Industry 4.0, circularity and technology, the future of the agri-food sector

Spain. – Him food and beverage waste is behind some of the big issues in the food industry related to sustainability. To combat waste in the agri-food sector, Industry 4.0 technologies have become a great opportunity for emerging companies to work with to promote circular consumption systems.

In this sense, the startup Invisible Foods, which promotes the reduction of food waste through Big Data and IoT, and DOEN Foundationfoundation that supports initiatives in the area green economy and inclusively, they analyzed examples where food waste became a business opportunity.

“We have to improve prices for farmers and value products that we have rejected so far. When this is possible, we will be able to improve the farming system, with less intrusive and more sustainable techniques,” he commented. Mirjam Niessen, Impact Investment Manager at The DOEN Foundation.

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Industry 4.0 and technology could transform the food industry

Experts point to technology, innovation and collaboration between different social and economic actors as a lever of change that must direct the transformation of the food system towards a more competitive and sustainable one, Graham Cross, founder of Innosapiens, highlighted collaboration as a driving force for innovation to respond to the challenges facing the industry.

According to the study presented at F4F2022 “Sustainable Transformation of the Agri-Food Sector” by Women’s Action Sustainability (WAS) and KPMG, food companies confirm that they are relatively well prepared for sustainability, but need to create more alliances and capabilities that drive transformation and innovation in the sector.

All the initiatives that are currently being implemented are good initiatives, but they are somehow disconnected from each other. We have silos of action in which we face the same problem from different aspects. We cannot talk about technology to farmers who cannot afford it,” he concluded. Neville Mchina, CEO of Invisible Foods.

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