Photo: Kroger

If you haven’t heard, our global food tech event, the Smart Kitchen Summit {SKS}, returns to Seattle for its fifth year next week. We can’t wait to get together with the food innovation community, hear from incredible speakers, and see a crop of cool new startups on the cutting edge of the food space. (If you want one of the very last remaining tickets, grab ’em here.)

But before we go into full event-prep mode, we’ll leave you with a few food tech news stories from the week. Have a great weekend and make sure to check in with The Spoon (and follow us on Twitter) to get highlights of SKS next week!

Kroger to test European-style food hall
Supermarket chain Kroger has added a food hall to its new 52,000-square-foot store in downtown Cincinnati, OH. The dining area hosts booths from a variety of local restaurants as well as Kroger’s own restaurant concept, Kitchen 1883 Café and Bar. The Motley Fool wrote a great story about the move this week, analyzing Kroger’s strategy to differentiate itself from its retail competition with new value adds to draw consumers out of the house and into stores.

FoodBytes! finalists to pitch at London event
Food and ag discovery platform FoodBytes! just announced the 15 food startup finalists pitching onstage at its second London event this November. The list includes companies making everything from 3D printed plant-based meat to sustainable food packaging to seaweed snacks. If you’re across the pond, check it out and watch them pitch live!

Indian delivery startup Dunzo raises $45 million
This week Dunzo, the Indian startup which delivers groceries, food, and more from a variety of local businesses, announced it had raised a $45 million Series D round (h/t Techcrunch). Google, Lightbox Ventures, and others participated. In addition to delivering customers everything from dinner to dog food, Dunzo will do personal deliveries for its users — as long as it’s close (most of its deliveries take less than 25 minutes). The new Series D round brings Dunzo’s total amount raised to $81 million.

Follow along with all the action at SKS 2019 next week on Twitter and Instagram

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