Israeli startup Redefine Meat uses 3D printers to create steaks.

From seaweed packaging to self-driving robot delivery cars, the food industry is rapidly changing.
The sector is prioritizing digital development, customer experience, profit, and sustainability.
Juan Luis Moreno of The Valley Digital Business School outlined the four biggest trends to come.

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Technology is the future of the food industry.

From robots that fix up salads in 30 seconds to edible coatings that can extend the shelf life of fruit and veg, there’s no end to the trends changing the way we look at food.

The coronavirus pandemic has also reshaped customers’ relationship with food, with 60% of consumers revealing they were afraid of touching a restaurant menu in a survey conducted by the restaurant website BentoBox.

Digital menus and QR codes have come to the rescue, providing safe tech-centered approaches to ordering and paying in a restaurant.

However, as technology evolves, so do customer demands, and many people are now keen to connect with specific brands.

Many food tech companies are also seeking to tackle the problem of food wastage.

UN figures suggest 14% of food is lost between harvest and retail, with further losses occurring at the purchase and consumption stages.

Partner and chief innovation officer at The Valley Digital Business School, Juan Luis Moreno, outlined four of the biggest trends that are shaking up the food industry at the event “Rethinking Food and Restaurants.”

Europe’s largest retailer Carrefour has implemented blockchain technology.

Technology applied to food design and production

Consumers are increasingly concerned with where their food comes from and blockchain could well be the solution. Enabling products to be traced from harvest to retail, the data stored also allows chefs to know the best time to use their food items.

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Walmart and IBM are already using the technology to detect failures in their supply chain, which would help prevent food poisoning and locate where the problem occurred.

Golden State Foods, for example, is tracking its beef.

IBM also teamed up with Europe’s largest retailer Carrefour to implement blockchain technology so that consumers can use a QR code and an app to find out information about a product and purchase safely.

However, the way food is designed could be changing, and problems with outbreaks could be avoided entirely. Lab-grown meat is becoming increasingly common, although it is still a costly procedure.

Grocery giant Kroger announced in October that it would open dark kitchens.

Bill Gates-backed startup Impossible Foods uses wheat protein and an ingredient called heme to imitate meat. Meanwhile, the Dutch startup Meatable uses stem cells from animals’ umbilical cords to create slaughter-free meat.

San Francisco startup Eat Just won regulatory approval to sell its lab-grown chicken nuggets in Singapore in December. The brand is also piloting vegan eggs and aims to make them the lowest-cost eggs globally, although production costs remain high.

New products and services based on connectivity

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