byFlow Presents Food 3D Printing Technology at World’s 50 Best Restaurants Event

Published on October 7, 2021 by Mikahila L.

In Antwerp, the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ annual event took place on October 5th for the first time since the start of the global health crisis. During the awards ceremony, byFlow, the manufacturer of food 3D printers, presented its latest patented technology. Similar to More Than Shape and several other companies, the Netherland-based startup has developed a food 3D printing process capable of printing chocolate—a little-known food manufacturing method at the moment, but which, over time, seems to be gaining in popularity.

In this regard, Floris Hoff, technical director and co-founder of byFlow, says: “Above all, we listened and observed the market. An important finding was that a lot of our customers’ interest in food 3D printing technology has been in personalized chocolate printing.” Today, according to the founders, the company is able to print chocolate creations with unique geometries. The startup adds that its technology has been tested time and time again around the world. After working with various restaurants and researchers to produce a selection of cereal-based snacks, the process has been presented at numerous high-profile events–notably to Queen Elizabeth II. 

chocolate tiger

byFlow 3D-Printed Food Technology

Developed over the course of nearly 7 years, byFlow’s 3D chocolate printing technology is now perfected and ready for wide application. The company now holds a patent in Europe for the printhead used on its food 3D printing system, and within the next 12 months, the United States is expected to grant the patent as well. Thanks to its new process, the company believes that it differentiates itself from other manufacturers of food 3D printers. According to byFlow, their 3D printers are able to print food in all forms, whether for example, solid or powder. While the Dutch company focused on 3D chocolate printing at the event, byFlow’s technology is able to support various foods, such as beets or spices.

Using additive manufacturing , byFlow wants to change the way food is prepared and consumed, in order to contribute to a more sustainable world. Furthermore, the company hopes to be able to collaborate with other players in the food services industry. Nina Hoff, sister of Floris and co-founder of byFlow, concludes: “We look forward to building new partnerships with food experts to shape the future of food .”

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