Coca-Cola Launches New Innovative Freestyle Operating System

Coca-Cola Launches New Innovative Freestyle Operating System

Continuing on the innovative journey, Coca-Cola Freestyle will be releasing its newest member of the Freestyle family this week at the National Restaurant Association (NRA)  trade show in Chicago. 

The new unit- Coca-Cola Freestyle 9100 will be available nationally in 2019, featuring a 24-inch, high-definition touchscreen, and Bluetooth connectivity. This will let consumers connect to the Freestyle mobile app when they enter an outlet with a machine and will be able to cue up their beverage choice, or create a new mix. 

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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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A Digital Grapevine: Mobile Apps Boom at the Intersection of Tech and Wine

A Digital Grapevine: Mobile Apps Boom at the Intersection of Tech and Wine

By Brandee Sanders, Foodable Contributor

Buying wine with a right swipe on your phone and having it arrive on your doorstep? Snapping a picture of a label and instantly geo-connecting with other people drinking it right now across the world? This isn’t the realm of Twilight Zone sci-fi. In fact, it’s the here and now. Make no mistake about it: Mobile wine apps are booming.

According to Google’s Shopper Marketing Council, “84 percent of smartphone shoppers use their phone to help shop while in a store. Eighty-six percent of smartphone usage occurs within apps, with only 14 percent of consumers' smartphone usage taking place on mobile websites, according to Yahoo! Flurry Analytics' data set of more than 450,000 apps installed on 1.3 billion mobile devices.” That’s a lot of data!

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