Domino’s and Starship Technologies will deliver pizza by robot in Europe this summer
 We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again– the food delivery robots are coming! This time, they’ll be carting piping hot pizzas to Domino’s customers. The tech-loving pizza company joked about driverless delivery robots in 2015. Remember its “Domi-No-Driver” campaign? But now it’s making good on the April Fool’s gag. Domino’s has… Read More ...
Arable raises $4.25 million to demystify farming with sensors and data
 Arable has raised $4.25 million for solar-powered sensors and software to help farmers produce more food with fewer resources, and more accurately predict their yields. Middleland Capital and S2G Ventures led the Series A investment in Arable joined by Chasefield, Spark Labs and Cantos VC. Believe it or not, farmers in the US have faced a labor shortage for years. US citizens aren’t drawn… Read More ...
Vinsight gives grape and almond growers a high-tech crystal ball
 Farmers know how hard it is to predict yield accurately. High-value crops like grapes or almonds prove particularly challenging. Farmers expect, and settle for, twenty to forty percent uncertainty with these crops. Vinsight founder and CEO, Megan Nunes, who grew up in the farming business, found that unacceptable. After almost a decade-long career in the satellite industry, she turned her… Read More ...
PlateIQ cooks up $4 million for restaurant management platform
 As any fan of Kitchen Nightmares may know, the restaurant business is not for the faint of heart, nor is it likely to generate fat margins. Now, a startup called PlateIQ has raised $4 million in new funding to help restaurants automate accounts payable, and nail all their other accounting work so they can focus, finally, on the food and front-of-house. Eileses Capital led the round… Read More ...
An eBay for grain-trading, FarmLead, raises $6.5 million Series A
 Farmers work to feed the world. Yet somehow, corn, wheat and rice sales are still happening at a local level through antiquated paperwork and phone negotiations. Now, an Ottawa-based startup called FarmLead has raised $6.5 million in venture funding to connect grain producers and buyers automatically online, and help farmers get fair prices for what they grow. The platform is something like… Read More ...
McDonald’s begins testing Mobile Order & Pay ahead of nationwide launch
 McDonald’s began testing mobile ordering and payments on Wednesday in select U.S. markets – the first to receive the technology as part of a pilot test aimed at working out the kinks ahead of a full rollout across the U.S. and to other international markets by year-end. Initially, mobile ordering is available in 29 restaurants in Monterey and Salinas, California, through the… Read More ...
McDonald’s begins testing Mobile Order & Pay ahead of nationwide launch
 McDonald’s began testing mobile ordering and payments on Wednesday in select U.S. markets – the first to receive the technology as part of a pilot test aimed at working out the kinks ahead of a full rollout across the U.S. and to other international markets by year-end. Initially, mobile ordering is available in 29 restaurants in Monterey and Salinas, California, through the… Read More ...
Beer brewed on Mars? Budweiser wants to make it happen
Have you wondered how much it would cost to buy a bottle of beer brewed on Mars? You may ‘soon’ get to find out. Budweiser has announced plans to research what it would take to setup microgravity brewing on Mars, where it hopes to be the first company to produce a beer. There are many challenges involved with such aspirations, … Continue reading...
NFL’s Drew Brees backs Waitr to make takeout easy in anytown USA
 Food delivery startups abound in the U.S., but few of them deliver to customers in second cities and smaller towns. From early pioneers like Grubhub to newer services like DoorDash, food delivery businesses have tended to focus on urban areas with a high concentration of restaurants and people who frequently order takeout. Now, New Orleans Saints Quarterback, philanthropist and angel… Read More ...
Chowbotics raises $5 million for salad-making robots named Sally, of course
 Chowbotics Inc. has landed $5 million in a Series A round of venture funding to develop what it’s calling food service robots. These are machines designed to prepare food in restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, or food courts in airports, malls and hospitals. The company’s flagship product, Sally, is a salad-making robot that uses 20 different food canisters to prepare and… Read More ...
