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Restaurants are in need of a helping hand. Miso Robotics is offering one. Literally

July 2nd, 2020 at 11:46 am » Comments Off

Flippy the robot flips cooks burgers to perfection. Dining out looks pretty different these days. It’s natural to pine for the past, but many quick service restauranteurs are also looking ahead to a future where automation will be the key to drastically increasing their notoriously thin margins and allowing their workers to shine in the […]



The robots continue to invade the fast food sphere

June 29th, 2020 at 10:03 am » Comments Off

A KFC in Moscow sends chicken along a conveyor belt to be delivered by a robotic arm. The last dispatch from The Takeout’s robot beat was May 5. That’s six whole weeks during which the robots, unbothered by our human troubles, continued making advancements in their quest to replace the human race. As is so […]



Travel after coronavirus (COVID-19): Six ways it will change forever

June 23rd, 2020 at 1:44 pm » Comments Off

Flying with masks, for cabin crew and passengers, will become common practice. Things might be better, or things might be worse, but if there’s one thing that is certain, travel will never be the same again. Everything will change. It has to. Even if a vaccine is discovered for the novel coronavirus, the way in […]



CDC says 40 percent of Americans surveyed tried using bleach to wash food to prevent coronavirus

June 6th, 2020 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that over a third of Americans who took its survey reportedly misused household cleaners by using them on their fruits and vegetables in the attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Calls to poison control centers regarding disinfectants and household cleaners reportedly went up since the […]



Neighborhoods where stores were destroyed become food deserts overnight

June 5th, 2020 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

A burned Walgreens in Minneapolis on May 30 In many neighborhoods that have seen looting and vandalism over the past week, residents are now left with few — if any — grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential businesses. Which is made even harder by the fact that lots of stores are also closed because of […]



Walmart is piloting a pricier 2-hour Express grocery delivery service

May 18th, 2020 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

Record usage of grocery delivery services amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led to delayed orders, fewer open delivery windows and, on occasion, an inability to even book a delivery time slot. Walmart now hopes to capitalize on the increased demand for speedier delivery with the introduction of a new service that allows consumers to pay […]



Indians are waiting to dineout with family and friends post lockdown: Survey

May 17th, 2020 at 11:51 am » Comments Off

The report also revealed that most of India have been craving Pizza since the lockdown has been implemented, except Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata where their popular & indigenous Biryani recipes reign supreme. As per the report, 77% respondents claimed that they are waiting to dine out with friends and family once the COVID-19 lockdown is […]



Tyson Foods chairman warns ‘the food supply chain is breaking’

May 15th, 2020 at 12:35 am » Comments Off

The chairman of Tyson Foods is warning that “millions of pounds of meat will disappear” from the national food supply chain as the coronavirus outbreak forces food processing plants to shutter. “The food supply chain is breaking,” John Tyson wrote in a full-page advertisement published Sunday in The New York Times, The Washington Post and […]



U.S. reels toward meat shortage; world may be next

May 13th, 2020 at 11:06 am » Comments Off

Key operations are halted in the U.S., Brazil and Canada, affecting pork and poultry production. Plant shutdowns are leaving the U.S. dangerously close to meat shortages as coronavirus outbreaks now spread to suppliers across the Americas. Almost a third of U.S. pork capacity is down, the first big poultry plants closed on Friday and experts […]



Robot deliveries might end up being common, post-Coronavirus Pandemic

May 2nd, 2020 at 12:58 pm » Comments Off

Having an unoccupied vehicle deliver your food makes a lot more sense now. Delivery robots helped deliver food and medicine in Wuhan, China, during the coronavirus-related quarantine. In the United States, autonomous shuttles from the French company NAVYA have been repurposed as delivery robots to transport COVID-19 tests. Most of these delivery robots still have […]



Pork and beef prices surge as meat plants shutter due to coronavirus

May 1st, 2020 at 11:03 am » Comments Off

Hundreds of meat plant workers across the country have fallen ill with the coronavirus, leading to a slowdown in output and surge in prices. By the numbers, per Bloomberg: The price of wholesale pork rose by 7.2% to 55.86 cents a pound Thursday — the largest increase in more than two years. Choice-grade beef prices […]



Five ways that coronavirus will change the way we eat

April 23rd, 2020 at 7:17 pm » Comments Off

A self-driving food delivery robot might appear in a post-pandemic world in which consumers want to avoid human contact.  These are unprecedented times. One thing is for sure— with the widespread acceptance that coronavirus originated in an exotic meat market in China, there has been a massive consumer rethink around food. This shift is impacting […]



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