Is 3D printing the future of food?


We have joined a variety of academic institutions and manufacturing companies in a three-year European consortium called IMAGINE. IMAGINE aims to deliver personalized foods to consumers by connecting personal needs and digital product technologies, enabling consumers to make good nutritional choices.

With our partners, we combine multidisciplinary expertise in consumer behavior, personalized nutrition and health, digital on-demand food manufacturing and the science of food formulation, to make 3D food prototypes for testing. by consumers.

Our colleagues involved in the project include Dr Ieva Laurie, EMEA Senior Nutrition Scientist, Will Ballantyne, Technical Manager of the Bakery EMEA category, and Natalya Bright, Head of Global Market Research.

“Our nutrition, technical and consumer knowledge experts are all excited to be a part of this cutting edge research,” said Ieva. “Not only will this provide ground-breaking science on how we can use consumer preferences and health data to generate personalized nutritional advice, but also bring everyday food products to life using of our ingredients and our 3D printing technology. ”

Personalized nutrition is attracting a lot of attention as consumers are interested in foods and drinks tailored to their individual needs to provide optimal health and well-being. In the United States, 73% of nutritional drink consumers agree that they would like more products personalized to their needs and 81% for the needs of their children. (Mintel 2021).

3D food printing could make the difference by bringing personalized nutrition to the market in the near future. This digital technology offers freedom of shape, size, composition and texture, so that each food produced can be unique or produced in small series.

Victoria Spadaro-Grant, President of Innovation and Business Development, Tate & Lyle, said: “This is a great opportunity to show how Tate & Lyle is working with like-minded partners to advance the science of creating recipes for large-scale personalization, inventing new textures and empowering consumers. the ability to design their own food. ”

Our IMAGINE partners include TNO, Wageningen University and Research (WUR), GEA, Solipharma, General Mills and the Dutch Ministry of Defense.

Related links:

The Nutrition Center


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