Food waste costs the hospitality industry over $100bn annually. Kitchens can waste up to 20% of food purchased, often equivalent to their total net profits. This is because chefs too often lack the necessary tools to accurately measure and manage waste. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Ten Forecasts for Digital Transformation.
Now Winnow Vision has incorporated AI into the professional kitchen at scale. This is a breakthrough product in the fight against food waste. Automation reduces the barriers to entry for thousands of kitchens around the world. What gets measured gets managed, and by using data intelligently kitchens can be made more efficient. Winnow develops technology to help chefs achieve greater visibility in their kitchens and make better decisions that lead to dramatically reduced food waste and costs. Empowering chefs around the world to spend more time being creative with food.
From day one, Winnow Vision offers improved data accuracy by validating each food waste entry, providing richer insight to help teams reduce waste. As more image data is gathered, Winnow Vision becomes smarter. When recognition capability is turned on, a state of semiautomation is reached where users are only required to confirm the suggested food. This reduces human error and saves users time. Eventually, full automation will not require any input from the team.
Winnow Vision incorporates a camera that sits on top of the food disposal bin using technology to recognise the food that is put into the bin, and the cost of the disposed food. This information can be sent to the chef and management. Using this information food waste can be reduced along with savings in costs. Winnow Vision hopes to prevent billion dollars worth of food from being thrown away per annum.