Food Tech News Roundup: No More Instant Pickup, Lots More Healthy Food Delivery
For those who don’t know, we’re in high gear over here at the Spoon prepping for next week’s Smart Kitchen Summit. (Psst — stay tuned for exclusive news from the event!)
But just because we’re busy doesn’t mean we’d want to leave you stranded without your food tech news roundup! So without further ado, here are a few stories that caught our eye this week:
MEATER releases new product with longer reach
Smart thermometer MEATER, which monitors your protein’s internal temperature and transmits updates to your smart phone, launched a product update this week. MEATER+ has an extended reach of up to 165ft, which is more than five times the original. Ladies and gentlemen, start your smokers.
Electrolux partners with Drop to “further the smart kitchen ecosystem”
Appliance giant Electrolux announced this week that it had teamed up with smart kitchen tech company Drop to “further the smart kitchen ecosystem” and “create opportunities to enhance the taste experience.” The press release was light on details, so we don’t really know what this will entail — presumably more appliances with built-in guided cooking capabilities — but we’ll keep you updated as we find out more.
Amazon puts instant pickup service to bed
This week Amazon shut down its Instant Pickup program, roughly a year after it launched (h/t Business Insider). The service would let customers order small items, such as snacks, from the Amazon app, then use a barcode to pick up their selections at a designated Instant Pickup location within minutes. Amazon said that they will keep and expand the 5 existing Instant Pickup locations, though they’ll nix the “instant” aspect.
Healthy meal delivery service Kettlebell Kitchen expands to the East Coast
Kettlebell Kitchen, a company which delivers health-conscious prepared meals, announced this week that it’s partnering with food delivery Munchery to serve the East Coast. Earlier this summer Munchery shut down East Coast operations, and now anyone in the area that tries to use their service will be directed to the Kettlebell website. Hopefully, Munchery’s old East Coast customer base is into healthy eating.
That’s it from this week! Got a story we missed? Tweet us @TheSpoonTech.