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    Today, the United States spends $218 billion a year growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food that is never eaten. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to reduce food waste.Click here to read IFT Achievement Awardee Edward Hirschberg’s solution for how we can address food loss due to poor transportation and storage. Link available in bio or copy/paste this link: http://bit.ly/IFTFoodWaste Today, we are celebrating women in science for International Women's Day! The International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. These particular five women have been at the forefront of some of today’s most complex and controversial scientific issues including genetic engineering and lab-grown meat. In addition to highlighting their work, these interviews explore the influence of gender in food and science. Click link in bio #IWD2017 #internationalwomensday #womeninstem #foodscience http://hubs.ly/H06wKB60 Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. Fruits and vegetables have the highest wastage rates of any food. What can we do with spilled, wilted, blemished produce? Click here to read IFT Achievement Awardee Edward Hirschberg’s solution for bringing life back to the "ugly" lettuce. Link available in bio or copy and paste the following to view solution: http://bit.ly/IFTFoodWaste #Repost @hanna_instruments ・・・
The Hanna Texas team had a great time at @iftfoodscience's Lunch & Learn at @nasajohnson on 2/23. Hanna USA proudly sponsored this event featuring a talk by @nasa scientist Dr. Shannon Walker, a tour of the food lab facility, and behind-the-scenes tour of Mission Control! Thank you again to IFT and NASA for an incredible event.

Walmart’s interest in drone delivery will change the food conversation

Drone DeliveryCustomers want to shop whenever, wherever, and however. This demand applies to all facets of commerce, including grocery. New digital capabilities are creating fresh potential for the grocery industry, with the latest buzz surrounding drone delivery.

Most recently Walmart joined the conversation. While the world’s largest retailer wasn’t the first to adopt drone delivery, and it’s still considerably behind the likes of Amazon when it comes to investment in new technology, Walmart has the potential to be an innovative and ambitious player in the online space.

I believe Walmart’s involvement in drone technology is a positive development—a company of that size has a duty to use its vast intellect and resources to test different use cases. Drones can enable grocers to survey stores, inspect warehouses, perform security checks, and even determine when the bananas or coffee beans should be harvested. Through Walmart Labs, a separate innovation and research laboratory, researchers have the ability to utilize Walmart’s breadth of property, food suppliers, and security concerns to make the use case for drones.

Hiring drones to take selfies or scout out local hotspots seems to miss the benefit that the technology can deliver. I think the possibilities for agriculture, property management, healthcare, and personal safety are worthy of investment dollars and risk. Even if there is never a single order placed through drone delivery, Walmart’s research has the potential to justify drone developments. But there is still a long way to go.

Drone regulation, or lack thereof, is and will continue to be an issue for drone delivery. However unlikely it is that my bacon and eggs will be delivered from 400 feet above my front lawn on a Saturday morning, it is possible that emergency deliveries of food, aid, or equipment may be dispatched from Walmart stores in the future. I think we still have a distance to travel when it comes to drones, but I believe the disruptive nature of the concept is helpful to the online food conversation. In the meantime, I suspect crowdsourcing deliveries (i.e., hiring regular folks to pick up and drop off packages to customers) will have a greater impact on the future of online food.

Customer demands and expectations change quickly, and buying decisions are increasingly driven by engagement in non-traditional channels. Retailers need to orientate themselves to this new reality sooner rather than later.
Barry Clogan

Barry Clogan
SVP of business consulting services

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