The Business Innovation and Tourism Escalator Scheme (BITES)


Industry Wales, which supports the growth of engineering, manufacturing and technology businesses, is delighted to be leading the Business Innovation and Tourism Escalator Scheme (BITES) for the food and drinks sector in Wales, on behalf of the Welsh Government.

The aim of the project is to develop a system research and demonstrator cell to support the development digitally connected supply chains, feeding information to Artificial Intelligence Systems. This will:

  • Improve production efficiency (e.g. through robotics, automation and connectivity);
  • Improve traceability by connecting the whole supply chain (e.g., through the loT, Blockchain, cloud data architectures, and data analytics);
  • Create more efficient and rapid supply chains (e.g., through intelligent just-in-time delivery, loT monitoring, and highly connected supply chain planning software);
  • Improve feedback for retailers, consumers, and food services (e.g. through automatic supply and demand forecasting systems from tracking items);
  • Improve consumer trend monitoring to assist in the development of new products (e.g., through point-of-sale data analytics, consumer engagement and tracking).