Here in Seattle, we’ve survived Snowpocalypse and reported on the opportunity in hourly home kitchen rentals, robots making your burrito bowls, and a proposed ban on plastic utensils. But there were still a few other stories we came across this week that weren’t quite big enough to merit a post, but were noteworthy nonetheless. Voila — this week’s food tech news roundup.
Omnipork expands plant-based options across Asia
Right Treat, a Hong Kong-based startup, is expanding the availability of its plant-based pork product Omnipork. Omnipork launched in Hong Kong in June of 2018 and this week Future Food Now Asia-Pacific’s newsletter reported that it’s now available in over 100 restaurants and 40 restaurants across Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau. When we wrote about Omnipork last spring, we emphasized how much potential it has as one of the only plant-based pork products in East Asia, an area that has a huge appetite for pork.
Kettle & Fire launches crowdfunding campaign for keto soups
Bone broth company Kettle & Fire recently launched a line of keto-friendly soups on Kickstarter. The soups combine two big food trends: bone broth and the keto diet. Eating keto can be a challenge (just ask my colleague Chris, who went keto for a week earlier this year), and Kettle & Fire’s ready-to-eat soups are meant to make maintaining the right balance of fats, carbs, and protein to keep you in ketosis easy peasy.
Future Food and UNIDO Itpo Italy announce new Agribusiness award
Do you have a solution to make the way we grow, harvest, ship, or consume food more sustainable and equitable? Future Food and UNIDO Itpo Italy just launched an international award for Innovative Ideas & Technologies in Agribusiness. Individuals and companies working to find solutions in areas across the food system — from food waste to agtech to supply chain logistics — can throw their hat into the ring, and the winner will “enjoy the opportunity to implement their innovative ideas and will gain support from UNIDO ITPO Italy and Future Food.” To apply, head to the award website and submit by March 31st 2019.
Qdoba adds plant-based meat options to the menu
This week Mexican food chain Qdoba announced that they will add Impossible Foods’ plant-based meat to the menu of select locations in Michigan (h/t VegNews). There, customers can order seasoned Impossible meat as an addition to their meals. They can also order two special prepared menu items: the Impossible Bowl and the Impossible Taco. If the test is successful, Qdoba will plan to roll out Impossible’s plant-based dishes in all 750+ locations.
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