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Tradition and time among Mintel’s global food trends for 2017 | Canadian Grocer

Tradition and time among Mintel’s global food trends for 2017 | Canadian Grocer | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
Annual report says that new products featuring “on-the-go” claims have increased 54% in the past six years
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Aerofarm has built the world's largest vertical farm

Aerofarm has built the world's largest vertical farm | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it

AeroFarms' headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, is a former steel factory that's been converted into the world's largest vertical farm. Throughout the 6,410m2 of growing space, plant beds are stacked on top of each other in 12 layers between floor and ceiling. LEDs provide lighting and the roots of leafy greens, herbs and salads are kept nourished using an "aeroponic" mist claimed to use 95 per cent less water than outdoor agriculture.

 

"This is game-changing in terms of productivity," explains Marc Oshima, AeroFarms' co-founder. "We can take the same seed that might take 30-35 days to grow outside, and it will have a 12-16 day crop cycle in our system, so we can have 20 crop cycles a year." 

 

AeroFarms' agricultural optimisation relies on algorithms that continually monitor nutrients and lighting at different points in the plants' growth cycles. By optimising light wavelengths and the nutrient-filled mist, operators can endow plants with different tastes, textures, colours and yield. "For example, we can make watercress spicier and lettuce sweeter," he says.

 

“Our mission is to build farms in cities all over the world,” Rosenberg recently told The Huffington Post. “We are very much building the infrastructure not to build one, two or three farms but to build 20, 30 or 50 farms.”

 

Indoors farming has long been touted as a way to address two major problems. The first is macro-level and lofty: How will we, the Earth’s 7.4 billion (and counting) humans, go about feeding ourselves in a changing world? The second is more immediate: How do you get fresh, healthy produce to people in urban food deserts, where diet-related conditions like diabetes and obesity run rampant?

 

The answers to those questions could be a gold mine. By 2050, the world’s population is projected to rise to between 9 billion and 10 billion people. Those numbers, coupled with income growth across the world, could result in more than a 70 percent increase in demand for food by that year, according to a report by the World Bank. Making matters worse, the unpredictable and increasingly extreme weather, droughts and flooding that come of climate change are expected to grow more intense in the coming decades, as greenhouse gas emissions continue to warm the planet.

 

The flagship facility, in partnership with RBH, Prudential and Goldman Sachs, will be able to produce 900,000kg of vegetables -- which will be distributed to local buyers -- annually when it reaches full capacity, predicted for midway through 2016.


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Very good! It's the direction of future farm.
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Small food gets big | Nesta

Small food gets big | Nesta | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
This year, small farms and boutique producers will use new technology and better data to reach more people than ever and take on the supermarkets, says Louise Marston
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From switchel to swiggable soups: SRG's 10 culinary trends 2016

From switchel to swiggable soups: SRG's 10 culinary trends 2016 | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
From savory yogurt and coffee fruit infusions, to switchel – apple cider vinegar-based concoctions that offer a modern twist on a centuries-old tradition - Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) highlights 10 culinary trends it predicts will inspire packaged foods and foodservice menus in 2016.

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High-Protein Insect Foods May Be On Cusp Of Wider Acceptance

High-Protein Insect Foods May Be On Cusp Of Wider Acceptance | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
A Bay Area startup company is hoping to get people hooked on high-protein foods made out of crickets.
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Inside Tomorrow's Kitchen: Trends For 2014

Inside Tomorrow's Kitchen: Trends For 2014 | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
Top Brewer is a latte machine with an app. Hailing from Denmark, the product looks like a sleek curved faucet, but can spit out lattes and cappuccinos with just the right amount of froth. Users control coffee v. milk content via their phones. Maker Scanomat developed the technology and also roasts the beans.
Price tag: $11,000
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Picante Preference - A spicy twist on alcohol satisfies consumer demand for exotic flavor

Picante Preference - A spicy twist on alcohol satisfies consumer demand for exotic flavor | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it

Enhancing the drinking experience to be more multifaceted, brands and consumers are modifying beverages to highlight spicy flavors for an enhanced experience that satisfies a desire for exotic inspiration. Designed to be relaxing, but also exhilarating, the fiery flavor notes provide a sensory experience and marks a shift from traditional choices to consumers with more developed palates.

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Dinner Is Printed

Dinner Is Printed | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
Will 3-D printing save the world? Bring in the apocalypse? Or is it just a gadget that spits out cheap plastic trinkets? An investigation.
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Food is the latest topic to get the 3D printing treatment

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Michael Plishka's curator insight, December 3, 2013 11:46 PM

Printing the food and the utensils

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Waste reduction trends for Food & Drink

Waste reduction trends for Food & Drink | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
Dawn Farms has unveiled the top weird world food trends. 1, It would appear that Subway in the US are bang on trend with their millennial consumer base following launch of trendy Thai sriracha hot sauce in two new sub ...
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Where have you seen this happening?

