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    FoodTech: when virtual assistants hit the kitchen

    17 May 2018Latest news & trends in food & drink

    In the United States, 39 million Americans (i.e. one person in six) own a home virtual assistant, such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home, Sonos and others. They let you listen to music, control the lighting and even do your shopping!

     

    Indeed, nowadays in the US, it is common to restock your fridge by asking Alexa to order food online: “Alexa, buy more avocados.” The potential is so great that at the end of 2017, one of the country’s largest convenience store chains, Sheetz, announced that the food items in its 564 stores could be ordered using AlexaBy 2020, it is estimated that there will be 55 million smart devices in US homes, which will make virtual assistants the planet’s largest supermarket chain!

     

    In addition to ordering your grocery shopping (Thank you, Butler), home virtual assistants can also:

     

    Manage how you store your food – Alexa’s Save The Food option can advise you on how to best store your food items. For instance, it can tell you what foods can be eaten even though they have been sitting in your fridge for some time. A great eco-friendly tool!

     

    Photo  credit: Amazon

     

    Create recipes – Alexa calls upon allrecipe.com to help you find the most suitable recipes based on what ingredients you have on hand. As well, a tool such as Foodpairing can crunch data to determine which food items in your fridge best match with each other. Along the same lines, but much more advanced: a team of scientists is attempting to create a system able to recommend recipes based on the food items seen in a photo.

     

    Photo credit: La Revue du Digital

     

    Make cocktails – ‘The Bartender’, which you can find through Amazon, Google Home or Facebook Messenger, gives you step-by-step instructions on how to mix up your favourite cocktails.

     

    A trend highlighted by Marie-Camille Pont, Public Relations Assistant at Sopexa USA.

     

    Photo credit: Google