Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Food Industry

abhijit.c | 19th September 2019

The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the food industry is streamlining the F&B supply chain. The technology can be used in more advanced applications to make food production more efficient, safe, and profitable. Advances in the field of genetic engineering, for instance, is leading to the production of crops and food products. The products are not only healthier for the consumers but also more easily cultivable for the producers. Similarly, the use of Blockchain improves food supply chain processes with increased visibility, security, and transparency. AI algorithms enable computers to learn from user data and perform human-like tasks with increased precision and accuracy.

In this blog post, we will talk about some AI applications that are streamlining the food industry with innovative aspects.

Applications of AI in the food industry

Food Processing Automation: Food processing in many supply chains is not fully automated as they require human workers for most of their functions. It is, therefore, difficult to maintain complete hygiene despite the best precautions. Food processing organizations can guarantee complete hygiene and high food quality by automating their processes as much as possible. They can use AI-powered robotic equipment to accurately perform complex human tasks like the packaging.

Segmentation of Food Items: As of today, a majority of manufacturers hire human workers to perform routine tasks like food selection and categorization. The workers manually sort large amounts of food by size and shape for a clean packaging process. The latest advancements in AI has contributed to the food industry in many ways. It includes sorting of foods, maintaining top-notch health and safety compliances, developing new products, and bolstering the supply chain. AI is essentially enabling the processes to streamline, making the work of the employees easier and making operations more efficient. With the advent of AI-based solutions, for instance, workers can accurately identify the right potato sizes required for French fries and potato chips. The same AI application can also sort different types of vegetables by their taste, color, odor, and food recipes. Besides, it can be used for quality control to fulfill the growing quality concerns of consumers. The result is achieved using core sensor technologies and cameras that can recognize material based on color, shape, and biological characteristics.

Ensuring Stable Food Supply: In the food industry, it is necessary to ensure the availability of stable food, livestock, aquaculture feed, and cooking oil. These requirements are fulfilled by providing secure storage for grains, oilseeds, and other raw materials. From production to distribution, maintaining logistic efficiency and safety in the food supply is very important. Creating a stable food supply can be accomplished by using AI and machine learning. Generative models and genetic programming are used in current market conditions in the food industry. Recommender engines and prediction models are developed to analyze hundreds of thousands of market factors. Prediction models can drive decision-making to improve food supply stability.

Improving the Supply Chain: To enhance food safety and maintain transparency in operations, companies can use AI’s potential across their supply chain. The technology enables companies to test and monitor food safety products at every step of the supply chain. Algorithms based on artificial neural networks can monitor the process of AI food delivery and goods tracking at every step. More accurate forecasts can be made to manage inventory, while it also tracks products from farm to the consumer with increased transparency.

Improving Food Delivery: Food delivery is a growing segment of the food industry. Leading food delivery services are using AI to enhance their marketing efforts through automation. AI algorithms study individual customer behavior on their websites to identify their likes and dislikes. They analyze each customer’s food preferences to recommend food items and nearby restaurants. AI applications also improve operational efficiency by automating activities like food ordering, dispatching, and billing processes. Besides, it also reduces human errors that cause uneven delays and delivery issues. 

Food delivery service companies also use AI to enhance their customer services. AI-powered chatbots are used by companies to address customer queries regarding their orders and resolve minor complaints.

Concluding Thoughts

The implementation of AI and ML in the food industry is already moving the industry to a new level. It ensures fewer human errors, less waste of abundant products, costs saved for storage, and efficient customer services. An AI-powered chatbot is one of the simplest applications for brands to launch across the food industry, ensuring customer engagement.

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