Deliveroo has launched a new report, Snack to the Future, to mark its tenth anniversary.
According to the food delivery app, from desktop to dining table and bench to beach, the report brings together leading futurists and experts from the worlds of food, science, technology and innovation to create a forward-looking view of how the nation will be eating by 2040 and how our dinner tables are set to be revolutionised.
The Snack to the Future report and guest experts, including Georgie Barrat (technology journalist and TV presenter) and Tom Cheesewright (applied futurist), reveal key predictions and technological advancements by 2040 that are set to ‘rock consumers’ worlds’, including the following.
Deliveroo’s Future Food Trends
Expect personal tech devices to be enabled with BreathTech, meaning that you can breathe on your device and get a deep level of insight into what foods you should be eating, to have optimal impact on your individual health and well-being.
Move over keto – the predicted next big thing in dieting and set to be the mainstream diet of the future is the Me-gan diet (Me-ganism), a hyper-personalised diet that is fully bespoke to your individual nutritional needs, powered by AI technology.
3/ Personal AIs
Underpinning the Me-gan diet and lifestyle, AI technology will offer you your own personal AI (a lifelong AI buddy), which will help automate and tailor what you are eating based on your preferences and needs at any given time.
Food that makes you feel …? Food delivery services will be using additional digital audio and visual content to elevate the meal enjoyment experience – so much so that it could take food pleasure to the next level, with ‘foodgasms’ (braingasms via what you eat).
5/ Edible Beauty
Get ready to see the food and beauty industry become more integrated than ever, with a rise in edible beauty products, like anti-ageing ice cream, and the chance to dine from hormone-balancing and dopamine-driving menus.
6/ 3D-Printed Meal Plans
From packed lunches to printed lunches, food prep is about to become a lot easier with advances in 3D-printing technology, helping you create perfectly portioned and nutritionally balanced meals at home.
7/ Virtual-Reality Dinner Parties
Dine with celebrities, royals and late loved ones in your favourite holiday destination or recreate food moments from famous movies, thanks to virtual-reality (VR) technology, which will simulate dining experiences from the comfort of your home. Think enjoying a delightful Breakfast at Tiffany’s while you’re tucking into a bacon sandwich on the sofa.
8/ Farewell Fussy Eaters
Thanks to VR and augmented-reality (AR) technology, your brain could be tricked into thinking that you are eating something that you are not. For example, if you are a fussy eater who doesn’t want to eat vegetables, you could put on smart glasses and think you are eating chocolate or sweets.
9/ Restorative Restaurants
New restaurant concepts will remove outside-world distractions, with personal tech devices banned at entry and a rise in the popularity of silent cafes and restaurants, only offering tables for one, to encourage mindful eating.