The UK’s biggest selling stock brand, Knorr, has launched a new online tool, ‘Eat Your Feed’, an app which analyses a user’s Instagram feed and serves up a personalised selection of recipes based on their experiences.
Users just connect using their Instagram account and the Eat Your Feed bespoke technology suggests recipes personalised to their feed. Accessible on mobile, desktop or tablet, the tool suggests recipe ideas along with ingredients and cooking methods to create quick and tasty meals in the comfort of users’ own homes. They can save the recipes or, with a few clicks, add the ingredients (including Knorr products) to their shopping basket.
Creative digital agency AnalogFolk made Eat Your Feed possible by turning data from the Instagram post into a matching recipe from the Knorr recipe database. AnalogFolk used visual recognition and individual image data to build a bespoke AI algorithm, and trained it to understand posts and match to the perfect recipe.
Each Instagram image holds a very rich source of information. Every image has data that contains the time it was submitted, potentially a geolocation if the user added it and, of course, the caption. The location provides the city and country name, and the caption, containing phrases and keywords, supplies context.
For the image itself, AnalogFolk incorporated the IBM Watson Visual Recognition service to identify the scenes and objects in the picture – for example Nature, Beach, Lake, Snowboard, Dog etc. This created a list of keywords that a bespoke prioritising algorithm scores and then finds the best match from the Knorr recipe database the perfect match.
The Eat Your Feed tool will be supported by the world’s first Instagram powered restaurant, created by Knorr’s PR agency W Communications, where traditional menus will be scrapped and instead diners will be served meals matched to their Instagram feeds. The one-of-a-kind pop-up dining experience takes place on Wednesday 11th April at Jones & Sons restaurant in Islington, North London. Once the technology has analysed each diner’s feed, it will then share personalised recipe suggestions with the Jones & Sons restaurant kitchen. The innovative dishes served at the restaurant will each match a special memory captured on Instagram.
Philippa Atkinson, Senior Brand Manager Knorr UK & Ireland, says: “Eat Your Feed is an innovative concept that showcases the transformative power of Knorr stocks to a new younger generation, adding twists to their favourite recipes or discovering new ones. We’re excited to be the first Instagram inspired recipe solution – using our consumers’ own posts to prompt recipes with real value and relevance we know they’ll love, as well as a reminder of the great adventures they’ve had in the past.”
The Knorr brand is owned by Anglo-Dutch food and household products company, which acquired it in 2000 when it bought Best Foods. Knorr makes a range of products including stocks and soup mixes.