Innovation Trends

Innovation Trends, Technology

HOW FOOD DESIGN IS REVOLUTIONIZING THE WAY WE SEE FOOD

11/03/2024

Food design is an interdisciplinary field that combines elements of culinary arts, visual aesthetics and innovation to create unique and engaging culinary experiences. From the presentation of dishes to the development of new food products, food design encompasses a wide range of practices that aim to enhance not only the taste but also the visual appeal and overall experience of food. One of the most visible aspects of food design is the presentation of dishes in restaurants and culinary establishments. Chefs and food designers carefully consider factors such as color, texture and arrangement to create visually stunning plates that not…

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Innovation Trends, Technology

HOW AI IS REVOLUTIONIZING THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY

27/12/2023

Artificial Intelligence has been under scrutiny for some time now. Those who criticize it, underline the ethical and legal implications of this technology, whose complexity is still to be fully understood. On a positive note, many are the advantages of its implementation, even in sectors that are traditionally steeped in human creativity such as the restaurant industry. From the organization and management of the kitchen to customer service, AI is reshaping the dining experience in ways that were unimaginable only a few years ago. Here are five of the main changes, based on the use of AI, that are positively…

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Innovation Trends, Technology

HOW AI IS RESHAPING THE FOOD INDUSTRY: BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES

13/12/2023

In the fast-paced realm of technology, artificial intelligence (AI) continues to make significant strides across various sectors and the food industry is no exception. Recent applications of AI in the food industry are transforming the way we produce, distribute and consume food thus proving to be a game-changer in shaping the future of food. Here are some of the most important implementations for the near future. Precision Agriculture: One of the foremost applications of AI in the food industry is found in precision agriculture. AI-powered systems leverage data from sensors, satellites and drones to monitor crop health, predict yields and…

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Innovation Trends, Technology

REVOLUTIONIZING FOOD LOGISTICS: 5 GOOD REASONS WHY WE CHOSE F2F TECHNOLOGY 

31/10/2023

The only way to face the growing demand by consumers all over the world of fresh and healthy food is by implementing a complex technology. Frozen to Fresh (F2F) technology is the real innovation that represents a remarkable advancement in the field of food logistics, offering a host of advantages that not only benefit businesses but also cater to the growing demand for quality, freshness and sustainability. Traditionally, frozen food has been associated with convenience and long shelf life, but often at the expense of taste and texture. F2F technology aims to bridge this gap by offering a solution that…

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Innovation Trends

FOOD SYSTEMS SUMMIT 2023: A GLOBAL CALL TO ACTION

28/09/2023

The latest UN Food Systems Summit was held at the premises of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy, back in July. The aim of this global stocktaking meeting, that takes place every two years, is to review the progress of the sustainable transformation of food systems and its contributions to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. Created with the intent of uniting global leaders in an effort to find innovative ways to produce healthy fare for the world’s growing population without harming the planet, the 2023 edition built on the momentum of the…

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Logistics and supply

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF A SUSTAINABLE COLD FOOD CHAIN

25/07/2023

According to the latest FAO report, in the world 3 billion people are unable to afford a healthy diet and 811 million are currently hungry: an increase of 112 million from 2019, caused by the economic impact of the Covid pandemic that drove up inflation.  Food security is now being threatened by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, which has triggered the prices of basic grains. In this scenario, the estimated 14% of all food produced for human consumption that gets lost before it reaches the consumer is a worrying figure that needs to be addressed promptly. One of the major…

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Innovation Trends

HOW BLOCKCHAIN IS IMPROVING FOOD TRACEABILITY

27/06/2023

Food traceability is a key component in the food industry, as it ensures food safety and quality, prevents foodborne illnesses and decreases the impact of food recalls. Consumers’ concerns over food safety have been driving the growth of the food traceability industry which, last year, was globally valued at US$ 18.3 Billion and now is set to grow at a CAGR of 9.0% in the next six years.  If traditional methods of food traceability include incomplete recordkeeping, slow response times during recalls, inaccurate exchange of information between supply chain stakeholders and difficulty in tracing products along the supply chain, blockchain…

