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Food and Beverages | Tuesday, January 18, 2022
A bottle of wine results from thousands of decisions, from how it looks, smells, and tastes to how it ages. Using technology to improve these decisions and generate revenue is a win-win situation
Fremont, CA: When you think of wine, technology isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind. Wine awakens our senses, offering us joy much beyond its humble beginnings. It isn't overly technological. In truth, the wine industry has been slow to embrace technology. However, embracing technology should be a top focus with issues like fraud and climate change.
Tech in the vineyard
Planting and nurturing a great wine grapevine appears to be straightforward. However, we know from the monks of Burgundy that producing quality wine grapes is more difficult. To increase harvests, control costs, and measure environmental consequences, vineyard managers employ a variety of technological technologies. They can boost efficiency, eliminate disease, and maintain quality with more precise viticulture. The optimum moment to use advanced technology is when you're starting a vineyard. Then, from vine to bottle, establishing origin and quality is a breeze. Owners employ cutting-edge technology to find ideal vineyard acreage in the right environment and select the best vines for the job.
Tech in wineries
Wineries use advanced technologies to monitor quality from the vineyard to the bottle. They can track the entire supply chain with the help of automated systems. Extraneous debris is automatically removed from grapes using optical sorting technology. These technologies can also assess ripeness or sunburn with greater accuracy. Attaching RFID tags to batches of grapes during fermentation keeps track of their route to the bottle. Changes in temperature, light, and humidity have an impact on aging in the cellar. These conditions are monitored via embedded smart sensors. Inventory management is made easier with the use of technology. Better forecasting and order fulfillment are the results of predictive AI.
Tech in wholesale wine distribution
The wine supply chain is extensive and complicated, with a lot of people involved. Throughout, blockchain technology ensures secure, transparent, and verifiable transactions. The use of sensors and tags improves the accuracy, speed, and efficiency of tracking. Default, contract breach, product damage, and human mistake are all reduced by blockchain. Salespeople and clients can communicate more quickly thanks to advanced mobile technology. Inventory management is improved by automated warehouses with smart robots, which reduce waste, spoilage, and theft. Sales reporting and forecasting are improved with integrated technology. Data integrity is improved, resulting in more accurate and robust business analysis.