Emerging technologies are changing the way the food industry operates. The quality of food is being improved with new technologies and incessant research and development in the field. The processed food industry is also on the forefront in terms of the use of advanced technologies, increasing shelf-life of food products and also maintaining the quality of food. With increasing demand for fresh and convenient food, various technologies are being used as well. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems are becoming an important component for the whole food industry. Effective testing methods and testing technology to check for harmful microbes are expected to become critical. Moreover, HACCP has been adopted by both governments across the globe and food processing industry as a key to modernizing the process.
Innovative Technologies in Food Industry
Technology in the food industry is helping to tackle various issues. For instance, Blueapple is a new product that can be used in refrigerators to absorb ethylene gas, allowing storing food for a long time. BluWrap is another innovative technology that uses fuel cells to reduce and monitor oxygen in shipping containers. These are being put to use for monitoring and reducing food wastage, for instance, Gebni is a food app service, reducing food wastage, working on basis of real-time demand. It provides accessibility of food to the low-income group.
Food wastage is one of the biggest issues in the food and beverages industry. According to the Institution of Food Technologists (IFT), more startups are coming up showcasing creative efforts to use food that would have gone as waste. Moreover, by 2030, around 15 food companies have committed to reducing food wastage by 50%. Rethink Food Waste through Economics and Data (ReFED) has also anticipated that businesses or food companies can generate $1.9 billion profit every year by adopting technologies that can solve the issue of food wastage and technologies that can measure right-sizing portions. Technologies are also being developed to manage cold chain storage.
Staying competitive in food industry demands greater use of advanced technologies. Food packaging companies are also adopting smart technologies to manufacture packages that ensure food quality and safety. For instance, VTT Technical Research Center has developed wireless sensors to detect the harmful chemical in food, sharing real-time data on quality and freshness of food with customers and retailers via Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag technology. Researchers are also discovering new solutions and technology that can help to balance the sweetness in the food products. This is due to the updated Nutrition Facts Label that will come into effect from July 2018, which require manufacturers to declare the amount of added sugar in a food product.