These Female Execs are Driving Serious Innovation in Specialty Food

These Female Execs are Driving Serious Innovation in Specialty Food

This year's Summer Fancy Food Show was jam-packed with must-have specialty products and groundbreaking innovators reimagining the future of food. Foodable welcomed more than 15 innovators to the SFA Live Stage where we dissected some of the industries greatest issues and opportunities. Three innovators stood out from the pack, making major moves in their sectors. These are the Power Women of Specialty Food. Check out the full interviews above!

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David Chang's Delivery-Only Restaurant "Ando" Acquired By UberEats

David Chang's Delivery-Only Restaurant "Ando" Acquired By UberEats

David Chang’s delivery-only restaurant, Ando, announced Monday that they have been acquired by UberEats.

It’s an interesting move for the delivery giant after Foodable reported on Uber’s jump into building virtual restaurants in established kitchens. It seems the next chapter for UberEats is producing their own food to deliver.

Uber is already on par to dominate the food delivery sector in 2018. “We’ll be the largest food delivery company in the world this year,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Monday at DLD in Munich.

According to the notice on Ando’s homepage, the company is shutting down its service, effective immediately, as it begins to integrate with Uber Eats. Since launching in May 2016, the company had been working with Uber Eats as a delivery partner, alongside other delivery services and a few of its own people.

UberEverything, the portion of the business not focused on ride-hailing, is run by Jason Droege who said in a statement, “We are committed to investing in technology that helps consumers, delivery and restaurant partners alike. Ando’s insights will help our restaurant technology team as we work with our restaurant partners to grow their business.”

It sounds like Uber will be combining their proprietary technology, which has allowed the business to anticipate and fill gaps in food offerings, with Ando’s technology, though Ando has not specifically said what their role will be in the new partnership.

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Reconnect with Millennials by Reconsidering Your Packaging

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While a company’s history used to be enough to keep customers loyal, the playing field in the restaurant business has become far too infiltrated with new, modern brands for anyone to become dependent on the past. Even brands that have been around for more than 40 years, like Nike, are constantly innovating — it’s partly what the sneaker brand is known for. If you plan to lean on your reputation for what your company has done, instead of what it is doing, you may end up like Blackberry. Blame it on the Millennials.

For food brands, there are a few ways to go about reinventing products. And in today’s landscape, where aesthetics and visuals drive action, packaging is key. Read More