The world keeps on spinning, the food tech news keeps on coming. Despite the fact that everything is turned upside down by COVID-19 we’ll keep bringing you weekly updates on the food tech news front — and now you’ve got plenty of time to catch up on it. 😉
This week we’ve got stories about how to track down local beer when taprooms close, Sysco donating meals, and contactless food delivery.
Untapped launches brewery resource app
Want to track down your favorite local beer, even though its taproom is closed? Untappd, a beer rating app, just launched an in-app feature called Gregslist which lists the ways to support local restaurants and breweries in the U.S. (via Food&Wine). Users can search by venue name or look to see what’s available nearby. Each listing notes if the brewery is open, taking pickup, delivery, or curbside orders, or accepting gift cards. All data listed in Greglist is crowdsourced from Untappd users with edits by the Untappd team.
Kroger converts one store to “pickup-only”
This week Kroger converted one of its grocery stores in the Cincinnati area to “pickup only” service. The store is taking orders from 8am to 8pm. According to GroceryDive, Kroger is testing this new format to meet skyrocketing consumer demand for alternative shopping methods, specifically those that reduce contact between people. Thus far this is the first and only store to pilot pickup-only service, but the grocery chain may roll the format out to more locations if successful.
Delivery Hero starts contact-less food delivery
Delivery Hero, a food delivery service based in Berlin, is now doing cashless, contact-less delivery in areas that it defines as “high risk” for COVID-19. The company is also requesting that restaurants sanitize their to-go packaging. This move could soon spread to Delivery Hero’s other brands which operate in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.