ethanol in the headspace of food packaging, then transmits live data about the quality and freshness of the food to retailers and customers via radio frequency identification tech. The technology can help monitor food quality across a distribution chain and also improve shelf-life, bringing down the amount of wasted food in the process of transportation and retail.
Gebni is an app delivery service that uses an algorithm to reduce food waste. Gebni’s algorithm adjust food prices relative to the demand in real-time. The app lowers food prices during off-peak periods, increasing the number of people that will buy the groceries instead of the store throwing the produce away. It also ensures that more low-income buyers have access to groceries supplies.