AI and tech innovations helping eateries here to cut food waste

The Winnow Waste Monitor, a smart system that tracks discarded food, helped some Singapore companies save more than $2.1 million in 2019.
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore's kitchen division trainer Mohd Amer Hashim demonstrating how the hotel tackles food wastage using the Winnow system, which weighs and tracks food items left over at buffets and catered meals, and provides data to guide che
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore's kitchen division trainer Mohd Amer Hashim demonstrating how the hotel tackles food wastage using the Winnow system, which weighs and tracks food items left over at buffets and catered meals, and provides data to guide chefs. Since the system was launched at the hotel in July 2018, it has helped to cut wastage by at least 25 per cent.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Smart systems guide chefs on food quantity, while mobile app lets users pack leftovers

Some restaurants donate unsold items. And some chefs find inventive ways to use leftover produce. Then, there are eateries that get a little helping hand from technology in tackling the food waste problem.

Whether it is using smart sensors and artificial intelligence (AI), or rallying people via mobile apps, technological innovations are helping in various ways to reduce the amount of food waste here which, during the Chinese New Year period, has been reported to go up by 20 per cent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 24, 2020, with the headline 'AI and tech innovations helping eateries here to cut waste'. Print Edition | Subscribe