Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
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IBM and McCormick Are Putting a High Tech Twist on Spices

IBM and McCormick Are Putting a High Tech Twist on Spices

AI chefs may seem like they belong to a far-off future, however, IBM and McCormick may have taken us one step closer after the two companies announced a partnership to use AI to create new flavors in food product development. A new research collaboration between McCormick & Company, the supermarket seasoning giant, and IBM could bring science to the kitchen that is more advanced than the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar.

The first product line will be on US shelves by late spring. Initial one dish recipes will include Bourbon Pork Tenderloin, Tuscan Chicken and New Orleans Sausage. The AI enabled McCormick's product developers to access to an expanded portfolio of flavour profiles that enhance their creativity.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly creeping into almost every aspect of modern life-even the seasoning on your chicken.

Reliable sources are of the opinion that McCormick is well on its way of introducing a new wave of innovation in the flavoring industry with its use of IBM Research AI for Product Composition. "By combining McCormick's deep data and expertise in science and taste, with IBM's AI capabilities, we are working together to unlock the bounds of creativity and transform the food and flavour development process".

Sometime around this summer, McCormick plans to launch its new ONE product line with flavor creations made possible, in part, by IBM's AI. He added that this is one of the several projects that are in pipeline that essentially combine flavoring with emerging technologies. It may not stop at seasonings either, as it has other AI projects in the works. Scientists from IBM Research have produced six Nobel Laureates, 10 U.S. National Medals of Technology, five U.S. National Medals of Science, six Turing Awards, 19 inductees in the National Academy of Sciences and 20 inductees into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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