Food Service Delivery: This Isn’t What I Ordered!

Food Service Delivery: This Isn’t What I Ordered!

Have you had problems with food service delivery? The restaurant business is changing and is vastly different than it was only a few years ago. Like perhaps many of you, I worked my way through college as a waiter. On the best days, working in a restaurant is chaotic but restaurants today are nothing like when I was in college. Nowadays, there’s a lot more going on. Today’s restaurants have to deal with a variety of new challenges when it comes to food service delivery – challenges that are stressing and straining their operations:...Continue Reading...
Charles Darwin and the Fresh Food Industry

Charles Darwin and the Fresh Food Industry

What does Charles Darwin have in common with the fresh food industry? Boiling down evolutionary theory to its basics, those that adapt survive. Those that don’t, well…. In a new white paper from Transworld Data, Mary Shacklett references the tale of three companies, Netflix, Blockbuster and Red Box, who have all taken different approaches to the entertainment content market. Not much more than a decade ago, Blockbuster dominated the movie and media content market, having over 9,000 stores at its peak. Meanwhile, Netflix a small DVD...Continue Reading...
Food Sustainability Goals: Noble But Are They Viable?

Food Sustainability Goals: Noble But Are They Viable?

Food sustainability goals are something we all need to think about. My family was among the first to recycle cans (back before you got paid for doing that) and we did a lot of paper drives when I was in Cub Scouts. Having grown up as an environmentalist, and even taking environmental studies courses in college, it’s great to see the topic of sustainability discussed in both corporate America and the general public. The Three E’s of Sustainability When discussing the viability of food sustainability goals, there’s often talk of the...Continue Reading...
Is It Finally Time for Tech?

Is It Finally Time for Tech?

E-commerce? It’s been around for years and most of us don’t think twice about buying something online from Amazon or Target. For many of us it’s a part of our daily activity but, in the grocery industry, maybe not so much. A recent blog by the Food Marketing Institute’s Doug Baker, Vice President of Industry Relations, Private Brands and Technology, raises the question of whether technology is finally going to be a key force in changing our industry. For banking, travel and most industries, everything is digitized. But retail...Continue Reading...
Zest Labs CEO Peter Mehring on the Walmart Lawsuit

Zest Labs CEO Peter Mehring on the Walmart Lawsuit

One-third, or over $85 Billion, of fresh food is wasted each year in the US. Zest Labs is dedicated to helping reduce the massive post-harvest fresh food waste through prevention by proactively managing the fresh food supply chain. Retailers experience roughly 15 percent shrink in produce, primarily due to premature spoilage. Aside from the profound impact on the environment and sustainability, this is a huge hit to retail grocers’ product margins. In 2011 we started developing Zest Fresh, the industry’s first proactive solution for...Continue Reading...