The Future of Food

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The Future of Food

Loss of biodiversity. Emissions. Food waste. Malnutrition. Obesity. Feeding our growing global population is placing unsustainable pressure on our planet…

Today, the conscious consumer is looking to food to improve their health and that of the planet. Innovations such as bio technology, gene-editing and artificial intelligence changing the game. To ensure the prosperity of our planet and economies, it is up to us to drive the change and shape the future. What will the future of food hold?

The Future of Food is a blog series that explores the latest trends and technologies in food. It also explores the societal implications and commercial opportunities for food and beverage businesses.
 

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Responsible nutrition - the opportunity for FMCGs & retailers

With an increasingly self-reliant, but insufficiently informed consumer, combined with limited government regulation, what role can consumer companies and retailers play to enable responsible nutrition choices?

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Are GMO and Labgrown meat our best hope for survival?

Humankind today is presented with what could be the most impactful paradox of all: how to feed the world nutritiously, without destroying the environment upon which it depends?

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Australian food tax: ripe for a refresh?

Our food industry has been subject to significant change over the past few years and we are seeing health-driven food innovations launched at a high pace, something our food tax regulation may not have been designed to deal with. Are these regulations unintentionally creating barriers for healthier food options?

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Food as a medicine: the opportunity of DNA-based personalised nutrition

Are asparagus fuelling cancer? How many eggs should you eat for breakfast? Individual genes and gut bacteria play a critical role in how we process and react to food and nutrients. Knowledge in this domain is evolving rapidly and recent technological advancements are opening the way for personalised nutrition. How big is the opportunity for businesses and society?

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Innovation in food: the rise of start-ups, incubators and internal venture funds

The pace of innovation in food has never been higher. It is revolutionising the way we produce, process, sell and experience our food. What does all this mean for food businesses seeking growth through innovation? And what does the increased investment into start-ups and venture funds mean for the role of traditional R&D?

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In food we trust: the case for radical transparency

We love our food. It is an emotional connection and we trust our retailers, brands and farmers to deliver on their promise when it comes to the quality of food. But consumer trust is fragile and is increasingly being challenged. We have seen an increased investment in product labelling and packaging, but is that enough? 

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3D printed food: just because we can, doesn’t always mean we should

Recent food technologies such as 3D printing have allowed us unprecedented control of flavour, colour, texture and nutritional content of food. Its adoption is evolving rapidly in multiple industries. However, what are the commercial and ethical implications of these innovations in our society?

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The Future of Food: the craft movement

Craft is delivering unprecedented growth even in declining categories. Beer, spirit and coffee are clear examples, but the craft movement isn’t stopping there. The rise of craft food is undeniable and it is shaking up the food industry. How can businesses start taking advantage of the craft movement whilst navigating its challenges? 

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The Future of Food: What a waste

At present, we waste a shocking 1.3 billion tonnes of food globally each year. Often food waste is thought of in the context of world hunger, but it is much bigger than that. It is an economic, environmental and social challenge. How do we collectively address the exponential problem of food waste?

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The Future of Food: Food tech - a blessing or a curse?

There is no doubt food technology innovations such as bio-innovation, gene editing, robotics and AI, will dramatically reshape how we produce, manage and demand food. However, their effects are likely to be unevenly distributed. Countries and farmers who can afford to ride the food tech wave will prosper whilst others will fall further behind. Although likely, this scenario does not have to play out.

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The Future of Food: We are running out

The world’s population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030. That is an impressive 1.1 billion people more than today. The food industry is faced with a challenge to feed a rapidly increasing population. What should we do to create a sustainable future of food?

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Overweight and Obese: the choice is ours as consumers or is it?

Globally 1.4bn people are overweight or obese driven by cheap calories and changing lifestyles, with Australia as one of the top countries of high levels of obesity. Will people choose to consume healthier, more balanced diets or will the epidemic of cheap foods, high in sugar, salt and fat spread?

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Published: July 2019

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