food

  • PlateIQ cooks up $4 million for restaurant management platform

    PlateIQ cooks up $4 million for restaurant management platform

    As any fan of Kitchen Nightmares may know, the restaurant business is not for the faint of heart, nor is it likely to generate fat margins. Now, a startup called PlateIQ has raised $4 million in new funding to help restaurants automate accounts payable, and nail all their other accounting work so they can focus, finally, on the food and front-of-house. Eileses Capital led the round… Read More

  • Meet Flippy, a burger-grilling robot from Miso Robotics and CaliBurger

    Flipping burgers is a hot and greasy job. Slips, trips, burns and cuts are common hazards. But global demand for burgers is tremendous. Top burger chains racked up more than $75.5 billion in annual sales in 2016. To help keep human cooks out of harm’s way while fulfilling our appetite for burgers, Miso Robotics is rolling out a new “robotic kitchen assistant” called Flippy. Read More

  • How Hazel Technologies keeps fresh fruit and vegetables from spoiling

    How Hazel Technologies keeps fresh fruit and vegetables from spoiling

    Chicago-based Hazel Technologies is on a mission to reduce food waste. The company has developed packaging inserts that, through the magic of basic chemistry, can ward off fungus and mold and slow the spoilage of fruits and vegetables. How big a problem is food waste? The most recent available reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found that each year we waste more than 25… Read More

  • HowGood raises $4.2 million to guide shoppers to products that match their values

    HowGood raises $4.2 million to guide shoppers to products that match their values

    Millennial consumers care about the sustainability of what they buy more than any other generation that came before them. This point is illustrated in studies from Pew Research, Clemson University and Nielsen, to name a few. Now, a New York-based consumer data company called HowGood has raised $4.2 million in a Series A round of venture funding to help retailers answer every question these… Read More

  • BeeHex cooks up $1 million for 3D food printers that make pizzas

    BeeHex cooks up $1 million for 3D food printers that make pizzas

    The phrase “3-D printer” typically brings to mind devices that churn out plastic objects like jewelry, toys, hardware prototypes or even prosthetics. Now, a startup building a 3-D food printer, BeeHex, has raised $1 million in seed funding to launch its first product, a pizza printer called the Chef 3D. Initially, BeeHex wanted to develop a printer that would be able to make a… Read More

  • Sun Basket cooks up another $15 million for gluten-free and paleo meal kits

    Sun Basket cooks up another $15 million for gluten-free and paleo meal kits

    Meal kit delivery startups are nothing new. They send pre-measured ingredients in an insulated package right to a subscriber’s door, and promise to alleviate the inconvenience of grocery trips. One company in this burgeoning channel of food retail, Sun Basket, has just raised $15 million in a Series C round of venture funding to put a health-conscious twist on the meal kit. Read More

  • Tyson Foods launches new venture fund to back food and agriculture startups

    Tyson Foods launches new venture fund to back food and agriculture startups

    Tyson Foods Inc., one of the world’s largest makers and marketers of meat products, has announced the formation of a $150 million venture capital fund to back food and agriculture startups. According to Tyson’s Executive Vice President of Strategy and New Ventures, Monica McGurk, the fund will seek to invest in startups solving problems around food production, distribution… Read More

  • SpoonRocket is coming back from the dead

    SpoonRocket is coming back from the dead

    You can scratch what you heard just a few months ago about the end of SpoonRocket because its new owner, Brazil-based iFood, is bringing it back. Well, sort of. SpoonRocket, the on-demand meal delivery startup that shut down in the U.S. in March, is relaunching in Brazil under its parent company, iFood. At the time of the acquisition, iFood said it planned to use SpoonRocket’s… Read More

  • Primavera, Alibaba’s Ant Financial dunk $460M into KFC owner’s spinout Yum China

    Primavera, Alibaba’s Ant Financial dunk $460M into KFC owner’s spinout Yum China

    After raising $4.5 billion at a $60 billion valuation earlier this year, Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial — which operates the Alipay payments service — is hungry to put some of that money to use to build out its business. The company, alongside key Alibaba investor Primavera Capital, is investing $460 million into Yum China, a new spinout from Yum Brands — the parent company… Read More

  • Instacart’s app has changed grocery stores for good

    Instacart, the grocery-ordering app, is getting creative about picking, packing and delivering food on-demand. TechCrunch got an aisle-side view of how the company’s people and technology come together on location at Costco in San Francisco. And one thing’s clear: The San Francisco startup has changed grocery stores for good. According to the company’s Chief of Operations… Read More

