The holiday limbo is over and we at The Spoon are preparing to jet off to CES to report on cool kitchen and food tech. If you’re there, be sure to say hi — and get your ticket to attend Food Tech Live, if you haven’t already!
Before we head to the airport it’s time to share a few food news stories from around the web. Enjoy, and be sure to follow along on social media to keep up to date on all the CES food tech news!
USDA unveils longer-lasting strawberry
You know how when you pick up a pint of strawberries at the store they seem to start molding before you even get home? That’s not the case with a new strawberry variety developed by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. According to Food Dive, the new fruit, called “Keepsake,” lasts longer than the average berry while kept in cold storage (AKA your fridge). The new berry is being distributed in Redding, California but could adapt to climates in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S.
Good news for sub sandwich-loving flexitarians across the pond. This week Subway announced it would add the Meatless Meatball Marinara sanwich to all of its locations in the U.K. and Ireland (h/t VegNews). The chain began testing the meatless sandwich in that region in October, just a month after Subway in the U.S. piloted a meatless meatball sub of its own made with Beyond Meat.
Swiss coffee trading company Algrano raises $4.04 million
This week Algrano, a Swiss company which trades green coffee, raised 4 million Swiss Francs (~$4.04 million USD), according to Daily Coffee News. Algrano has a digital platform connecting coffee producers and roasters to create a traceable marketplace for unroasted coffee beans. The company raised an additional $2 million roughly 18 months ago.