The Future of Automated Kitchens

July 2022

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.

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Key Findings

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.

Introduction

Scope
The case for an automated kitchen
Why do we want an automated kitchen?
Automated kitchens will be about more than just robots

introduction

Key findings

The future home

Euromonitor International’s The Future Home
Overview of Home and Technology strategic themes
An overview of the strategic theme: The Future Home
Aspects that give insight into how the future home will work
Companies are meeting consumer needs using various strategies

The case for automated kitchens

The value proposition
The case for automated kitchens

Automated kitchens and continuous health monitoring

The future home
Automated kitchens in a future home
The key components of an automated kitchen
Appliances are the backbone of an automated kitchen
Data exchange and closing the automated kitchen loop, allowing continuous health monitoring
Samsung SmartThings – the fridge as the smart kitchen hub
Toto’s Wellness Toilet – the toilet that can provide health advice

Mindful eating and food as medicine

Mindful eating and food as medicine
Mindful eating’s place in an automated kitchen
Desire for healthy food and convenience will support demand for highly automated kitchens
Appliance companies and recipe firms are focusing on diet customisation
The Fresh Fridge – helping consumers make mindful eating decisions

Buying time and the personalised experience

Buying time and the personalised experience
Personalised experiences in an automated kitchen
The rise of special diets will mean kitchens will need to cater for varied personalised meals
Leading food players are already entering the personalised experience space
Appliances and services can help with meal personalisation and save time

Ageing-in-place and the importance of life stage nutrition

Ageing-in-place and the importance of food and nutrition
Automated kitchens will help with managing life stage nutrition
Need for better nutrition monitoring systems for the elderly
Informetis’s Infocare non-intrusive monitoring of elderly wellbeing through energy usage

Sustainability through optimising resources and reducing food waste

Sustainability through optimising resources and reducing food wastage
Automated kitchens will reduce food waste
Making an inventory of food supply – the key to reducing food waste
Reducing wastage through optimising storage environment
Reducing wastage through precision cooking and reducing leftovers
Bosch’s Home Connect fridge with two built-in cameras

Automated kitchen outlook

A view on current automated kitchens
Where are we headed? Haier’s roadmap provides an indication for smart homes and kitchens
Interoperability standards will bring us a step closer to a Level 5 smart home and kitchen
Interoperability will lead to seamless communication between appliances
The goal of a smart home will be to provide companionship and reduce human involvement
Haier aims to build smart homes from scratch
Sanyiniao – a scenario-based appliance concept for smart homes
For automated kitchens, the future could be one involving robots

Consumer Appliances

Consumer Appliances is the aggregation of major appliances and small appliances. Major appliances are an aggregate of the following categories: refrigeration appliances, home laundry appliances, dishwashers, large cooking appliances and microwaves. Small appliances are an aggregation of the following categories: food preparation appliances, small cooking appliances, vacuum cleaners, irons, personal care appliances, heating appliances and air treatment appliances.

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