SFA Live: Food Incubators Keep Tech Out of Food, But In the Manufacturing Processes

SFA Live: Food Incubators Keep Tech Out of Food, But In the Manufacturing Processes

Canopy Foods is a food production studio working as both a manufacturer and also as brand support, assisting with things like distribution and fulfillment.

Elly Truesdell has a ton of experience growing food in the incubator space. She sits on the Board of Canopy Foods, acts as a mentor to FOOD-X and Chobani Food Incubator and acts as an advisor to Agbotic, automated Organic soil greenhouses.

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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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Don’t Throw Money Away: Compostable vs. Recyclable Packaging

Don’t Throw Money Away: Compostable vs. Recyclable Packaging

By Laura Abshire, Foodable Industry Expert

Sustainability efforts continue to be one of the distinguishing factors that can make a restaurant stand out from the crowd amidst the constant battle for diners and their dollars.

Customers are increasingly interested in restaurants’ sustainable practices and your choice of packaging in your restaurant can be a great way to communicate your values and goals to them. After all, one of the most consumer-facing parts of your business is your packaging. However, with so many choices today, it can be hard to know what kind is best for your business.  

Understanding the Difference

Sustainable packaging often means different things to different people. For example, it could refer to the materials themselves and whether the packaging is made from recycled content or fiber. But it could also refer to what happens to the packaging after it’s been used and whether it’s recyclable or compostable.  

Recyclable refers to whether the packaging can be collected through a recycling program to be made into a new product. Use of the term “recyclable” by itself without any qualifying language also requires that recycling facilities must be available to a substantial majority of the consumers where the item is sold. 

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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