Bühler and Microsoft to help food processing industry meet global challenges
Bühler is set to unveil new digital technologies as part of a new partnership with Microsoft, which will minimize toxic contamination, reduce food waste, and increase end product quality.
The partnership comes during a time when the global food industry faces increasing environmental and economic pressure.
For example, over 30% of global energy goes into food production, and around 30% of all food is lost or wasted.
Bühler’s aim is to contribute to solving these challenges through smart partnerships.
Ian Roberts, CTO at Bühler Group says that digital solutions will improve food safety and integrity and reduce food losses and waste.
Robrts continued: “With intelligent implementation of our digital capabilities, we will make a major step towards meeting our goals of lowering waste and energy consumption in the food value chain by 30%,”
Caglayan Arkan, General Manager Manufacturing & Resources at Microsoft, adds: “Microsoft’s mission is to help leaders like Bühler take advantage of its data using our Azure cloud and Azure IoT technologies to accurately forecast trends in agriculture, improve food safety and provide better services for customers.”
As part of the partnership, Bühler has revealed sorting technology that will minimize toxic contamination in maize and improve yield, by identifying and removing cancer-causing, aflatoxin-infected grains.
LumoVision is expected to be a significant advance for the maize processing industry in its fight against fungal molds called mycotoxins, the most poisonous of which is aflatoxin.
The innovation is expected to eliminate up to 90% of contaminated maize.
Matt Kelly, Managing Director of Digital Technologies at Bühler commented: “Advances in digital technology, together with our sorting and food safety expertise, make this an unrivalled system that contributes to solving a major global food safety and security challenge.
As it stands, LumoVision is undergoing testing onsite with Capa Colgona, in Italy, an agricultural cooperative whose maize was affected by aflatoxin following drought conditions.
Further testing will take place within the MycoKey network, a project funded by the European Commission to develop smart, sustainable solutions that reduce mycotoxins in food and feed.