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Foodini: World’s first 3D food printer prints fresh, nutritious foods

April 1st, 2014 at 9:34 am » Comments Off

Print different shapes to encourage kids to eat healthy foods. Food replicators used to be science fiction. But 3D food printers came along and started giving us things like chocolate on demand. But what about people who want to eat healthier food? Welcome Foodini, the world’s first 3D printer designed to print meals with fresh, nutritious ingredients. […]

Color-changing smart tag indicates freshness of a perishable food

March 22nd, 2014 at 8:25 am » Comments Off

The tag uses a simple color system to track the food’s quality. Chinese researchers have developed a tiny tag that changes color to indicate the freshness of a perishable product, like a carton milk, without opening the container. The technology was presented this week at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Dallas. […]

WHO proposal to cut recommended sugar intake by half

March 14th, 2014 at 10:58 am » Comments Off

WHO recommends that adults have less sugar per day than is found in one glass of many soft drinks. Scientists are gearing up for a battle with the food industry after the World Health Organization (WHO) moved to halve its recommendation on sugar intake.    

IBM puts Watson supercomputer in a food truck

March 12th, 2014 at 9:55 am » Comments Off

IBM’s Cognitive Cooking IBM’s Watson, the artificially intelligent supercomputer, is known for beating the pants off Jeopardy contestants in trivia. But soon it might also be known for giving foodies on Top Chef a run for their money at cooking.    

Passing the Fortune Cookie Test

March 8th, 2014 at 8:39 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Yesterday my wife Deb and I had lunch at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants, and afterwards we’re given the typical fortune cookies that come with the bill. Jokingly I broke open the first one and asked, “I wonder if it’d be possible to create a real fortune sometime in the future […]

Hershey’s looking to hire a chocolate futurist

February 27th, 2014 at 9:21 am » Comments Off

The Hershey Company is hiring a futurist. The Hershey Company is it the largest chocolate manufacturer in the United States, selling 40 percent of domestic dark chocolate.  But Hershey also operates a store/museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania. And one in Times Square. And one in Las Vegas. And they also operate an amusement park.    

Indiana Amish farm leads the way to local food security

February 5th, 2014 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

Greenhouse at Sunrise Hydroponics. There is an Amish farm in Topeka, Indiana that supplies all-natural, sustainable produce, using 90% less water and 90% less land, and that utilizes the most advanced vertical aeroponic technology on earth. You cannot get produce that is more local, fresh, healthy, and sustainable — even in the middle of an Indiana blizzard — like […]

How close are we to real 3D printed food?

January 27th, 2014 at 12:31 pm » Comments Off

ChefJet edible designs 3D Systems has just unveiled its new line of ChefJet 3D sugar printers. 3D Systems insists ChefJet will allow any professional kitchen to incorporate “stunning edible prints” with minimal effort—that is, for foodies willing to fork out some serious dough.    

Hershey’s and 3D Systems partner to 3D print chocolate

January 21st, 2014 at 2:13 pm » Comments Off

3D Systems and Hershey’s to make a machine that prints chocolate. 3D Systems announced a deal with Hershey’s Thursday to collaborate on developing a 3-D printer that makes chocolate and other edible products.    

Coffee consumption around the world

January 20th, 2014 at 2:27 pm » Comments Off

The U.S. isn’t even in the top 10 of coffee consumption. America might be famous for running on coffee, but compared to a handful of other countries, it doesn’t run on much. When it comes to actual coffee consumption per person, the US doesn’t even crack the top 15.

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