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American eating habits are changing faster than fast food can keep up

September 17th, 2018 at 8:44 am » Comments Off

Per-person restaurant visits dropped to 28-year low in 2018. Home cooking would be making a comeback if it ever really went away. Restaurants are getting dinged by the convenience of Netflix, the advent of pre-made meals, the spread of online grocery delivery, plus crushing student debt and a focus on healthy eating. Eighty-two percent of […]



Nestlé is using DNA to create personalized diets in Japan

September 11th, 2018 at 8:40 am » Comments Off

The world’s largest food company is experimenting with people’s DNA to build and sell personalized nutrition plans that, it says, will extend lifespans and keep people healthy. Nestlé is rolling out these new products in Japan first. Some 100,000 people are taking part in a company program there that gives consumers a kit to collect […]



It’s the year 2038–here’s how we’ll eat 20 years in the future

August 30th, 2018 at 10:48 am » Comments Off

A science-fiction look at the next two decades of food developments, from robot farmers to 3D-printed meals to government monitoring of your daily calorie intake. It’s the year 2038. The word “flavor” has fallen into disuse. Sugar is the new cigarettes, and we have managed to replace salt with healthy plants.
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Kroger rolls out driverless cars for grocery deliveries

August 20th, 2018 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb. Kroger’s pilot program launched Thursday morning with a robotic vehicle parked outside one of its own […]



It’s easy to become obese in America. These 7 charts explain why.

August 13th, 2018 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

“In America, the unhealthiest foods are the tastiest foods, the cheapest foods, the largest-portion foods.” It’s no secret that Americans have gotten much, much bigger over the past few decades. The signs are all around us, from XXXL clothing sizes to supersize movie seats and even larger coffins. According to an analysis from the Centers […]



This lab-grown beef will be in restaurants in 3 years

July 20th, 2018 at 9:50 am » Comments Off

Mosa Meat has raised a round of venture capital and plans of bringing $10 burgers (without any cows involved) to tables by 2018. This lab-grown beef will be in restaurants in 3 years When the Dutch stem-cell researcher Mark Post unveiled the first lab-grown burger in 2013–handmade fiber-by-fiber from cow cells in petri dishes–he announced […]



Kroger to bring driverless cars to grocery delivery

July 14th, 2018 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Kroger is partnering with autonomous car company Nuro to introduce driverless cars to its grocery delivery. Kroger has made a number of investments toward expanding its digital and online delivery business. “Last mile delivery” is one of the hardest feats in the delivery of fresh food. Kroger announced plans Thursday to partner with driverless car […]



Robotic waitresses: Alibaba launches automated restaurant in Shanghai

July 10th, 2018 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

Serving food at Hema. GIF via Alibaba video Select some live seafood in one of Alibaba’s Hema grocery stores in Shanghai, get it rung up and bagged, and a robotic arm will whisk it away to a kitchen. Minutes later, a pod will wheel out of the kitchen, pulling up to your table with your […]



Toronto pay-what-you-can store aims to tackle landfills and hunger

June 30th, 2018 at 9:13 am » Comments Off

Initiative aims to reduce dumping of ‘waste’ and sell it at prices set by buyers. In a bright, airy Toronto market, the shelves are laden with everything from organic produce to pre-made meals and pet food. What shoppers won’t find, however, is price tags. In what is believed to be a North American first, everything […]



Taste test: Burger robot startup creator opens first restaurant

June 24th, 2018 at 4:55 pm » Comments Off

Creator’s transparent burger robot doesn’t grind your brisket and chuck steak into a gourmet patty until you order it. That’s just one way this startup, formerly known as Momentum Machines, wants to serve the world’s freshest cheeseburger for just $6. On June 27th, after eight years in development, Creator unveils its first robot restaurant before […]



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