AI start-up targets waste reduction in bakeries

first_imgA technology start-up is seeking five bakeries to take part in a pilot scheme using artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce surplus.CatsAI uses 10,000 data points – including roadworks, school holidays and the weather – to predict how much of each product a bakery should produce on any given day. Bakers need to give CatsAI access to EPoS data and the “brain” will do the rest.The results are delivered via email and bakers are provided a range for each item – 10 to 15 white tin loaves for example – meaning they can make an informed decision based on batch sizes, ingredients and so on. The system claims to offer a sales uplift of up to 20% and a reduction in waste of up to 80%.While technology such as this is becoming increasingly common in larger operations including supermarket in-store bakeries, it has yet to be widely adopted by smaller businesses.“There’s a complete gap in the market for small and medium-sized enterprises in getting access to really affordable technology that has been the preserve of the big corporates,” CatsAI founder Paul Staples told British Baker. He started the company alongside Stephen Kinns, Stuart Ware-Lane and Tim Cuddeford, who all have a background in financial services and the banking sector.So far CatsAI has trialled the technology with bakeries in Windsor and Essex, with the results described by Staples as an “immediate success”.“We identified just under a 20% increase in sales that they could achieve through stocking correctly, and there was a 72% reduction in the waste of production by correlating baking cycles with what the consumers are buying, where, when and how,” Staples said of the Windsor trial.It is now seeking five more bakeries for further trials, with a nationwide rollout planned for 2019.Bakeries involved in the trial will be charged a “nominal fee” to cover costs.last_img read more

Argentine Army Makes Large Drug Seizure

first_imgThe owner of the 260-hectare field, whose name wasn’t made public, doesn’t reside on the property, according to the Army. Argentine Army Soldiers were surprised to find more than 2,000 bales of marijuana wrapped in plastic bags on January 11, shortly after entering a cattle field in the town of Misión Tacaaglé in the Province of Formosa. The Army did not make any immediate arrests. The Military has launched an investigation to determine who owned the marijuana and whether it was trafficked into Argentina, according to Luis Benitez, a federal prosecutor. The Army’s dismantling of the camps occurred three days after it teamed with the Colombian Navy, Air Force and police officers to capture the alleged leader of the FARC’s Fifth Company of the Jacobo Arenas Column. General Luis Fernando Navarro, who leads Task Force Omega, said the FARC, which engages in drug trafficking to finance its terrorist activities, is releasing false information to distract the Army from pursuing the terrorist group in the department. The Colombian National Army on January 14 disputed a claim made by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that the terrorist group killed eight Soldiers during a gun battle during the weekend of January 10-11 in the Department of Meta. Meanwhile, Troops from the Army’s Mobile Brigade No. 26 on January 14 destroyed two FARC camps in the municipality of Montañita, Department of Caquetá, as part of Operation Sword of Honor III. Military officials suspected the FARC’s 15th José Ignacio Mora Front were using the camps. Soldiers disarmed an explosive devise at one of the sites. The Colombian National Army on January 14 disputed a claim made by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that the terrorist group killed eight Soldiers during a gun battle during the weekend of January 10-11 in the Department of Meta. Soldiers were carrying out their normal patrols when they spotted bags filled with marijuana – about 2,600 in all, weighing about 1,500 kilograms. Three loaves were tagged with the letters “EPP,” which stands for the Paraguayan People’s Army, a terrorist group which engages in drug trafficking to finance violent attacks. Meanwhile, Troops from the Army’s Mobile Brigade No. 26 on January 14 destroyed two FARC camps in the municipality of Montañita, Department of Caquetá, as part of Operation Sword of Honor III. Military officials suspected the FARC’s 15th José Ignacio Mora Front were using the camps. Soldiers disarmed an explosive devise at one of the sites. Soldiers were carrying out their normal patrols when they spotted bags filled with marijuana – about 2,600 in all, weighing about 1,500 kilograms. Three loaves were tagged with the letters “EPP,” which stands for the Paraguayan People’s Army, a terrorist group which engages in drug trafficking to finance violent attacks. The Army did not make any immediate arrests. The Military has launched an investigation to determine who owned the marijuana and whether it was trafficked into Argentina, according to Luis Benitez, a federal prosecutor. Argentine Army Soldiers were surprised to find more than 2,000 bales of marijuana wrapped in plastic bags on January 11, shortly after entering a cattle field in the town of Misión Tacaaglé in the Province of Formosa. The Army’s dismantling of the camps occurred three days after it teamed with the Colombian Navy, Air Force and police officers to capture the alleged leader of the FARC’s Fifth Company of the Jacobo Arenas Column. General Luis Fernando Navarro, who leads Task Force Omega, said the FARC, which engages in drug trafficking to finance its terrorist activities, is releasing false information to distract the Army from pursuing the terrorist group in the department. The FARC is lying: Colombian National Army By Dialogo January 15, 2015 The suspect, who has only been identified by his alias of “Oscar,” was caught in possession of “war materials” in the department of Cauca, according to the Ministry of Defense. The FARC is lying: Colombian National Army The tags indicate the EPP may have transported the drugs into neighboring Argentina. Misión Tacaaglé is near the Paraguayan border, and narco-traffickers sometimes use drug trafficking routes in sparsely populated areas. The EPP and other groups transport drugs across the Pilcomayo River into Argentina. The owner of the 260-hectare field, whose name wasn’t made public, doesn’t reside on the property, according to the Army. The tags indicate the EPP may have transported the drugs into neighboring Argentina. Misión Tacaaglé is near the Paraguayan border, and narco-traffickers sometimes use drug trafficking routes in sparsely populated areas. The EPP and other groups transport drugs across the Pilcomayo River into Argentina. The suspect, who has only been identified by his alias of “Oscar,” was caught in possession of “war materials” in the department of Cauca, according to the Ministry of Defense.last_img read more

Post-Modern Sound Beach Home Asks $535,000

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Amazing custom handcrafted woodwork is the main selling point of this Post-Modern home listed for sale at 10 Plandome Rd. in the waterfront community of Sound Beach.Built in 2005, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home with 3,400-square-feet of living space features custom coffered ceilings in the main living room and dining room, triple crown molding throughout the home, including through the art gallery hallway, bambo floors, and Anderson casement architectural windows.The house comes equipped with a kitchen, formal dining room, partially finished basement, office, family room, art hall, a fireplace and central air conditioning. Outside it has a two-car attached garage and porch. The seller boats extremely low energy costs.The property is less than a mile from the beach overlooking the Long Island Sound, the Rocky Point State Pine Barrens Preserve and is nearby downtown Port Jefferson. It’s about three miles from the Port Jefferson Long Island Rail Road station. It’s located in the Rocky Point School District.The asking price is $499,999-$535,000, not including the $12,236 in property taxes.The real estate agent listed for the property is Steven Maier of Realty Connect USA LI, Inc. He can be reached at 877-647-1092.last_img read more