Bar Technology Solves for Over Pouring and Keeping Up With Consumer Trends

Managing a successful bar may look easy, but there really is more to it than pouring drinks. The pressure isn’t just on the cocktail selections and beer list either. You need to factor in the latest trends to stay relevant and frequented. Social media and technology can make or break a business, so Foodable researched some of the latest bar technology to help keep you afloat.

Ultrasound Technology

While it sounds like something that belongs in a doctor’s office, it’s actually the newest way to prevent your bartenders from over pouring liquor. Products like pourers and stoppers that can compute the amount of alcohol consumed. Not only will you prevent over pouring, you’ll have better visibility for when it’s time to restock.

Self-Pour Technology

According to PourMyBeer, giving away free samples, along with over pouring can cost your bar about $142 of profit loss for each tapped keg. The use of a self-pour machine can help decrease profit loss by charging guests by every ounce poured, whether tasting a few varieties or enjoying  a pint.

Automation/ Robotic Bartenders

Pizza companies aren’t the only ones who are seeing the addition of robots to their staff. If your bar is struggling to keep up with wait time, or trying to attract Gen Z and Millennials, robot bartenders might be something worth to consider.

Virtual Reality

According to SuperDataResearch, virtual reality is projected to reach 37.7 billion USD in revenue by 2020. It may be a foreign concept for a bar, but is certainly a great way to entertain guests.

To learn more about the use of technology in bars and what companies are creating the latest innovations watch the video above.

Automation, the Latest Pizza Technology Alleviating Labor

Robots in the kitchen, sounds like a dream right? Well, 2018 brings the dawn of a new era in the foodservice industry, automation.

Automation, as defined by Techopedia, is the creation of technology and its application in order to control and monitor the production and delivery of various goods and services.

One particular area that’s booming for foodservice automation, is pizza.

Graphic Created by:  Rachel Brill

Graphic Created by: Rachel Brill

Startups like Silicon Valley-based Zume Pizza was founded in 2015 with the idea of cutting out laborious work for its employees, allowing them to move into more creative roles. The pizza startup has a total of six robots in its line of production to alleviate repetitive work.

Up and coming pizza restaurants aren’t the only ones adding robots to their concepts. A Pizza Hut branch located in South Korea has introduced a robot waiter, Dilly Plate. The addition to the restaurant is an effort to lessen staff pressures.

This boom in pizza technology is not the end. According to Technavio, the market for robots in the foodservice industry will experience a 29% compound annual growth rate from 2015 through 2019.

However, it may pose a threat to restaurant employees. A 2017 report from Cornerstone Capital Group states, between 6 million and 7.5 million U.S. jobs are at risk “in the coming years” due to automation, but Zume Pizza CEO Alex Garden doesn’t see it that way.

“For the first time in 20 years, we have more job openings than jobless people. We have to solve that problem,” Garden said. “When we automate a dangerous, repetitive task, we don’t get rid of that person. We train them and promote them and allow them to do more meaningful work.”

To learn more about how automation is impacting pizza restaurants, be sure to watch the video above an read more at Forbes.

Plant-Based, Technologically Driven, Vastly Different Startups Receive $3 Billion in Investments

Plant-Based, Technologically Driven, Vastly Different Startups Receive $3 Billion in Investments
  • The future of food looks technologically driven with meatless meat and low sugar sweets.

  • New meal choices are under development with recently funded startups.

These startups have gained about three billion dollars globally of disclosed investment over the past 12 months. Here are some highlights of food and beverage trends you can expect to see coming soon.

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The New Ways Food and Beverage Companies are Using AI

The New Ways Food and Beverage Companies are Using AI

With consumers constantly demanding more for less, our industry is always looking for new ways to satisfy customers while keeping costs low. Sometimes, that demand can be a tall order for us humans, so companies are turning to Artificial Intelligence (AI) to hack logistics, customer experience and other aspects of business to keep themselves in the green.

But how can companies industrialize their businesses in an era where consumers are trending towards more artisanal and hand-crafted experiences?

Well, first consider that even those “hand-crafted” experiences are often orchestrated by a number of automated processes which move the product from production to testing, to packaging, to shipping, before even coming in contact with the consumer. According to VentureBeat, the challenge historically has been that machines doing this work are fixed in a certain may, meaning if the machine runs out of product or something doesn’t meet the exact standard required for the machine to run the way it’s meant to, it just won’t run, requiring a stop and manual fix.

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