Smart Technology Can Reduce Food Wastage In MENA



    Food wastage in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) has a detrimental impact on the global environment, causing significant impact on global warming and climate change, according to Danfoss. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), approximately 1/3 of global food produced is lost or wasted, and in the Middle East and Africa the amount is significantly higher than the global average, with rates of up to 250 kg per person each year, costing over USD60 billion annually. 

    High levels of food losses and waste can reduce food availability, aggravate water scarcity, adversely impact the environment, therefore increasing the need for food imports in a highly import-dependent region. Food loss or waste can occur at any stage of the food chain, from pre to post harvest, to transport, sales and consumption and so keeping food and produce within the required temperature is paramount to its life-cycle. Developing a new digital cold chain technology solutions aiming at reducing the greenhouse gas emissions caused by food waste is essential in order to support hypermarkets to reduce energy usage across the region. This will result in huge cost savings for the end-user. “By implementing specific smart store solutions that can adjust storage temperatures and monitor facilities using an integrated system, not only does it benefit the environment, but significant cost savings are made to the bottom line,” commented Firas Abdin, Abdin Industrial Establishment.

    Middle East Food (MEF) magazine’s November 2017 issue covers the latest developments & happenings in the food industry, including new innovations, products, services, projects and events. On page 07, we tackle the latest market trends and drivers of food coloring market. The article on page 10 sheds light on the technology of ultrasonic sealing in packaging sensitive products. Moreover, on page 39, we focus on poultry production in UAE. Additional stories are also available, covering the latest activities of regional manufacturers, importers and exporters. We kindly draw you attention that starting January 2018 issue, in order to reflect better our magazine’s mission as well as its global reach which is not limited to the Arab / MENA region, MEF’s name will change to food HQ (fHQ).  Enjoy reading and send us your feedback at content@mefmag.com

    Fathi Chatila
    Editor-in-Chief