Mars Food’s Uncle Ben’s brand is partnering with Innit, a connected food platform, to launch an AI-driven innovation that will forever change the way consumers engage with food. According to the press release, Uncle Ben’s is the first food brand to leverage Google lens, Google’s visual search technology, to connect helpful digital information to physical products and unlock dinnertime solutions in-store and at home.
In an effort to reach as many consumers as possible this September – during Family Meals Month – hundreds of thousands of Uncle Ben’s products will feature Google Lens stickers inviting them to use lens on the product. Using the Google app on iOS or Google lens app on Android, consumers can simply point their phone at Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice packages and retail displays in the US to discover content powered by Innit, including recipes with ingredient lists, nutrition advice and step-by-step videos to make cooking simple, release mentions.
Fiona Dawson, global president at Mars Food, Multisales and Global Customers said, “Purpose is at the heart of Mars Food and we are driven by delivering better food today for a better world tomorrow. We bring this to life everyday through our Uncle Ben’s brand by providing healthy, tasty and convenient dinnertimes. Working with Google and Innit, we have created a powerful new way to help consumers navigate the journey from store-shelf to dinner plate, all while enabling families to enjoy the benefits of cooking together.”
For consumers who use Innit already, the experience claims to go one step further with personalized recommendations based on the consumer’s preferences and dietary needs. Innit can even calculate a personalized score for each product, based on its fit for the user, claiming to help making healthy choices and find best products. In addition to that this also helps consumers who struggle with the eternal question — “What’s for dinner?” — the experience instantly suggests meals that can be built around the product, along with guided cooking instructions to make it happen.
Commenting on this, Eugenio Minvielle, founder of Innit said, “Innit was founded on the principle of unlocking information within food, and using it to empower people to live and eat better. We’re proud to work with Google and Mars Food to create a new way of engaging with food, helping consumers along every step in the journey.”
“With Google Lens, we want to help people search what they see to get things done throughout their day,” said Alan Joyce, product manager – Google Lens at Google. “By working with UNCLE BEN’s and Innit to connect their own digital information to the physical world, we think we can provide helpful information in context to help people with dinnertime.”
Powered by the latest computer vision technology and AI, Google Lens is a visual search tool that lets users search what they see, get stuff done faster, and interact with the world around them in an entirely new way.