Robotic automation in the food industry analysis and on-going trends

Food automation market – global industry analysis, size, share, growth, trends, and forecast 2017 – 2025

By Chaitali Gawande

The food industry has witness relatively stable development in implementating new technology, in plant automation. Quick advancement in the Internet of Things (IoT) and strong prospects of consumers and governing agencies for improved food quality and safety has enforced the food industry to implement automation of most industrial processes. 

Automation simplifies the food packaging process, which includes food sorting, picking and packaging, and managing processes. An automated process acts as an effective solution for an enterprise requiring efficient solution for overcoming various challenges, such as enhancing productivity, improving yield, optimising resource management, mitigating security risks, and improving asset management. 

ABB launched new product portfolio as “Food & Beverage (F&B) Assessment Portfolio” to help food and beverage manufacturer improve processes and reduce production costs by giving them a better understanding of their plant, from power to automation to digital. In January 2017, GEA and Siemens announced a partnership to bring continuous manufacturing to the life sciences and pharmaceutical industry by offering an integrated continuous tablet manufacturing line. 

Founded in 1883, ABB is a Swedish-Swiss multinational corporation headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. ABB has involved in providing electrification products, motion and robotics solutions, power grids, and industrial automation solutions. ABB automation solutions help improve quality and productivity while staying ahed of the ever-increasing expectatons of their customers with competitiveness and agility. 

Founded in 1847, Siemens, a key player in Doppler flowmeter market, is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and operates in nearly all countries in the world. Main divisions of the company include industry, energy, healthcare, and infrastructure and cities. It offers a range of products and services on building technology, energy, drive technology, financing, industrial automation and mobility. On 18 February 2016, the building automation technology from Siemens was installed by F. Hoffman-La Roche, a Swiss pharmaceutical company. 

Schneider Electric
Founded in 1836, Schneider Electric is based in Rueil-Malmaison, France. The French-based corporation possesses an expertise in the manufacturing of building automation, power and cooling systems for datacentres, home automation, smart grid, switches and sockets, electrical grid automation, industrial control systems, and industrial safety systems. 

The adoption of automation across food industry is imperative owing to rising demand for productivity, quality and profitability. Paradigm shift in consumer preferences towards ready-to-eat and packaged food is expected to drive the food processing and packaging automation system industry over the forecast period. The current trend of automation deployment focuses on the processes, which reduces the waste and energy consumption, maintaining margins, reducing costs, and ensuring product safety. 

Technological advancements and the stringent food safety regulations regarding the food hygiene while processing is expected to drive the growth of food processing and packaging automation system market. 


Chaitali Gawande is senior analyst of Transparency Market Research