According to the United Nations (UN), by 2050, the global population will reach an estimated 9 billion. By current levels, it will require a 70% increase in food production to feed the global population. While focus on increasing agricultural output will become stronger in the near future, emphasis on enhancing food security, while reducing wastage are also expected to gain traction. Considering a report by UK’s institute of Mechanical Engineers, which suggested that nearly 50% of the world’s food ends up as waste, food sorting is being looked as an effective solution.
Food Sorting Machines Gaining Traction Globally
The food processing industry is looking at incorporating automated systems in their operations in a bid to improve efficiency. Need for rigorous quality control and cost control are the primary factors driving the adoption of food sorting machines in the food processing industry.
Product recalls and outbreak of food-borne diseases creates bad publicity for global brands. On the basis of end-use application, the food is sorted on the basis of colour, shape, and size.
Globally, focus on health and well-being has prompted the food processing industry to focus on maintaining high level of standards in their offerings. Leading brands around the globe are focusing on incorporating stringent testing mechanisms in their operations, giving a boost to the global demand for food sorting machines.
The demand for food sorting machines is higher in developed regions of the world vis-à-vis developing regions, owing to the stringent regulations on part of the government and higher awareness levels among consumers.
The urbanisation trend has put additional pressure on land, and in many urban centres, the population density is up on the higher side. The pressure on land has led to demands for food preservation and more effective ways of food processing, further giving a boost to the global demand for food sorting.
Incorporation of optical sorters in the milling process is gaining traction, owing to which food output is expected to further increase. Optical sorters are gaining traction as they are widely used in the processing of vegetables and nuts. The general trend in the food processing industry is a shift from manual sorting to optical sorting to increase consistency and comply with the global standards. However, the trend is currently more pronounced in the developed regions, and it will take a while before developing regions also incorporate it in their offerings.
Food sorting machines are broadly classified into ADR systems, channel sorters, belt sorters, and freefall sorters. The different types of technologies involved in food sorting include laser, LED, X-ray, and camera.
The leading companies in the food sorting machines market include Tomra Systems ASA, Buhler AG, Sesotec GmbH, BarcoVision, Key Technology, and Satake USA Inc.
The information presented in this article is based on a report by Future Market Insights. A free sample of the report is available for download at http://www.futuremarketinsights.com/reports/sample/rep-gb-843