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Top Trends in Food and Beverages Tech 2019
FREMONT, CA: The evolution of technology, starting from digital signatures to placing food orders through smartphones from restaurants at the doorstep, the amenities made available by the expertise are ground-breaking. The technologies have altered the industries, and in the near future, it can produce highly advanced versions of tools that will change the mundane world into an innovative work of art.
Stay Raw and Natural:
One of the leading factors responsible for leading a healthy life is by consuming natural and raw products derived from fruits and plants. There are few companies which extract valuable nutrients and components from the plants as well as fruits without losing its original essence for the customers rejoice. Subsequently, various companies adopted the technique of withdrawing such flavors from raw materials to prepare natural preservatives for food and beverages industries. Similarly, Radient Technologies, one of the leading companies in the industry, serves as an extraction solution provider and manufacturer of natural ingredients and products of the highest value. Their innovative technology, known as Microwave Assisted Processing (MAP), offers solutions for natural compound extraction without compromising the true value or purity of the product and assuring unadulterated outcome and worth.
It is crucial to take care of the ingredients that are used by the companies to serve their customers. To protect and reduce the ravage of the lately arrived items in the company, there is software offered by various providers to track the fresh ingredients along with their lifecycle via POS transactions. Applied Data Corporation (ADC) is a provider of fresh item management (FIM) technology to fresh food industries providing them with mechanism, assimilation, execution, and support for its tech solutions. By ensuring traceability, the number of contaminations in the value chain of the food industry can be minimized by monitoring every event in the supply chain, and identifying the point of contamination or wherever the quality control problem has taken place. Since most of the traceability solutions are similar, useful track-and-trace technology is considered to be strong enough to capture a vast amount of data collected from numberless events. It should have the capacity to process every data in real-time speed, and in case it breaks down, the interference is experienced throughout the food supply chain starting from production, to the distribution, until delivery.
Tech Tools to Avoid Allergens:
A great number of people suffer from food allergies and complexities that give rise to the severity of conditions, globally, while many others have specific dietary requirements or food preferences. Portable devices and food scanners can provide the precise ingredients of the food that the customer is consuming; while applications and wearables can help the customer to deal with the harmful effects of allergens. Food ingredient scanners, apps, and wearables can offer some relief to the consumer who suffers from allergies along with their close ones. On the other hand, disruptive technologies in the future can invent permanent solutions by eliminating food allergies from their customer’s life.
Sorting Things out:
In order to keep tabs on every stock, companies are utilizing software which can acquire the inventory faster with automated storage and retrieval solutions and sort the items according to their respective categories. For instance, SYSPRO, a provider of an industry-built ERP solution, helps to increase inventory turnover and materials management by ensuring the expiration dates to minimize waste and grow sales via e-commerce and customer analytics.
Elasticity and Malleability:
Interesting procedures can help in accumulating better customer services resulting in surplus productivity and delivery prospects. E-commerce websites have made it effortless for the food and beverages industries to place an order for a product as per the requirement, which has created an inclination towards ordering profiles by the food industry. Ordering profiles have taken the world by storm; no matter what size the food product is, it gives the company an option to place an outsized retail order as well as trivial e-commerce ones. One of the leading companies is Ranosys Technologies that develops and brings to the world, e-commerce, mobile apps, digital, and cloud solutions for businesses to deal with intricate challenges and facilitate real-time resolutions. It works on mingling the technical expertise and domain knowledge to give away cost-effective IT solutions to fulfill the clients’ business needs while ensuring quality and brilliance to create a long-term relationship with the clientele with trust.
Know Your Food:
It is necessary for the consumers to know every detail about the food they consume, food safety concern can cost the food and beverage industry cost heavily each year. It is significant for the industry to identify safety issues without any delay; technologies like blockchain can keep on to gaining the grip on that. Enterprises can go beyond the implementation to recognize what blockchain is capable of and figure out the way to be a part of it.
Innovation and Invention on the Same Page:
Some new-generation technologies that are implemented in the food and beverages industry, which has been a game-changer for the entire trade. It is essential to know that there are technologies that have focused on the seamless functioning of the company, and a few others have been all ears in maintaining productivity and customer experiences.
The Voice technology has reduced pickup errors by 50 percent, and holds the ability to speed up the work process by 40 percent by eliminating unnecessary used in performing a task with handheld scanners. Voice technology has significantly reduced the duration of time and increased the accuracy of customer orders, resulting in better client experiences. By narrowing down the functioning operations, since voice commands are utilized to amplify a task, it cuts down the cost of training and monitoring the employees.
It is an innovative marketing platform with the purpose of printing high-resolution images or messages on drinks like coffee, beer, and cocktail cans and bottles to promote the company and create a different fan-base for the brand. Beverage marketing technology has made its place in the industry by introducing a vast range of industrial sectors that not just includes restaurant and bars, but also hotels, corporate food services, and event marketing. With the help of transforming an everyday drink into an innovative canvas, the beverages-top media allows the industries to pull a considerable amount of attention of the consumer.
Invisible restaurants, mostly known as delivery-only restaurants, came up intending to solely cook and deliver food to the consumers who place their orders online. The companies implement with automated robots that can perform with utmost efficiency, including automatically arranging the ingredients for the meal to be cooked first to flipping buns.
Oven goes Smart:
Smart ovens can multitask and replace numerous appliances in the kitchenette as they are preprogrammed ovens with options of the meals listed and all that is required to do is select a dish, and it starts preparing it. With the advancing technology smart oven can be seen as appliances that can read the recipes and involuntarily produce the meal by using AR tools to identify specific ingredients differently.
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