Food for thought
According to the UN, if today’s dietary consumption patterns continue, the world will need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as it has in the last 10,000 years. It is therefore unsurprising that the food sector is growing – and food waste is a major challenge both in terms of value lost and food security.
In our latest Quarterly Impact Report, we explore the impact theme of food security and demonstrate how two holdings are aligned to it.
Every year, approximately 1.3bn tons of food is thrown away, including 45% of all fruit and vegetables and 20% of all meat.
One of our current holdings is a Norwegian-based manufacturer of advanced collection and sorting solutions. Its sensor-based food-sorting solutions inspect millions of individual pieces of produce (from fresh to processed foods) every hour, helping to divert 5%-10% of this material from going to waste – that’s equivalent to 25,000 trucks of potatoes every year. As such, the company’s sorting machines not only help to maximise yields, they reduce food waste and are more energy-efficient and cost-effective than alternative methods.
Innovative food safety technologies
Today, food supply chains are complex. Spanning country borders and oceans, now more than ever, the need for proper food sanitation as well as the prevention of foodborne illnesses is essential.
One of our current holdings delivers real impact in this regard: it provides products, services and technologies that eliminate foodborne pathogens, improve food cleanliness and sanitation, and keeps food safe in processing plants, restaurants and food retail businesses.
To find out more, read the full report.