Artificial intelligence has morphed from a ‘nice-sounding’ sci-fi concept to a real, tangible technology that spans a wide array of industries. One of the industries that have enjoyed the touch of artificial intelligence is the food industry.
With advanced concepts of machine learning, the process of sorting food, ensuring adherence to safety regulations, and also enhancing the food chain supply network. We shall explore the different applications of artificial intelligence in the food industry in this post.
Artificial Intelligence is Helping Us Sort Food Better
It is very stressful and time-consuming when we have to manually go through food and then make them ready for use. This is particularly daunting for companies that are into the manufacture of canned produce or bagged products. It has been shown that if this process can be automated, manufacturers can make better decisions as regards how to optimize the use of certain products.
An existing application of artificial intelligence in the food industry is the TOMRA Sorting Food. This sophisticated tool is an optical sorting tool equipped with specialized sensors to help optimize the process. The installed cameras, as well as the near-infrared sensors, all work together to save time, money, and quality in general.
AI Helps in Improving the Supply Chain
Even though the process of producing and packaging the food is very important, the logistics is equally very important. In fact, it is probably more important as there are several regulations at play here. There is an existing company known as KanKan, and they provide companies with smart solutions to improve the supply chain, ultimately improving the hygiene of food produced.
This KanKan solution is currently in use in China and it involves the use of cameras to recognize objects. This system is also used to identify people violating safety regulations and laws. For instance, if the workers are not wearing hats where they ought to, the software alerts them.
Cleaning Systems Powered by AI
Another important part of the food industry is that of maintaining the high standards stipulated by the government. Thankfully, a research team from the University of Nottingham recently developed a tool that leverages the strength of artificial intelligence to reduce the amount of time and resources devoted to cleaning.
This development involves a Self-Optimizing-In-Place system which uses the ultrasonic technology to measure food residue and other forms of debris in certain equipment in the kitchen. After this, the cleaning process then follows.
Smartphone Food Apps and a Personalized Coach
There’s a very good chance that you have a friend who has tried losing weight or sticking to a diet. It is also very likely that your friend has failed at least once. In fact, you might even be that friend, but there’s good news. Artificial intelligence is providing users with an avenue to change the way they approach their diet, helping them stick to it better.
AI can now help people stick to their planned routine with a couple of interesting features. It is even possible to have a built-in virtual assistant that takes the place of your coach. This virtual assistant is able to recognize the food you take, providing an analysis of the calorie intake and giving you suggestions on how to improve your diet.
As seen in recent market trends, the growth of any business is hinged on providing a stellar experience to the customer. This is one reason why renowned brands often go above and beyond when instituting customer support and call centers.
The futuristic and revolutionary way to customer service in the food industry, however, relies on artificial intelligence. With AI based chatbots, these companies can now respond instantly to the varying needs of customers with minimal effort. Intelligent chatbots are fast, responsive, and highly efficient and they are steadily changing the face of the food industry.
The future is bright and secure, thanks to ongoing advancement in the field of AI. Many of these technologies are already in use and a lot more are in the pipeline, set to take the industry by storm soon. These applications are bound to increase over the years and we can only wait to see what the future holds.