Each year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is held in Las Vegas to showcase the newest innovations in technology, including food tech. Many household names, from the CD player to Tetris to the Xbox, made their debuts at the show, which provides a glimpse at the devices and gadgets that could be coming out in 2023.
Among the thousands of exhibitors at this year’s CES, which runs January 5th to 8th, 2023, food makers, restaurateurs and consumers will find dozens relevant to the food industry — particularly when it comes to sustainability, robotics and wellness. With 11 venues spanning more than two million net square feet of exhibit space, here are five food tech products to watch at CES 2023.
1. Brava Glass
Smart oven company Brava announced its newest product, Brava Glass, which features a glass window on the front of the oven, allowing users to see the light for a fully immersive cooking experience. Brava Glass has the same cooking capabilities and modes as its predecessor and comes equipped with a heat-resistant internal camera and machine vision to monitor cooking progress, with remote viewing access on smartphones via the Brava Home app.
Greenswapp was designed to help restaurants calculate their menu’s carbon footprint. The Amsterdam-based company uses life cycle analysis to track a product’s impact from production to processing, packaging and delivery, and determines its environmental impact from there. The goal is to help restaurants make more informed purchasing decisions.
Looking to find out how much food your restaurant wastes? UK-based Orbisk can help operators do that by simply outfitting their garbage bins with a smart camera. The camera, which is attached to a scale, registers everything that gets thrown away down to the ingredient level. Restaurants can then crunch the numbers in a dashboard. No training is required to use the system, although the company’s website shows that workers have to pause for half a second while the camera photographs what they are throwing away.
Thanks to proprietary 3D printing technology, Israel-based SavorEat robot can produce meatless burgers. The company also has an ordering system that allows guests to customize their burger. They can choose their preferred protein-to-fat ratio as well as the size of the patty and how they want it cooked, from rare to well-done. The final product is ready in about six minutes, and the machine can make up to three burgers at once.
5. YKE Desktop
Yo-Kai Express, an autonomous restaurant company that introduced ramen-cooking vending machines, released a scaled-down model for small spaces like convenience stores and offices. YKE Desktop looks to be about the size of a computer console and can prepare ramen in 90 seconds. Unlike its full-sized, fully automated counterpart, YKE Desktop is only semi-automated and comes with a fridge that can store up to 24 preconfigured bowls.
In addition to the thousands of tech products on display, CES attendees can hear talks from food industry experts, including the CEO of UPSIDE Foods, Uma Valeti, Head of Operations for Perfect Day, Shayri RoyChoudhury and the CEO of SuperMeat, Ido Savir, in a session called “Scaling Towards a Trillion Dollar Alternative Protein Industry.”