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16.04.2018 Bühler teams with Microsoft to provide digital solutions for food processing industries

Bühler, Uzwil, Switzerland, is set to unveil ground-breaking digital technologies that include minimising toxic contamination, reducing food waste and increasing end product quality across the whole food value chain as part of a new partnership with Microsoft. The new digital solutions and services will be presented at the Microsoft booth at the Hannover Fair in Germany. “Today’s food value chains are facing tremendous challenges,” said Ian Roberts, CTO at the Bühler Group. “Digital solutions will allow us to improve food safety and integrity and reduce food losses and waste. They enable us to be more efficient in production. In fact, with intelligent implementation of our digital capabilities we will make a major step towards meeting our goals of lowering waste and energy consumption in the food value chain by 30%,” Roberts added. “ For the agriculture industry to meet the global quality demands of the future, sustainability in all aspects of agricultural production is key,” said Caglayan Arkan, general manager manufacturing and resources at Microsoft. “Microsoft’s mission is to help leaders like Bühler take advantage of its data using our Azure cloud and Azure IoT technologies to accurately forecast trends in agriculture, improve food safety and provide better services for customers.”
The Bühler-Microsoft collaboration comes at a time when the global food industry faces increasing environmental and economic pressure. By 2050, the planet’s population is predicted to grow to nine billion. Providing sufficient nutritious food in a sustainable way is a major challenge which is only now being addressed. More than 30% of global energy goes into food production. However, around 30% of all food is lost or wasted, while 800 million people are starving. Global agriculture will reportedly need to supply an additional 265 million tons of plant protein by 2050. 
Monitoring rice quality with a Bühler SORTEX optical sorter

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