Japanese Companies use technology to their advantage in the battle against food waste

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Japanese companies ramp the use of artificial intelligence and other advanced technology to reduce food waste , cut costs during the pandemic and score sustainability points in the process.

Japan disposes more than 6 million tonnes in food waste a year, according to government data. The Japanese government has enacted a new law to halve such costs from 2000 levels by 2030, pressuring companies to find solutions.

Lawson aims to bring down overstock by 30% in sites where it has been rolled out and wants to halve food waste at all of its stores in 2030 compared with 2018.

Drinks maker Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd is experimenting with another AI product from Fujitsu Ltd to try to determine if goods such as bottles of oolong tea and mineral water have been damaged in shipping.


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