Part of the Youmeal software’s technology relies on techniques known as “machine learning.” The system is always as it processes data. As a result, it becomes more accurate and faster over time.

With Youmeal, restaurant and catering managers benefit from using a tool that both meets the growing consumer demand for information and complies with European legislation. The software doesn’t just provide reliable nutritional data, it also enhances this data thanks to its intelligence.

A machine that learns guarantees richer information

The “machine learning” approach makes sense in the context of food data, as there are a lot of syntactic subtleties. Youmeal’s main concept is to make algorithms that are capable of reading a list of ingredients and then to understand and analyze it as a nutritionist would.

To identify allergens, for example, artificial intelligence must be able to handle abbreviations, synonyms and spelling mistakes. At the beginning, the interaction between human and machine is more involved, but over time, the recurrence of errors decreases. The algorithms develop an “eye” that is sharper than that of a human and can more quickly perform daunting yet essential tasks.

The power of the software helps identify: unreported or incorrectly referenced allergens on the label, a high caloric value, an ambiguity in sugar content, and more. When possible, the tool will automatically make corrections or otherwise issue alerts to suppliers or producers.

Here’s a practical example: 99% of curries contain mustard as an allergen. If Youmeal reads the composition of a non-mustard curry, the probability that there is indeed mustard is so high that the software will consider that the allergen is present unless the producer explicitly indicates otherwise. When in doubt, it’s important to err on the side of caution, as caution and precision are required when referring to the presence of allergens.

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Nutritional information that’s accessible to thousands of consumers 

This approach addresses the need to verify the nutritional claims of food products. Is this all really necessary? Yes! Youmeal has just recategorized the food information of 5,000 products for a major supplier. As a result of this project, 70% of the products required a modification to their nutritional declaration! For some products, it was only the matter of a small detail, but in 12% of cases, there was an allergen-related error or inaccuracy.

The project shows that algorithms, together with human intervention when necessary, can help the process run 5 times faster than before. And that could improve as the algorithms continue to learn.

A project of this type impacts thousands of people since these products are distributed to thousands of food production and distribution sites. Today, we estimate that the information provided by Youmeal through its clients reaches nearly 1 million consumers.

An advantage for the large-scale food sector

With Youmeal, managers of catering or restaurant businesses benefit from a software solution that automates the generation of information on the nutritional aspects of their recipes, including allergens, macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, as well as certain elements of environmental impact, all while monitoring material cost.

A worthwhile tool since it means:

  1. Satisfying the requirement of informing customers about allergens and the nutritional aspects of recipes. In addition to available information on environmental impact.
  2. Optimizing an offering while managing material costs.
  3. Optimizing nutritional balance thanks to comprehensive nutritional data.

The professional food market is legally required to provide information to the consumer. Are you in compliance with this requirement? Youmeal can help you. Try a free demo to test our concept.