VTT has developed a snack machine that prepares fiber and/or
protein-rich snack products-Scoothies-on demand and according to consumer
wishes and needs. These kind of machines can be seen in the future at for
example in work places, airports or supermarkets.
new snack machine prototype prepares either a drinkable or a spoonable snack
product as the consumer has ordered. They can add extra fiber and/or protein to
a plant or dairy base that are available in different flavors. The user
interface in the snack machine will provide information, guidance in making and
tailoring the order. In the future, the aim is that the user interface also
makes personalized suggestions based on the health and preference data of the
customer. The consumer
that were organized as part of the development process demonstrated that both the snack machine and and the possibility
to personalize the product raise interest.
There is a need for
developments in food production technologies that utilize automation and
robotics combined with learning algorithms if these kind of
personalized food systems can be made profitable. The service has several
possible business models; aside from workplaces, the new machine would fit
airports, university campuses, sports centers and also in supermarkets.
For more information:
Read the press release (in English):
VTT's snack machine prepares a healthy Scoothie according to the user's wishes
Read the press release (in Finnish):
Välipala-automaatti valmistaa terveellisen scoothien käyttäjänsä toiveiden mukaan