Monthly Archives: August 2021

sweetgreen to Acquire Boston-based Spyce to Scale the Future of Healthy Fast Food | Business

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug 24, 2021–

sweetgreen, the mission-driven brand serving healthy food at scale, announces today its plans to acquire Spyce, the Boston-based restaurant company powered by automation.

The acquisition will allow sweetgreen to reimagine healthy fast food with even better quality, consistency, and efficiency.

“Spyce and sweetgreen have a shared purpose,” said Jonathan Neman, co-founder and CEO of sweetgreen. “We built sweetgreen to connect more people to real food and create healthy fast food at scale for the next generation, and Spyce has built state-of-the-art technology that perfectly aligns with that vision. By joining forces with their best-in-class team, we will be able to elevate our team member experience, provide a more consistent customer experience and bring real food to more communities.”

Sweetgreen is determining when and where they will introduce Spyce’s technology into its restaurants. The main drivers for the acquisition are:

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    • sweetgreen team members will be able to focus more on preparation and hospitality moments, while having the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art technology
    • Invest more in training and development to support team members to become Head Coaches. Interested team members will be able to develop technology-facing skills to operate and maintain Spyce technology
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How to score 2 free Krispy Kreme doughnuts: Get the vaccine

Krispy Kreme is ramping up its efforts to encourage customers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

This week, the company unveiled its second free doughnut promotion for vaccinated people, and it’s even sweeter than the first one.

Two days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to the Pfizer vaccine, Krispy Kreme announced that customers who show proof of vaccination will be able to get two free doughnuts every day at their local store between Aug. 30 and Sept. 5, and and one free doughnut daily for rest of year.

Customers who have received at least one vaccination shot are eligible for the weeklong “Show Your Heart” offer and can choose from the chain’s Original Glazed Doughnut or a limited-edition Original Glazed Heart Doughnut. The special heart-shaped treat will also be available for sale throughout the week.

Krispy Kreme is giving away two free doughnuts to vaccinated people for one week.Krispy Kreme

In March, Krispy Kreme launched its first free doughnut promo and announced that customers who had received at least one jab and show a valid vaccine card could score a free glazed doughnut every day at participating locations through the end of 2021.

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WoodSpoon Raises $14M, Raise Led by Restaurant Brands International

WoodSpoon announced another fundraise of $14 million with some interesting investors in the mix. The platform, on which home chefs can sell their food for delivery, just announced its latest raise and teased further expansion of the community-centric, two-sided marketplace.

Founded in New York by co-founders, Oren Saar and Merav Rozengarten, who were missing their Israeli delicacies, Saar is now CEO and Rozengarten is now the company’s CMO.

The pair launched the company in 2019 and it now caters to more than 8,000 users buying food from more than 100 chefs. So far, the company operates in New York, Brooklyn and Queens with another “major city” coming in the next few months teased along with the funding announcement.

Oren Saar said the new funding further validates the foundational idea and fuels company growth much faster than originally planned. The company raised $2 million in early 2020 to focus on New York growth, but things went very well.

“The idea around the previous round was stay super focused in New York and increase our marketing team and footprint here. We started to deploy the funds in January and, since January, we’ve been growing at about 50 percent in sales, customers and

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13 Vegetarian Recipes That Give Pasta and Beans a Break

Dried pasta and canned beans are vegetarian pantry staples for a reason: They are often the backbone of quick, tasty and satisfying meatless cooking. But if the sight of another box of rigatoni makes your eye twitch, or the thought of strolling down an aisle of cannellini beans triggers your fight-or-flight response, maybe it’s time to mix things up. Below are a baker’s dozen of vegetarian recipes that are light and filling all at once, featuring plenty of vegetables as well as the occasional tofu and whole grain — and they’re all worthy of a spot in your rotation. And if you’re looking for more recipes like these, sign up for The Veggie, New York Times Cooking’s new weekly newsletter dedicated to the expansive and delicious world of vegetarian cooking.

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Eric Kim’s critically acclaimed eggplant recipe — just look at that five-star average rating! — makes the most of pantry staples and just two ingredients from the produce aisle. Salty, spicy and sweet, these tender vegetables pack more flavor than the simple ingredients list would suggest. Just grab some tissues before you dig in: “I’m weeping, this is so

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Texas summer pandemic food benefits for families include a one-time benefit of $375 per eligible child

AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a third round of federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits for families with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summer P-EBT, which covers June through August, provides a one-time benefit of $375 per eligible child and can be used in the same way as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits to pay for groceries. The administration of summer P-EBT is a joint effort by HHSC, the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas Education Agency.

Summer P-EBT is for families with children in grades K through 12 who are certified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and families with children born after Aug. 1, 2014 who receive SNAP food benefits.

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“Thank you to HHSC and USDA for working together to ensure Texas families can continue to put food on the table,” Abbott said. “This third round of pandemic food benefits will help us continue to provide access to nutritious food for both

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The Future is Fat: The Startups Looking to Fatten up Vegan Food – vegconomist

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Research shows vast swathes of the global population are turning to plant-based for a healthier diet, with vegan food associated with a wide array of health benefits. On the other hand, however, researchers have concluded that many consumers simply find processed animal-based foods too tasty to give up. 

According to Phil Morle from plant-based industry investor Main Sequence; to “unlock the mysteries of fats and create animal-free fats” is “essential for the future of the industry”. Fat holds the key to flavour, and creating viable, healthy and tasty vegan fats is the latest innovation frontier.

With this in mind, vegconomist takes a look at the fattiest players in the alt meat sphere:  

77 Foods 

After being named by Unilever as the winner of its Innovation Challenge, French startup 77 Foods has continued to develop its plant-based fat using sunflower oil to create an adipose tissue that closely resembles pork fat. Through this development, 77 foods have created a “mind-blowing” plant-based bacon which 92% of participants in a blind test preferred to conventional pork bacon, according to the brand. 

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Hoxton Farms

Hoxton Farms, the UK’s first cell-cultured fat startup, raised £2.7 million of seed

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Food fest set at Youngstown cathedral | News, Sports, Jobs


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