SNAQ: Get Nutritional Information Using an Image of Your Meal

SNAQ: Get Nutritional Information Using an Image of Your Meal

Zurich-based startup SNAQ developed a patent-pending food analysis app that gives users nutritional information about their meals just by taking its picture.

SNAQ is a machine learning and computer vision startup active in the medical field. It has developed a mobile app solution enabling anyone to take a picture of a prepared meal and immediately receive its nutritional information. The Artificial Intelligence-powered app automatically recognises the food and using 3D models; it calculates the volume, deduces its weight. After comparison with a nutritional value database, the app provides a nutritional value analysis of the food.

Beyond being a lifestyle solution, the app is also being developed to help diabetes patients. Once the startup obtains approval to use the solution as a medical device, the app will be used to calculate the required insulin dosage.

Founders Aurelian Briner and Nico Previtali established SNAQ in 2017 to reveal the impact of food on health. SNAQ’s patent-pending and scientifically verified technology provides users with the most convenient and accurate way to capture nutritional intake and helps to manage the impact of food on health through personalised insights and recommendations.

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SNAQ AG
Birmensdorferstrasse 94
Zurich, 8003, CH
Email : info@snaq.io

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Helbling Technik Develops Smart Devices for Sustainable Nutrition

Helbling Technik Develops Smart Devices for Sustainable Nutrition

Helbling Technik develops smart nutrition systems to tackle the challenge of sustainable food consumption. The approach is based on three pillars: nutrition devices, smart technologies and system circularity.

Helbling Technik’s Nutrition Devices

Nutrition devices are known at Helbling Technik as systems that interact with customers to deliver food and beverage products. The devices can be dispensers, juicers or vending machines that normally include a specific packaging to enclose the products. For example, in a coffee system, the coffee is first stored in an individual capsule or in a larger container and then, on request from the customer, processed with hot water and delivered into the cup.

Any nutrition system must ensure a safe and hygienic delivery of the products and most systems integrate technologies of filtration, cleaning and sanitisation.

Finally, a nutrition device must be attractive and easy-to-use for the consumer. These design and usability aspects are necessary for   nice experience in the consumption of the products.

Smart Technologies for Enhanced Consumer Experience and Deeper Market Insights

The interactions between a consumer and a nutrition device is determinant when making consumption decisions. These interactions have been enhanced with smart technologies since the late 2010 and the first devices have been equipped with Bluetooth or WiFi. The consumer experience became more digital and data were collected to generate insights about consumption.

With the development of edge technologies and machine learning, fast, safe and cost-efficient analysis of the data are collected by the system. By combining these new technologies with robust system architecture design, it is possible to deliver added value for consumers and deeper insights for marketing.

As a showcase, the experts in edge technologies at Helbling Technik have developed a system where the data collected by a smart watch are interpreted by a dispenser to provide a personalized beverage. Based on the data, the dispenser can learn the consumer habit and thus predict the need and optimize the resources to make the consumption more sustainable.

Circular Engineering for Sustainable Nutrition

The designed system is also optimized in terms of reliability, reparability, reusability, and recyclability. Resources needed to manufacture and use a nutrition system (device and packaging) and treat the generated wastes are significant. A reduction of the environmental footprint can be achieved with the method of circular engineering. This method uses life cycle assessment (LCA) and material circularity evaluation and focuses on the selection of the materials and components, as well as production processes. Several packaging and systems have been developed based on this approach to provide sustainable solutions for nutrition, where the packaging is not only used to store the product but also to record information about the product such as the date of consumption or remaining volume of product. The information is then used by the systems to optimize the food processing and to avoid any waste.

Helbling Technik provides independent R&D development services, from the idea to the market-ready products. With more than 55 years of experience in the innovation and development of devices for home and professional use, Helbling Technik is a reliable partner for the design and industrialisation of smart and sustainable nutrition systems.

For more information, you may contact:
Ludovic Dovat, PhD
Head of Development, Smart Nutrition Systems
ludovic.dovat@helbling.ch
www.helbling.ch

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FlavorWiki: Digitizing Consumer Preference in the Food Industry

FlavorWiki: Digitizing Consumer Preference in the Food Industry

FlavorWiki's AI technology

Swiss startup FlavorWiki helps the food and beverage industry evaluate consumer perception and preference in record time, from anywhere in the world.

Zurich-based consumer insights company, FlavorWiki, is using unique sensory technology to digitize individual tastes. The innovative solution evaluates flavour, texture, aroma and mouthfeel simultaneously using regular consumers. Equipped with this application, their global community of consumers return actionable insights in a matter of hours to understand a market or consumer segment.

Founded in 2015 by Daniel Protz, FlavorWiki’s goal is to advance the food industry by providing an affordable solution that delivers insights with ten times the reach of existing methods. Its sensory data and machine learning technology support each phase of the product lifecycle from research, creation, selling and monitoring. Not only do businesses gain valuable insights regarding their market, but consumers also get to discover new products, earn rewards and get special offers.

