How Can Food Companies Utilize IoT to Transform Food Packaging?

Food and Beverages | Monday, December 09, 2019

Where most of the industries have begun implementing the IoT and other emerging technologies, the food and beverage sector has remained a little impassive or slower to adopt the new advancements.

FREMONT, CA: The food service industry is a highly developing part where the IoT can build real value for the businesses that deliver, distribute, and sell the products. The food and beverage industry, without any doubts, can work with its highest potential by adopting IoT. IoT helps the companies to gain higher standards of food safety, enhance traceability, reduce wastage, and decrease expenses across different stages of food processing and packaging.

One of the chief goals of the food and beverage industry is to deliver the highest quality of food possible to the end consumer, which can directly rely on the food storage before it reaches the basket of the consumer. Balancing sufficient temperature and humidity levels are also one of the major concerns when it comes to storing delicate food products like meat or dairy. Any compromise in the storage of food can majorly affect the quality of it and, therefore, result in severe losses because of the failed and expired inventory.

After the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), in the United States, it has acted as a catalyst for a broader change in the industry of food and beverages across the world. The advancements help in focusing on food safety through prevention rather than reacting to a food contamination problem after it has taken place. Therefore, the food and beverage solutions that are enabled by IoT lend a hand to the companies to stay flexible and still adhere to the FSMA regulations.

Additionally, the logistics of food and beverage can make use of the IoT technology in their operations, such as tracking the inventory in real-time and helping to automate replacement shipments. For instance, by implementing RFID transmitters or GPS systems, the industry can easily monitor the working of the distribution chain. It allows organizations to be informed of the customers’ preferences and address market needs in a much better way without any wastes. The RFID tracking technology also receives exceptional food supply chain transparency and benefits by automating the delivery as well as the shipping processes that track and control the storage temperature. Moreover, it enables the shippers to track the location of the product with the help of GPS and gather valuable data based on the relative performances in different regions.

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