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Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines.
In the quest for efficiency and healthier food options, Sweetgreen has turned to robots to operate its salad line. Bloomberg reports that the company’s “Infinite Kitchen” is pushing the boundaries of food service automation, although human assistance is still required. Meanwhile, Forbes delved into the captivating world of Stewart and Lynda Resnick’s Wonderful Co, uncovering their billionaire bee empire. As pollinators of a third of Americans’ food, the Resnicks’ extraordinary endeavor involves the fascinating logistics of renting out its 80,000 hives.
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The “Infinite Kitchen” still needs human help, but it’s a big step beyond other recent attempts at food-service automation.
Stewart and Lynda Resnick’s Wonderful Co. is among a handful of honey bee farms responsible for the pollination of a third of Americans’ food. But the real buzz is how they rent them out.
Obama wants to offer kids something healthier than soda, but some critics say that’s not good enough.
The startup develops an all-in-one restaurant management software that covers accounting, analytics, staff and inventory management. It’s currently used in some 40k locations.
The QSR chain said it is the first to partner with hyperlogistics company Pipedream to create the system, which uses robot couriers to deliver orders from the kitchen to designated parking spots.
Archer-Daniels-Midland has entered into a pivotal partnership with Air Protein, the innovator in air-based nutritional protein production that negates the need for agriculture or farmland and creates a revenue stream for captured C02.
Lever VC announced the release of its internal playbook for benchmarking the scientific progress of cultivated meat and cell-based dairy startups.
NASA asked companies to develop the next generation of space food. Here’s what they came up with.