Learn how the Internet of Things (IoT) is helping food companies improve food safety, reduce waste, and reduce supply chain inefficiencies.

When most publications mention the IoT, they’re often referring to tech companies as opposed to more traditional industries. The reality is that IoT can be beneficial across all industries. In this article, we’ll briefly define IoT and investigate how this technology can be beneficial in the food industry.

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What is the IoT?

The IoT is the process of using devices that are connected via the internet to send and receive data. There are countless examples of IoT devices such as a light bulb that can be controlled by a smartphone app or a streetlight that can automatically reroute traffic.

How IoT is changing the food industry for the better

There are a whole host of ways that IoT is improving the food industry both from an operational and monetary perspective.

Improved food safety

Supply chain complexity and compliance concerns force food manufacturers to work hard to stay abreast of the latest in technology surrounding food safety. Since the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act became law under President Obama, the government has placed a greater focus on preventing food safety problems rather than simply waiting and reacting once they do occur.

Improvements in operational efficiency

As you’re likely aware, the supply chain for the food industry is quite complex. Because most foods must be kept at a certain temperature to avoid spoiling, IoT technology offers a number of benefits to improve overall operational efficiency. The IoT can be used to track food temperature, automate food quality reporting, store product data, among many other things. This can help to improve food production processes while also reducing waste.

Reduced waste

It’s embarrassing how much food waste occurs in the U.S. According to USDA data, anywhere between 30-40% of the food that’s produced in the United States is wasted. The reasons for this massive amount of food waste are many, but IoT technology offers a variety of ways to begin to reduce the amount of food that’s wasted daily. One of these ways is by monitoring the state of food products and sending real-time updates.

Storage

Thanks to IoT sensors food manufacturers and merchants alike can better track things like quality control and inventory. Imagine being able to track exactly how much food product has been used and allow IoT sensors to automate the entire supply chain when it comes to ordering additional food inventory.

Supply chain improvements

If you operate a global supply chain, being able to track food product is vital. This allows food companies to have access to real-time product data that can be used to speed up lead times and keep a closer eye on inventory management.

Learn more about the benefits of IoT for the food industry and beyond

There are countless ways that food companies can benefit from IoT sensors. If you’re still interested in learning how your company can benefit from the Internet of Things, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.

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