Walmart's Blockchain Technology Can Give Consumers Product Traceability

Walmart's Blockchain Technology Can Give Consumers Product Traceability
  • Bitcoin’s blockchain technology is making it’s way into the foodservice industry.

  • As an example, Walmart and tech giant, IBM, have partnered together to create a digital system providing food traceability to consumers.

You’ve probably heard about blockchain as it was initially developed for, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. But now the technology in the cryptocurrency context is being developed for the food service industry.

Blockchain as defined by Investopedia is a digitized, decentralized, public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions. Constantly growing as ‘completed’ blocks (the most recent transactions) are recorded and added to it in chronological order, it allows market participants to keep track of digital currency transactions without central record keeping. Each node (a computer connected to the network) gets a copy of the blockchain, which is downloaded automatically.

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Chef-Quality CBD Infusions Connect Cannabis to the Foodservice Industry

Chef-Quality CBD Infusions Connect Cannabis to the Foodservice Industry
  • How is CBD impacting the foodservice industry?

  • Ron Silver, of Bubby’s is serving CBD-infused cocktails at his restaurant.

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron speaks with CEO, Kim Sanchez Rael and Chief Creative Officer, Ron Silver of Azuca, on how their company’s unique technology is developing the latest CBD Trends.

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Bar Technology Solves for Over Pouring and Keeping Up With Consumer Trends

Bar Technology Solves for Over Pouring and Keeping Up With Consumer Trends
  • The latest bar technology is helping to decrease bar profit loss.

  • Ultrasound technology, self-pouring machines, automation, and virtual reality make managing a successful bar easier.

Managing a successful bar may look easy, but there really is more to it than pouring drinks. The pressure isn’t just on the cocktail selections and beer list either. You need to factor in the latest trends to stay relevant and frequented. Social media and technology can make or break a business, so Foodable researched some of the latest bar technology to help keep you afloat.

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Automation, the Latest Pizza Technology Alleviating Labor

Automation, the Latest Pizza Technology Alleviating Labor
  • Automation is integrating into restaurant kitchens in an effort to lessen staff pressures.

  • The new technological advancement is allowing kitchens to increase production.

Robots in the kitchen, sounds like a dream right? Well 2018 brings the dawn of a new era in the food service industry, automation.

Automation as defined by Techopedia is the creation of technology and its application in order to control and monitor the production and delivery of various goods and services.

One particular area that’s booming for foodservice automation, is pizza.

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Naf Naf Grill CEO, Paul Damico's Biggest Advice: Get to Know Your Leadership Team Personally

Naf Naf Grill CEO, Paul Damico's Biggest Advice: Get to Know Your Leadership Team Personally
  • Naf Naf Grill CEO, Paul Damico, shares his advise he learned over 13 years of leadership experience.

  • Getting to know your leadership team on a personal level is something that’s often missed with large teams.

“I was bit by the entrepreneurial bug and decided to start a restaurant company in Southern California...grew that through about 100 restaurants,” says CEO of Naf Naf Grill, Paul Damico.

Damico started his career in the restaurant industry working in his dad’s catering business for four years. He then attended Johnson & Wales University where he earned degrees in Culinary Arts and Hotel Restaurant Management.

Over the past 13 years, Damico has had an extensive background in leadership positions for companies such as Host Marriott Corporation, SSP America, Moe’s Southwest Grill and six FOCUS Brands, including Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Carvel Ice Cream and Cinnabon World Famous Cinnamon Rolls.

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Lucuma, Peru's New Superfood is Making its Way to U.S. Menus

Lucuma, Peru's New Superfood is Making its Way to U.S. Menus
  • Home of superfoods, quinoa and acai berries, Peru now has a new superfood.

  • Lucuma is an orange-fleshed fruit that resembles an avocado and is packed with nutrients.

Growing at altitudes of about 9,000 feet, it is impossible to find fresh outside of South America due to lucuma’s delicate nature it begins to spoil right after picking.

So how are chefs and retailers like Moon Juice and Walmart acquiring it?

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Rich’s Plant Based Cooking Creme Provides a Healthier Alternative to Dairy-Based Menu Items

Rich’s Plant Based Cooking Creme Provides a Healthier Alternative to Dairy-Based Menu Items
  • Rich’s Plant Based Cooking Creme allows chefs to include plant-based options on their menus without creating a whole new dish.

  • Chef’s can meet consumer demand by modifying recipes with a cost effective plant-based alternative.

It’s no secret that plant-based menu sales have risen tremendously over the years. With the wave of consumer demand seeking plant-based alternatives for health-related reasons, or out of  good conscience for the environment, solutions are increasingly sought out.

As a result of this, more chefs and operators are creating new plant-based menu items that feature a variety of next-generation plant-based products.

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Is Fast Casual Dying? Emerging Brands Tell a Different Story

Is Fast Casual Dying? Emerging Brands Tell a Different Story
  • Nasdaq may think that fast casual is dying, but we believe emerging brands like Freshii are shifting the trend.

  • National brands like Chipotle and Panera Bread are seeing a slow in sales,

Despite major losses on the Nasdaq for national fast casual brands like Chipotle, Panera Bread, and Noodles & Company, fast casual emerging brands like Freshii, Corelife Eatery and Sweetgreen are growing.

Foodable defines an emerging brand as a concept that finds itself at the beginning

stages of development, whether it’s just launching or it’s working

through the minutiae of scaling and expansion.

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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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Chef Bill Montagne, 2018 Jean Banchet Award Winner, Brings a Refined & Approachable Cooking Style to Nico Osteria

Chef Bill Montagne, 2018 Jean Banchet Award Winner, Brings a Refined & Approachable Cooking Style to Nico Osteria
  • Award winning chef de cuisine stresses the importance of finding a passionate mentor.

  • Surrounded by great chefs that inspired him, Bill Montagne leads Nico Osteria’s kitchen with passion.

“When I was a kid, I was lucky enough that a couple of my uncles were chefs. We would have family gatherings and my uncles would come over and teach me little tricks...” says Bill Montagne, chef de cuisine of Nico Osteria in Chicago.

Cooking alongside relatives who had worked in restaurants like the Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, Montagne’s passion for cooking began at home.

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