Smart Tech Food Labels Can Help Reduce Food Waste

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Category: Waste, Energy

1) Problem: Up to 40% of the food in the United States is wasted – roughly 20 pounds per person per month at a cost of $165 billion annually. Producing food uses 10% of our energy, 50% of US land and accounts for 80% of freshwater consumption.

2) Summary: 

  • Insignia CO2 Detection Pallet Labels show freshness of food that has been packaged in pallets.
  • Allows for faster, more accurate handling of food throughout the supply chain.
  • Shows which pallets should be moved first by displaying the CO2 balance of each pallet.
  • Allows identification and repackaging of defective pallets, which better protects food during the shipping process.

3) Organizational Stakeholders:

  • SmartTech Labels company
  • Food growers
  • Distributors
  • Grocers
  • Consumers
  • Local governments trying to reduce food waste

4) Deployment 

  1. Identify most wasteful growers/distributors/shippers/food sectors and target through existing data
  2. Engage them and demonstrate potential savings
  3. Identify partners and expand use
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