Tag Archives: Start-ups

Latest Attempt to ‘Disrupt’ Bodegas Is a Self-Driving Convenience Store on Wheels

Source: Grub Street NY

The trailer for Silicon Valley‘s fifth season is finally out, which means you might mistake Robomart for a parody start-up you’ll see on HBO. Don’t: The Santa Clara company behind “the world’s first self-driving mini mart” is very real, and founder Ali Ahmed seems to have learned very …

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‘Rooffee,’ the First Coffee for Dogs, Raises Plenty of Questions

Source: Grub Street NY

An enterprising London businesswoman says she’s created “the first coffee in the world suitable for dogs.” Agota Jakutyte, who already co-founded Shoo, a beauty company for pets, initially alarmed several journalists when she cold-pitched her product. Rooffee may roll off the tongue onomatopoetically (ruff!) and technically …

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Trendy New Meal-Kit Service Requires Buying a $400 ‘Smart Oven’

Source: Grub Street NY

Convinced America needs more meal-kit options, yet another start-up has launched with the promise of delivering delicious, healthy, and effortless Wi-Fi-connected food. The supposed selling point of this company, Tovala, is that its special kits require a $400 smart oven that, of course, must be purchased separately …

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New Report Says Maple Lost Money on the Meals It Delivered in 2015

Source: Grub Street NY

As operators deal with the ever-rising costs of running brick-and-mortar restaurants, many have presented new-look delivery services as the great hope of the food world. Manhattan-based Maple is arguably the star of the food-delivery start-up world, but it has struggled to make a buck, according to …

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This Organic Edible Coating Can Quintuple the Shelf Life of Fruit

Source: Grub Street NY

A new all-natural, undetectable protective film invented by a California start-up could be a major game changer in the all-too-brief life of supermarket fruit. The product, made by a Santa Barbara biotech company called Apeel, promises to provide “imperceptible, edible barriers” that extend the shelf life …

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The ‘CHiP’ Promises to Be the Keurig of Cookies

Source: Grub Street NY

Baked goods aren’t immune to the tech world’s attempts to Keurig-ify every known food: Get ready to make room on your already jam-packed kitchen counter for CHiP, a talking, Wi-Fi-controlled oven that bakes cookies that, for some reason, come in individual pods. The single-serve cottage industry already includes …

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Blue Apron Shipped Food for 3 Years Without Proper Government Approval

Source: Grub Street NY

More problems for embattled Blue Apron: In a follow-up to its earlier dive into the meal-kit start-up’s questionable business practices, BuzzFeed has discovered the company also never bothered to seek approval from California to operate its Bay Area food-processing facility, which, as you might …

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Second Blue Apron Warehouse Supposedly Plagued by Ongoing Violence

Source: Grub Street NY

Blue Apron’s problems with workplace violence apparently stretch a little further than one California fulfillment center. Fresh off the news that the meal-kit start-up’s Bay Area warehouse isn’t all couscous and roses, the New York Post sent a reporter gumshoeing around the Jersey City facility and

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Did Blue Apron’s Fast Growth Create Sweatshoplike Warehouse Conditions?

Source: Grub Street NY

According to a new report, Blue Apron is having what they, in the biz, might call some “scaling issues.” Employees at the meal-kit service’s Bay Area fulfillment center tell BuzzFeed News that the start-up overworked them and didn’t “properly manage” that packing facility in its rush to grow …

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A Start-Up Invented a Way to Make Foods Less Sugary by Using Mushrooms

Source: Grub Street NY

If Coke really wants to kick soda’s image as the cause of a public-health crisis, the answer may involve mushroom dust. A three-year-old start-up out of Colorado has developed a rather novel use for the fungus: A small amount mixed into sweet foods helps block bitter flavors, freeing food-makers from…More »

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