How AI can/will Revolutionize the Food Export and Import Business

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly changing the world, and the food export and import business is no exception. AI is being used to automate tasks, improve efficiency, and accelerate growth. This is having a major impact on the way we trade food and other goods around the world.

One of the ways that AI is revolutionizing the food export and import business is by helping businesses identify new markets and opportunities for expansion.

For example, AI can be used to analyze data on consumer trends, demographics, and economic conditions to identify countries where there is a growing demand for certain products or services. This information can then be used to develop targeted marketing campaigns and make informed decisions about where to expand into new markets.

Another way that AI is revolutionizing the food export and import business is by automating tasks related to international trade, such as documentation, customs clearance, and shipping. This may not apply to all countries – for the time being – but this can save businesses time and money, and it can also help to improve the efficiency of the supply chain. For example, AI can be used to automatically generate shipping labels and customs declarations, which can help to reduce errors and speed up the process of getting goods through customs.

AI can also be used to improve the quality and safety of food products. For example, AI can be used to identify foodborne pathogens, track the movement of food products, and monitor the conditions of storage facilities. This information can then be used to take steps to prevent foodborne illness and ensure the safety of food products.

Recent examples and studies

A recent article published on the Mckinsey Sustainability blog predicts that “AI can unlock a $127B opportunity by reducing food waste and suggested that deep learning technology with a circular-economy vision could revolutionize the way food is grown, designed, purchased, and enjoyed.”

Moreover, another article published on the Science Direct platform discusses the different Artificial intelligence applications in the agrifood sectors. The article suggests that “AI will impact the entire value chain from the farm-to-fork as there will be generated new opportunities for precision agriculture, real-time monitoring, and management of crop fields whereas minimizing the adverse effects of these practices on the environment.”

Finally, Associate Professor Sigfredo Fuentes, who teaches the Bachelor of Agriculture, Master of Agricultural Sciences, and Master of Food Science at the University of Melbourne leads a group applying AI technologies to solve some of our biggest agricultural challenges. An interesting Youtube video is available:

I’m excited to see how AI continues to revolutionize the food export and import business in the years to come. I believe that AI has the potential to make our industry more efficient, sustainable, and transparent, which will ultimately benefit consumers around the world.

The Future of AI in the Food Export and Import Business

The future of AI in the food export and import business is very bright – I hope. As AI technology continues to develop, we can expect to see even more innovative and impactful applications in this area. Some of the potential future applications of AI in the food export and import business include:

  • AI-powered food traceability: AI can be used to track the movement of food products from farm to table. This information can be used to ensure food safety, prevent food fraud, and improve supply chain efficiency. There are multiple companies already doing this and we at OLYFO will have a major announcement specific to this in the coming months.
  • AI-powered personalized nutrition: AI can be used to analyze individual dietary needs and preferences to create personalized meal plans. This can help people to eat healthier and improve their overall health and well-being. Producers and Businesses could use such data to optimize the way they produce, market, and reach out to their customers.
  • AI-powered sustainable agriculture: AI can be used to develop more efficient and sustainable farming practices. This can help to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture and ensure food security for future generations.


Things are changing fast and Food Business is no exception. However, have we thought enough – or do we even have the time to think – about the risks of the use of artificial intelligence and its potential damage to farms, farmers, and food security?

The race towards innovation and pushing AI products out to the market is pushing aside the major risks we will face together.

To close this article, I invite you all to read this blog published last year on Food Navigator Europe. It is definitely a good read. I would also welcome any suggestions you have or views you would like to discuss on this topic.

Thanks again for reading and see you next week!

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