The food waste crisis has reached a critical point. According to the UN Environment Program’s Food Waste Index, 923 million metric tonnes of food1 is wasted globally every year, contributing up to 10% of greenhouse gas emissions. The UN’s International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste calls both the public and private sector to work towards restoring resilient food systems2.

In a world plagued by excessive consumption and overproduction, reducing food waste is a shared responsibility between food companies, retailers and consumers. Wastage not only happens at the end of the chain, but also within the supply chain. Due to poor production planning, crops are not harvested and food begins spoiling during transport — leading to products going bad on the shelves before they can be sold. Not only that, but safe, edible products are tossed out because unclear package labeling creates the perception that they are past their prime. This has to change.

So, how can companies solve the food waste crisis and save the environment? The answer lies in sustainable production where companies can build resilient food systems with the least resources.

However, challenges remain. Companies are under pressure to adapt to supply volatility and demand-driven shifts, innovate at scale and develop more sustainable products — all at great speed. To address these challenges and succeed in sustainable production, companies need a high level of agility.

The key to unlocking agility is through end-to-end digital transformation with the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform — providing visibility into the supply chain, lab, packaging design process, production and supply chain.

Innovate Faster, Smarter and More Sustainably

  • Improve agility
  • Produce sustainably
  • Build resilient food systems

The Digitalized Approach to Food Waste Reduction

With a data-driven platform, companies can help reduce the scale of the global food waste crisis through the three ways below.

1. Real-Time Consumer Insights

Companies are looking at consumer behavior patterns to determine the next big trends in the market. What’s the consumer sentiment surrounding the processing of food waste into other products? Gaining real-time insights through the 3DEXPERIENCE platform will help market leaders stay competitive and better prepare for the right amount of food production.

2. End-to-end Supply Chain Transparency

By creating greater transparency throughout food supply chains with Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA solutions, companies can identify where the wastage happens and solve the problem at the source.

With DELMIA solutions, you can:

  • Leverage forecasts and market intelligence to manufacture with less waste
  • Plan and optimize virtually to reduce environmental impact without compromising production
  • Collaborate with all stakeholders across the ecosystem including partners, suppliers and customers
  • Have full visibility and control over the entire supply chain
  • Utilize logistics planning to optimize distribution and enable reverse logistics
  • Measure a range of sustainability KPIs including CO2 emissions, amount of waste generated and recyclability rates


3. Digitalized Sustainable Production

Explore how Dassault Systèmes’ solutions, powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, can help companies in:

Next-generation food science

Explore new combinations of ingredients and understand their performance at a molecular level to manufacture delectable plant-based alternative proteins.

Reformulation and recipe management

Reformulate, simulate, test and validate recipes with local, healthier ingredients that allow for shorter innovation cycles.

Sustainable ingredient sourcing

Compare the impact of alternative sourcing options on the supply chain to respond to changing weather conditions and ingredient price swings.

Eco-efficient packaging design

Create and validate packaging designs with materials that are recyclable, biodegradable and supportive of a circular packaging economy.

Explore our Solutions

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