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Fall is officially here, guys. The days are shorter, the nights are longer. It’s time for decorative gourds.

Lean into this autumnal Saturday and take in this week’s food tech news roundup over a cup of coffee. (Or a PSL because, you know, fall.) This week we’ve got stories about Leanpath’s new non-profit initiative, brands partnering with meal-planning services, Nestlé investing in childhood food allergy prevention products, and more. Enjoy!

Leanpath to provide discounted food waste prevention tools to non-profits
Leanpath, a Portland, Oregon-based startup which makes food waste prevention technology for restaurants, announced the launch of a new initiative earlier this week. According to a press release emailed to The Spoon, the Leanpath 12.3 Initiative makes Leanpath’s food waste data, hardware and software available to qualified educational and non-profit organizations. Their first partner is DC Central Kitchen, a Washington, DC-based non-profit fighting hunger.

eMeals makes branded meals with Coca-Cola, Tyson, and more
This week digital meal-planning service eMeals signed the first partners to its BrandBuilder program, which integrates certain brands into its weekly meal plans and shoppable recipe content. Tyson Foods, Coca-Cola and Francis Ford Coppola Winery are the first partners for the program. eMeals will suggest relevant Tyson products in certain recipes, and also nudge users to purchase Coca-Cola or Coppola beverages for pairing with their meals. These recommendations are automatically placed on users’ weekly eMeals shopping lists for online fulfillment.

Pared, the gig economy service for foodservice workers, launches in D.C.
Faced with extremely high turnover, restaurants often struggle to find qualified foodservice workers to fill shifts. Pared, an app which matches foodservice establishments with workers on demand, is trying to combat that struggle — and this week, it expanded with a launch into the Washington D.C. market. According to a press release sent to The Spoon, Pared already operates in NYC and the Bay Area and has plans to expand to other regions throughout 2020.

Nestlé Health Sciences invests in childhood food allergy prevention
This week Nestlé Health Science (NHSc), a subsidiary of Nestlé, announced that it had invested in Before Brands, maker of SpoonfulOne products. SpoonfulOne makes a suite of nutritional products for kids meant to reduce childhood food allergy development for 16 main allergens. Under terms of the deal, NHSc will also have exclusive licensing rights to all Before Brands products outside the U.S.

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