In the current technological era, consumers expect innovative solutions and products almost in every industry Food industry is one such industry that has of late, started utilizing technology to shake up the archaic practices. Here are the Top 5 breakthrough Innovations that have taken the food industry to a whole new level.
Driving force behind these innovations:
Necessity is the mother of invention. So, what drove the food industry towards technological adaptations?
- Research is changing the conversation. Scientists are using technology to discover new consequences of food that were previously not understood. The latest research on the ill effects of sugar on our body has made consumers increasingly look for alternative products. This has been a driving force behind the new innovations of discovering other natural sweeteners and resistant starch.
- Brands have tried to mislead consumers with erroneous labels and attractive content in the past. But now, Social media and smartphones have enabled consumers to do research about the harmful effects of every ingredient, the source of products, and the process of production. This has lead to the customers questioning the brands regarding their technology-driven accountability.
- Sustainability is another factor that has to lead to these breakthrough innovations in the food industry. To sustain in the food industry, Internet of Things (IoT) technology has been widely used from farmers to robotics in the packaging industry, to conserve water and reduce wastage. IoT not only has the potential to revitalize the food industry but can also solve serious problems related to food shortages.
Breakthrough Innovations in the food industry:
1. Natural sweeteners: Stevia leaf and monk fruit
When American consumers discovered that added sugars were leading to obesity, their no 1. health problem, they distrusted the use of products with saccharin. This lead to the innovation of non-nutritive natural sweeteners which added zero-calories.
Stevia leaf extract, with rebaudioside-A, was considered as a safe ingredient for food and beverages by the FDA. Though not overnight, it was gradually accepted to be used by the leading beverage companies like Coca-Cola, Tropicana, etc., with slight adjustments in formulations.
Similarly, Monk fruit extract has been widely used as a table-top sweetener, as a concentrate for its natural Fruit sweetness, and has been supplied by Bio Vittoria Ltd., a company in New Zealand. It is also well known as a zero-calorie non-nutritive natural sweetener.
2. Resistant starch
Resistant starch is a natural component found in bananas, parsnips, plantains, potatoes, yams, and most legumes like beans, peas, and lentils (but not soy), it also is in grains, especially barley, rice, and high-amylose corn. It is a unique form of carbohydrate that, in the formulation, behaves like starch, but acts like fiber inside the digestive system. It is resistant to digestion (hence the name) and helps in managing diabetes and its precursor, insulin resistance. Like fiber, it absorbs fewer calories as it increases bulk and transit time through the gastrointestinal tract, it also helps lower cholesterol, reduces cancer of the digestive system, and protects against cardiovascular disease.
3. High-Pressure Pasteurization (HPP)
HPP systems are used for cold- pasteurizing meat, ready-to-eat meals, juices, and other food products that would suffer under high-temperature pasteurization. An HPP system packs packaged food products into torpedo-like cylinders that are moved into water-filled chambers. As the water pressure is raised to 87000 psi, microorganisms such as listeria and salmonella are killed by collapsing their cell walls. The food product is largely unaffected if its packaging is tough. It is gentle and adds no ingredients (such as antimicrobials), thereby meeting current consumer demands for minimal processing and fewer ingredients.
4. Wealth from Waste
Froozer is a company that has created products from fruits or vegetables that the food production company cannot use since they are too ripe, or for cosmetic reasons. This prevents wastage as well as lower costs of the products for the customers.
5. Robots in the Food Plant
All food and beverage plants have started using at least one robot especially for packaging. It is used for stacking boxes or filling them with products. There is a growing assurance that with the help of these robots, human intervention can be removed from the process anytime, thus ensuring the safety of food as well as the workers. It also helps in increased productivity as it saves time and manpower.
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