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FlavorWiki
52 Zentral Strasse
8003 Zurich, Switzerland
Email : info@flavorwiki.com

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DNAFoil® A2 Cow Test: SwissDeCode’s Newest Product

DNAFoil® A2 Cow Test: SwissDeCode’s Newest Product

A Swiss foodtech company is launching a rapid test that would allow dairy farms to identify A2 milk-producing cows.

SwissDeCode is launching the DNAFoil® A2 Cow Test to answer the growing demands for A2 milk testing. The rapid kit allows farmers and companies to test their cows independently to identify A2 milk-producing cows. It is a highly accurate test that uses tail hair samples from cows to detect the presence of the A1 beta-casein allele. Providing all necessary material, the all-in-one test can be performed on-site, even by non-experts. The reliable and easily-interpretable results are available in 45 minutes, including approximately 15 minutes hands-on time. This significantly shortens the time to get results compared to current analytical methods.

New Addition to the A2 Family of Tests 

The DNAFoil® A2 Cow Test is an addition to the A2 family of tests after last year’s launch of DNAFoil® A2 Cow Milk, which helps assess the purity of batches of A2 milk. By offering products that are useful to breeders, farms and processing companies, these tests can potentially secure the authenticity and transparency of a large part of the A2 milk supply chain. 

A2 Milk: A Growing Profitable Market

Dairy companies worldwide are motivated to produce A2 milk to respond to the consumer demand for a perceived healthier alternative to conventional dairy. As the interest in A2 milk grows, the milk industry faces an increasing need for proving the authenticity of the products they are offering.

By putting this powerful tool in the hands of farmers, we are helping them bring better milk products to market and enabling pure A2 supply chains and efficient herd management.

Gianpaolo Rando

CTO & Co-Founder, SwissDeCode

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SwissDeCode HQ
Chemin du Closel 5, Renens, VD 1020, CH
Phone : +41 78 222 94 44
Email : hello@swissdecode.com

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Givaudan Collaborates with Microcaps on Microencapsulation

Givaudan Collaborates with Microcaps on Microencapsulation

Givaudan, a global leader in flavours, food ingredients, fragrances and active cosmetic ingredients, partnered with Microcaps to advance their innovative ideas.

A company over 250 years old, Givaudan is a founding partner of MassChallenge Switzerland since 2016. The partnership aims to continue their practice of adaptability and broadening their business technologies with smart and thorough collaboration sourcing. 

While keeping an eye on all startups coming through, Givaudan works with MassChallenge on focus areas their innovation teams are looking at each year. These could include food sustainability, fragrance technology or digital expansion.

And with the startup Microcaps, a 2019 MassChallenge Switzerland finalist, the area Givaudan was focusing on was in microencapsulation for flavours and fragrances. 

Microcaps solves a common problem with microencapsulation – the trade-off between high throughput and precise particle size, a crucial factor for increased stability and controlled release. The startup has developed a novel technology that solves this problem by enabling precise microencapsulation at an industrial scale.

Givaudan’s collaboration with Microcaps is being explored to both bolster their own approach to flavour and fragrant control, as well as a service to their clients in food, beverage, nutrition and consumer products. 

Givaudan’s approach made it very compelling for us. Even before the pitch, they made it clear which Givaudan team members we were going to be working with, and this makes the pitch much more targeted and focused on Givaudan’s needs instead of us trying to intuit their goals.

Michael Hagander

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Microcaps

For more information:

Microcaps AG
Wagistrasse 13
8952 Schlieren, Switzerland
Phone : +41 (0)44 733 45 50
Emails : alessandro.ofner@microcaps.ch; michael.hagander@microcaps.ch

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FoodSparks®: A New Agrifood-tech Seed Fund by PeakBridge and EIT Food

FoodSparks®: A New Agrifood-tech Seed Fund by PeakBridge and EIT Food

PeakBridge and EIT Food have launched PeakBridge FoodSparks® SCSp, a new seed fund for European agrifood-tech startups.

Global fund manager PeakBridge joins EIT Food, the world’s biggest Agrifood Innovation Ecosystem, in launching the FoodSparks® fund. This new fund will invest in pan-European seed and early-stage startups to offer access to strategic capital and support with scaling up. It also aims to work towards innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems in food production, supply and sustainability.

The fund will offer up to €30M of investment to about ten startups per year for up to four years. The companies to receive investment will all be domiciled in Europe/EFTA and Israel, have protectable and scalable technology. They also have to align with EIT Food’s mission of making the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted.

The startups and entrepreneurs included in the fund will also have access to advice and mentoring from the wider EIT Food community, allowing them to benefit from decades of food experience and knowledge.  

FoodSparks® will be headed by Managing Partner Yoni Glickman with some of its investors Ordway Selections, CPT Capital, Givaudan, Puratos and Gullspång Re:food. With this, portfolio companies will benefit from a wide range of potential co-investment and follow-on investment opportunities.

Funding the next generation of agrifood innovations is one of the most important steps we can take in ensuring a sustainable future for the global food system.

Andy Zynga

CEO, EIT Food

For more information, you may email foodsparks@peakbridge.vc.

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