Foodtech: Revolutionising the future of food with 6 key trends in 2024

June 10, 2024

The dynamic world of food tech continues to evolve, driven by innovative trends set to transform the dietary landscape.

SIAL Paris 2024 is at the heart of innovation and the digital transformation of the agri-food industry, and will highlight advances in these areas at the SIAL Summit on AI & Deeptech on Monday 21 October. As the foodtech industry advances, six significant trends are poised to change how we produce, consume, and think about food in 2024. These trends not only reflect the latest technological innovations but also address pressing environmental and health concerns.

1. Alternative proteins: Sustainable and nutritious options

The growing interest in alternative proteins is one of the most impactful trends in foodtech. This includes lab-grown meat, edible insects, and unique plant-based proteins, offering sustainable and resource-efficient alternatives to traditional animal products. According to DigitalFoodLab, these proteins are not only more environmentally friendly but also provide high nutritional value. StartUs Insights further emphasises that alternative proteins can significantly reduce our carbon footprint while meeting the dietary needs of a growing global population.

2. Personalised nutrition: Tailored diets for optimal health

Personalised nutrition is becoming increasingly popular as consumers seek diets tailored to their specific health needs. Utilising advanced biotechnologies and personal data, companies can now offer precise nutritional recommendations. GreyB notes that this trend is fueled by a rise in health awareness and the desire for customised dietary plans. Personalised nutrition not only improves individual health outcomes but also enhances overall well-being by addressing unique dietary requirements.

3. Automation and smart technologies: Enhancing efficiency

Automation in food preparation and supply chains is reaching new heights with the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR). These technologies streamline meal planning, shopping, and food preparation, making processes more efficient and personalised. As highlighted by and StartUs Insights, smart kitchens equipped with these technologies can reduce food waste, optimise resource use, and provide consumers with a more convenient and informed cooking experience.

4. Sustainability and food waste management: Working towards zero waste

Reducing food waste and adopting zero-waste practices are critical priorities in the foodtech sector. Companies are increasingly focusing on sustainable waste management strategies to minimise their environmental impact. GreyB and StartUs Insights report that innovative solutions, such as upcycling food waste into new products and improving supply chain efficiency, are gaining traction. These efforts are essential in addressing the global challenge of food waste, which accounts for a significant portion of environmental pollution.

5. Regenerative agriculture and nature protection: Eco-friendly farming

Consumers are becoming more concerned about the climate crisis and are demanding products from regenerative agriculture practices. This method of farming restores soil health and enhances biodiversity, making it a sustainable alternative to conventional agriculture. Innova Insights points out that brands committed to protecting the enviro and using sustainable packaging are gaining popularity. Regenerative agriculture not only benefits the environment but also improves the quality and nutritional value of food products.

6. Convenience and supporting technologies: Smart solutions for busy lives

The quest for convenience continues to drive innovation in foodtech, with automated shopping lists and meal planning apps becoming increasingly sophisticated. Technologies such as AR and AI assist consumers in managing their diets more effectively and efficiently. According to and Mintel, these tools provide valuable support for busy individuals, helping them make healthier food choices and save time. The convenience offered by these technologies aligns with the fast-paced lifestyle of modern consumers, ensuring they can maintain a balanced diet without the hassle.

The foodtech is on the brink of a transformative era, driven by alternative proteins, personalised nutrition, advanced automation, sustainability initiatives, regenerative agriculture, and convenience-enhancing technologies. These trends not only promise to revolutionise the food sector but also address critical health and environmental issues.


  • DigitalFoodLab. “Alternative Proteins: The Future of Sustainable Nutrition.”
  • StartUs Insights. “Innovative FoodTech Trends in 2024.”
  • GreyB. “Personalized Nutrition and Its Growing Demand.”
  • “Automation and Smart Kitchens: The Next Frontier in FoodTech.” (Source details)
  • Innova Insights. “Regenerative Agriculture: A Sustainable Farming Revolution.” (Source details)
  • Mintel. “Convenience in FoodTech: Leveraging Technology for Better Nutrition.” (Source details)

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