Food Tech in 2017
The universe of food and wine has seen an astonishing growth of services for consumers, entrepreneurs, retailers and restaurateurs, exploiting the latest technological advances. For 2017, experts in the sector have focused on some of the most promising food tech innovations, those with the greatest chance of success. The on-line American magazine, FoodDive, specialized in analysis of the food industry, selected the ten most appealing ideas. The list confirms the unchallenged domination of Amazon, an international leader of electronic commerce.
Amazon, the leader of food tech
One of its most attractive innovations is the supermarket without checkout counters. The new store fully focuses on the “grab and go” formula, letting shoppers purchase what they like and pay later with on-line debit to their own accounts. Seattle greeted the revolutionary shopping concept with enthusiasm, and the actual store should be opening early this year. Another innovation, Amazon Dash Button, through a wi-fi connection, allows consumers to purchase products with a simple click. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, seems bent on accelerating the diffusion of this gadget and, above all, to convince more and more companies to adopt the button.
Although Amazon is the name that appears the most frequently on the list, in the analysis of food tech services of the year, other companies also appear. Walmart, for example, the American retail chain, has recently introduced The Last Mile, a click & collect service, shopping on-line that eliminates shipping costs and permits the client to personally pick up the product. Samsung introduced The Family Hub, the latest model of refrigerator launched by the South Korean firm that is noteworthy for its touch screen display. It permits consumers to shop for food on-line from their own kitchen’s computer and to communicate with one another. The refrigerator is now the digital family bulletin board.
by Michela Becchi