The consumer industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by convenience, technology, and personalization and growing importance of technologies such as internet of things, artificial intelligence, and infrared sensors. In the last three years alone, there have been over 662,000 patents filed and granted in the consumer industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Artificial intelligence in consumer: intelligent beverage dispensers. Buy the report here.
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 116,000 patents to analyze innovation intensity for the consumer industry, there are 30+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Intelligent beverage dispensers is a key innovation area in artificial intelligence
An intelligent beverage dispenser is a mechanism that can be used to make, store, and dispense beverages using advanced technology. These machines can also communicate with other systems using the Internet. An intelligent beverage dispenser can automate several processes such as preparation, storage, and dispensing to reduce inconsistency. It can optimize its settings according to the environment and diagnose any malfunction.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 160+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established consumer companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of intelligent beverage dispensers.
Key players in intelligent beverage dispensers – a disruptive innovation in the consumer industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to intelligent beverage dispensers
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2022)||Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies|
|Nestle||2366||Unlock Company Profile|
|JDE Peet's||1315||Unlock Company Profile|
|Midea Group||1078||Unlock Company Profile|
|JS Global Lifestyle||722||Unlock Company Profile|
|Freezio||361||Unlock Company Profile|
|Guangdong Midea Domestic Electrical Appliance Manufacturing||330||Unlock Company Profile|
|Kraft Heinz||300||Unlock Company Profile|
|Unilever||263||Unlock Company Profile|
|Tyson Foods||254||Unlock Company Profile|
|Alpha Associati||228||Unlock Company Profile|
|Kruger||199||Unlock Company Profile|
|Gree Electric Appliances||193||Unlock Company Profile|
|Guangdong Xinbao Electrical Appliances||130||Unlock Company Profile|
|Koninklijke Philips||122||Unlock Company Profile|
|Groupe SEB||116||Unlock Company Profile|
|Keurig Dr Pepper||103||Unlock Company Profile|
|Breville Group||86||Unlock Company Profile|
|Robert Bosch Stiftung||78||Unlock Company Profile|
|Zhejiang Supor||73||Unlock Company Profile|
|Compagnie Mediterraneenne Des Cafes||49||Unlock Company Profile|
|LG||43||Unlock Company Profile|
|De Longhi Industrial||43||Unlock Company Profile|
|Finlav||42||Unlock Company Profile|
|Coway||40||Unlock Company Profile|
|Foshan Midea Chungho Water Purification Manufacturing||40||Unlock Company Profile|
|Haier Group||38||Unlock Company Profile|
|JURA Elektroapparate||34||Unlock Company Profile|
|Mondelez International||32||Unlock Company Profile|
|Koc||32||Unlock Company Profile|
|Caffita System||31||Unlock Company Profile|
|Starbucks||30||Unlock Company Profile|
|Gruppo Cimbali||26||Unlock Company Profile|
|Theca-Cola||25||Unlock Company Profile|
|Mars||24||Unlock Company Profile|
|Tsann Kuen (Zhangzhou) Enterprise||24||Unlock Company Profile|
|PepsiCo||24||Unlock Company Profile|
|Lavit||23||Unlock Company Profile|
|Touch Coffee & Beverages||22||Unlock Company Profile|
|Cometeer||22||Unlock Company Profile|
|Middleby||21||Unlock Company Profile|
|Zhongshan Mester Industry||21||Unlock Company Profile|
|Ethical Coffee||20||Unlock Company Profile|
|Hausbrandt Trieste 1892||20||Unlock Company Profile|
|Elec-Tech International||20||Unlock Company Profile|
|Gruppo illy||19||Unlock Company Profile|
|Artemis Group||19||Unlock Company Profile|
|Hamilton Beach Brands||19||Unlock Company Profile|
|Siemens||18||Unlock Company Profile|
|Vorwerk||18||Unlock Company Profile|
|Luna Technology Systems||18||Unlock Company Profile|
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
In terms of patents filed, the leading companies in the intelligent beverage dispenser space are Nestle, JDE Peet's, and Midea Group. Nestle offers a coffee machine called Nescafe Solution 2.0. This vending machine for coffee and tea provides touch-based and contactless solutions for menu selection. Its contactless solution that is infrared (IR)-enabled is a simple two-step process. The machine consists of semi-automatic sterilization and cleaning technology. Apart from this, it also has an automatic-lock mechanism that aims to keep each beverage hygienic.
In terms of application diversity, Freezio is the leading company in this space, while Lavit and LG are in the second and third positions, respectively.
By means of geographic reach, Freezio leads the pack, followed by Kruger and PepsiCo.
These machines will gain more momentum in the coming years, with increasing consumer focus on automation, convenience, and hygiene. To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the consumer industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Consumer Goods.