Is In-Car Commerce the Next Big Foodservice Trend?

Is In-Car Commerce the Next Big Foodservice Trend?
  • Ridesharing giant, Uber partners with startup company Cargo.

  • Cargo is providing consumers with snacking convenience from the car.

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse, we're taking a look at in-car commerce startup, Cargo. Cargo provides a solution to the question, what if I don’t want to get out of the car?

Convenience for consumers who utilize ridesharing, Cargo provides snacks, beverages and miscellaneous items like electronics and beauty products for sale. The center console box feature an assortment of items provided by big partners like Coca-Cola, SnackNation, Red Bull, Kellogg's and more.

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Coffee & Yogurt: JoeFroyo's Functional Cold Brew Provides Probiotics without the Lactose

Coffee & Yogurt: JoeFroyo's Functional Cold Brew Provides Probiotics without the Lactose

President and Founder of JoeFroyo, Zach Miller, came up with the idea for JoeFroyo Functional Cold Brew after years in the retail coffee and frozen yogurt industries.

“One of our most popular menu items was what we called the ‘Yo-gato’ –vanilla frozen yogurt with one or two shots of espresso floated on top,” said Miller in a press release.

Foodable went to NRA 2018 with the goal of finding top innovators in the Technology, Chef Equipment, and Specialty Food categories. Miller's realization of the opportunity in the beverage category is why Foodable chose JoeFroyo as one of our Specialty Food favorites. As the functional beverage category began to take off, Miller realized combining espresso with the health benefits from frozen yogurt could fill a gap in the functional beverage market.

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10 Seconds to Fresh Scrambled Eggs with the Antunes Jet Steamer and Flatbread Toaster

10 Seconds to Fresh Scrambled Eggs with the Antunes Jet Steamer and Flatbread Toaster

Today, if you’re not innovating, you’re falling behind. That’s why Antunes, a 2018 Kitchen Innovation winner, has introduced not one but TWO innovations this year. Corporate Chef Joe Arvin, previously featured on shows like Chopped and The Taste, introduces us first to Antunes' Flatbread Toaster.

In an age where pitas and tacos are booming, operators are having a hard time keeping up with the demand. The Antunes Flatbread Toaster strives to solve that issue, heating tortillas, flatbreads, pitas, and more to over than 160 degrees in just seconds, allowing increased output in your business.

Working off of this inventive foundation, Arvin shows us a prototype from the Antunes team.  Taking the incredible heat and speed from the toaster and combining that with a Teflon pouch, Antunes has created a way to churn out perfectly toasted, melty quesadillas with no blowout, consistently.

A second innovation from Antunes also takes speed to a new level.

Consumers today are looking for fresh dishes with simple ingredients. But they don’t want to wait 20 minutes to get it. With Antunes, you can give them everything they want. Antunes’ new Jet Steamer allows your operation to crack an egg into a cup, add a couple ingredients and seasonings like salt, pepper, and cheese and place the cup into the Jet Steamer. In no more than 12 seconds, that fresh egg is fully cooked, scrambled, and ready to be served. And the Jet Steamer can be used in an array of applications like soups, oatmeal, and even rice!

Learn more about this innovative brand in the video above, and stay tuned for more Restaurant Product Innovators coming soon!

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Food Labeling: Why You Need To Pay Attention To The Clean Label Movement

Food Labeling: Why You Need To Pay Attention To The Clean Label Movement
  • According to Simply Lyons, 58% of consumers read the ingredient list and 72% of consumers say they prefer ingredients they can recognize.

  • Papa John’s is spending $100 million to remove artificial ingredients from its menu, according to Simply Lyons.

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse, we’re taking a closer look at the history behind the ‘Clean Label’ consumer movement, which demands a “return to real food and transparency through authenticity,” according to Go Clean Label™. As identified by Foodable Labs, this is important because food transparency, health, and wellness are key factors to restaurant success now and in the coming years.

To learn more about what that exactly means for farmers, suppliers, retailers, and restaurants, be sure to watch the video above. If you’d like more information about the Clean Label movement, visit the Go Clean Label™ website.

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Virtual Reality is Changing the Restaurant Experience

Virtual Reality is Changing the Restaurant Experience
  • Virtual and augmented reality technology is changing how consumers and employees interact with restaurants.

  • VR and AR are changing dining and training, and the tech is already evolving.

 

Now, virtual reality takes its step up to the plate as a way for not only customers to interact with a brand, but also a brand's employees. Restaurants are using VR technology to train their employees and some studies have shown it to be incredibly successful.  Watch the video above to see how brands are stepping up their game with this technology.

