REAMIT - Improving Resource Efficiency of Agribusiness supply chains by Minimising waste using Big Data and Internet of Things sensors

Project Summary

The REAMIT project proposes to adapt and apply existing innovative technology to food supply chains in NWE to reduce food waste and hence improve resource efficiency. Reducing food waste is of highest priority for the EU (88Mt or € 143B wasted per year). The EU has committed to halving food waste by 2030 by focusing on all stages in the supply chain. 35% of food waste in EU-28 has occurred in supply chains in 2012. Though technologies exist to reduce food waste, they have not been applied to food supply chains.
REAMIT will focus on fruits, vegetables, meat and fish as these are wasted in large quantities. The supply chain includes farms, packaging sites, food processors, distribution, logistics, wholesalers and retailers. The project will be carried out in Ireland, Germany, France, UK and the Netherlands due to the amount of interconnected food supply chains and huge food waste in these countries.
REAMIT will adapt existing Internet of Things and Big Data technologies to best fit the needs of the food supply chain management system in NWE. Through testing and adaptation, these technologies will be enabled to continuously monitor and record food quality and signal potential food quality issues. Through analytics, owners of 'food to be at risk of becoming waste' will be provided with decision support options to minimise food waste including redistribution to nearby customers.  
REAMIT project will save 1.8Mt of food waste or €3B per year in NWE, avoid 5.5Mt/yr of CO2 emissions, test and operationalise 8 solutions, and, support 20 enterprises. The technologies will be self-sustaining at the end of the project. They will be made available to the public via REAMIT website and social media.

The long-term effects of REAMIT will be optimising (re)use of food and natural resources in NWE economies and a consortium capable of jointly addressing the challenges in food sector.


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Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
University of Bedfordshire University Square
United Kingdom
Name Contact Name Email Country
Images & Réseaux Gaël MAUGIS France
National University of Ireland, Dublin, University College Dublin Fionnuala Murphy Ireland
University of Nantes Gérald Thouand France
Levstone Ltd. Davinder Bola United Kingdom
Nottingham Trent University Usha Ramanathan United Kingdom
Whysor Marcel Steegh Netherlands
Munster Technological University Pat Doody Ireland
SenX Hervé Rannou France
Ulster University Joan Condell United Kingdom

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Internship Placement Opportunities at Yumchop Foods, Northamptonshire

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Yumchop Foods are a partner company in the REAMIT project, which is led by the University of Bedfordshire Business School. REAMIT is a transnational European Territorial Cooperation project, co-funded by EU Cohesion Policy, aiming to help companies reduce food waste. Yumchop offers Internship or Placement opportunities for: - Marketing Executives - Production Support Analyst - Production Support - Marketing Creative Assistant Read More


8th RSC + RAC + WP Meeting 2023, UCD, Dublin

, University College Dublin, Ireland

8th meeting of REAMIT Advisory Committee, Work Packages and REAMIT Steering Committee. In-person meeting hosted by the University College Dublin Date and Time: Wednesday 11th – Thursday 12th of January 2023. Time zone: GMT Venue Details: University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4 Ireland The 8th meeting of REAMIT Advisory Committee, Work Packages and REAMIT Steering Committee will take place on 11-12 January 2023 in Dublin, Ireland. The format of these meetings will be in person. The meetings are hosted by REAMIT partners, University College Dublin in the Ireland. All REAMIT Partners and Associate Partners are invited to take part in these 2-day meetings.
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7th RSC + RAC + WP Meeting 2022, Whysor, NL

, Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, Inspiration Room Villafloraweg 1, Venlo, LI, Netherlands

7th meeting of REAMIT Advisory Committee, Work Packages and REAMIT Steering Committee. Hybrid meeting hosted by Whysor. Date and Time: Wednesday 6th – Thursday 7th of July 2022. Time zone: CEST Venue Details: Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo Address: Villafloraweg 1, 5928 SZ Venlo Building: Villa Flora Room: Inspiration Room The 7th meeting of REAMIT Advisory Committee, Work Packages and REAMIT Steering Committee will take place on 6 -7 July 2022 in Venlo, the Netherlands. The format of these meetings will be Hybrid - both online and in person. The meetings are hosted by REAMIT partners, Whysor in the Netherlands. All REAMIT Partners and Associate Partners are invited to take part in these 2-day meetings. You will have the option to attend this event online or in-person. Please indicate your choice in the registration form.
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6th RSC + RAC + WP Meeting 2022, Ulster University, UK

, Online

6th meeting of REAMIT Advisory Committee, Work Packages and REAMIT Steering Committee. Online meeting hosted by Ulster University. Date and Time: Wednesday 19th – Thursday 20th of January 2022. Time zone: GMT Venue: Intelligent Systems Research Centre (MS building), Ulster University, Strand Road, Londonderry, BT48 7JL, Northern Ireland Day 1 and 2 meeting room virtual address: TBC The 6th REAMIT Advisory Committee, Work Packages and Steering Committee meeting on 19 -20 January 2022, will be online and no longer take place in Derry, Northern Ireland, and will be hosted by Ulster University, partner of the REAMIT Project. All REAMIT Partners and Associate Partners are invited to take part in these 2-day meetings.
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3rd REAMIT Symposium 2021

, Dublin, Ireland

The 3rd REAMIT Symposium is intended to provide an opportunity for food producers, food supply chain companies (processing and logistics), local authorities, academics and digital technology providers to explore the problem of food waste and the solutions to achieve more sustainable food systems by reducing the waste. REAMIT is a large European project funded by the Interreg North-West Europe. The project aims to support reducing food waste using Internet of Things sensors and Big Data technologies. The symposium will showcase the achievements of the REAMIT projects so far and highlight the associated impact on three key sustainability areas: social, environmental and economic.
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ICIRST International Conference on Innovative Research in Science and Technology Conference 2021

, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The International Conference on Innovative Research in Science and Technology (ICIRST-2021), which is scheduled to be held on the 26th and 27th of November 2021 is themed around the numerous outstanding results and new difficulties in the applied sciences, engineering, technology as well as management sectors. This event aims to draw together researchers, specialists, designers, and students in all fields of engineering, applied sciences, management, technology and provides a global panel for the dissemination of primary study conclusions, new approaches, and developmental practices that focus on both principles and application. Dr. Tahmina Ajmal of the REAMIT project will be presenting at this conference. More details available on this link -
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Global Conference on Manufacture and Industrial Engineering (GCMIE-2021)

, Brussels, Belgium

Professor Ram Ramanathan has been invited as a Keynote Speaker at the Global Conference on Manufacture and Industrial Engineering (GCMIE-2021) which will be held during September 13-15, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium ( The conference theme is “Breakthrough to excellence in the field of Industrial Engineering”. At this conference, Ram will present the REAMIT project, its approach and technology to help reduce food waste. Industrial Engineering involves optimisation of complex systems to improve efficiencies. The REAMIT project fits into this theme well because of its focus on improving resource efficiency (via reducing waste) in complex agribusiness supply chains. Presenting REAMIT at this conference will be an excellent opportunity to reach new stakeholders in Belgium, other North West Europe countries, and countries from beyond Europe, who are also involved in reducing food waste
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REAMIT - Call for participation in technology demonstrations - Deadline 31 December 2021

Food waste is a serious problem in the EU. Nearly 88 million tonnes of food, equivalent to €3 billion, are wasted every year in the EU. The Union has pledged halving the food waste by the year 2025. Reducing kwaste not only increases food availability but has more benefits in the form of saving significant resources (water, energy, labour, fertilisers, etc.) that formed input to the production of food.

It has been estimated that around 35% of food waste occurs when the food travels across the supply chains. In the REAMIT project, we are passionate in reducing food waste along agribusiness supply chains using new internet of Things sensors and big data technologies. We will focus on fresh food [both packaged and unpackaged] (fruits/vegetables/meat and fish) and propose to do reduce waste of these foods in the following ways:


. Tracking the quality of fresh food using sensors. Both traditional (temperature, humidity, light, vibrations, etc.) and newer (e.g., Raman spectroscopy and 3D Fluorescence spectroscopy).

2. Collecting data from sensors in the cloud and monitoring the data using automated big data technologies.

3. Contacting food owners (using smart phone Apps) as early as possible in the case of any potential loss of food quality, providing suggestions for saving the food before it becomes waste, and, thus encouraging the derivation of best value of food thus avoiding food waste.

4. Conducting big data analytics on the sensor data to bring out long term strategies for reducing food waste in NWE in the long run.

We will share the data on food quality only with the owners of the food and will not share with any other parties. For data analytics purposes, only aggregated information will be made available for public consumption and no information specific to any company will be made available.



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The REAMIT project solicits expressions of interest from agribusiness end users (involved in transporting and storing fresh food) who are interested in understanding how to reduce waste of food when it moves along the supply chain. We have some partners in the consortium that are end-users willing to explore the power of sensors and big data in reducing food waste but we need more end-users in the North West Europe (NWE) to join in this exciting project.

We will work with you in deciding the best strategies for fitting IoT sensors in trucks/warehouses to continuously monitor food quality. We will monitor the food quality and share the data on your food quality only with you. We will help you in preventing food becoming waste and in generating best value for your food (that would otherwise become a waste). We will combine data on quality of your food with similar data from other end-users in order to identify the patterns of food waste in NWE and thus help policy makers in producing well-informed policies on food waste.


What we need from you:

You will be a company dealing with transportation and/or storage of fresh food, willing to use sensors to track quality of the food and share the data to help reduce food waste in NWE region. We will work with you in identifying best ways of fitting sensors and collecting the data.

We are currently looking for end-users in Ireland, Germany, France and the Netherlands, though we are keen to recruit more end-users from all parts of NWE.


What we offer in return:

We have a small budget in the project for fitting sensors, which we will use to share a part of the costs of fitting sensors in your trucks and warehouses.  We will then collect the data to perform big data analytics with support from Big Data experts in the REAMIT consortium. We will help you derive best value for your food by contacting you in advance if there are potential quality issues with your food. This strategy may help you save money in the long run. Finally, we also provide the opportunity to be a part of European Union’s efforts in reducing food waste and help in supporting a noble cause of protecting the environment.

We will follow established ethical principles while sharing and analyzing your data.

If you have interest in becoming a leader in reducing food waste in the EU and would like to participate in the REAMIT project, we invite you to contact us using the mail: or . We will then be in touch with you and discuss your interest in detail.

Deadline 31 December 2021

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UKRI funding

Funding is available through UKRI.Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19.

Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

REAMIT’s PI has since applied for this funding.Click here for more information.


Apply for a spot at the ICT 2020 Exhibition!

“ICT 2020 – Leading the Digital Age” at Koelnmesse comes with an 8000 m² space where we are going to showcase the most pioneering results from EU-funded research and innovation. For more information, click here.

REAMIT Partners across North-West Europe are jointly implementing technology demonstrations with partner companies. Watch this video below for more information.


Interested? Get in touch!

If you are interesting in participating in technology demonstrations with REAMIT, please contact us on the email address below

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