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Leveraging Satellites, Maps, and Data to Improve Supply Chain Cleanliness

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The European food and beverage industry is experiencing significant trends in food manufacturing, food processing technology, and food distribution. The sector is also witnessing innovative solutions, regulations, packaging, marketing, and sustainability practices as important aspects of modern consumer trends. The industry is turning to technology to address the pressing issue of deforestation, particularly in the sourcing of popular ingredients like palm oil, soy, beef, cocoa, and coffee.

In response to the EU Deforestation Regulation, the European Commission will soon require companies importing these ingredients to submit due diligence reports that verify their products are deforestation-free. The Commission is taking steps to implement common methods for measuring and reporting sustainability, which will include metrics on carbon emissions and deforestation.

European companies are also investing in new technologies to boost traceability and due diligence, aiming to eliminate environmental violations from the food supply chains. Satelite monitoring has emerged as a powerful tool to detect and report deforestation activity. Netherlands-headquartered Satelligence is at the forefront of this technology, partnering with industry leaders and organizations to comply with sustainability legislations. Similarly, Brazil-based BVRio has developed a free deforestation checker for local soy production, leveraging publicly available datasets and farm location data to trace soy production back to individual farms.

In addition, the industry is welcoming the advent of the TRACT platform, a digital platform funded by agribusiness majors that enables a common method for measuring, aggregating, and comparing sustainability data across supply chains. This will simplify the process of measuring and reporting carbon emissions and deforestation, with a future outlook on metrics for child labor risk and living income.

Another area of focus for technological development is palm oil regulatory compliance. Certification body the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is working with partners to streamline and enhance its traceability platform to guide and transition users towards regulatory compliance. This ‘digital transformation’ will help RSPO members provide the necessary information required by the European Commission in line with the EUDR.

These technological advancements are paving the way for a more transparent, traceable, and sustainable food supply chain. The industry is experiencing a digital transformation, with a focus on active problem-solving to address the pressing environmental issues it faces.

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