  • LivBlends renames itself Replenish and gives us a first look at its futuristic smoothie machine

    Nearly two years ago LivBlends was a Y Combinator smoothie delivery startup. The company has evolved since then, raised $3.8 million in seed from various investors and switched its name to Replenish. It’s also moved away from delivery and into manufacturing a line of Keurig-like self-cleaning smoothie machines. Replenish is still in the testing phase of the product, but… Read More

  • Eating the plant-derived Impossible Burger cooked by Momofuku’s David Chang

    Eating the plant-derived Impossible Burger cooked by Momofuku’s David Chang

    On a random morning, if you’re invited to come watch David Chang: chef, personality and owner of the Momofuku restaurants cook a “meat burger made of plants” — you go. Read More

  • Arable’s crop and weather sensor, Pulsepod, aims to make farming predictable

    Arable’s crop and weather sensor, Pulsepod, aims to make farming predictable

    A Princeton, New Jersey startup called Arable Labs Inc. recently unveiled a professional-grade crop and weather sensor that’s solar powered, rugged and was designed by Fred Bould, the creative talent behind the Nest thermostat, smoke and carbon monoxide detector, as well as Fitbit, GoPro and Roku products. The Pulsepod, which looks something like the head of a small drum or a… Read More

  • Farmigo shuts down its online farmer’s market

    Farmigo shuts down its online farmer’s market

    Farmigo, an online farmer’s market that allowed consumers to shop for locally grown food via the web, then pick up those orders at nearby locations, says it will now be shutting down its delivery service. According to an announcement penned by Farmigo founder and CEO Benzi Ronen on the startup’s homepage, the company can no longer continue its community delivery operations… Read More

  • Ayesha Curry launches a new food-delivery startup

    Ayesha Curry launches a new food-delivery startup

    Want to eat like Steph Curry? Now you can. Ayesha Curry, the wife of NBA all-star Stephen Curry, has a new food delivery startup. The company is called Gather, and will deliver ingredients and recipes directly to your door on a weekly basis. https://t.co/e7bXFopFLp sign up now for updates on my meal-kit delivery! Let's GATHER together and cook! #gather… Read More

  • Want your app to be #1 on the App Store? Just give away a free sandwich

    Want your app to be #1 on the App Store? Just give away a free sandwich

    Chick-fil-A just launched Chick-fil-A One, their new app that offers mobile payments, order ahead, a rewards program and more. Specifically, customers will be able to customize their order on the app before heading into the restaurant, so they can skip the line upon arrival. And the rewards system will surprise users with different menu items based on previous orders, the progress of which… Read More

  • Ripple is a Silicon Valley-based startup making milk from peas

    The Bay Area fosters a culture of forward thinkers and new ways to solve problems in our world, including in our food system. Ripple Foods is one such startup in Silicon Valley hoping to disrupt the dairy industry with pea protein. The company joins a growing list of game-changing food startups that have launched out of the lab and into the consumer market in just the last few years. Read More

  • Menu Next Door grabs $2 million for its home cooking platform

    Menu Next Door grabs $2 million for its home cooking platform

    Menu Next Door just raised $2 million (€1.75 million) from Index Ventures, Local Globe, Kima Ventures and TheFamily. The startup is all about home cooking, literally. On Menu Next Door, you can either cook for people around you or buy a menu from someone around you. I’ve heard this pitch a dozen times. “What if we could build the Airbnb of food?” Every single time… Read More

  • Blue Apron, Sweetgreen and Maple founders on how to grow your food startup

    Blue Apron, Sweetgreen and Maple founders on how to grow your food startup

    The food industry is going through an interesting shift in the U.S. We’re moving away from an era of processed food and microwave meals, to one where people are increasingly concerned about the kinds of foods they’re eating, their freshness, sustainability, healthiness, and other factors. And yet, we still crave the convenience that comes with pulling through the drive-thru at… Read More

  • On-demand private chef startup Kitchit shuts down

    On-demand private chef startup Kitchit shuts down

    Kitchit, the startup that brought chefs into your home to cook for you, is shutting down because “investment runways are finite, and unfortunately ours reached its end at a moment of substantial upheaval in the food-tech world,” Kitchit founders Brendan Marshall and Ian Ferguson wrote on the company’s site. Marshall and Ferguson detail the entire story of the company… Read More