Food Dive: How Digital Olfaction Could Make Inroads With the Food Industry and Consumers

From aiding with product creation to sniffing out spoiled produce, technology that mimics the way humans smell has the potential for wide applicability.

Someday, consumers may rely on technology that mimics the way humans smell to help determine how fresh food is.

The odor-sensing technology could get integrated into smart kitchens, used in portable devices that shoppers bring to grocery stores, or placed inside packaging. The technology promises to offer greater transparency around freshness, especially for finicky fruits and vegetables like avocados that are notoriously difficult to gauge the ripeness of, empowering shoppers and retailers with new ways of approaching fresh items.

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