Winnow food waste management system saves Emaar AED 1.3m
AI-driven food system Winnow helps hospitality group to improve purchasing and cut wastage
A UK-based startup has helped Emaar Hospitality Group to eliminate AED 1.3m ($350,000) in food waste in under a year.
Emaar Hospitality has deployed AI-driven solution from Winnow in 12 of its hotels, to monitor food waste and help to reduce over-production of food.
The Winnow solution uses a camera and a set of smart scales, with machine-learning software, to learn to recognize different foods being thrown in the bin and calculates the financial and environment cost of this discarded food to commercial kitchens. Businesses and chefs can then adjust their food purchasing decisions accordingly, reducing their spending and tackling a fundamental problem of food waste: over-production.
During the training and automation phases, the Winnow Vision system takes human input, providing a shortlist of possible menu items for kitchen staff to select and to quickly improve its predictions based on feedback. Over time, the system continues to improve and will automatically recognise food with no human interaction. Chefs can benefit from full reporting in their kitchens, helping cut food waste and save money with minimal to no effort.
Emaar Hospitality Group said that one of its properties, Armani Hotel Dubai, saved a total of Dhs148,000 ($40,000) over the course of last year, while the entire Group was reported to have saved Dhs1.3 million since the Winnow pilot launched in March 2018.
Marc Zornes, CEO of Winnow, said: “With kitchens around the world struggling, food waste is not just an issue in the UAE. Without visibility into what is being wasted, we know that up to 20 per cent of all food purchased ends up in the bin. By understanding and reporting food waste’s very real costs – both to the bottom line and the environment – Winnow Vision empowers chefs to take action. Using technology that learns and improves with each use, Winnow Vision has the ability to tackle food waste on a global scale.”
Chris Newman, COO of Emaar Hospitality Group, added: “Across the breadth of our operations, we focus on environmental sustainability. Reducing food waste is one of the key tactical steps we have taken in ensuring that our kitchens operate to the highest level of efficiency. We also work to increase awareness among our guests on the need to cut food waste and promote a healthy environment for future generations, especially in our role as the Expo 2020 Dubai Official Hotel and Hospitality Partner. As a pioneer in introducing Winnow Vision, we will continue to explore innovative options to reduce food waste by leveraging the most-modern technologies in the field.”