Consumers’ experience over the last two years has shown them that cooking at home can be healthier and cost effective. However, cooking at home is time consuming. Brands are responding to this with continuous innovations to enable the preparation of personalised, healthy, and properly portioned meals at home. This briefing discusses the case for automated kitchens and the outlook for them.
This report comes in PPT.
Automated kitchens will be important for consumers who want personalised, healthy and portioned meals at home. With consumers adopting increasingly varied dietary requirements, automated kitchens can provide advice and guidance. The advent of Matter and Home Connectivity Alliance (HCA) standards will mean that kitchens will be more integrated, leading to AI opportunities. The automated kitchen will be a focal point of future homes.
Continuous health monitoring has become a trend with the widespread use of wearables. Consumers want to be healthy and are trying to adapt. They have adopted the latest health diets, ranging from keto to paleo. Innovations such as the Levels continuous glucose monitor wearable can be used in conjunction with recipe advice from an automated kitchen to keep consumers on the right health track. Smart toilets could also be added as an extension of the kitchen ecosystem.
Value-added services are proving to be a key differentiator for brands competing for space in modern kitchens. One of the most successful multicookers – Thermomix – provides access to a huge library of recipes for USD55 a year, and also offers access to a community of die-hard fans. Integrating these recipes into diet and exercise recommendations will be the next step. Ultimately, it will be interesting to see which companies adapts the fastest and owns the platform and customer relationship.
The pandemic and the war in Ukraine has brought food scarcity to the forefront for many consumers. Reducing food waste is thus a key concern of consumers and governments. Automated kitchens have a significant role to play in this, as they can offer technology that allows consumers to make an inventory of a fridge’s content, optimise storage environments, and reduce wastage through precision cooking and portion control.
Building the automated kitchen ecosystem opens up potential new appliance categories. For example, to close the automated kitchen loop, smart toilets that can analyse human excreta will be needed. Toto launched a prototype during CES2021. Meanwhile, both Dyson and Moley have launched robotic arm prototypes that can be integrated into an automated kitchen.
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