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IoT innovation among food manufacturers has plummeted

IoT research and innovation in food manufacturing has declined over the past year.

The latest figures show the number of IoT-related patent applications filed by companies rose to 22 in the three months to February, up from 40 in the same month. period in 2021.

However, data on the number of patents granted followed a different trend from filings. They fell from 12 in the three months ending February 2021 to 19 in the same period in 2022.

The numbers are compiled by GlobalData, which tracks patent filings and grants from authorized offices around the world. Using textual analysis, as well as official patent classifications, these patents are grouped into key subject areas and linked to key companies in various industries.

IoT is one of the key areas tracked by GlobalData. It has been identified as a key disruptive force that companies will face in the years to come and is one of the areas where companies currently investing resources are expected to reap rewards.

Noodle maker Uni-President China Holdings was the top IoT innovator in food manufacturing during the quarter under review. The Taiwan-headquartered company filed 14 IoT-related patents in the three months to February. That was down from 34 over the same period in 2021, but the manufacturer still topped the charts.

It was followed by PepsiCo with four IoT patent applications and Taiwan-based Uni-President Enterprises Corp. with three.

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