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse, glimpse into the future of dining with virtual reality technology. Brands have been using augmented reality technology for years allowing customers to interact with their brand. Today, these brands are taking the experiences further than ever before. 

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Why is McDonald's So Active Right Now?

Why is McDonald's So Active Right Now?
  • McDonald's recently launched its new tiered dollar menu, promoting it with funny, relatable ads.

  • The new $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu is just one of the many ways McDonald's is trying to win back customers.

 

Competitors like Wendy's and Taco Bell heard about the move by McDonald's and, in anticipation, began promoting their own dollar menus. Read more about the Golden Arches' strategy here.

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse, we're taking a look at McDonald's new $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu. The menu is just one of the many ways McDonald's is trying to win back millions of customer visits. The fast-food chain has also renovated a number of locations and will be launching their new fresh beef burgers nationwide later this year.

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Foodable Labs Releases List of Most Photographed Restaurants of 2017

Foodable Labs Releases List of Most Photographed Restaurants of 2017
  • Uber Eats is using proprietary data to suggest virtual restaurant ideas to operator partners

  • Uber is dominating the food delivery game and new experiment suggests more to come

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse, we're looking at Uber Eats' newest experiment, virtual restaurants

That's right, the tech giant is taking another leap into the restaurant industry. This time, they're using their stores of data from UberEATS to analyze gaps in food offerings in American cities.

For example, Uber saw that a community in Chicago was searching the UberEATS app for fried chicken. But with no fried chicken-focused restaurants in the, area Uber approached one of their operator partners with the information. Knowing that SiPie Pizzeria had the right equipment, Uber proposed the idea of a whole new restaurant focused on fried chicken that is available only through the UberEATS app. The new concept, Si's Chicken Kitchen has since surpassed the original concept in delivery revenue. 

Watch the episode above to learn more about Uber's innovation in the restaurant industry. 

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Uber Eats Technology Is Developing Delivery-Only Virtual Restaurants

Uber Eats Technology Is Developing Delivery-Only Virtual Restaurants
  • Uber Eats is using proprietary data to suggest virtual restaurant ideas to operator partners

  • Uber is dominating the food delivery game and new experiment suggests more to come

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse, we're looking at Uber Eats' newest experiment, virtual restaurants

That's right, the tech giant is taking another leap into the restaurant industry. This time, they're using their stores of data from UberEATS to analyze gaps in food offerings in American cities.

For example, Uber saw that a community in Chicago was searching the UberEATS app for fried chicken. But with no fried chicken-focused restaurants in the, area Uber approached one of their operator partners with the information. Knowing that SiPie Pizzeria had the right equipment, Uber proposed the idea of a whole new restaurant focused on fried chicken that is available only through the UberEATS app. The new concept, Si's Chicken Kitchen has since surpassed the original concept in delivery revenue. 

Watch the episode above to learn more about Uber's innovation in the restaurant industry. 

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You Must Deliver! And Here's How...

You Must Deliver! And Here's How...

The delivery game is changing and on this episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse, we’re looking at what you need to do to take advantage of this growing market.

More than 68 percent of consumers have ordered online delivery in the past 6 months.

Meanwhile, nearly 35 percent of millennials have reduced their restaurant visits in the past year. With online delivery orders nearly quintupling (yes, that's FIVE) in just the past year, restaurants need to recognize that while this could be a threat, it could also be an opportunity.

Foodable spoke to a number of industry experts about what restaurants need to consider before jumping into the delivery game. We talk delivery services, packaging, menus and even restaurant design in order to optimize delivery efficiency. Watch the episode above to see what they said!

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Check out the Top 10 Happiest Food Cities!

Did you know that 71.2% of top foodie influencers cause others to visit restaurants and bars? Ever wonder which restaurants and cities foodies love the most? Foodable labs analyzed a data set of 7.3 million food influencers to figure out which foodie cities are the happiest. Of those 7.3 million influencers, Foodable Labs looked at those who dine out at least eight times a month and search exclusively for “happy terms.”

Here’s what we found!

  1. San Diego - 91.56
  2. Scottsdale, AZ 91.31
  3. Austin, TX 91.08
  4. Kansas City, KS 90.76
  5. Palo Alto, CA 90.55
  6. Sarasota, FL 90.37
  7. Columbus, OH 89.37
  8. Boulder, CO 89.11
  9. Thousand Oaks, CA 88.62
  10. Portland, ME 88.51

See which restaurants ranked the highest across America at www.foodabletv.com/top-restaurants

 
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