Artificial Intelligence & The Competitive Edge in Food and Beverage

The Food and Beverage Industry has been at the forefront of the technology adoption curve for many years, from more advanced robotics on the manufacturing line to 3D printed alternatives to meat, innovation is embedded in the industry. With the growth of consumer interest around nutrition, environmental, social and corporate governance and overall food safety has growing significantly in the past 15 years, companies have been focused on delivering products to increasingly demanding consumers with transparency into their products as well as their operations.

The answer for corporations has often resulted in increased in implementation of technology but with new technology comes new food and beverage options, changes in how products are manufactured and produced, increased competition and even more questions…

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While the food and beverage industry’s top concern has been and continues to be pleasing the consumer and their ever-changing needs, the questions remain:

‘how can they remain competitive in this saturated fast paced industry?’

‘will consumers be willing to try products that are produced with the assistance of technology?’

‘how can we achieve the high industry standards and remain profitable?’

‘how can we make high quality food and beverages accessible to all communities?’


As illustrated by the graphic below, implementation and application of digital infrastructure is “extremely important” to food and beverage executives. Over 40% of respondents reported that Artificial Intelligence and IOT are extremely important, a bit less than ERP or mobile technologies but this could be due to perceived complications in AI adoption. The executives also shared that their top concerns were inventory management, food safety and manufacturing process/ assembly, each of which can be addressed through the application of Artificial Intelligence.

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“Complications of AI adoption aside, one fact is clear: F&B companies must invest in new innovations to cut costs, grow revenue, and stay current with consumer trends.

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The mainstream media has focused its coverage on the most innovative science and technology in the industry but the real benefit is derived from the operational application of Artificial Intelligence. Maestro Artificial Intelligence allows corporations to focus on internal innovation while optimizing the value chain and providing significant benefit with unmatched speed to value. In one example, Maestro AI allows plants the opportunity to reduce waste, thus furthering Net-Zero goals, while also increasing production uptime and yield to get products on the shelves.

This level of digital technology has never been more important to F&B as they are constantly tackling razor thin margins and cost as leading decision makers. Many manufacturers and producers have to question, should we build or should we buy? Many times it may seem more practical to build, especially without centralized control centers and disparate systems, but the team at Elutions has found time and again, from clients who have learned the hard way, that partnering with an industry expert is the more cost effective way forward. The way forward lies in gaining a competitive advantage by partnering with a provider like Elutions, with years of experience working with and connecting to existing systems in order to provide speed to value for clients and a true Artificial Intelligence Platform in Maestro, rather than the big tech players, who merely offer tools.

Maestro AI is proven to optimize the value chain and allow clients more flexibility to innovate while maintaining operational excellence and a competitive edge. To learn more about Maestro AI and Elutions, contact us.

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February Series: The AI Enabled Food & Bev Revolution

The global food and beverage (F&B) manufacturing industry is a behemoth, valued at 6111.1 billion dollars as of 2020 and expected to grow at a CAGR of 7% for 2021 to reach an estimated value of $7527.5 billion in 2023. Even though COVID-19 created some pretty significant supply chain issues for the F&B market it still grew in an incredibly trying year. The industry is essential to our way of life and digital technologies are essential to the survival and growth of the industry.

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to unlock complete value chain transformation for F&B manufacturers. Mckinsey reports that, “50% of [F&B manufacturing] companies that embrace AI over the next 5-7 years have the potential to double their cash flow.”

The team at Elutions says, why wait that long?


F&B Manufacturers have never been in a better position then they are now to begin rapidly digitizing their operations with AI to reduce time to market, implement automation in feedstock to increase speed and reduce yield, to reduce resource consumption and achieve Net-Zero goals and so much more. In February 2021 Solve the Unsolvable will be exploring the applications of Artificial Intelligence in the Food and Beverage Manufacturing sector.

How can AI deliver on its promises within F&B? How can AI help corporations achieve their Net-Zero goals with increased speed? How can AI combat COVID-19 in the F&B Manufacturing sector and maintain food safety goals?


Stay tuned to this month’s series to have all of these questions and more answered.

Maestro AI is proven to deliver transformational benefit for the F&B manufacturing industry across the entire value chain at unprecedented speed to value. To learn more about Maestro AI and Elutions, contact us.

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Oil & Gas Giants: Amidst Market Volatility, LNG Market looks to Artificial Intelligence

The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market is increasingly being defined by its volatility. From increases in spot prices to intense commercial demand expectations, cargo cancellations, shipment delays and more, it is widely reported that, “unplanned maintenance at LNG export facilities from Australia to Qatar to Malaysia has led to a tighter than expected market in the second half of the year [2020].” This unplanned maintenance, combined with “pandemic prompted dramatic price swings” has led to the halt in growth in the LNG market in 2020. As a result, LNG has been looking to digital transformation to ramp up recovery, avoid stagnant growth and deliver on increasing market pressure.

While the cost of oil drops for consumers, due to social impacts of COVID-19, the LNG market is preparing for long-term implications. LNG is poised to experience more growth in comparison with the traditional use of oil and coal in consuming countries as the spot market has made LNG a more attractive option. Consumers have been incentivized by low LNG prices, relative to oil and gas prices, to make a switch.

Though the outlook for LNG growth in 2021 is quite strong at this point, the market is still unpredictable. LNG, in the position of a relative newcomer in respect to oil and coal, will benefit from swift implementation of digital in their early stages of growth. Gaining an even greater competitive edge in LNG is dependent upon digital adoption where speed to value becomes the most critical element in a technology deployment.

Source: Nobel Upstream

For years the LNG and larger Oil & Gas market have been turning towards digital technologies for their many benefits, not the least of which being promises of decreased costs and increased efficiency. However, they have never felt a more significant pressure to extract value from digital then what they are experiencing right now. Many O&G corporations that were early adopters have previously been failed by tech companies touting pie in the sky Artificial Intelligence platforms which merely turn out to be static algorithms at best. After a failure to deliver on hype and promised benefit, these tech companies have only left behind frustration and a distrust in AI’s true capabilities.

These early adopters can rest assured that the marketplace has seen a significant shift from the early days of promises and theoretical AI to concrete benefits in practiced AI. What was once seen as potential benefit is now being realized. As mentioned in the above graphic, making the best of existing technology, through the implementation of Artificial Intelligence which utilizes existing infrastructure, like Maestro, can yield significant cost savings. LNG producers, driven by everchanging costs, need to adopt Artificial Intelligence to survive in todays’ landscape.

The pandemic has been a great shock to the market but with this shock comes an exciting opportunity for change. Leaders have been given the opportunity to evaluate existing business strategies and identify opportunities for growth. LNG producers have the potential to extract significant financial value and increased profit from digital and further their growth position in the O&G market. Digital value chain transformation will afford LNG opportunities in increased flexibility and responsiveness of their production to market conditions. 

A critical element in the LNG and overall O&G journey to choosing a partner to adopt Artificial Intelligence with is the partner’s ability to deliver immediate value. Speed to value is driven by many factors but industry expertise, like that of Elutions’ Maestro, is paramount. To learn more about Maestro and individual case studies in the Oil & Gas sector, please contact us

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