Bottom Line Food Technology Changes Things in the Kitchen!
Who has used their phone lately to pre-order before you have gotten to the entrance of the food drive-through? Has food technology gone too futuristic or gone hay wire? Food technology zeal this week presents pod cooking concepts beyond coffee, 3D printing that is getting fancy in the world of snacks and a clever technical proposal to help the homeless get fed.
Soon you’ll be able to get your tortillas and pet food from Keurig-like pods Food from a pod may sound like something from an unwanted future food technology. But a growing number of companies are selling expensive machines that prepare simple foods at home using proprietary containers, like Keurig does for coffee. Of course, many people love the convenience factor. Meet Flatev who is entering the food technology market with a tortilla-making machine, hoping to do for the multibillion-dollar tortilla industry what Starbucks did for coffee. The company’s machine uses hot metal plates to cook fresh tortillas in one minute from refrigerated dough pods that range in flavor from traditional to bacon bits. “Our value proposition is the marriage of quality and convenience,” Sandro Meyer, marketing director at Flatev. Meyer sees a future where single-serving food becomes synonymous with wholesome food. “We sell a machine to a person, and we sell them a lifestyle with it,” he says.
Customized snacks created through 3D food printing As 3D printing technology continues to advance, the world of food technology in snacking is destined to see some pretty wild new innovations. Science Daily reports scientists are aiming to develop advanced food manufacturing technologies by combining expertise in food, material science and 3D printing technology. Healthy snacks with great textures are in increasing demand among consumers. Researchers have the long-term vision of developing high-tech vending machines that provide customized purchases. Today’s consumer expects healthy, nutritious food with added elements such as design, pleasure and even playfulness. Self-production would enable customization in addition to these. 3D printing technology offers new opportunities to realize such expectations.
Startup enlists blockchain tech to tackle homeless hunger BlockCrushr Labs today unveiled a solution to revolutionize P2P (person to person) street giving, using emerging “blockchain” technologies to ensure that funds given to buy meals and other necessities are spent for their intended purpose. The system addresses diversion of funds and the declining prevalence of people carrying cash, by allowing people to anonymously load “digital food wallets” of homeless or marginalized people in their neighborhoods through common payment methods such as smartphones, credit cards and Paypal. The “smart wallets” can be spent securely at participating food retailers. Recipients are also issued a “private key” to spend funds, which is a card or piece of paper with another QR code on it. Participating food retailers scan their private key in order to check the balance and complete the transaction. The smart wallets allow the possibility of daily spending limits or other restrictions to maintain the effectiveness and integrity of the system.
Whether in Starbucks or Pizza Hut, mobile ordering is taking over the fast-food industry. Orders placed via smartphone will make up more than 10% of all quick-service restaurant sales by 2020, Business Insider Intelligenceprojects. At that point, mobile ordering is expected to be a $38 billion industry.
Brands that rely heavily on delivery, such as pizza chains, are especially attuned to the importance of mobile. At least half of sales at Domino’s and Papa John’s are through digital channels, while Pizza Hut clocks in at 46%. The pizza industry is constantly pushing to grow that percentage, as spending on the average pizza order is 18% greater online than on the phone.
Convenience is one of the most important factors for customers deciding where to order their pizza, so much so that Pizza Hut recently adopted the motto “easy beats better.” Digital makes ordering easier, removing steps from the process and giving customers the chance to track exactly where their pizza is in the process of preparation to delivery.
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