Technology is revolutionizing every industry today, including food. Here are the different ways technology is changing the restaurant industry.
The restaurant industry has been pretty standard since its inception. The most significant technological revolutions for the industry have been delivery, online ordering, and now it has been delivery service applications. Many of these were recent developments, and the restaurant industry is only continuing to change as more technology continues to progress.
Many high-traffic restaurants and kitchens have begun to employ smart sensors to stop their equipment from breaking as frequently. Equipment breakages can turn a productive and profitable business into an unsustainable operation. Previously, they have often felt unpredictable, but smart sensors can identify anomalies with equipment early on so they can be fixed and maintained. These sensors are important for preserving equipment and keeping food within safe temperatures.
A recent entry into the restaurant space has been cloud kitchens—collaborative mega-kitchens that only service those wanting delivery through online apps. Cloud kitchens became more of a necessity during restaurant shutdowns during the pandemic, and they grew to meet the market’s needs. They’re relatively low cost, have a lot of room for expansion, and can adapt to consumer needs. These kitchens run through the cloud, which saves a lot of money while also analyzing consumer behaviors and data to determine which items should stay on menus and which ones should go.
Data analysis is occurring in cloud kitchens to optimize menus and give consumers the kind of food they want, but this trend applies to traditional restaurants. The market can use technology to find out what people want from their food, and restaurants can respond accordingly and include it in their menus. For example, more customers want higher-quality ingredients, want to know the origins of their products, want allergen and vegan-friendly options, etc. On top of what’s on the menu, data analysis can reveal trends in surge times, location, marketing, promotions, and more.
Robotics and automation can streamline the supply chain on the supplier end of the relationship. Food production has always been a careful game as ingredients require perfect conditions to stay safe, and automated machines can optimize and maintain those conditions without operator intervention. Some meat processing companies have even implemented robotic butchers to cut the more difficult sections of meat that human butchers may struggle with.
These were only a few of the different ways technology is changing the restaurant industry, and there are likely many more to reveal themselves soon and transform the industry even further.