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Umi Kitchen let home chefs sell small batches of their recipes to eaters in their neighborhoods. Hallie Meyer, Umi co-founder and Danny Meyer’s daughter, said the pause in operations was caused by tricky delivery economics.
“Ghost restaurants” like Green Summit, Maple and Good Uncle are popping up across the country. They have less overhead and are more nimble, but delivery economics are difficult. Can delivery-only restaurants succeed?
Food policy experts around the country weigh in, with hope and deep concerns, including Kathleen Merrigan, Wenonah Hauter and Chellie Pingree.
If big food companies want to survive in the future, they need to completely rethink how they innovate by focusing on product, not just marketing.
Delivery robot maker Starship Technologies has partnered with DoorDash and Postmates for its U.S. pilot. The robots will begin food deliveries with DoorDash in Redwood City, CA and with Postmates in Washington, DC this month.
Biome Makers, AgBiome, Blue Rive Technologies, Farmers Business Network and Yield Lab top the list of winners nominated by AgFunder’s 25k person network.
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The Keurig-for-juice startup was also able to make the reduction because it was selling twice the number of juice packs than it expected. Additionally, Juicero will also start a self-serve juice pilot with Whole Foods, as the retailer looks to cut labor costs.
Amazon is joining a pilot program in which it will accept food stamps online, showing that it wants to appeal to lower-income shoppers, traditionally a key customer base for Wal-Mart.