When the world is shifting what seems like second-by-second, it can be hard to focus on anything besides COVID19. Here at the Spoon we’re working extra hard to bring you useful pieces on how the coronavirus is affecting the entire meal journey, and give you resources for how to thrive in a difficult time.
But the food tech world is still spinning, and there is still news to report! Here are a few stories that caught our eye this week, including new upcycled salmon skin chips, boozy hand sanitizer, plant-based pork instant noodles and Instacart updates. Be well and stay safe.
HARMLESS HARVEST founders launch upcycled salmon skin snack
The founders of HARMLESS HARVEST, an ethically-sourced coconut water company, just launched a new product focused on sustainable salmon. Called GOODFISH, it’s a crispy salmon skin snack which has the texture of a chicharron. The snacks are made of traceable wild Alaska sockeye salmon skins which typically go to waste and are meant to be a healthier alternative to chips. GOODFISH will retail for the SRP of $2.99 SRP for a 0.5oz bag and are currently available online.
Liquor companies to make hand sanitizer for donation
If you’ve gone grocery shopping lately you know that hand sanitizer is a rare find at the moment. To keep up with demand, liquor brand Pernod Ricard USA, which makes Absolut Vodka, Kahlua, and other brands, has announced that it will produce hand sanitizer at all of its manufacturing sites and donate them to fight the coronavirus outbreak (via The Hill). Brewers and distillers across Europe are also offering their help to make hand sanitizer using their alcohol.
Instacart shopper ratings won’t affect access to grocery service
More and more folks are relying on online grocery delivery and pickup right now, and that’s causing a frenzy of stressed out customers. Instacart announced this week that their shopper ratings — that is, the rating that Instacart customers give to people who do their shopping for them — will not affect their access to delivery jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic (h/t Techcrunch). Instacart will also let shoppers pay with Google Pay or Apple Pay, so they don’t have to touch screens while shopping.
Green Monday debuts OmniPork Instant Meal Cup in Taiwan
This week Green Monday, the plant-based meat company based out of Hong Kong, announced that it would be selling its new OmniPork Instant Meal Cup across Taiwan. Made with OmniPork’s signature plant-based pork, the instant noodle cups will be cobranded with the FamilyMart convenience store chain and sold at 3,600 stores.