Thanksgiving week is upon us, which means you might be spending this weekend procuring your bird, cleaning out the fridge, and making seating diagrams. Or, ya know, just doing stomach stretches to prep for a full day of friends, family and feasting.
In between your preparations, catch up this week’s food tech news. Here are a few stories the piqued our interest from ’round the web this week, including new voice ordering tech for 7-Eleven, Drinkworks home bar partnerships, and a new air fryer meal kit. Enjoy!
7-Eleven adds voice ordering capabilities to its delivery app
This week 7-Eleven launched 7Voice, which lets people place delivery orders for the chain’s 7NOW delivery app via voice-controlled Google Home and Amazon Echo systems. According to a press release from the company users have to tell their voice assistant to open the 7NOW Delivery app, after which they can speak their order, which will then be delivered in 30 minutes or less from their nearest 7-Eleven location. No word if 7Voice will sync with other voice assistants like Microsoft’s Cortana down the road.
Territory Foods expands meal delivery service
Meal delivery service Territory Foods is now available in three new markets: NYC, Philadelphia, and Houston. The company sends users fresh, pre-prepared meals specifically tailored for their diets, from vegan to keto. All of the meals are gluten- and dairy-free. According to a press release emailed to The Spoon, Territory Foods currently operates in seven markets including San Francisco and Washington, DC and has plans to expand even further in 2020.
Peapod co-creates meal kit for air fryer
Online grocer Peapod has teamed up with cookbook author Gina Homolka to create a limited-time meal kit meant to be prepared with an air fryer. The recipe comes from Homolka’s cookbook, which entirely consists of dishes made using the trendy appliance. The new meal kit is available to Peapod users in Chicago area as well as in select grocery stores in NYC and mid-Atlantic areas.
Drinkworks and Brown-Forman to develop co-branded cocktails
Wine and spirits company Brown-Forman and beverage innovation company Drinkworks announced they would be partnering to develop signature cocktails for the Drinkworks Home Bar system. The first selection of cocktails will be available in mid-2020. After that, owners of the home bar can create classic drinks, like margaritas and manhattans, all made with Brown-Forman spirits.