News: Walmart is using machine learning to reduce food waste

Walmart has developed a machine learning tool to predict when fruit and vegetables will spoil and make supply chains less wasteful.

The tool, called Eden, uses photographs of fruit and vegetables to check for defects and thermometers to track the temperature of goods in transit. Produce that might spoil faster can be re-routed to closer stores, so that it can be sold while it is still fresh. Eden has already saved $86 million by preventing waste and it is hoped that it can save $2 billion in the next five years.

Read the full story here and see Walmart’s announcement here. See also the Foodsource resource How are food losses and waste an environmental concern?

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26 Mar 2018
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