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10 Product Innovations Creating a Revolution in the Food Industry

These product innovations are breaking down barriers and creating a revolution in the food industry. Learn about how these products are transforming the market.

In the food industry, innovation is the process of developing and commoditising fresh products, services, and practices that pack a powerful punch. Across this industry, there has been a rise in the necessity for sustainable innovation.

This rise in demand for sustainable innovation has put focus on the circular economy whilst also highlighting the outdated nature of single-use plastics and similar wasteful behaviours.

Prof. Consulting Group has been at the forefront of many such revolutionary food innovations. We have compiled a short list of a few of the product innovations that have emerged in recent years, their impact on the industry, and provide insights on the options available for your business.

1. Sustainable Packaging

As companies continue to distance themselves from single-use plastic, there is an increase in the demand for alternate solutions that would deliver similar outcomes, match or decrease manufacturing costs, and still meet the company’s goals. Examples of innovative solutions include packaging that is biodegradable, recycled, made from cellulose and mycelium to name a few.

2. Vertical Farming

In vertical farming, crops are grown in vertically stacked layers in an enclosed, controlled environment. This method reduces the need for pesticides, increases crop production in less space, uses less water, and can produce crops all year round. This innovation aligns with consumer behaviour of sourcing healthier and more sustainable products while remaining accessible.

3. Vertical Oceans

Singapore-based Vertical Oceans has developed a shrimp-farming solution that uses sustainable methods similar to vertical farming. The process involves water recirculation, sustainable ingredients, and no chemical usage. This product innovation focuses on preserving natural resources and works towards zero waste in food production.

4. Food Spoilage Sensors

A ground-breaking innovation that has emerged from UK-based BlakBear is the development of biodegradable packaging sensors. The sensors can measure the spoilage of the contents inside a packet and, via smartphone connectivity, provides up-to-date data to processors, retailers, and consumers. This innovation reduces food wastage and ensures that packaged food products are safe to consume.

5. Synthetic Meat

One of the more recent innovations sweeping the food industry is the development of synthetic meat using vegetable proteins and micro-extrusion technology, developed by Novameat, based in Barcelona, Spain. The increase in demand for meat substitutes has opened the market up to producing more sustainable and efficient methods that reduce emissions.

6. Net-Zero Alcohol

New York-based start-up, Air Company, is reconstructing the processes involved in making vodka. The vodka is made from recaptured CO₂ and extra carbon from the air to manufacture a carbon-negative product. This innovation is gaining traction in the industry, offering companies a way to meet sustainability goals.

7. Plant-Based Coffee Capsule

In line with the move towards sustainable packaging, Canada-based Nexe Innovations has developed a solution for single-use coffee capsules. This product is constructed with plant-based materials and can break down in less than two months, with no harmful chemicals entering the environment. As recyclable products gain eco-friendly relevance, this solution provides a twist on an environmentally friendly, single-use alternative.

8. Upcycled Food

To combat food wastage, California-based The Ugly Company created an avenue for unsightly and often discarded fruit that is instead turned into dried, healthy fruit treats. This benefit is two-fold in that it reduces food wastage and the amount of fruit dumped into landfills. Many ingredients are often discarded during production, and more and more companies are finding ways to reduce wastage and create sustainable products.

9. Eco Six Pack Rings

Made from fibre by-product waste, the Mexico-based Eco Six Pack Ring (E6PR™) offers an alternative to traditional plastic beer rings. This development focuses on being a food source for sea animals rather than a hazard, seeking to contribute to the future of our oceans. The rings, which are compostable and biodegradable, contribute to a circular economy, and work towards zero waste.

10. Food Waste AI

Another area in the food industry that is leading the way towards a more sustainable future is food-waste technology. UK-based Winnow, a commercial food-waste solutions company, has engineered an artificial intelligence (AI) system that supports commercial kitchens and restaurants to identify and reduce wastage. This form of technology works towards improved sustainability by reducing the amount of waste that ends up in a landfill.

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