Happy winter weekend, all. Hopefully wherever you are has some fresh Snow, clear skies, or a fire in the fireplace. One thing it definitely has: some food tech news.
In this week’s roundup we have stories on Nestlé’s new plant-based partnerships, a fresh podcast from Kroger, and a personalized nutrition report. Enjoy!
Nestlé partners with Canadian plant-based ingredient makers
It looks like Nestlé has taken another step into the alternative protein space. This week the New York Times reported that the Swiss CPG company has teamed up with two Canadian plant-based ingredient manufacturers: Burcon and Merit Functional Foods. The deal will give Nestlé new resources to expand and improve its alternative protein products, such as the soy- and wheat-based Incredible burgers which are currently available in Europe.
Kroger unveils new podcast “Noshtalgia“
For those who love their podcasts with a side of groceries, there’s a new option to add to the listening queue. Kroger has launched a podcast called Noshtalgia which features stories of people sharing their food memories (h/t GroceryDive). Hosted by cookbook author and TV personality Danielle Kartes, the podcast is intended as a medium for people to share their favorite family recipes — and, ya know, promote a place to buy the ingredients for said recipes (cough, Kroger, cough). The first episode, “Poppy’s Waldorf Salad,” is already live wherever you get your podcasts.
Report indicates huge potential for personalized nutrition
This week USB released a report stating that personalized nutrition could generate annual revenues of $64 billion by 2040 (via CNBC). The report calls out big-name companies, like Uber and Amazon, who should be investing more in the space.
There’s a ton of buzz around this topic, which is why we’re organizing a food personalization summit in NYC next month! Called Customize, the event will feature speakers in CPG, grocery, restaurants, and more talking about how they’re harnessing personalization to create the future of food. If you’d like to join use code SPOON15 to get 15 percent off tickets!