You’ve made it through Thanksgiving. By this time you’re probably working your way through a fridgeful of leftovers (turkey pot pie FTW) and turning your eyes towards the next holiday, whatever that may be for you.
This past week may have been short, but it was still a busy one for food tech news. Here are a few stories that caught our interest from around the web, including a new grocery food waste initiative, some extreme holiday sweaters, a Grey Goose prepared meal kit and more, Enjoy!
Morrisons sells discounted food through Too Good to Go in UK
Starting this week, consumers can purchase discounted food past its “best before” date from all UK supermarket Morrisons (h/t Bristol Post). The service is available through app Too Good to Go, where people can purchase mystery boxes of fruit, vegetables, bakery and deli items worth at least £10 for as little as £3.09. The contents won’t be revealed until they pick up the boxes from the supermarket. Morrisons has trialed the service at select stores but it will now be rolled out to all 494 locations in the U.K.
Tofurky to sell cheeky holiday sweaters
Looking for something to wear to an ugly holiday sweater party? You might want to consider this latest offering from Tofurky. The alternative meat company recently unveiled two holiday sweaters with a tongue-in-cheek social justice bent. One encourages people to “Say Yum” to a plant-based diet, while the other wishes people a “merry and politically air-tight” holiday. The sweaters cost $34.99 and all of the proceeds will go to non-profit WildAid.
Grey Goose launches prepared meal kit for holiday season
Vodka brand Grey Goose has partnered with Cocktail Courier and Cooked to create a prepared meal kit intended specifically for the holiday season (via MarketingDive). Called “Holiday Dinner by Grey Goose,” the kit has chickens, potatoes, carrots, salsa, and, of course, a bottle of Grey Goose vodka with cocktail fixings. It costs $200 and is meant to feed eight people, so the price not actually absurd. ($20 of each kit is donated to Meals on Wheels.) If you want to get lazy on holiday cooking, you have until December 31 to order the kits off of the Cocktail Courier website.
Starbucks in Japan to eliminate plastic straws
This week Starbucks in Japan announced it would eliminate single-use plastic straws from all 1,500 stores nationwide next year (h/t QSR Magazine). The chain will start offering paper straws with its iced beverages in select stores in January 2020, and will roll them out to all locations across Japan by May. No word yet on whether Japanese Starbucks will eventually embrace the strawless plastic lid currently used in U.S. locations.