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This Week in Food Tech News: January 6th, 2016 

From a new superfood, to indoor farming startups in Alaska, to the newest trend in restaurants across metropolitan areas in the United States, we have this week in food-technology news ready to go.

Pat Flynn, Co-Founder, Hazel Technologies
January 6, 2016 4:04 pm CST

1. FoodDive announces 8 Major Challenges in the food and beverage industry in 2016
The food publication announced predictions such as "a move toward less sugar in grocery products" and many more anticipated trends.
FoodDive Original Article

2. British publication Express believes a new "superfood" has emerged in Europe.
Which food? Black Pudding. The Scottish and British meat is gaining traction as a healthy choice due to high levels of protein and other nutrients.
Black Pudding the next superfood?

The SCiO scanner by Startup DietSensor can analyze the nutritional content of a food based

The SCiO scanner by Startup DietSensor can analyze the nutritional content of a food based off of its interaction with surrounding light.

Is Black Pudding the next trending superfood to catch fire in 2016?

Is Black Pudding the next trending superfood to catch fire in 2016?

3. Breeding ground for indoor farming startups? Alaska.
Alaskan startups Vertical Harvest Hydroponics and Alaska Natural Organics are blending different colors of LED lighting to optimally simulate sunlight from indoor farms.
Alaskan Indoor Farming Startups Thriving

Alaskan startup Vertical Harvest Hydroponics is using LED lighting to mimic natural sunlight

4. Food Tech Startup has created machine which can scan food and analyze nutritional content quickly and efficiently

The French Startup DietSensor utilizes SCiO laser technology, previously featured on HazelBlog as a food technology poised to disrupt in 2016.

The sensor (see picture above) analyzes the interaction with the food or beverage in question with light, then uses this information to calculate the chemical composition.

Mashable Exclusive Demo of SCiO Food Technology

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