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Starbucks closes online store to focus on in-person experience

October 21st, 2017 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

A Starbucks retail store. The company said it was closing down its online shop at a time when it has aimed to improve the in-store experience.



Shake Shack is launching a cashless burger joint in NYC

October 21st, 2017 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

Shake Shack is trialling a cash-free location, where the only ordering option will be via kiosks, at its NYC Astor Place location. The new spot will open in early October, per the company, and will feature custom-made kiosks that feature touchscreen ordering, with built-in text message alerts for when orders are ready for pickup.



Agriculture faces many 21st century disrupters

October 9th, 2017 at 10:29 am » Comments Off

Our perspective on agriculture is about to go through dramatic changes as this century unfolds. What are some of the disruptive forces at work?



Bill Gates and Richard Branson are investing in a mysterious new meat

August 31st, 2017 at 12:34 am » Comments Off

Just as Whole Foods shareholders and the Federal Trade Commission gave the green light to Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, news broke that a number of high-profile investors—including billionaires Bill Gates and Richard Branson—have decided to pour their money into a very different sort of food venture: Memphis Meats, a San Francisco-based company […]



South Korea is building a $10 billion agriculture city in Egypt

August 29th, 2017 at 9:25 am » Comments Off

Within six months, 311,400 acres of land in Egypt will be transformed into an agriculture city. The $10 billion deal was signed on Tuesday by Egypt and the Korea-Arab Society (KAS). The project will feature 50,000 smart greenhouses in addition to a number of seawater desalination and solar power plants.



MIT’s food computer is changing the future of the way we eat

August 6th, 2017 at 10:57 am » Comments Off

When was the last time you ate something you grew? For many of us, the answer might well be “never.” Farming, increasingly, is something that happens in distant states or even distant lands, with the results flown or trucked in for us to pick over. But how we eat is straining the environment, and as […]



Ingenious AI converts images of food into a list of ingredients

July 27th, 2017 at 8:36 am » Comments Off

Researchers at MIT have developed deep-learning algorithm that can compile a list of ingredients and even recommend recipes after looking at photos of food. The artificially intelligent system still needs some fine tuning, but this tool could eventually help us learn to cook, count calories, and track our eating habits.



The war in cash intensifies: Visa offers restaurants $10,000 to go cashless

July 22nd, 2017 at 3:04 pm » Comments Off

Visa has declared war on cash and its “opening salvo” is to start paying restaurants $10,000 to go completely cash free.



Disrupting the cow: This plant-based burger smells, tastes and bleeds like the real thing

July 12th, 2017 at 8:24 am » Comments Off

Pat Brown wants every piece of meat consumed in the world to be made entirely from plants. He’s going after the carnivores — and the meat industry that serves them red, bloody, marbled meat.



Hampton Creek is now growing its own meat in labs—and it says it will get to stores first

July 9th, 2017 at 1:04 am » Comments Off

The maker of vegan mayonnaise has been working on getting lab-made meat onto dinner tables everywhere. It’s just that nobody knew about it.



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