09-10-16: Innovative Baby Food Packaging ; A Virtual Tailgate Experience; Hospitality Self Service Kiosks; Food Service Hiring App; plus Augusta, Georgia’s Mealviewer >>
FOOD DAZE: Dates to Celebrate
- National Hot Dog Day September 10
- National Hot Cross Bun Day September 11
- National Chocolate Milkshake Day September 12
Sprout Organic Foods, with dual headquarters in Atlanta and Boulder Colorado, announced a new investment partnership with North Castle Partners, a consumer-focused private equity firm investing in the health, wellness and active living sectors. The amount and terms of North Castle’s investment in Sprout were not disclosed. Founded in 2009, Sprout revolutionized the baby food category by pioneering the first national organic food pouch in the category and has a differentiated product line with “clean” labels free of additives, fillers or artificial flavors. The company makes it easy for parents to keep their kids fed while on the go.
Fast casual restaurant chain Zaxby’s has teamed up with sports marketer IMG to roll out a new virtual reality experience for football fans. The “Zaxby’s Fanz of Flavor” is an interactive college tailgate experience that will travel to 12 exciting football matchups across the restaurant’s footprint. Leveraging breakthrough technology, football fans at each tour stop will be able to paint a three-dimensional Big Z, Zaxby’s mascot, and virtually tour a Zaxby’s location. As of September 2016, Zaxby’s has grown to more than 700 locations in 17 states and is headquartered in Athens, Georgia.
Agilysys, Inc., a global provider of next-generation hospitality software solutions and services, recently announced the general availability of rGuest® Buy, the company’s groundbreaking self-service kiosk solution that extends point-of-sale reach, improves guest service and reduces staff demand. The solution is part of the Alpharetta-based company’s market penetration in food and beverage venues that sell pre-packaged and barcoded food items, a large and growing hospitality segment.
Hirewire has experienced explosive growth since launching in January. The mobile app developer recently raised $1.8 million to fuel expansion and now it has received an investment from Midtown Atlanta’s TechSquare Labs, which was founded by serial technology entrepreneurs Paul Judge and Allan Nance. Hirewire, developers of an app that matches Food Service employers with hourly employees, plans to utilize the funding to expand into additional verticals and cities in the upcoming months. The Technology Association of Georgia named Hirewire one of the top 10 most innovative companies in 2016, as well as People’s Choice Award’s “Most Likely to Create Jobs”.
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