26 Sep 2017
New technologies are being developed every day, creating numerous new possibilities. They make it possible to work more efficiently, to save time, to reduce waste and to customize food. Which technologies are going to impact your business?
Most recent technological developments have aimed to reduce cooking or baking times: for example, microwaves, steam ovens and infrared grills. In addition, blenders and food processors allow for rapid preparation. And when the baking is done, a powerful dishwasher makes it possible to clean up the mess in no time. So it’s safe to say technology saves time.
It might take a few years before you have a robo-chef as a colleague. But robots in the kitchen or workplace are definitely coming. They will enable you to work faster while maintaining the same quality. As consumers increasingly want to be served as quickly and conveniently as possible, we expect to see more robots in the future that can improve speed and convenience.
Technology makes it possible to customise and personalise food. Think, for example, of soft-drink mixers that mix your guests’ all-time favourite drinks, or smoothie blenders that create personalised green and healthy smoothies.
With the whole world going mobile, apps on smartphones and tablets are also likely to impact bakers, patissiers and chocolatiers in their workplaces. Think of apps that warn you when the expiration date of an ingredient is approaching, or when finished products have been in the fridge or freezer too long. Or is your interactive refrigerator going to tell you first? The latter is also likely to tell you when ingredients are missing or almost out of stock. It might even order them for you. If you can dream it, it will be possible in the future.
At Puratos, we see innovation as the only way forward. To meet the future expectations of consumers, we invest 2.5% of our total revenue in R&D. If you’re interested in how innovation is structured in the day-to-day business of Puratos, contact your local Puratos representative to find out what our innovation efforts can do for you.