Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the food industry in many ways. The technology opens new doors to innovation and new product development (NPD). It can also be used to power demand forecasting models and meet production requirements through the elimination of overstocking.
AI FOOD DEVELOPMENT
The new Brazilian start-up company, Fazenda Futuro, has developed a vegan burger using AI technology. The burger has the taste, smell and texture of a regular meat burger, but instead it’s made from chickpea protein and soy. The cutting-edge ‘Futuro’ burger also proudly boasts the same nutritional prowess of a regular beef burger. Similarly, NotCo, the plant-based food manufacturing company, is using AI technology to develop successful plant-based alternatives to animal based foods such as mayonnaise, cheese and yoghurt. Instead their innovative products are made from garbanzo beans.
Food and beverage businesses that can leverage AI in their operations to develop and devise plant-based products (and substitutes) are likely to find success. These AI processes include the analysis of the specifics of flavor, aroma, texture and nutritional content when developing meat alternatives. But the power of AI doesn’t end there.
Other startups such as Iron Ox have developed entire growing systems based around AI robotics. Their processes are aimed at reducing labor costs and minimizing crop loss due to factors such as climate change. Advents such as drone pollinators are also being utilized to increase efficiency in farms and greenhouses. This means the delicious organic produce we see in supermarkets is increasingly arriving via an AI helping hand.Read More