In its inaugural event, London´s Food Matters Live event showcased one of the most interesting developments I have ever seen in the entire food industry; 3D printed fruit.
The creation comes from Cambridge-based design studio and innovation lab Dovetailed, which crafts ´engaging physical and digital experiences that evoke curiosity and change behaviour´. Dovetailed´s digital exploits don`t just end at fruit though, the brand`s also 3D prints a variety of other sweet and savoury products. Current innovations in Dovetailed`s portfolio include:
The brand`s chief inventor, Gabriel Villar, explained that the company serves food and beverage manufacturers that are interested in new product development, or looking to refresh existing product ranges. Judging by the level of interest the company received at the show, it might not be too long before you see 3D printed food in one of your favourite restaurants or coffee shops. Due to the extremely quick nature of the printing process (a raspberry takes around a minute to produce) consumers could even customise orders to receive a vast range of personalised shapes and constructions.
This is a truly innovative concept that deserves all the success it gets. It`s exciting to see start-up companies such as this push the boundaries of the food industry and I hope the brand gets rewarded for doing so. We´ll be following the company´s progress in the future so stay tuned to FoodBev to find out all about Dovetailed´s exploits.
Andreas Exarheas is an editor at FoodBev Media. This is a personal blog and views expressed are his own.
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