The news has been slowing down a bit this week as people prepare to head home and spend time with family. Or, you know, rush to the mall to buy last-minute presents.
But there were still plenty of interesting food tech stories that piqued our interest ’round the web during this pre-holiday season. This week, we’ve got stories about Huel’s new nutritionally complete energy bars, Captain D’s allowing instant employee payment, and rum infused with upcycled banana peel. Enjoy!
Huel launches all-in-one nutrition bars in the U.S.
French startup Huel, which makes a meal-in-a-bottle drink similar to Soylent, announced this week that it would launch its Huel Bars in the U.S. market. The bars are 200 calories each, vegan and gluten-free, and offer “complete nutrition.” Meant to be eaten as a snack between meals, the bars cost $28 for a box of 15 and are available on Huel’s website. Soylent also launched a similar high-nutrition snack bar earlier this year, so let’s see if Huel, which only entered the U.S. market this year, can compete.
Discarded unveils rum made with banana peel
The Discarded Spirits Company, part of the Scottish spirit company William Grant & Sons, just revealed its newest upcycled booze: rum infused with banana peels (h/t The Spirits Business). Discarded creates a banana extract out of banana peels destined for the trash bin which it combines with rum to create a fruity final product. This is the second upcycled beverage from Discarded, which began selling vermouth infused with cascara, the oft-discarded fruit of the coffee bean, last year. For now Discarded’s drinks are only available in the U.K.
QSR chain Captain D’s adds DailyPay
Captain D’s, a fast-casual restaurant chain, is now offering its employees the ability to instantly get access to their earnings through DailyPay. DailyPay lets employees transfer their wages to their bank or a pay card before their next official payday. The service recently integrated with InfoSync, an accounting, reporting, and HR platform used by restaurants. Amy Sizemore, Vice President of Human Resources for Captain D’s, told Hospitality Tech that Captain D’s locations that use DailyPay have a 66 percent lower turnover rate than those that don’t.