29 Jul Envisioning Future of Meals: Innovation in the Food Industry
How do you imagine the food of the future? Same look? Cooked the same way? Food has not changed substantially in the past few years, though it did in its packaging and conservation techniques. However, innovation in the food industry is allowing the envisioning of a completely different future from lab meat to eggs substitutes obtained from plants. Furthermore, innovation is going beyond, perhaps to a change in the appearance of what we eat. New food powdered products can meet the nutritional needs, transforming the act of eating into an activity of enjoyment, while technologies such as 3D printing can completely change the appearance of what we consume with unthinkable shapes. Here are two examples of new food products and an event that lets the envisioning of the future of meals. Soylent is a time saver, which especially meets the needs of those who feel that eating is an obligation and that would prefer to use mealtime into something else or that simply lack the time needed to purchase food, prepare, and clean up after. It is a food powder product, which is taken mixed with water as a shake, and engineered to maximize nutrition and avoid health problems such as cholesterol. It allows for eating affordably, as well as quickly: Three minutes at three dollars per meal, as said in the product presentation video. Robert Rhinehart and his team, very influenced by the Silicon-Valley spirit, took his product’s name from the 1973 science fiction movie Soylent Green, which tells the story of a synthetic product created to feed an overpopulated planet. As they state in the following video, their futuristic food substitute allows people to meet their food needs and choose their own time to eat other fresh or cooked foods as an act of enjoyment. So far, the reviews of the general public have to do with the lack of variety in food tastes and the pleasure one gets by eating. In the same line, Ambronite is another interesting alternative as food substitute, made with organic ingredients. In this case the goal is to meet the nutritional daily needs of the human body with great ingredients: organic, gluten free, non-GMO, and facilitating access to a healthy meal, as explained in the following video. Beyond products, technology is also changing the ways of cooking. Reimagine Food is a Spanish based company that wants to explore business opportunities related to food and disruptive
technology. They are preparing a dinner event to show all the potential of the 3D printing technology in the kitchen as well as to promote a better understanding of food and food technology in the future. In December, the Michelin Star chef Paco Morales will cook a menu, simultaneously in Barcelona and New York, in which everything will be 3D printed; from the food to the cookery or the furnishings. The menu will be printed using the Foodini 3D food printer, of which we have previously written about in this blog.