Experts examine how technology is being used to improve food manufacturing

  • Published on 8th November 2019

Taking advantage of digital technologies is “vital to the prosperity of the UK food industry” and requires immediate action.

From using satellites to track asparagus crops, to measuring the lean meat percentage of pork using a high-tech camera, companies across the food manufacturing supply chain are embracing emerging technologies in new and interesting ways.

The UK food manufacturing industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the country, contributing more than £28.2bn to the economy.

However, experts studying this area say taking advantage of digital technologies is “vital to the prosperity of the UK food industry” and requires immediate action.

Academics from Loughborough University’s Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART) together with the Internet of Food Things (IoFT) – a national initiative funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and led by the University of Lincoln – have prepared a report for industry stakeholders that identifies the next steps for the uptake of digital technologies across the food manufacturing supply chain and examines current business successes.

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