— This is the script of CNBC's news report for China's CCTV on December 30, Tuesday.
So far, 3D food printing is in its infancy...
And as far as revolutionzing food manufacturing and production? The jury's still out.
Only now for decorative things like personalized candies and funky shapes... but there's now pizza and personal oreos that will eventually be sold to consumers.
And as Sara Eisen reports, this will only get more experimental with ingredients and temperatures in the next 25 years.
WITH JUST A CLICK
THESE DESIGNS ARE BEING PRINTED INTO FLAVOR PACKED SUGARY TREATS
[Liz Von Hasseln, Creative Director of Food Product, 3D Systems] "You can design basically anything you can imagine in your mind that you would like to 3d print in sweets"
LIZ VON HASSELN IS THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF FOOD PRODUCTS FOR 3D SYSTEMS. INSIDE HER SUGAR LAB IN LOS ANGELS SHE AND HER TEAM ARE DEVELOPING NEW WAYS OF PRINTING EDABLE PRODUCTS.
[Liz Von Hasseln, Creative Director of Food Product, 3D Systems] "It basically adds the wet ingredients of the recipe to the dry ingredients layer by layer so it builds up the 3d objects in confection layer by layer."
THE GOAL - PUTTING 3D PRINTERS IN BAKERIES, RESTAURANTS AND PERHAPS NEXT TO THE COFFEE MACHINE ON YOUR KITCHEN COUNTER AT HOME
[Liz Von Hasseln, Creative Director of Food Product, 3D Systems] "I can totally see a day when a dad and his son are whipping up something totally custom that they imagine and create together."
CREATE - AND THEN CONSUME. IT'S SOMETHING GROCERY GIANT KROGER'S CEO RODNEY MCMULLEN ISN'T SOLD ON - JUST YET...
[Rodney McMullen, CEO, Kroger] "The thing that I keep wondering about is 3d printing and will someone really feel good about something that is food produced with 3d printing even though it's produced to my taste profiles.
SE: do you think there is a world where we 3d print our food?
RM: I think it's possible. Whether it actually happens or not, I don't know."
THE HERSHEY COMPANY IS ALREADY EXPERIMENTING WITH 3D PRINTING - WORKING WITH 3D SYSTEMS TO PRINT CHOCOLATE, AND WE ARE TOLD OTHERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON - BUT IT'S NOT JUST SWEETS. SAVORY, AND SPICY FOODS COULD ALSO BE PART OF THE EQUATION IN THE FUTRE.
[Liz Von Hasseln, Creative Director of Food Product, 3D Systems] "I think this will be a huge part of the future of food and nutrition and I think the companies that aren't interested in engaging in this technology are going to feel like at some point that they missed an opportunity."
Sara Eisen CNBC, Business News