The grocery industry’s shopping list: Inventory management, frictionless checkout, computer vision
Technology advancements in recent years are giving startups a shot at providing grocery stores with e-commerce-like features in a brick-and-mortar setting.
Eclipse Foods isn’t out to substitute dairy — it’s on a mission to replace it
The company’s ice cream mix is the base for Smashburger’s new non-dairy milkshakes, representing “the first nationally available non-dairy milkshakes at a fast-casual restaurant chain.”
SoftBank leads $150M round for Firework’s shoppable video
Firework provides tools for retailers and consumer brands to tap into their own customer data to build engaging video experiences across their own digital properties and social channels.
Daring Foods bites into third round in 12 months as plant-based chicken product enters Walmart
The company saw 900% growth over the past 12 months and will be using the new funding to support that growth and new innovation.
Albertsons sets off Firework’s livestream, shoppable video experience on website
Albertsons is the first U.S. grocer to utilize Firework's platform to create, host and curate its own short-form and livestream video to improve customer engagement.
Point Pickup acquires e-commerce platform GrocerKey for $42M to allow for same-day delivery
The acquisition of GrocerKey, which brings on board the company’s front-end consumer-facing sales engine and predictive analytics, puts the data and brand recognition back in the retailer’s hands.
Google promises better 3D maps
Google is announcing a handful of major updates to Google Maps today that range from bringing its Live View AR directions indoors to adding weather data to its maps, but the most tantalizing news R
Albertsons taps Tortoise for remote-controlled grocery delivery robots
Albertsons Companies, the grocery giant that owns Safeway and Jewel-Osco, has launched a pilot program that will test grocery delivery using remote-controlled delivery robots developed by Silicon Vall
New York-based indoor ag company Gotham Greens raises $87 million
Lettuce celebrate the rise of indoor agriculture. In the past few months, AppHarvest, a developer of greenhouse tomato farms, went public through a special purpose acquisition vehicle, vertical farmin
Plenty has raised over $500 million to grow fruits and veggies indoors
Plenty Unlimited has raised $140 million in new funding to build more vertical farms around the U.S. The new funding, which brings the company’s total cash haul to an abundant $500 mill
Beyond Meat is introducing pre-packaged meatballs at stores across the US
Indulging in American food companies’ favorite pastime of marketing innovations that no one needs but potentially everyone wants, Beyond Meat is launching Beyond Meatballs in grocery stores nati
From farm to phone: A paradigm shift in grocery
Grocery margins will always be razor thin, and the difference between a profitable and unprofitable grocer is often just cents on the dollar.
Impossible Foods rolls out to nearly 1,000 new grocery stores and supermarkets
Starting tomorrow, 777 supermarkets in California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Nevada will begin stocking the Impossible Foods plant-based meat substitute. Fueling the increased distribution and a pus
Albertsons will offer Plated’s meal kits across hundreds of stores this year
Following its $200 million acquisition of meal kit startup Plated last fall, grocery chain Albertsons announced this week it would roll out Plated’s meal kits to hundreds of stores by the end of
Instacart signs deal with Albertsons
Instacart has inked a deal with Albertsons to offer same-day delivery from the grocery store chain. The deal will include 1,800 of Albertsons stores across the country by mid-2018, helping Instacart d
Albertsons snaps up meal kit startup Plated for $200 million
In a first for national grocery chains, Albertsons is buying the healthy meal kit delivery startup Plated for an undisclosed amount, brokered by Credit Suisse Group AG.
Amazon wasn’t the only company that tried to buy Whole Foods
A new filing confirms that there were other suitors trying to buy Whole Foods, but that Amazon put pressure on Whole Foods not to talk to them. The document cites a "Company X" that expressed interest