Digitalisation and connectivity are changing the food and beverage industry as we know it. They offer unprecedented opportunities to increase food safety and quality, as well as production flexibility and efficiency.
In 2019, we unveiled our vision of the "factory of the future", in which digitalisation revolutionises the way food manufacturing plants operate, continuously increasing the speed of production, reducing errors and minimising product waste.
Developed with a number of technology partners, our factory of the future utilises Industry 4.0 technologies such as big data and advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and the Industrial Internet of Things. It builds on our existing digitalisation measures, such as Tetra Pak® Plant Secure and condition monitoring, which predicts and prevents system breakdowns before they occur.
Also in 2019, we launched our connected packaging platform, which transforms our cartons into interactive information channels, full-scale data carriers and digital tools. For our customers, the connected package offers end-to-end traceability to improve production, quality control and supply chain transparency. For consumers, it means the ability to access vast amounts of information such as where the product was made, the farm that the ingredients came from and where the package can be recycled.
We followed up these new launches with a series of technical thought leadership papers to help our customers benefit from Industry 4.0 in such key areas as food safety and quality, productivity and flexibility. We also launched a dedicated website called Connecting the food industry.