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Ways Technology is Transforming the Food Industry

The year 2020 has taught us one thing; we need technology everywhere. The food industry is perhaps one of the areas that have been lagging in terms of embracing technology. The reason being, people like to buy fresh food.


With the current Covid conditions, that was almost impossible. People could not get out of their houses to their local grocery stores. That meant online shopping and home deliveries. To the food manufacturers, it meant looking for ways of avoiding direct contact with clients.


Not only has the industry had to open their eyes in the ways they manufacture food but also in distribution and consumption. There has been a need to incorporate Artificial Intelligence, big data, and the Internet of Things, among more. 


Take a more in-depth look at these points:-


3D printing


There is no limit to the mind of man. It just takes a bold and determined person to make something considered impossible into reality. If someone told you about a future with 3D printed food, would you believe it?  3D foods such as pizzas can be prepared using a machine. The involvement of human labor is minimal.


With 3D printing making its way into the food industry, restaurants that deal with large numbers of pizza can do so effortlessly. There is also smart pizza, which is slowly taking full force. After you have baked the required number of pizza, feed the pizza vending machine and leave the serving to the machine.


Those buying can select their preferred toppings, select their payment method, pay, and the pizza will be out nicely packed.


Use of drones


Drones have lots of uses, from taking videos and pictures to doing deliveries and for aerial views, to name a few. I the food sector, drones come in handy in agriculture. Before, large-scale farmers would have to walk through the entire farm to check soil levels, fertilize crops, and overall crop assessment.


With a drone, you can eliminate all that tedious process by introducing a drone. It will solve all the above and help check weather patterns and compile every data collected for necessary action, all with a touch of one button.


 


 


 


Automated self-driving farm vehicles


Gone are the days when a farmer would spend an entire day driving through acres of land trying to harvest your produce. With machines such as these, you can have the machines do such work in the shortest amount of time possible.


As they do, the employees can focus on other areas of the farm for increased production. It also means no more delayed harvest due to weather changes.


Machines and robots


When people heard of robots and machines in the workplaces, they did not take it well. That would mean thousands of people getting laid off. While it is right, machines have more advantages that outweigh the negatives.


For instance, they help minimize accidents at work. Think of butchery, where large chunks of meat have to be cut into pieces. A human is likely to get into an accident.


That is not all- such inventions also reduce the cost of food and improve costs. As long as production houses are not crying about the costs of keeping foods fresh, the consumer is safe. Places like Germany, Italy, Sweden, and the Netherlands have already embraced the idea.


Waste management


In school, the teachers would insist on the importance of saving the environment. They would teach how the ozone layer is slowly is getting affected by the pollutions around. Even today, the need to keep the environment clean is necessary.


Companies are busy looking for ways of doing so through their packaging. The materials used matter a lot because they determine the cleanliness of the environment when disposed of. That is why companies have embraced edible packaging. Some fight bacteria, while others are compressed.


When it comes to wasted food, technology is being used to supply the needy, thereby eliminating hunger.


Summary


Technology will significantly impact the production, packaging, and delivery of foods in years to come. It will also play a big part in nutritional value, freshness, taste quality, and sustainability. The good thing is people keep embracing these changes as they come. There is no telling how far the changes will go.

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