Fruit & Vegetables

LOWINFOOD aims to demonstrate the efficacy of four types of innovations, which should be able to address the problem of fruit and vegetables food loss and waste across the upstream value chain, from agricultural production up to retail.

In practice, the objective is to measure to what extent these innovations reduce losses and waste of fruit and vegetables along the supply chain; improve its efficiency, and increase the use and consumption of fruit and vegetables through recovery and redistribution.

Innovations being tested and improved in LOWINFOOD for fruit & vegetables value chain

1-Donation charities

Software to manage withdraws of fruit & vegetables and donating them to charities

This institutional innovation consists of software that records all the fruit & vegetables products withdrawn from the markets by producer organisations. Besides, the software manages the donation to charities of the food withdrawn. It has been created by the government of the Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy) and it is operating in there since 2012.

Cooperation system between farmers and food service sector

This organizational innovation aims to promote cooperation agreements between fruit and vegetables producers and restaurants, in order to reuse unharvested or surplus agricultural products. This way, the gap between farmers and actors in the food service sector will be bridged on an economic and professional scale.

3-Leroma B2B F&V

B2B digital market place for reducing food losses in the vegetables food industry

Leroma is a start-up that has devised a digital market place for food commodities; this platform builds the bridge between producers, offering vegetables, and manufacturers, or retailers, searching for the products. Through the digital market place, vegetables can be offered locally or globally, and it also reveals alternative distribution channels for products with cosmetic defects, among others.

4-Sales forecasting supermarkets

Sales-forecasting software for supermarkets, allowing a better management of orders

Foresightee, a tech start-up, has developed a machine learning algorithm to forecast sales of fresh produce in supermarkets. This new technology gives supermarkets a more accurate estimate of future sales. That way, ordering can be done more accurate as well, which translates into fewer surpluses that need to be thrown away. Food waste is prevented and profit margins increase.