The bakery industry currently accounts for 31.5% of retail food waste in The Netherlands, according to a study by Wageningen University. One of the major challenges for bakeries is how to predict consumer demand so they can produce only what is needed at the right time and in the right place.
This is why Fuite Bakery initiated its ‘demand forecasting and smart processing’ project to reduce bakery waste by 5% in the retail sector – both from traditional and online outlets. Applied to all bakeries in The Netherlands, it has the potential to cut waste by nearly 25 million breads a year – saving 4 million kWh, 1.5 million m3 of gas and at least a million transport kilometres.
As online sales continue to grow, there is a pressing need to introduce a smart bakery system than can match supply and demand even more precisely.
Fuite Bakery is drawing on the expert knowledge of Silowacht BV to develop the optimum automation system for this purpose. Online retailer Picnic Technologies and supermarket chain Boni Markten are supporting the project by providing their product demand data.