Innovations in food manufacturing technology supporting global demand for Japanese food

FOOMA JAPAN 2024 will see more than 5,000 solutions and 1,000 companies gather to learn more about the latest innovations in the food processing and packaging industry.

Japanese cuisine is cherished worldwide, thanks to recent advancements in food production technologies in Japan. These innovations have enabled cost reductions through automation and efficiency while maintaining high standards of quality control and safety. Environmental considerations such as energy conservation and recycling are also integral to these processes. Moreover, Japanese food production technology plays a crucial role in promoting regional economic development and integration, providing the expertise that helps local food industries grow and compete internationally.

Spotlight event: FOOMA JAPAN 2024

The upcoming food production expo, FOOMA JAPAN 2024, to be held at Tokyo Big Sight, has attracted much attention, and the event is expected to unveil new prospects for the future of food manufacturing.

The ESM-SLB packs Japanese lunch boxes automatically whilst accomodating a variety of container shapes and demands

Highlighted technologies at FOOMA JAPAN 2024 include Suzumo Machinery’s ESM-SLB. Known for its sushi robots, Suzumo Machinery’s multi-rice serving and container supply line, ESM-SLB, is gaining traction not only in Japan but also in North America and Asia. This machine automates the packing of “bento” (Japanese lunch boxes) catering to various container shapes and situations, therefore addressing labour reduction and automation needs.

The TECHMAGIC I-Robo is a sitr-fry cooking robot that tackles the issue of labour shortage through flexible and precise features

Also of note is the TECHMAGIC’s I-Robo, a stir-fry cooking robot, which won an Innovation Award at CES 2024. The solution automates tasks traditionally done by skilled chefs, such as stirring, heating, and even cleaning the frying pan post-cooking. I-Robo recreates popular dishes like fried rice and stir-fried vegetables, with flexible and precise control over heating temperature, time, and pan movements, aiding in labour shortage solutions.