12-14-16: On Demand Food Boom; Georgia Ingenuity for Nation’s Largest Independent Grocer; Farm Tech and Fast Food Deals, plus the Checkout serves up DraftServ!
FOOD DAZE: Events to Attend |Dates to Celebrate
- National Biscuits and Gravy Day December 14
- National GingerbreadLatte Day December 15
- National Chocolate Covered Anything Day December 16
- National Maple Syrup Day December 17
- National “I Love Honey” Day December 18
- National Hard Candy Day December 19
Food Holidays Courtesy Foodimentary.com
Atlanta-based Cardlytics has released figures that show the rise of meal kit providers has begun to nibble away at supermarkets and restaurants across the United Kingdom. The data, based on the spending behaviour of more than 5.8 million bank customers, reveals an explosion in appetite for on-demand food this year, as the popularity of recipe kit and takeaway delivery services continues to surge. While overall spending on groceries continues to slowly rise, grocery spending among meal kit users actually fell by 2.8% in the first six months of 2016, compared to the same time period last year. Cardlytics is a purchase-based data intelligence platform.
A comprehensive gift card and prepaid program provided by Atlanta-based InComm has been implemented by the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. New Jersey-based Wakefern Food Corp., is leveraging the company’s switch technology, InComm Switch, to transition all of Wakefern’s stores to the new gift card program in just 21 days. On-Line Strategies is a fully owned subsidiary of InComm that specializes in handling complex payment processing for various retailers. Wakefern is comprises 50 member companies that own and operate more than 350 retail supermarkets under the ShopRite, Price Rite, the Fresh Grocer and Dearborn Market banners.
Georgia-based Ag Equipment manufacturer, AGCO Corp. recently announced development partnerships with two agricultural technology companies that AGCO believes will help it deliver farm optimization services to customers. The companies are Farmobile, a farm data company that enables growers to collect, store, share and sell their valuable operational data to vetted third parties; and Aglytix, which is a software company that leverages patented analytics methods and algorithms to identify the operational challenges and opportunities faced by growers. The partnerships are expected to enable growers to reduce waste, increase yield and improve profitability through actionable insights for their fleet, in their fields and across their farms.
Georgia-based McDonald’s franchisee John Pezold, whose restaurants are part of a 26-store co-op, is using Bluetooth LE beacon technology from Piper to improve operations. Piper provides a proximity-based messaging platform to deliver contextual information to smartphone users. Based in Columbus, Pezold’s McDonald’s franchise is also a part of a proximity network composed of other local retailers, a university, tourism sites and a public safety program that use the Piper app. This enables the franchises to connect with a large user base without having to spend a lot of ad dollars.
- Tech Crunch: Tyson Foods launches new venture fund to back food and agriculture startups
- The Wall Street Journal: Are High-Tech Hotels Alluring—or Alienating?
- NBC News: Want a High-Tech Kitchen?
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