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What Grain Is Doing To Your Brain

What Grain Is Doing To Your Brain | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
Too many carbs in our diet, says one expert, are spurring dementia and a national Alzheimer's crisis.
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Danish recipes: serve up a taste of Scandinavian simplicity - Telegraph

Danish recipes: serve up a taste of Scandinavian simplicity - Telegraph | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
You don’t have to be René Redzepi to produce pretty plates of on-trend New Nordic cuisine.

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Foraging From the Sea as Emerging Trend

Foraging From the Sea as Emerging Trend | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
Food & Wine goes way beyond mere eating and drinking. We're on a mission to find the most exciting places, new experiences, emerging trends and sensations.
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Foraging has been a trend in 2013, with foods from field and woods top on menus. Here we see an example of forraging form the sea, including seaweed.

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30 Examples of Clever Packaging

30 Examples of Clever Packaging | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
The packaging on these is better than the products themselves. Calling all design nerds!
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Love it!

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The future of food

The future of food | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
The future of food is about authenticity and relevance – traceability of supply chains, natural and organic ingredients, convenient and well designed packaging, and fantastic, inspiring taste Caterpillars, seaweed and iPods Splash out on dinner at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant, and you might find an iPod accompanies your seafood risotto. Sounds of the sea enhance the perceived …
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The Future of the Urban Food Market | Nesta

The Future of the Urban Food Market | Nesta | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
In November 2015, Borough Market and Nesta collaborated on an event to explore the future of the urban food market. The themes that emerged reflected common concerns about the future of our food and cities.
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French traditionalists praise warning from Prince Charles that artisanal cheese could disappear

French traditionalists praise warning from Prince Charles that artisanal cheese could disappear | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
French cheese producers applaud Prince Charles for his warning that centuries-old varieties of cheese could disappear

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How does we balance food safety and the preservation of culinary heritage?

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How does we balance food safety and the preservation of culinary heritage?

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Climate change may disrupt global food system within a decade, World Bank says

Climate change may disrupt global food system within a decade, World Bank says | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
The world is headed “down a dangerous path” with disruption of the food system possible within a decade as climate change undermines the ability of nations to feed themselves, according to a senior World Bank official.
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3D-Printed Food Is Beginning to Look Beautiful

3D-Printed Food Is Beginning to Look Beautiful | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
The heart of the 3D-printed food trend isn’t nutrition, but the shape and aesthetics of the manufactured meal.
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Struggling to see the value of 3D printed food, but it is certainly novel and beautiful!

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Like Sbarro, Will Your Company Be The Next To Fall?

Like Sbarro, Will Your Company Be The Next To Fall? | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
Today's fast changing, global markets demands understanding trends as the most important part of planning - or you could end up like Sbarro.
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The importance of reviewing trends when planning your business - look to the future, not the past.

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SAPVoice: Chew On This: 3D Food Printing Could Soon Be A Reality

SAPVoice: Chew On This: 3D Food Printing Could Soon Be A Reality | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
The Hershey Co. recently announced a partnership with 3D Systems, who build printers capable of creating objects out of foods, including chocolate.
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Cutting edge fast food innovations of 2013

Cutting edge fast food innovations of 2013 | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
Nothing says “childhood” like a spoon and a big bowl of cheesy noodles. Real Simple gathered hungry school-age testers to dish on 82 boxed varieties. These picks elbowed their way to the top.
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Four Ways to Fail in the Beverage Category

Four Ways to Fail in the Beverage Category | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
In the early days of the New Age beverage category, it was always interesting to see what entrepreneurs would try to sell me.
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Amazing Examples of Food Art

Amazing Examples of Food Art | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
20 Reasons to play with your food! These meals almost look TOO good to eat. (RT @UberFacts: 20 amazing examples of food art!
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Festive Shot Glass Desserts

Festive Shot Glass Desserts | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
Halloween Shooters - Halloween shooters are the perfect serving tools for appetizers and desserts at your costume party.

These tall shot glasses are known as short...
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With Halloween nearly upon us, here are some ideas for insipiration

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Restaurants Up Their Use of Social, Mobile

Restaurants Up Their Use of Social, Mobile | Food & Drink Innovation | Scoop.it
More than half of restaurants now have a mobile site and nearly 30% have a mobile app, according to research. Restaurants have also put even more emphasis on social outreach, loyalty programs and location-based marketing.
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