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RFID Industry Solutions


By adding a unique identifier and online connectivity to every item, grocers, restaurants, convenience stores, and food suppliers are dramatically improving inventory management, efficiency, traceability, sustainability and customer satisfaction.

For grocers, our solutions enable optimized inventory for customer demand, greater product transparency, faster and more precise traceability during recalls, and the recapture of profits lost to waste.

For quick-service restaurants
, our solutions provide dramatically improved visibility into the back of house inventory that reduces manual labor and creates more advanced models for fulfillment and replenishment. They also provide more precise traceability during recalls, which reduces labor and food waste through faster response times.

For convenience store chains, our solutions enable automation for “grab and go” processes as well as improved management of expiry and other inventory challenges.

Feeding The Future:
Is Waste The Real Issue?

I was privileged to be invited to speak last week at The Economist’s Feeding The Future conference. It was inspiring to be around such a diverse range of stakeholders - from startups to large corporations, food producers to technology companies, scientific organisations to NGOs - all with such a clear focus on solving problems relating to humanity’s future relationship with food, and the impact of that relationship on the Earth.

Bringing Technology into Packaging

As consumers become more aware of the products they eat, food producers and brands are looking for smart and sustainable packaging alternatives that respond to their needs and have a positive effect on their supply chain and ultimately the environment.

How the Personalised Nutrition Revolution will Reshape Food Packaging and Labeling

As consumers’ health journeys become more individualised, The Future Laboratory explores how brands are tailoring nutrition, and what its effect might be on products as they appear on the shelves.

Can Technology Help Solve The Food Waste Problem?

Complex Food Supply Chains: The Sustainability Challenge

Foodservice providers face many obstacles while trying to navigate the waters of today’s rapidly changing supply chain.  From source to consumer, there is a drive to find the best ways to keep food safe, efficiently and cost-effectively move products, and take into consideration how everything they do effects and is perceived by the consumer.

RFID Use Cases for Food

Food Traceability

Frictionless Shopping

Inventory Management


End to End Solutions for Food

Avery Dennison Brings Home the Gold From IOTE for its Breakthrough WaveSafe™ Technology

WaveSafeTM - the innovative RFID technology from Avery Dennison that eliminates one of the final barriers to adoption of intelligent labelling programs in the food retail sector by enabling microwaveable products to be included for the first time - received a Gold Award at this year’s IOTE conference in Shenzhen, China.

Prospects for Intelligent Labeling Solutions for the Retail Food Industry

Over the past three years, the food industry has seen major shifts in business models, e-commerce and customer expectations. As a result, fully understanding and most importantly adopting technology and automation is likely to become crucial for grocers and retailers globally. 

In the latest report in partnership with Globaldata, the report highlights how major food shopping habits, retailing and manufacturing trends are driving the need for digital transformation through the adoption of technology such as intelligent labelling. 

Avery Dennison Introduces WaveSafe™ First Microwave Safe Solution

Avery Dennison unveils the first UHF RFID tag solution that is suitable for microwave use, providing a true end-to-end solution for the food industry. The first microwave safe UHF RFID label uses AD25Xr6-P designed specifically for the food industry, avoiding arcing or excessive heating when used as recommended if subjected to a microwave environment, enabling food safety, compliance, high performance item-level tracking.

The Future of Food Podcast In Conversation With Three Industry Experts

In partnership with Question XYZ, Avery Dennison hosted a live panel to discuss "The Future of Food"  among the panellist were Stephen Swartz, Director of Marketing at Just Salad the NYC-based fast casual restaurant with global locations, Roly Nesi, President and CEO of ROAR Beverages and Julie Vargas, Director of Global RFID Market Development at Avery Dennison.

RFID and Food White Paper

Is RFID Right for Fresh Foods?

This white paper explores how a technology called radio frequency identification – or RFID – could hold the answer for the retail food industry, serving as a key enabler in allowing stores to streamline resources, maximize profits and still keep customers happy.


Intelligent Labels Blog


What's in a Label? Blockchain and the Future of Food and Drink Packaging 

Our first article with Future Lab highlights the opportunity for the food industry to embrace blockchain and opens the discussion on how Intelligent Labels will transform the future of retail. 


The Food Industry and Digital Transformation

At RFID Journal Live!, Julie Vargas, Director, Global RFID Market Development alongside Sowmya Varadarajan, Industry Solutions Executive, IBM - discussed how new business models, e-commerce, consumer behaviour and digital solutions are transforming the food industry.


Blockchain is Bringing Trust Back into the Beef Industry

The beef industry, and wider agricultural sector, has traditionally conducted business based on trust - the trust between producer and buyer that animals have been raised as claimed. As producers have expanded globally, that trust has been eroded as it becomes impossible for buyers to know their producers in the same way they used to.

Explore our RFID UHF Inlays Providing
Tray and Item Level Solutions for the Food Industry

In the News

Avery Dennison
Partners with Robomart

September 2019
Markets Insider

Japan Moves Closer to a Reality of Unmanned Stores After Successful RFID Trial

Feburary 2019
The Drum

First Ever Blockchain Application for the Food Industry

Feburary 2019
Food & Drink International

Future of Packaging Report 2018

Reimagining the Future of Labelling and Packaging with Sustainable Design

Georges Gravanis, president of Avery Dennison’s Label and Graphic Materials Group, reveals how a collaborative industry approach coupled with the company’s materials science capabilities and other innovation in sustainable design are driving positive change in the labelling and packaging of consumer goods.

Desert Farms Optimizes Shipping,
with TT Sensor Plus™

Many in the Middle East tout camel’s milk for a variety of health benefits. Thinking there might be interest for it in the U.S., Walid Abdul-Wahad established Desert Farms. He now works with a network of three Midwestern farmers—all Amish—who raise camels, package their milk, and send it to customers across the country. The milk is packaged in 16-oz plastic bottles, then shipped either fresh or frozen in insulated containers packed with dry ice.

To ensure quality, Walid needs fresh milk to be kept below 40 degrees Fahrenheit during shipping, and frozen milk ideally kept below 0 degrees Celsius. That’s a challenge, as multiple variables can impact the milk’s temperature while in transit. These variables include time of year (warm versus cold months), destination (warm versus cold climates) and shipping expediency (overnight versus ground).

To better understand the impact of these variables, and identify potential issues during shipping, Walid and Avery Dennison worked together on a trial using the TT Sensor Plus™.

“TT Sensor Plus is a small, smart label that logs time and temperature,” says Mary Greenwood, director of new technology and business development, Avery Dennison.

“It offers an innovative, easy-to-use, and cost-effective way to record temperatures a shipped item is exposed to throughout its supply chain journey. It was designed using sensor technology and temperature data logging capabilities, as an alternative to the bulky temperature data loggers commonly used.”

Meet Julie Vargas

Director Global RFID Market Development, Food

Julie leads the Global RFID Market Development team for the food sector, where RFID is building new capabilities for supply chain traceability, food inventory management and convenience retail.  Her global team drives accelerated market adoption of the core use cases for digital identity adoption in restaurants, grocery and food supply chains worldwide. 

How we’re eliminating food waste with RFID:
RFID gives a detailed picture of inventory, helping retailers take the necessary actions to ensure food is not sold outside of the use-by date. Frequently food is not sold by its expiration date and therefore thrown away, which presents both a moral and sustainability problem. The RFID technology enables retailers to take early action and mark items down for sale to avoid incurred food waste.

How a supermarket chain knows if RFID is right for them:
We’ve developed a 5-step adoption process, which has proven equally successful when applied to food.

Learn more about how Avery Dennison RFID solutions can benefit your business.