TOM VIERHILE, Datamonitor Consumer: The biggest potential change by 2050 may be in the protein we eat
By Elaine Watson
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First up is TOM VIERHILE: innovation insights director at Datamonitor Consumer:
Pity the food that has to be eaten with a fork or a spoon because it may not make it to the next century; the successful foods of 2050 will be foods that can be eaten without utensils.
The biggest potential change by 2050 may be in the protein we eat. Pastoral scenes of cattle grazing amid rolling hills could be a thing of the past if science is able to ‘grow’ protein that has many of the same taste characteristics that beef or chicken currently has, but is packed with nutrition and loaded with flavor.
Foods and beverages formulated especially for your genetic makeup are likely to become a reality by the year 2050. As our knowledge of genetics expands 100-fold or more, cheap genetic testing will revolutionize the “just for me” concept.
Other technologies like 3-D printing will revolutionize categories like snack foods and confectionery products.. Imagine a Keurig-type machine that doesn’t make coffee, but makes snacks and candies for immediate consumption of a higher finished quality than what is available in packaged form in stores right now.