Emerging trends shaping the future of food
The challenges and opportunities facing the food and agricultural industry are spurring a wave of innovation. Here, we look at main trends and some startups trying to shake the future of food and agri.
Plant-based and personalised nutrition
There is an exceptional increase of the population now on an exclusively plant-based diet and many consumers are looking for ways to simply improve their nutrition. With this in mind, companies are working harder than ever to truly diversify the way we eat and to create a personalised experience for the consumer, giving them competitive edge in an increasingly crowded market.
Producing animal-free meat while retaining the same appearance, texture and flavour of animal meat, Redefine Meat have created leading technology to develop its product from natural and sustainable ingredients. Meanwhile, taking care of the next generation, Else Nutrition have found a 100% plant-based alternative to dairy-based baby nutrition and Plant Pops have developed award-winning snacks made from popped Lotus flowers, grains and seeds. A healthy snack all-round, Plant Pops are vegan, gluten free and sustainably grown, using less water for harvesting and without any palm oil or artificial ingredients.
Coming in with a patented 3D printing technology which allows them to combine seven different active ingredients, NOURISH3D creates personalised supplements, based on consumers’ lifestyle and goals.
Sustainable packaging and waste reduction
As the world becomes more aware than ever about the need to eliminate single-use plastics, the removal of unnecessary packaging whilst continuing to keep produce fresh has come under the spotlight of vital requirements to aid the environment. A significant number of innovators and entrepreneurs have responded with technologies they hope will revolutionise the way our food is packaged and this trend shows no sign of slowing down.
With innovative solutions, Element Packaging has created alternative materials using corn starch, paper & cardboard, sugarcane and bagasse products and other sustainable polymers for the Food2Go, Retail, Travel and Fashion sectors which are fully compostable or biodegradable. Stix Fresh is helping avoid food waste as it has developed peelable stickers for fruit to help keep them fresh the all-natural way and safely extend the shelf life by up to 14 days.
Future farming technology
Taking agricultural development to the next level, a selection of startups offer revolutionary sustainable solutions to the future of farming.
Aiming to fundamentally improve global food production and innovate the current fertiliser supply chain, N2 Applied adds nutrient value to manure, enabling farmers to replace mineral fertiliser with one that is environmentally-friendly…Read more…
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