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Food & Beverage
The food and beverage industry, a segment of the consumer packaged goods industry, covers food production, agriculture, beverages, alcohol, and tobacco.
The industry is shaped by the supply of agricultural yield and raw material availability and the demands of demographic shifts and consumer trends. Looking at the end user, food and beverage companies are benefiting from an increased analysis and relationship with their consumers through social media.
Key trends include the prioritization of value over low cost, the requirement for quick reactions to shifts in consumer priorities, increased demand for short-cut foods to fit into busy schedules and a focus on sustainability. Key challenges include maintaining supply for a growing population, rising food commodity prices, and increasing scrutiny of ingredients and shifting regulatory guidelines.
The integration of high technology will be crucial to driving not only product growth, but also operational growth. Breakthroughs in biotechnology and agricultural research will be crucial to mitigating supply issues for the growing population. Identification of sustainable sources of raw materials will be key to maintaining product quality in line with regulations.
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Fact checking / validation
I recently read an article about needle-like nanoparticles in baby formula. What scientific articles can support this claim?
Identify the top 3-5 technologies to reseal bottles to prevent spoilage.
Review the most recent paper from Professor Miller’s group on self-healing polymers and provide a short summary for me.
Data review / analysis
Using the provided data on sales versus product, create a few visualizations / graphs that quickly convey which products are selling vs those that are not.
What cheese types have the highest and lowest ROI?
In-depth project work
Develop a technology landscape for all processes to remove gluten from wheat.
Provide a list of patents, papers and startups that are using genetically engineered plasmids to create biofuel from waste byproducts.
Interview / private information acquisition
Provide an in-depth analysis of the startup NanoGrow to understand their IP position and licensing potential.
Compile a list of all large and medium agriculture companies that are investing / funding startups in the driverless agriculture space, including aircraft.
Regulatory / Market Analysis
Based on existing market data and new technologies emerging from academia, what are the fastest growing opportunities in the non-carbonated healthy-drink market?
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Rachel Murkett, PhD
Rachel is one of PreScouter’s Project Architect. She specializes in the food and beverage industry. She completed her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. Her research was focused around Photobiology, with research themes including the development of fluorescent proteins for biomedical imaging applications and the formulation of lutein as a nutritional supplement. Prior to her PhD, Rachel completed a Bachelor (Honours) Degree in Biochemistry at the University of East Anglia.
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The Scouting Brief, the document that conveys the Client’s innovation goal, outlined they were looking for a product that was already in production. The anti-counterfeiting technology did not have to be at production scale, but it did have to reach that potential within 12-18 months. PreScouter assembled a team of Scholars who could efficiently vet compounds, additives, and novel composite materials for the right solution.
Upon delivery of the report, the Client was pleased to have identified with sufficient technical detail, a handful of very promising anti-counterfeiting glass composites for use in their bottle manufacturing. The results were shared internally with their department. Shortly after that, the Client mentioned to PreScouter that the report was of high value, and they proceeded to sign up for an annual membership.
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