Food allergies and intolerance are important food safety issues that may provoke adverse health effects, or even the death of the consumer, while special food preferences are an increasing trend that leads Europeans to pay great attention to what they eat. Even when consumers eat out, they are interested to know the nutritional value of their dishes and prefer restaurants that provide them with this information. On the other hand, food vendors need a tool to attract more customers, survive in the competitive environment of the food industry, and comply with the EU legislation which states that they should inform their customers about the composition of their dishes. EatOutSmart will be an application built on FI-PPP technologies that will help food vendors to provide nutritional and allergen information to their customers for the dishes they are offering, making use of open data on food composition and nutrition. Consumers will be able to search and find restaurants that are compatible with their food preferences in the area of their interest. Thus, they will be able to easily decide where and what to eat when they plan to eat out. EatOutSmart will help consumers to make more informed choices for their dietary and lifestyle requirements and promote personalised healthy diet enforcement. On the other hand, it will help food vendors to become more competitive and attract more customers, while they will be able to improve their staff service, enhance their customers’ experience, and keep records required by legislation, avoiding the implications of non-compliance.
Finodex is one of the 16 accelerators of the Fiware Accelerate Programme. It is co-funded by the European Union to support SMEs and Web Entrepreneurs to develop products, services building upon FIWARE technologies and reusing Open Data and is part of the EU Future Internet-Public Private Partnership FI-PPP, offering €80 million euros of direct funding, mentoring, networking and other acceleration services to promote the use and adoption of FIWARE technologies and to help entrepreneurs create innovative Internet applications.