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Technology driven transformations are leading to disruption in today’s business world. The simple transitions from organic seeds to genetically modified seeds with the use of technology, ordering food online rather than going to the restaurant and recent developments like molecular gastronomy have taken the food industry by storm. Technology has is embedded itself in our daily lives and reshaping how every aspect of food- sowing of the seeds, processing, production, the distribution and the consumption evolves. Mentioned below are some of the latest evolving disruptions in the food industry and the future potential that it could achieve:
- A revolutionary concept of building kitchen automation software to predict consumer demand and inform ingredient volume has shown great potential in the food industry. This technology would rely on the internet to determine the needs and preferences of customers and to measure the ingredients required to satisfy the needs.
- Another interesting trend is the use of the Internet of Things and use of sensors that are highly cost effective and they help to measure the ripeness of fruits and vegetables irrespective of where the shipment is located in the globe.
- Usually companies focus their R&D efforts on the utilization of innovative protein sources that can be derived from peas, soy, or flax seeds. However, these proteins are not very easily digestible by the human body and does not taste as good. There is new technology being developed that improves both the absorption and taste of protein, regardless of the source. This innovative technology has great applications both as a food ingredient and as an end product.
- Most often described as a paradigm shift for the culinary arts is 3D printing. The 3D printing technology has some great applications in the food industry, it aims at giving the consumers the capability to transform the ingredients into a structured medium and enable the architecture of intricate and customizable forms. Undoubtedly, the highly sophisticated and expensive technology required for 3D printing makes this a very infeasible and impractical thought. However, in years to come the technology could have travelled leaps and bounds and deliver a more affordable form of 3D printing for the masses.
- Smart packaging and home flash-freezing technologies have been initiated that give consumers more direct means of assuring the safety of their food rather than relying on expiration dates, freeing them up to swap, save, and repurpose more of their food that might have been wasted.
- Another new process that is being developed which converts a commercial warehouse or vacant space into a vertical greenhouse. Hence, optimizing the utilization of resources, maximizing space and eliminating the need for expensive farming equipment. These so called “skyscraper farms” aim to feed an entire urban population from within a city’s borders saving on transporting and storage of produces.
The food industry has displayed great scope for growth in the years to come be it in food processing, preparations, packaging or delivery. The disruptions mentioned above provide a mere glimpse into what the future holds.
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