The metaverse provided brands with the opportunity to create their own virtual space. With the basis of one being the digital realm and the other being firmly rooted in the physical world, the pairing of the food industry and the metaverse may not seem to be the most obvious. The food industry can be forward-thinking and be ready to take up new challenges. Food brands are getting involved in creating virtual goods and services to make their mark in this digital realm. They are holding festivals and events where participants can immerse themselves.

Culinary experience with a difference

People often eat at a stadium after a big game. Now they can watch a virtual game and eat virtually. The avatar of a person can visit a street food market and try out a virtual dish. Restaurants will be affected by the metaverse as a wealth of imagination  will be brought to the marketing of their brands in the metaverse. Two friends living far away from each other can meet in a virtual restaurant and order meals. Burger King, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Chipotle have opened up virtual locations in the metaverse. This helps such brands to incorporate digital tools in their offerings. The potential for food brands in this space is huge as they can interact with customers in new ways.

New methods of interaction

The food industry may not have benefitted as much as the other industries with the digital shift from the real world to the virtual world, but things are changing now. For instance, Coca Cola participated in an NFT campaign and designed virtual goodie bags that had digital collectibles. The NFTs were auctioned and were packaged as loot boxes. The loot boxes contained items that were characterized by novelty. There was a Coca Cola bubble jacket that looked futuristic and reminded people of retro delivery uniforms. Wendy’s has also enjoyed popularity in the metaverse. Wendy’s used Fortnite and created its own game mode called ‘ Food Fight’. The players were given a challenge. The challenge was to ensure that the world does not use frozen beef anymore. This was aligned with Wendy’s aim of not to use frozen beef in its products.

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Creating new pathways

This foray into the metaverse can be seen as the future of food content and a shift away from the tried-and-tested methods. With the consumer landscape constantly evolving, this will open up avenues and possibilities that will no longer be restricted by geographical locations. Family and friends can share food and people can do anything from sharing food to taking cooking classes. For instance, Bored Breakfast Club, an NFT project, actually delivers real world coffee shipments together with digital experiences to its customers. There are 5000 unique breakfast scenes that are NFTs and members can use these NFTs to get access to freshly roasted coffee, live events, and discounts. This is an example of the metaverse and the real world colliding in a unique way. Technological devices are being used so that physical sensations such as chewing and taste can be simulated. This would be the key to virtual eating. A team has already developed a device that helps to stimulate the sense of touch in the mouth.

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Ronn Torossian is the Founder & Chairman of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently owned PR firms in the United States. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company's growth and vision, with the agency earning accolades including being named a Top 50 Global PR Agency by PRovoke Media, a top three NYC PR agency by O'Dwyers, one of Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces and being awarded multiple American Business Awards, including a Stevie Award for PR Agency of the Year. With over 25 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America's most prolific and well-respected public relations executives. Throughout his career he has advised leading and high-growth businesses, organizations, leaders and boards across corporate, technology and consumer industries. Torossian is known as one of the country's foremost experts on crisis communications. He has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly in the media and has authored two editions of his book, "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations," which is an industry best-seller. Torossian's strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, a Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider, Metropolitan Magazine's Most Influential New Yorker, and a recipient of Crain's New York Most Notable in Marketing & PR. Outside of 5W, Torossian serves as a business advisor to and investor in multiple early stage businesses across the media, B2B and B2C landscape. Torossian is the proud father of two daughters. He is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a board member of multiple not for profit organizations.