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How Robots Will Change The Way We Grow, Harvest & Cook Our Food?

Artificial intelligence and advanced automation are everywhere including our farm fields and kitchens. How will robots change the way we grow, harvest and cook our food?Robots are introducing new ways to process and package food that improve food safety and sanitation — and they present an opportunity to delegate jobs that are ergonomically difficult and dangerous for human workers.

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Overall, the food industry has been somewhat slow to adopt robotics, for a number of reasons. But experts agree: robots are changing the food industry — and companies risk falling behind if they don’t implement new technology.

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The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has also raised the bar on the sanitary requirements for a lot of these packagers and processors. You have these two major megatrends, labor and FSMA. Companies are trying to solve for both of those simultaneously. It’s an area where automation can really lend a hand.


According to the CDC, an estimated 48 million Americans (1 in 6) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne illness every year. By limiting human contact with food items, robots reduce the risk of contamination leading to foodborne illnesses. Additionally, food recalls damage a company’s reputation while costing millions or more in sales and lost production.

Other benefits comprise substantial safety to employees by eliminating the need for human intervention in dangerous packaging conditions. Rapid adoption across numerous industry sectors is anticipated to boost global packaging robot market size over the forecast timeframe.