The Digital Dish

By Jonathan Trenn | Digital and social developments in the food & beverage and dining & hospitality industries.

AR Menus Are Changing The Way We Order Food

<b>KabaQ makes choosing your meal easier than ever with 3D rendered digital previews.</b> Have you ever ordered something off a menu thinking you’d love it, …

Augmented Reality

You Will Soon Be Able to Order Food On Facebook

The new feature is being tested among select users.<p>Facebook has introduced a brand new feature, in yet another attempt to dominate every aspect of …

Facebook

3 Common Pitfalls of Implementing New Restaurant Technology

The winner of the meal kit market won’t be a meal kit company at all

When they started operating in the U.S. about five years ago, meal kit companies looked big, disruptor-sized, poised to transform the way people eat entirely. They were even seen as a potential thorn in the side of the massive U.S. grocery industry, which racks up about $650 billion in annual sales.<p>…

Blue Apron

Booze investors favor apps, gadgets and biotech

Archaeological records show humans have been making alcohol since at least 7000 BC. We figured out wine more than 6,000 years ago. By the time the ancient Egyptians entered the scene, brewers were making at least 17 types of beer.<p>Nonetheless, it appears we are not done innovating.<p>Booze-related …

Wine

Blue Apron could deliver an IPO in 2017, but should it?

Meal kit makers Blue Apron may be preparing to file for a 2017 IPO, according to Reuters. The report says that the food startup has hired bankers from Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup to this end.<p>The whole thing has stirred up quite the conversation over here at TechCrunch, and we’ve …

Venture Capital

Six Mobile Marketing Strategies for Restaurants

Even the smallest towns have more than one restaurant, and it seems like new establishments are opening all the time. In order to build a successful …

INFOGRAPHIC: The 7-Minute Email Marketing Workout

'On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me' ... mobile ordering?

Dec. 16, 2016 | by cherryh Cansler<p>As the holidays near, a few fast casuals are gifting their customers with a faster and easier mobile experience. …

How the election could (and should) change the way restaurants do business

Dec. 12, 2016<p><i>By Mike Lukianoff, Chief Analytics Officer/Fishbowl</i><p>In 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon made history when they became the first …

Google’s Online Travel Adventure Upsets Its Biggest Advertisers

At the largest online travel conference last week, industry executive Steve Hafner was asked an unusual question: What's the first word that comes to …

Hospitality

Crowdfunded NYC Cafe Wants to Print Your Face on Literally Everything

Coffee never tasted so self-absorbed<p>The so-called selfie generation strikes again: A startup wants to fulfill people’s dreams of drinking coffee emblazoned with their own face. The company, called Selffee (of course), has launched a $30,000 crowdfunding campaign to open a storefront slinging …

Coffee

A massive shift is underway in the restaurant industry

Wednesday's retail sales report was disappointing, missing economists' expectations and raising concerns over the outlook for the holiday shopping season.<p>Within the retail sales report, however, was an interesting nugget that may be worrying for America's major restaurant chains.<p>The percentage of …

Food and Beverage

The restaurant table(t) is getting crowded

Square opened its point-of-sale platform to competitors. There are rumors that IBM will buy Revel.<p>For anyone following the changes in payments and the restaurant industry, these are interesting strategic moves. Many of us have tried new services, like online food ordering, subscription meals and …

FinTech

Facebook Offers gets revamped for mobile, now lets you track saved coupons in a dedicated section

Facebook’s goal of tracking ads all the way through to a customer’s purchase at point-of-sale is getting a big boost today with a makeover of the Facebook Offers program. Now designed to be more mobile-friendly, Facebook is allowing businesses to create two kinds of offers – those customers can …

Mobile

The story of Naked Wines

I<p>f you’re a big fan of wine but still want to run a startup, there may not be that much innovation you can get away with on the product side. Wine, when all is said and done, is still wine.<p>That doesn’t mean you can’t turn the industry inside out by turning the traditional winery business model on …

Wine

Food Delivery Could Be the Next Billion-Dollar Startup Idea—Or the Next Big Disaster

• Author: Julia Greenberg. Julia Greenberg Business<br>• Date of Publication: 11.25.15. 11.25.15<br>• Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>DoorDash Could Be the …

Venture Capital

LivingSocial Restaurants Plus in D.C. Area, Food Deals MD VA

Washington, D.C.-based <b>LivingSocial</b>, an e-commerce experiences marketplaces that offers customers a myriad of coupon-enabled deals, has expanded its …

How 3 guys created Blue Apron, a $2 billion recipe-delivery business with 2,500 employees, in 36 months

In June, Blue Apron, a New York-based startup that delivers millions of recipes and fresh ingredients to subscribers every month, was valued at $2 billion.<p>But three years ago, the 2,500-person company didn't exist.<p>The phenomenal growth isn't all that surprising to the company's CEO, 32-year-old …

Startups

Pepsi is officially launching its own line of smartphones

Pepsi is officially working on its very own smartphone.<p>That's right. The company confirmed to Reuters that it plans to launch a line of phones and accessories in China over the next few months.<p>The soft drink giant's Chinese arm is expected to announce a the smartphone, called the P1, as early as …

Pepsi

Sales are exploding for this little-known soda brand with a cult following

LaCroix Sparkling Water is suddenly everywhere.<p>The drink has been around for more than three decades, but in the last several years it has become somewhat of a status symbol for foodies, fashion icons, and fitness gurus.<p>It has attracted a cult following as a result, and sales have exploded.<p>The neon …

Beverages

Chipotle Is Making a TV Show Satirizing the Food Industry

Chipotle doesn't do much in the realm of conventional TV advertising, but it has made some great videos making the case that its ingredient sourcing …

Big Food's Big Problem: Consumers Don't Trust Brands

This rather unappetizing statement was tucked into a request for proposals recently sent to ad agencies: "Most of our food supply comes from factory …

Advertising

How to take advantage of social media emotions

Prev.<p>[Title for Previous Page]<p>Next<p>[Title for Next Page]<p>April 24, 2015<p>Some brands are failing to attract audiences and. for the most part, keep them …

Report: What CPG Energy Drinks Are Doing In Social Media - Zuum

• Exceptionally high volume of posting on YouTube, led by Red Bull’s 98 videos posted in the month of February.<br>• While Facebook has more than 75% of the …

ROI Is Dead. A New Metric Is Needed for Customer Relationships

The concept of return on investment came to prominence in the mid-20th century when marketers entered the age of mass media and large campaigns, and …

Customer Experience

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