Project Summary

The REAMIT project proposes to adapt and apply existing innovative technology to food supply chains in NWE to reduce food waste and hence improve resource efficiency. Reducing food waste is of highest priority for the EU (88Mt or € 143B wasted per year). The EU has committed to halving food waste by 2030 by focusing on all stages in the supply chain. 35% of food waste in EU-28 has occurred in supply chains in 2012. Though technologies exist to reduce food waste, they have not been applied to food supply chains.
 
REAMIT will focus on fruits, vegetables, meat and fish as these are wasted in large quantities. The supply chain includes farms, packaging sites, food processors, distribution, logistics, wholesalers and retailers. The project will be carried out in Ireland, Germany, France, UK and the Netherlands due to the amount of interconnected food supply chains and huge food waste in these countries.
 
REAMIT will adapt existing Internet of Things and Big Data technologies to best fit the needs of the food supply chain management system in NWE. Through testing and adaptation, these technologies will be enabled to continuously monitor and record food quality and signal potential food quality issues. Through analytics, owners of 'food to be at risk of becoming waste' will be provided with decision support options to minimise food waste including redistribution to nearby customers.  
 
REAMIT project will save 1.8Mt of food waste or €3B per year in NWE, avoid 5.5Mt/yr of CO2 emissions, test and operationalise 8 solutions, and, support 20 enterprises. The technologies will be self-sustaining at the end of the project. They will be made available to the public via REAMIT website and social media.

The long-term effects of REAMIT will be optimising (re)use of food and natural resources in NWE economies and a consortium capable of jointly addressing the challenges in food sector.

Project Partners

  • Images & Réseaux

    4 rue Ampère
    Lannion
    22300
    France

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  • National University of Ireland, Dublin, University College Dublin

    Stillorgan Road, Belfield
    Dublin
    D04 V1W8
    Ireland

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  • University of Nantes

    1 Quai tourville, BP 13522
    Nantes cedex 1
    44035
    France

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  • Levstone Ltd.

    314 Midsummer Court
    Milton Keynes
    MK9 2UB
    United Kingdom

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  • Nottingham Trent University

    50 Shakespeare Street
    Nottingham
    NG1 4FQ
    United Kingdom

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  • Whysor

    65 Brandemolen
    Arcen
    5944ND
    Netherlands

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  • Institute of Technology in Tralee

    North Campus, Dromtacker
    Dromtacker, Tralee, Co. Kerry
    V92 HD4V
    Ireland

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  • SenX

    55 rue Charles Nungesser
    Guipavas
    29490
    France

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  • Ulster University

    Room J715 University of Ulster at Coleraine, Cromore Road
    Coleraine
    BT52 1SA
    United Kingdom

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  • Dunbia (Northern Ireland)

    90 Unit 9 Granville Industrial Estate, Granville Road
    Dungannon, Co. Tyrone
    BT70 1NJ
    United Kingdom

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  • University of Bedfordshire

    University Square
    Luton
    LU1 3JU
    United Kingdom

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Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
University of Bedfordshire Ramakrishnan Ramanathan University Square
Luton
LU1 3JU
United Kingdom
ram.ramanathan@beds.ac.uk www.beds.ac.uk/research-ref/bmri
Name Contact Name Email Country
Images & Réseaux Gaël MAUGIS gmaugis@images-et-reseaux.com France
National University of Ireland, Dublin, University College Dublin Shane Ward shane.ward@ucd.ie Ireland
University of Nantes Gérald Thouand gerald.thouand@univ-nantes.fr France
Levstone Ltd. Davinder Bola dbola@levstone.com United Kingdom
Nottingham Trent University Usha Ramanathan usha.ramanathan@ntu.ac.uk United Kingdom
Whysor Marcel Steegh marcel@whysor.com Netherlands
Institute of Technology in Tralee Pat Doody Pat.Doody@staff.ittralee.ie Ireland
SenX Hervé Rannou herve.rannou@senx.io France
Ulster University Joan Condell j.condell@ulster.ac.uk United Kingdom
Dunbia (Northern Ireland) Colin Potts colin.potts@dunbia.com United Kingdom

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