08-27-16: Guess who made the “Change the World” list; Bug Buffet and Food FABricate-ing; seamless Pay-at-the Table solution; plus find food with deep roots in Atlanta >>
FOOD DAZE: Dates to Celebrate
- National Pots de Creme Day- August 27
- National Cherry Turnovers Day- August 28
- National Chop Suey Day– August 29
Atlanta-based Coca-Cola ranked No. 11 on the list of 50 companies, earning recognition for its 5by20 program, which aims to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs across the global Coca-Cola value chain by 2020. 5by20 has reached more than 1.2 million women entrepreneurs across 60 countries since launching in 2010. The “Change the World” list highlights companies that have made a positive social impact through activities as part of their core business strategy.
This fall the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is challenging students across the university to compete in FABricate, a contest that will enable student ideas to help feed the world. During the multi-month contest, teams of students will develop a new piece of agricultural equipment or software, a new food product or a business plan for a novel service that will help make the food system and other agricultural sectors more efficient, sustainable or more profitable. Seed money will be awarded to the competition’s finalists and top winners.
As students at Georgia Tech, Sean Warner and Patrick Pittaluga turned the laundry room inside their apartment into a nursery for 700 larvae of black soldier flies. From these humble beginnings the two cousins founded Grubbly Farms, a startup company that breeds and sells the larvae as a sustainable source of protein for chicken, pigs and farmed seafood. America produces more than 30 million tons of food waste that is dumped into landfills and releases greenhouse gases that damage the environment. Grubbly Farms is collecting this organic waste and feeding it to the black soldier fly larvae. As the larvae eat, they excrete a nutrient-rich fertilizer that benefits gardeners and farmers. The larvae are later used as feed for fish and poultry farms.
Ingenico Group, the global leader in seamless payment, and Datacap Systems, an integrated payments middleware provider, announced this week the installation of its Pay-at-the-Table solution at Uncle Oogie’s, a New Jersey and Philadelphia-based chain of pizzerias. Using Ingenico Group’s smart terminals, Datacap’s point of sale partner, PDQ Signature Systems was able to streamline the Pay-at-the-Table implementation for Uncle Oogie’s. Ingenico Group maintains its North American HQ in Atlanta.
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