Winnow, the hospitality tech firm bringing artificial intelligence (AI) into the kitchen to fight food waste, has appointed David Walker, formerly of Dyson, Sky TV and Barclays, as chief commercial officer.
Walker’s arrival follows the launch of Winnow Vision, an AI-enabled technology which gives operators insight to minimise waste and cut costs in their kitchens. The technology has already been rolled out to over 100 sites by brands like IKEA, IHG and Emaar Hospitality.
Walker has joined Winnow to oversee the acceleration of commercial activities globally. He brings with him experience in directing and leading growth, including 7 years as the chief commercial officer at Personal Group, a provider of employee engagement platforms and apps, and working with Neyber, a London-based financial technology firm.
He also launched the Dyson Airblade hand dryer to the world, leading the Dyson Professional business across Europe and the USA. He also led Sky television’s commercial sales function, and his own career started from driving worldwide business development for Barclays.
Using a camera, a set of smart scales and the same type of machine learning technology found in autonomous vehicles, Winnow Vision ‘learns’ to recognise different foods being thrown in the bin and calculates the financial and environmental cost of this discarded food to commercial kitchens.
Businesses and chefs can then adjust their food purchasing decisions accordingly, reducing their spending and tackling a fundamental problem of food waste: overproduction. A typical kitchen could expect to cut food waste in half within a year, saving an estimated 3%-8% on food purchasing costs.