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The REAMIT project proposes to adapt and apply existing innovative technologies to food supply chains in North-West Europe to reduce food waste and improve resource efficiency.

At the end of the project, these technologies will be able to monitor and record food quality in real time and report foods that are beginning to deteriorate.

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Improving Resource Efficiency of Agribusiness supply chains by Minimizing waste using big data and IoT sensors (REAMIT)

REAMIT is a transnational territorial cooperation project for reducing food waste. It is funded by Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) and implemented jointly by partners from universities, business development organisations, and technology firms. Reducing food waste is one of the highest priorities for the EU (88MT or €143b wasted per year).

The EU has committed to halving food waste by 2030 by focusing on all stages in the supply chain. Out of the 35% of food waste in the EU, 28% occurs in supply chains. This includes farms, packaging sites, food processors, distribution, logistics, wholesalers and retailers.

The project will focus on fruits, vegetables, meat and fish – all of which are usually wasted in large quantities. Testing and adaptation will be carried out in five countries in NWE (Ireland, Germany, France, the UK, and the Netherlands) due to the amount of interconnected food supply chains and huge food waste in these countries.

NTU is one of the project's partner organisations aiming to reduce food waste and increase sustainability for future generations.

Through testing and adaptation using Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data technologies, we will be able to continuously monitor and record food quality and signal potential food quality issues using key analytics. Owners of high-risk waste foods will also be provided with decision support options to minimise food waste, including redistribution to nearby customers.

To get involved with this project, email us at reamit4nwe@gmail.com or call us on +44 (0)115 848 3065.

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Open challenge call

The candidate

The REAMIT project solicits expressions of interest from agribusiness end users (involved in transporting and storing fresh food) who are interested in understanding how to reduce food waste as it moves along the supply chain. We have some partners in the consortium that are end-users willing to explore the power of sensors and big data in reducing food waste but we need more end-users in NWE to join in this exciting project.

We will work with you in deciding the best strategies for fitting IoT sensors in your trucks or warehouses to continuously monitor food quality. This data will only be shared with you. We will also help you prevent food waste which will in turn generate the best value for your food, that would otherwise be wasted. We'll then combine the data on quality of your food with similar data from other end-users in order to identify the patterns of food waste in NWE, which will help policy makers produce well-informed policies on food waste.

What we need from you

You will be a company dealing with transportation and/or storage of fresh food, and willing to use sensors to track quality of the food and share the data to help reduce food waste in the NWE region. We will work with you to identify the best ways of fitting sensors and collect the data. We are currently looking for end-users in Ireland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands, though we are keen to recruit more end-users from all parts of NWE.

What we will offer in return

We have a small budget in the project for fitting sensors, which we will use to part-fund fitting sensors in your trucks and warehouses. We will then collect the data needed to perform big data analytics with support from experts in the REAMIT consortium. We'll also help you derive the best value for your food by contacting you in advance if there are potential quality issues with your food. This strategy may help you save money in the long run.

Finally, we'll also provide you with the opportunity to be a part of the European Union’s efforts in reducing food waste and protecting the environment. We will follow established ethical principles while sharing and analysing your data.

Interested in becoming a leader in reducing food waste?

If you are interested in becoming a leader in reducing food waste in the EU and would like to participate in the REAMIT project, we invite you to contact us via email at openchallenge@reamit.eu or ram.ramanathan@beds.ac.uk.

We'll be in touch with you to further discuss your interest and involvement in this project.

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Want to speak to us?

Usha Ramanathan

+44 (0)115 848 3065

usha.ramanathan@ntu.ac.uk

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