Miso Robotics’ Flippy flips burgers, loves its job
Spongebob’s days as a fry cook will soon be over. Somewhat. But while Spongebob is a fictional character, the robot that will be flipping burgers and putting them on buns definitely isn’t. It’s called Flippy and it’s nothing but a smaller and more dexterous version of a stereotypical robotic arm. But unlike those industrial machines designed more for power, Miso … Continue reading...
Goldbely raises a $10M Series A to ship you food from America’s most popular restaurants
 Goldbely, the speciality food delivery service, has closed $10M in Series A funding. The round was led by Global Founders Capital and Intel Capital (who also led the company’s seed round). As part of the investment Goldbely is joining the Intel Capital Diversity Fund. Goldbely’s goal is to send you the best food from cities around the U.S, no matter where you are based. So you could… Read More ...
AccelFoods fund for food and beverage innovators reaches $35 million
 An accelerator and fund that backs innovative food and beverage companies, AccelFoods, has added $15 million to its second fund, according to founding partners Jordan Gaspar and Lauren Jupiter. AccelFoods has backed brands making products that range from edgy to adorable. Examples are Exo, which makes protein supplements and bars from crickets (yes the insects), Four Sigmatic which uses a… Read More ...
Get a glass of Juicero juice at Whole Foods thanks to a new partnership
If you can't afford to buy the $400 Juicero, there's now another way for you to get your cold-pressed juice fix. Thanks to a new partnership with Whole Foods, you can find the countertop cold-press juicer at your high-end grocery store. The post Get a glass of Juicero juice at Whole Foods thanks to a new partnership appeared first on Digital Trends....
Instacart raises $400 million at a $3.4 billion valuation to deliver groceries on-demand
 Grocery delivery startup Instacart has raised approximately $400 million in a new round of venture funding at a valuation of $3.4 billion according to sources familiar with the deal. Axios broke news that Instacart was in talks to close this mammoth venture deal last week. Instacart executives declined to comment for this story. Over the past year, Instacart has weathered controversies… Read More ...
Pizza Hut smart shoes mean ordering pizza is just a button away
It’s one of the stranger wearables we’ve seen, and one that is entirely advertisement-focused, if not amusing: Pizza Hut smart shoes. These shoes are exactly what they sound like — a pair of shoes with embedded technology that, in this case, enables wearers to order a pizza by pressing a button on the shoe. The shoes are high tops, but … Continue reading...
BeeHex cooks up $1 million for 3D food printers that make pizzas
 The phrase “3-D printer” typically brings to mind devices that churn out plastic objects like jewelry, toys, hardware prototypes or even prosthetics. Now, a startup building a 3-D food printer, BeeHex, has raised $1 million in seed funding to launch its first product, a pizza printer called the Chef 3D. Initially, BeeHex wanted to develop a printer that would be able to make a… Read More ...
Investors pour $2 million more into booze marketplace Drizly
 Boston-based Drizly used to be known as the on-demand delivery app for alcohol. More recently, the company evolved into a marketplace that helps brick-and-mortar liquor stores to connect with and sell to customers nearby through web and mobile commerce. The Drizly app shows shoppers different prices on the beer, wine and liquor that they’re looking for at local shops, along with… Read More ...
Svalbard doomsday seed vault gets huge (and critical) seed deposit
The so-called ‘doomsday’ seed vault located in the Arctic on the small, cold nation of Svalbard has received what is described as a large and major deposit of seeds. According to The Crop Trust, which oversees the vault, the deposit was made on February 22, and is a necessary part in ‘ensuring global food security.’ Almost 50,000 seeds from countries … Continue reading...
Bionic Leaf project creates natural fish food out of thin air — sort of
Forget turning water into wine. A new project wants to turn air into food. It's called the Bionic Leaf, and it's a new, almost sci-fi technology that claims to employ the power of the sun and bacteria to make food out of carbon dioxide. The post Bionic Leaf project creates natural fish food out of thin air — sort of appeared first on Digital Trends....