How will we consume food and what kind of food will we eat in the near future? On February 14th Fazer, together with Alfred Nobel Science Park and DI Digital, arranged a press lunch for Food Tech 2018. Attending journalists tasted innovative and sustainable dishes, while listening to food tech trends. All according to the theme "Future of food”.

Fazer is Food Tech’s food supplier and partner during this year’s big event, March 14th in Örebro, Sweden. As the name implies – Food Tech combines innovation deriving from combining two industries – food and tech. The event is a venue for investors, food tech companies and decision makers with a common aim to share best practices and contribute to a more sustainable world.

On the press event, Fazer chef’s Anna Lövgren and Niclas Melin served selected pieces from the Food Tech menu. The guest tried a variety of healthy, sustainable and vegetarian dishes such as croquettes made of gray peas or mushrooms, grilled vegetables or chocolate cake made of black beans.

Five upcoming food trends
On the press event Bobo Af Ekenstam (founder of Sweden´s largest trend sites Buzzter) shared some trends within the food tech segment. We have summarized Bobos trends below;

  1. Functional food
    Food with added value. For instance, food that tastes good and is good for the health/wellbeing. One example is Moon Cycle Bakery. A bakery that delivers gluten free, dairy free and vegan cakes and treats to individuals during their menstruation. The bakery says that their cookies contains ”hormone-supportive ingredients designed to nourish you from the inside out”. 
  2. No Waste
    Global food waste amounts to between one-third and one-half of all food produced – a big challenge for the food industry! Fazer Food Services works daily to reduce food waste. Now we can finally expect the entire food sector to take responsibility and work towards reducing food waste. And to start reducing and recycling food there are many new and great app’s and startups – Karma is one of them!  
  3.  Personalized food
    “Customize your own” is taking over the food industry. Not only can consumers create their own labels on their favorite soda, they also want to eat in a way that’s fully customized to them as individuals. Habit Food is one of the companies that offers personal nutritional-weighted food using DNA technology.
  4. Urban farming
    Urban farming has finally reached Scandinavia. The Swedish company Plantagon is now launching their first indoor cultivation in central Stockholm. Combining agriculture, technology and architecture it’s Sweden’s first example of Urban (indoor) farming for the masses.
  5. Alternative Food 
    The most famous example is “the impossible burger”; The world’s first plant-based vegetarian “meat” burger, using genetically engineered ingredients. The burger behaves just as a meat burger does – it even bleeds! Another example is the Swedish crispbread EAT:EM that makes bread out of crickets – just like Fazer does in Finland. In other words, food that tastes good and is good for the planet.

We will soon be back with the latest trends from Food Tech 2018! Stay tuned!