Food waste is a worldwide problem that companies, labs, even parts of the government, are continually working to improve. Proper storing temperature is even an issue when products are traveling to retailers. “Most of the cause of waste occurs within the first 24 to 48 hours after product is harvested” said Kevin Payne of Zest Labs, “And it’s due to temperature implications.” Zest Labs is a freshness management system that works with analytics and artificial intelligence to determine the remaining shelf life of an item. It ensures that items being sold at the store have enough of a shelf life to last the few days until the product is eaten. They’ve partnered with popular grocery stores like Costco and Hy-Vee, along with many growers, to provide customers with the freshest ingredients. Their technology can reduce waste at the retail level by 50 percent or more.