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automation - as a solution to tasks that are

dull, dangerous, or potentially unhygienic.

Many people find cooking relaxing, but for

those who cook for a living, flipping burgers

behind a hot grill for example, automation

could free up time to do more valuable tasks.

With staff spending more time providing

service and strengthening customer

relationships, business is more likely to be

successful thanks to happy customers. Also,

incorporating technology can enable

restaurants to produce food in a consistent and

much more cost-effective, thus sustainable,

way. Staff can then spend more time providing

service and strengthening relationships with

customers - focusing on retaining 'regulars'

and turning new customers into returning ones.

With the costs of robots and semiconductors

dropping, this will finally be possible. ARK

Investment Management, a researcher in this

market, says that industrial robot costs are

expected to drop a solid 65 percent by 2025.

AUTOMATION BRINGS FOOD CLOSER TO

PEOPLE

Perhaps we may not be helping to flip burgers

or prepare Michelin-starred spaghetti in the

near future, but we can help bring fresh food

closer to customers. We believe we can achieve

this through the concept of urban logistics,

which endorses solutions such as microfulfillment centers.

McKinsey proves that 60 percent of Europeans

have tried a new shopping behavior and most

of them will stick to it beyond the pandemic.

We are definitely facing a paradigm shift, as a

striking number of consumers (54 percent) in a

survey conducted by Deloitte say they feel

stressed while shopping in stores. Some

customers vocalize the frustration associated

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Technology will join forces with biology in

evolution - that was one of the main

messages of Stanislaw Lem's book, Summa

Technologiae, published in 1964. The author

shared how likely it is these technologies will

come to be and how they will make life easier

in the long run. And here we are, almost sixty

years later, in a reality that delivers robots for

many applications beyond industrial

production - a key example is food.

Indeed, we are seeing a rising need for

automation for the production and delivery of

food. Market research forecasts that food

robotics will bolster the industry's annual

growth rate by 13 percent by 2026. But this

isn't the only reason to invest. The cost of

time and convenience is a concern for most

businesses, as is the need for healthier, faster,

safer and high-quality production. With a

growing demand for packaged food created

in a clean environment, the race is on to

develop methods to deliver this vision.

THE RISE OF NON-FACTORY ROBOTICS

Imagine driving through fields of corn on a

sunny day - you spot a tractor on the

horizon, harvesting the fields. Suddenly, you

realize there is no one in the driver's seat.

Instead, the farmer is sitting in his cozy

control room nearby or in an urban area,

managing the army of planting and

harvesting machines remotely. As automation

helps people, we are edging closer to a future

where robots are the new farmers.

The market for agricultural robots will be

worth 12 billion USD by 2021. Between 2017

and 2022, the market is expected to grow at

a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of an

impressive 20.71 percent. We might be

tempted to think - is it necessary to

automate farms? Well, statistics ruthlessly

indicate that the current average age of

farmers in the USA is 57.5 years old, in the

UK 59, in Kenya 60 and in Japan 67. The

remaining question is: who is going to feed

us when they retire?

The pressure on agriculture will push the

industry to invest even more in robotics.

Customers are placing ever-greater demands

on the appearance and quality of food.

Consumers pay attention not only to

perfectly round potatoes (which of course

sell better than irregular-shaped ones), but

they will put pressure on producers to

provide more sustainable food produced with

limited impact on the environment. By

applying robotics earlier in the chain, we

have a chance to make food production

more accurate and efficient without the use

of pesticides.

FOOD SERVICE REVOLUTION

Robotics and automation have even entered

the dining sector. This trend was already

reflected in IFR statistics showing that

professional service robots increased 32

percent to 11.2 billion USD between 2018

and 2019. Add to this the recent challenges

of the coronavirus crisis and we begin to

realize how severely the hospitality sector

was hit by it. Automation provides food

service and hospitality businesses with relief

and customers with the assurance that their

food is prepared in a safe and hygienic

manner. Whether it is Blendid, Chowbotics,

Moley, Creator, Miso Robotics or Beastro

dark kitchen aid, the trend in proliferating

food preparation automation is based on the

notion that people not only need food, they

also need their food to be provided in a

clean manner. This is another use case for

SUPPLYING

SUSTAINABLE FOOD

WITH AUTOMATION

HOW AUTOMATION CAN NURTURE HUMANITY

INSPIRATION

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