food

  • Naspers invests another $775M in food take-out giant Delivery Hero

    Naspers invests another $775M in food take-out giant Delivery Hero

    Naspers, the South African media and internet giant, has upped its stake in Delivery Hero, the Berlin based food-delivery giant that went public earlier this year and has a market cap of $6.8 billion. Naspers has acquired another 13 percent of the company, 22.4 million shares, equivalent to about €660 million ($775 million), from Rocket Internet. Naspers now owns 26.3 percent of the… Read More

  • Olfaguard is an electronic nose for smelling pathogens in food factories

    Olfaguard is an electronic nose for smelling pathogens in food factories

    Mitigating risk of food-borne illnesses can be a costly and time-consuming business for food manufacturers — but one that is necessary. With what it calls an electronic “sniffer,” Olfaguard, a new Toronto-based startup, is working to reduce the time it takes food manufacturers to discover food-borne pathogens like Salmonella and E. Coli in the food we buy. Read More

  • Flippy, the hamburger cooking robot, gets its first restaurant gig

    Flippy, the hamburger cooking robot, gets its first restaurant gig

    Today at Disrupt SF, we got our first look at Flippy in its final form. Miso Robotics has been showing off its burger-flipping “robotic kitchen assistant” for several months now, but today’s food robotics panel marks the first time we’ve actually seen it put to work in a real-world kitchen. No surprise, Caliburger is the first restaurant to get its hands on a Flippy. Read More

  • MealPal gobbles $20M for its restaurant meal subscription service

    MealPal gobbles $20M for its restaurant meal subscription service

    We’ve seen a huge wave of food-on-demand startups hit the market in the last several years: those who deliver restaurant food (like Postmates or Deliveroo), those who deliver meal kits to you (like Blue Apron), those who bring groceries (Instacart), and those who are building machines to help you eat better at home (eg June) are just a few of the variations on the theme that have come… Read More

  • Groupon debuts Groupon+, voucherless meal deals with Visa and Mastercard

    Groupon debuts Groupon+, voucherless meal deals with Visa and Mastercard

    Restaurant deals are some of the most popular offers on Groupon, the platform that lets you buy discounted experiences and goods from retailers near you. Today, the company is launching a new service to help promote that vertical more. Groupon+, as it is called, will let people use Groupon meal deals that they pay for with their Visa or MasterCard (credit or debit cards), and when they do so… Read More

  • Here’s how much prices dropped at Whole Foods today

    The big day is here — sorta. Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods was slated to bring significant price drops to a number of Whole Foods brand products today. Discounts we saw ranged from six percent on the low end for pasta sauce to nearly 30 percent on roast chicken. We took a gander around the Whole Foods in SOMA, San Francisco to capture a number of the price adjustments. Read More

  • Baidu sells food delivery business to its rival Ele.me

    Baidu sells food delivery business to its rival Ele.me

    The online food ordering-and-delivery market, once very hot, appears to be cooling down a little in China. Today Baidu, the country’s search giant, announced an exit from the business: Baidu has confirmed that it has sold its Xiaodu food delivery subsidiary (which operates under the Waimai brand) to Rajax, which operates Ele.me, China’s leading food delivery business that is valued… Read More

  • Blue Apron hit with multiple class action lawsuits

    Blue Apron hit with multiple class action lawsuits

    Blue Apron just can’t catch a break. The cooking kit company has seen its share price nearly cut in half since its late June IPO and now it could be in legal trouble, too. Now law firms are coming after the company with proposed class-action lawsuits, alleging that Blue Apron failed to adequately disclose material information. There are allegations that Blue Apron misrepresented its… Read More

  • Trademarks show Amazon has sights on meal-kits, “single cow burgers” and other fast food options

    Trademarks show Amazon has sights on meal-kits, “single cow burgers” and other fast food options

    Amazon has made no secret of its ambitions to expand into more fresh food services, from its own, homegrown efforts like AmazonFresh for groceries (first launched in 2013) and Amazon Restaurants for restaurant delivery (first launched in 2014), through to its most recent plan to acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. In fact, the company has its sights set on a number of other culinary areas… Read More

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