The multiple roles that modern technology plays in increasing food production, processing and packaging cannot be underrated. For instance, by using modern tech to improve processing and packaging, it can improve the shelf life and safety of food. The use of machines in the food industry also ensures quality and affordability. By using machines, it drives down the costs of keeping the food fresh and increases productivity.
Similarly, modern technology such as the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, modern agricultural machinery and artificial selection have been used to increase food production. Development and use of chemical fertilisers on farm land boosts levels of nutrients in the soil,thereby increasing crop yields.
With regards to food processing, modern technology helps food manufacturers to produce more efficiently for an ever-expanding world population. When it comes to food, technology may not always be the first thing that comes to mind. However, technology over the years has changed how we produce and find our food through applications, robotics, data and processing techniques.
According to a recent report from ING, technology helps food manufacturers produce more efficiently for a growing world population. There are 7.5 billion people in the world right now and that means a higher demand for food each year. By using tech to improve processing and packaging, it can improve the shelf life and safety of food. According to Nicole Martin writing for www.forbes.com these are the machines to take note of.
Robotics and Machines
The use of machines in the food industry also ensures quality and affordability. By using machines, it drives down the costs of keeping the food fresh and increases productivity. Robotic machines can help to eliminate safety issues for the more dangerous jobs in the food industry. In 2016, a tech company rolled out a program for butchery. By using robots to cut the more difficult of the meats, they can save many work injuries. This is just one of the many ways technology can improve the industry.
In the past few years, 3D printing has really taken off across many industries and the food industry is one of them. There have been several applications of 3D printing food from NASA printing a pizza to creating soft foods for those who cannot chew hard food to consume. It opens the door for innovation being able to create many things that we were unable to before while also being able to help with food sustainability. There are many ways 3D printing is shaking up the industry.
Precision agriculture is a major player when it comes to how technology can make a difference. It is the use of GPS tracking systems and satellite imagery to monitor crop yields, soil levels, and weather patterns to increase efficiency on the farm. Not only can they see all that is happening across the fields, but they can also use analysis from the findings to test the soil and the health of the crops.
Packaging and Waste
One of the biggest concerns for consumers right now is having healthy and sustainable goods. Consumers pay attention to labels and harmful ingredients, especially with social media, there is not much that companies can get away with anymore. Many companies use technology to help them “go green.” By using robotics and digitizing, companies in the food industry are able to find alternatives to plastics and other harmful packaging to the environment.
Consumers are also looking for where companies are sourcing their products and how they are handling their waste. Currently, 40% of America’s food is thrown away each year. With the help of technology, there are strides being taken to reduce that number and utilize the extra food.
One app, Copia uses its extensive food waste reduction dashboard to connect businesses with surplus food to local shelters, after-school programs, and other nonprofit organizations. Copia’s analytic software manages and tracks their surplus to save money and reduce their overall food waste.
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Here is a first look at just some of those exhibitors’ showcasing their very best equipment and software products onsite this year, find out more below:
JUSTFOOD is a long -time supplier to Fine Dinning Institutions, Quick Service Restaurants, Supermarkets, Hotels and Corporate Canteens. JUSTFOOD has operated in Nigeria since 1995Mbpack
Mbpack is one of the biggest French company specialized in packaging solutions for transportation and hygiene. Bakery, pastry, croissant, butcher, catering, supermarket, take away, restaurant, bars, fast food, food protection etc. We have 800 references in the leaflet. 70% of ours products are made in Europe including 43% in France.
Akdeniz Depo Lojistik Ekip Hirdavat
Akdeniz Rack and Temesist companies, with over 45 years’ experience across the globe specializing in the design, manufacture and distribution of storage systems which complies with the most stringent European standards. Whatever your industry is, we have the right knowledge, wealth of experience and perfect solutions to address your logistical challenges.
Somtas Makine Ambala
Somtaş is established in 1993 as a family company in Turkey. Our journey as a Somtaş Converting Equipment has started in 2008 with manufacture paper bag machines and its production capacity has been increased. With the advancement of technology, transition to full automated machine systems has been made thus fast service, high quality and reasonable price policy has been targeted.
Rentokil Boecker® is part of Rentokil Initial, a global route-based business services company operating in over 80 countries with over 90 years of service, and is today the largest public health company in the MENAT. We provide industry leading sustainable innovations, best-in-class service, and care for our colleagues, customers and communities.
Orda Africa is Nigeria`s leading cloud based restaurant management operating software that empowers Africans to manage, operate and scale their businesses. Established in 2020, Orda`s vision is to ensure small & medium scale food businesses have the adequate tools to understand, analyse& manage their operations. Click below to find out more: https://orda.africa
Sendy Limited, a leading technology firm in Africa enabling businesses to do more through Sendy Fulfillment and Sendy Supply. Sendy Fulfillment is a Fulfillment service for online sellers, allowing them to focus on growing their businesses and selling more. Sendy Fulfillment is a digital-enabled platform that relieves online sellers of logistics difficulties while also insulating them from the high operational costs that come with logistics. Sendy picks, stores, packs and delivers orders on behalf of sellers in Lagos and Abuja. Click below to find out more:https://website.sendyit.com/nigeria/fulfillment
A Member of Africa’s Largest Group of Kitchen Equipment, Catering, Refrigeration & Laundry Equipment Manufacturers & Suppliers for the Nigerian Quick Service Restaurant, Hospitality & Retail Sectors. We offer Turn-key Solutions, National Technical Support and Manufacturers’ Warrantees on all our Equipment.
. Food manufacturers should therefore, attend the Food and Beverage West Africa Show 2022 on the 14th – 16th June at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos to see the modern ones on display.