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How can we help?
Honestly, that is the overriding discussion we’ve had here at The Spoon over the past couple of weeks as this epidemic turned into a pandemic and then into a full-on international crisis.
We just want to be a useful resource for the food tech industry in these trying times. As such, we’ll still be covering industry news (like Impossible raising a(n Impossible) whopper of a Series F – $500 million), but a lot of our immediate emphasis will be on how COVID-19 is impacting the entire meal journey today, tomorrow and what it will mean well into the future.
Team Spoon has already put together some great resources for those wondering how COVID-19 is already altering the food tech biz, including:
- A collection of resources for restaurants now struggling with COVID-19.
- A running list of city and state mandated restaurant closures.
- Information about the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation non-profit forming a COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund.
- Thoughts from Food-X’s Program Director Peter Boddenheimer on how the coronavirus could impact food tech accelerators.
- A list of software platforms offering up their technologies to ease the new burdens on restaurants.
- Ongoing coverage of the moves being made to help restaurant and delivery workers.
- Tips, on how not to gain an extra 20 lbs, for those of you working from home or unable to go to the gym.
And we’ve got more in the works. But what stories would be most helpful to you, Spoon reader? Whether you work in a startup, a huge CPG company, a restaurant or a grocery store, we want to know what information will be the most helpful in getting you through this. Drop us a line and let us know what you want to see covered, and we’ll do our best to make it happen.
We don’t just write about the food tech community, we’re a part of it, and we’ll do our best to help it get through all of this. Thanks for reading. Stay safe, stay well and stay far apart from each other.
Drinkworks Launches Beer Pods
After everything happening every day, who could blame you for wanting/needing a drink. But with bars and restaurants increasingly closed, what’s a person to do? If you’re in one of the states where it’s available, Drinkworks has good brews for you!
The home cocktail robot expanded beyond mixed drinks this week and launched its first beer pods. Pop one into the Drinkworks, press a button and out pours the beer. No homebrewing necessary.
The beer is made by Los Angeles-based Gold Road Brewery, and is actual beer that has been freeze distilled down to its essence. A four-pack of wheat-based beers will set you back $12.99, but in these trying times, that may not be a huge price to pay.
What is the Future of Ghost Kitchens
With dine-in areas being shut down and restaurants pivoting to delivery, could ghost kitchens be a lifeline for the restaurant industry?
We’ll be holding an appropriately socially distant webinar on the future of ghost kitchens on March 19th (that’s this Thursday) at 10 a.m.
We’ve actually been planning this webinar for awhile, but the topic has certainly taken on a new importance given world events. Guests Ashley Colpaart, CEO of the Food Corridor, Shawn Lange, President of Lab2Fab, a division of Middleby will be able to provide an insider’s perspective as to what’s happening with ghost kitchens, where they are headed, and how COVID-19 is already changing the business.
The webinar is free and you can register for it here.