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Innovation Trends

INNOVATION TRENDS: 3D FOOD PRINTERS

07/06/2023

3D printing became a buzzword a few years ago. The introduction of machines which could make 3D solid objects from computer-generated or digital files caught the world’s attention. Often referred to as additive manufacturing (AM), 3D printing technology has revolutionized the way we produce physical objects. Nowadays, the range of things produced via 3D printing is almost infinite. Yet, what happens when food gets involved in the equation?   3D food printing is about creating food products in a layer-by-layer approach, by depositing printing material held in food-grade syringes through food-grade nozzles. Recipes are loaded in 3D food printers and…

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Innovation Trends

VERTICAL FARMS, AN INNOVATIVE SCENARIO FOR AGRICULTURE

27/04/2023

Our business sector has always relied on innovation, hence we have already discussed here the latest trends in logistics, dining experiences and sustainable alternatives to traditional foods. Now the trending topic is vertical farming, which entails growing plants on layered vertical structures, often indoors.  According to a recent analysis, the global Vertical Farming Market was valued at USD 3.1 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 11.2 billion by 2028, with an extraordinary CAGR of 25.2% during the forecast period. As if to say, the future looks bright…and tall. By stacking plants vertically on shelves or tall pillars,…

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Innovation Trends

ITALIAN SOUNDING PRODUCTS: A THREAT OR AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ITALIAN EXPORT?

21/04/2023

90 billion euros: that is, according to Italy’s farmer association Coldiretti, the estimated turnover of fake Italian products all over the world. From parmesan to pasta achuta, countless are the products that pretend to be Italian but are not Made in Italy at all. Defined as “Italian sounding”, these products are marketed using brand names, images and color combinations evocative of Italy. Although some might argue that this extra “visibility” supports the growth of authentic Italian exports, the truth is that this is still worth half of the Italian sounding one.  Fake Italian products do not add value to the…

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Technology

PHYGITAL MARKETING: NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESTAURANTS

17/03/2023

Online and offline are not two sides of the same coin anymore. Since we are all online, all the time, it should not come as a surprise the recent approach that combines physical presence with digital engagement called “phygital” marketing. If on the one hand restaurants need to keep satisfying their customers’ needs, on the other hand customers expect the same level of personalization and accessibility in person as they do online. In this scenario, applying the phygital marketing approach to the industry seems the most sensible choice.  As the phygital approach is all about improving engagement, this can start…

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Technology

TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP FOOD CRISIS

14/10/2022

The World Food Programme estimates that 45 million people are currently on the brink of famine. Last year, the UN estimated that about 800 million people were already living with hunger. Ending hunger is classified as the second of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals to achieve by 2030, yet statistics are so alarming that call for quicker actions. Food insecurity has doubled in the past two years, food prices are spiraling and - although food supplies have been first disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic then by the Ukrainian conflict - global hunger is an ongoing, long-standing problem that needs…

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About Alifood

About Alifood

We strongly believe that everything we plan and do should create value, for both our clients and suppliers. We do not see ourselves as mere food traders.

The sale of the products we select is just the last step of a complex, structured process that is based on strong business relationships and, in many cases, real partnerships. Our job is made of several functions: sourcing the right product, selecting a reliable producer, managing the entire logistics chain, providing all the necessary documentation and certifications and following up all the after-sale requirements besides consulting and tutoring on how to best use each single product. We do all this because we strongly believe that everything we plan and do should create value, for both our clients and suppliers. Our familiarity with the Italian food an agricultural industry, developed over the last twenty years, gives us the ability to efficiently deal with all the diverse needs pertaining to different markets.

Thanks to our experienced, professional and multilingual global working team, matching international demand and local supply is what we do best.

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