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Usually in these newsletters, I try to tie together a bunch of disparate threads into a unifying story that makes me sound soooper smart. What I don’t like to do is just recap stories we’ve published on the site.
But I’m breaking that rule today, kinda. Yes, I’m recapping a bunch of stories that we have published recently on The Spoon, but they are all unified by a theme of startups getting things done. These companies are pivoting and even launching in the blurst of times.
Check out these cool examples of food tech companies making the most of our bad situation.
- The Great American Takeout (part 2) encourages you to help put some money in the pockets of your local restaurants.
- Pepper is a NY-based startup that pivoted from restaurant supply management to connected restaurant food suppliers directly to consumers.
- Anycart launched a shoppable recipe platform to help all of cook different kinds of meals while sheltering in place.
- Kitchen United is holding an online seminar to help restaurants understand how the just-passed stimulus bill can help them.
- GoSun is expanding from solar cooking to portable water filtration
- Our very own Jenn Marston put together an awesome list of restaurant tech deals (while you’re at it, sign up for her new restaurant tech newsletter!).
What cool thing is your food tech company doing? We’d love to know! Drop us a line and tell us.
Join us for our online COVID Strategy Summit
Perhaps you’re inspired by the above list of companies making COVID-driven moves, but aren’t sure what your company’s next steps should be. If so, you should join us on April 6 for our COVID-19 Virtual Strategy Summit for Food and Restaurants.
No travel required to get there and 100 percent socially distant, this online summit will features talks and fireside chats from leading experts including:
- Chef Mark Brand – Founder of Save-On Meats and creator of the Token Program to feed those in food insecure situations
- Sara Roversi– Founder of the Future Food Institute
- Dana Gunders – Executive Director of ReFED
- Paul Freedman – Professor of History at Yale University and author of American Cuisine: And How It Got That Way
- Ryan Palmer – Partner at Lathrop GPM and chair of firm’s Restaurant, Food, and Hospitality group
Tip your delivery driver!
Instacart’s gig workers, known as Shoppers, called for a nationwide strike earlier this week. They were calling attention to and looking to force changes to their working conditions during this time of global pandemic.
Instacart responded with some concessions and new safety protocols, but it wasn’t enough to stop workers from striking — a move that was followed by work stoppages at Whole Foods and Amazon warehouses.
The reason I bring this all up is to reinforce that these workers are showing up and doing their job in dangerous times. Be kind to them, especially if you have the ability to keep your job and work from home. Be kind, and tip them as generously as you are able.