26/01/2016

Allergic to nuts, milk, wheat or whatever? There’s an app for that!

Why some VIVES students were on the news last week

Did you know that one out of 3 people claim they have a food allergy or modify the family diet because one of the family members is suspected of having a food allergy? Striking numbers! With the help of Delaware Consulting, a number of students developed an app that can make life easier.

If you have a food allergy or food intolerance, you know the struggle of going to the supermarket. Skimming the ingredient lists on the food packages for the forbidden ingredient can be very tedious and time-consuming, without always being conclusive. 6 students of VIVES took up the challenge to make the life of food allergic and intolerant people easier. And it looks like they are on the right track!

There’s an app for that!

What if there would be a mobile app that can tell you if a product is safe for you to eat? Just scan the barcode with your smartphone. Immediately, your device will tell you if the product is safe for you to consume, or not. That is possible because all present allergens have to be mentioned by the producers. These allergens can be read via the barcode.

Not only useful for allergic people

Actually, the app can also be interesting for people without specific allergies. Maybe you want to limit or eliminate animal foods from your diet? Or you intend to eat less sugar? Or maybe you want your food the be halal? Here too, the MyFood app can help you out.

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With already more than 30 ERP implementations in the food industry in Belgium, the Netherlands and France, we can say we have quite extensive knowledge in the food business. And so it was great Delaware Consulting had the opportunity to work together with these entrepreneurial students. It was fantastic to support the further execution of their innovative concept. Together with the students, we developed the demo application, based on the mockups that were created during the design phase.

The app is still under construction, but as said, a demo version is already available. The app is expected to be available in the app store by the end of April 2016.

 

Author: Filip Decostere. You can follow Filip on Twitter (@DecosterefFilip) or connect with him on LinkedIn