You may have heard that 3D printing can create everything from cars to action figure toys, well now Finland-based VTT Technical Research Centre has found a way to create yummy snacks out of thin air…sort of.
The company is using 3D printing to develop smart vending machines that will be able to produce completely customizable snacks.
Imagine being able to choose from a variety of flavors and textures, to build your own food on-demand. Researchers are now looking into the viability of printing protein concentrates from plants like oats, beans, and whey.
Principal Scientist Nesli Sözer says,
A great deal of work is needed in order to proceed to industrial-scale production. Equipment needs to be developed in addition to materials. Such equipment could be developed for domestic 3D food printing as well as vending machines.
One of the areas our IE team watches is the Food and Beverage industry. The trends we’re seeing for the coming year continue to focus on health, but with a decadent spin.
FoodBevMedia has posted these trends that you may want to watch – and sample:
10 indulgent US food and beverage trends for 2016
Avocado for days
The “good” fat in your guacamole and on your toasts will soon become your favorite cooking oil and ice cream flavor!
Another way avocado gets into our system. With New Year’s detox and other cleanses, the juice trend is still going strong – and is the reason why Americans have been eating more fruits and vegetables lately. The great thing about juices is how creative you can get.
Demonizing sugar wasn’t a bad thing, given its “hidden” kinds, in condiments for instance, have led to dramatic increases in obesity, heart disease and cancer over the “fat-free” craze. As we get rid of sugar, sweeteners and artificial ingredients, people will go for naturally sweet foods like honey or peaches as well as sugar-free ingredients like Dijon mustard.
Watch out, sodas! Energy, coco, cucumber or fruit-flavoured, water is making a strong comeback and is the next big market for Pepsi and Coca-Cola.
Organic, low-cal wine
You heard me. The wine trend keeps on growing, with organic, low-calorie and low alcohol wines available nationwide. Best thing about it? Lots of them are coming from top regions (France, Italy, Spain and New Zealand) at affordable prices.
I’m always interested in how the Food and Beverage manufacturing industry comes up with innovative ways to entice consumers to eat healthier. A lot of market studies and crowdsourcing ideas have certainly made this an interesting industry to watch. But here’s some interesting trends going on behind the scenes over in the U.K. that takes manufacturing to a whole, green new level. Alice Foster over at Food Manufacture UK writes about how 2 Sisters Food Group has started up the ‘world’s first’ potato-powered energy plant to turn mashed potato and other factory waste into energy, it claimed.