Published on February 4th, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise0
IBM and McCormick Blend New Seasonings with AI
Companies like McCormick have vast amounts of existing data that can be leveraged using artificial intelligence to reach business outcomes quicker and more efficiently. Kyle Wiggers of venturebeat.com shows how the famous spice company uses AI to take the work that is tedious and time-consuming for humans and arrives at new research insights and product innovations.
On some future visit to your neighborhood supermarket, at least a few of the groceries you pick up for that night’s dinner party or the next day’s lunch will have been designed with artificial intelligence (AI) — or so thinks IBM. The Armonk, New York company today announced that it’s teaming up with McCormick & Company — the century-old purveyor of spices, seasoning, mixes, and condiments for industrial and home kitchens alike — to create new flavors and foods with machine learning.
The collaboration — which IBM says was four years in the making — will see McCormick & Company tap IBM’s Research AI for Product Composition tech for AI-derived insights, which IBM claims has already enabled the food company’s Consumer and Flavor Solutions divisions to discover new herb, extract, marinade, and stock flavor combinations up to 3 times faster. The recipe-predicting AI, drawing on McCormick’s proprietary “hundreds of millions” of data points across sensory science and flavor palettes, will fuel the launch of its forthcoming product family, “One,” which it expects will launch in mid-2019.