The Digital Dish

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

How augmented and virtual reality will reshape the food industry

Jenny Dorsey Contributor<p>Jenny Dorsey is a professional chef.Her culinary work has been featured in publications such as Harper's Bazaar, Bustle, Brit+Co, Food Network and Oxygen TV and her writing can be found at Girlboss, Huffington Post, Taste.Company and SWAAY.<p>Augmented reality content can be …

Augmented Reality

Just Eat embraces AR to shower Facebook users in its food

Online takeaway platform Just Eat has delivered an augmented reality feature to add another compelling dimension to its food offering, via …

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 …

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>…

Spices

Booze investors favor apps, gadgets and biotech

Joanna Glasner Contributor<p>Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items<br>• The state of the unicorn<p>Archaeological records show humans have been making alcohol since at least 7000 BC. We figured out …

Startups

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 Butler<p>As the holidays near, a few fast casuals are gifting their customers with a faster and easier mobile experience. Pie …

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 …

Crowdfunded NYC Cafe Wants to Print Your Face on Literally Everything

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 everything from beverages to cupcakes …

A massive shift is underway in the restaurant industry

Within the retail sales report, however, was an interesting nugget that may be worrying for America's major restaurant chains.<p>The percentage of retail sales devoted to bars and restaurants compared with food and beverage stores was nearly the smallest gap in decades, according to Bespoke Investment …

The restaurant table(t) is getting crowded

Square target="_blank" href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2016/08/29/square-brings-payment-and-capital-offerings-to-touchbistro-and-vend-customers/">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 …

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 …

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

DoorDash Could Be the Next Unicorn—Or a Sign of Disaster

Founded in 2013, DoorDash is a food delivery service. It's also the latest startup to be eying a valuation of more than $1 billion. DoorDash already …

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 …

Hospitality

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

.<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 Matt Salzberg, who ranked No. 4 on this year's Silicon Alley Insider 100 along with his cofounders. Salzberg says he knew after his first week of delivering …

Pepsi is officially launching its own line of smartphones

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 October 20th, Mobipicker reports. According to …

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

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 cans have been popping up all over Instagram, …

Chipotle's Farmed and Dangerous: Chipotle satirizes factory farming.

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 …