At Mtech, we successfully digitalise the food chain, but what actually is the food chain?
The food chain is often defined as the route food takes from the field to our table. That crystallises it pretty well. These chains travel across Finland, but there also are numerous food chains that finish on a Finnish plate but begin in other countries. Streamlining the chain gives advantage to all those who participate in food production, processing and sales, and last but not least – for the final consumer!
Why does the food chain need streamlining?
When the chain is trimmed to the full, the journey of food to the consumer’s plate is shortened so that the food at the dinner table is fresher. Making the journey faster lowers the costs for all links of the chain, and their carbon dioxide emissions. Ideally, it will also lower the price of the final product.
Lowering the carbon dioxide emissions means smaller losses at the different phases of the chain as the products travel fresher from one place to another, and they are kept and handled in the right way. Optimising the collection and delivery routes will also reduce the number of miles driven at transportation.
Digitalising the food chain assists at following the journey of the food more efficiently at all the phases of the chain. A practical example is the egg stamp that makes it possible to find out the country and farm of origin, as well as the production system used. There are many other things happening unseen to secure food safety. For example, if a pathogen is found in beef, it is possible to track down the farm and animal where the meat comes from, the feeds it has eaten, the factory and production line that has produced those feeds, and even the raw materials of the feed mixture. Problems in the production chain can quickly be tracked down to avoid bigger misfortune and to block harmful foodstuffs from reaching the consumer.
How can one streamline the food chain?
Nowadays, streamlining the food chain is mainly done by implementing digital solutions and developing them for the different production steps. The digitalisation aims at making all steps and the links between them work smoothly.
Transport route optimisation is an example on how to keep the transportation distance of a product as short as possible, with a seamless cool chain. Digital data recording and storage starting from farm input usage guarantees food safety.
Digital applications are able to calculate the nutrients and fertilisers that crops need. When the crops are fertilised exactly according to their needs, you will save production inputs, their raw materials, and money. Farming is an extensive business, and digital solutions are on many farms indispensable in making it run. Paper notes belong to history when you are managing 800 hectares of arable land or 150 dairy cows.
Streamlining the food chain helps to shorten the transport distance and time for slaughter animals, as well as storage time for raw materials. It helps to optimise raw material use in the food industry, and transportation to shop shelves. Retail activities can also be optimised in many ways by using artificial intelligence.
At Mtech, we are at the very core in a pilot project carried out in cooperation with SOK. The producer portal makes it possible that the S-group online customer can order local food products together with other foodstuffs. The products are part of the food order and the consumer picks them up together with the other products at the collection point.
Our daughter company Biocode, on the other hand, paves the way in calculating the carbon footprint in the food chain.
Skilled companion for food chain digital solutions
The answer to the question “what is the food chain?” is very simple and it really pays to streamline the chain. The means to do the streamlining are very diverse, and as the technology develops further, the only limit is the imagination!
Mtech has ample experience in digitalising the food chain in all its parts. Read more about our Food supply chain digitalisation -service and contact us so we can work together to make the links of your chain stronger!