Through Revin Mikhael D. Ochave, Journalist
DOLE Sunshine Co., the international food company, said that an artificial intelligence (AI) quality control system it has tested at its pineapple farm in Mindanao will be rolled out for wider use in road to its goal of zero fruit waste by 2025.
Barbara Guerpillon, global manager of Dole Ventures, the innovation arm of the conglomerate that supports startup initiatives, said in an email interview that the company’s AI-based quality control platform was developed by Israeli software company Clarifruit, which describes itself as a provider of quality control solutions as a service (QCaaS).
“The aim is to make our internal processes more efficient and sustainable, which we believe will impact our business results in the long term,” said Singapore-based Ms. Guerpillon.
According to Ms. Guerpillon, the Clarifruit platform will help Dole reduce fruit loss by 10% by 2024, bringing the company closer to its ultimate goal of zero loss.
She said the platform allows Dole to better match fruit sent to retailers to retailers’ requirements for shape, size, maturity and color, resulting in a lower customer rejection rate. .
“Since implementing the Clarifruit software, Dole has seen its productivity increase more than 2 times and reduce error-prone quality control reports. While this technology does not directly help farmers, we have been able to develop the skills of our on-farm employees and enable them to use the technology to improve their overall efficiency, ”said Ms. Guerpillon.
Ms. Guerpillon said the AI quality control platform was tested in early 2021 on Dole pineapples exported from the Philippines.
“The Clarifruit application was piloted by Dole’s quality control teams at the pre-inspection facility on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, from where our pineapples are exported to six key destination markets around the world.” , said Ms. Guerpillon.
“The pilot’s success led to the decision to extend our partnership with Clarifruit to other markets and fruit categories, including bananas, papayas and avocados. On a more macro level, it will also help Dole cultivate a culture of innovation within the company while digitizing our supply chain at its core, ”she added.