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The Organic Trade Association launched a pilot project to prevent and detect fraud in the global organic system. The three-month project was initiated to develop a voluntary fraud prevention program for organic companies, beginning with a "best practices" guide to facilitate the industry-wide implementation of systems and measures to prevent organic product fraud, both in the U.S. and abroad. Full Story
Chipotle added "vehicular pickup windows" to five restaurants in Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Massachusetts. Orders for the drive-thru lanes must be made through the Chipotle app or an online form, after which customers receive an estimated pick-up time when they can retrieve their order, reported Fortune. Full Story
Uber Eats acquired orderTalk, a Dallas-based restaurant technology company specializing in point-of-sale integrations. OrderTalk is expected to help Uber Eats reduce errors in its current systems and better manage incoming orders, reported Business Tech. Full Story
A shareholder proposal to discontinue McDonald's from offering plastic straws was voted down. The company is working on finding alternatives to plastic straws, reported Modesto Bee. Full Story
Biggby Coffee is launching a modular design concept. The company's quick-service shops are designed to be placed in large parking lots, small undevelopable green space lots, or near malls in high traffic areas, reported MLive.com. Full Storyread more
The Food Institute and asset solutions partner Harry Davis & Company are teaming up to deliver a free webinar on June 19 entitled “Understanding Your Assets: Expert Strategies for Food & Beverage Processors.” They will explore what value food manufacturers may be leaving on the facility floor, the basics of asset management, the various scenarios for valuing your assets, and a suite of strategies to maximize your assets’ value.
Despite the warnings of Elon Musk, artificial intelligence is on its way. It's not a topic we've shied away from in the Food Institute Blog, either, but a few developments over the past few weeks have inspired me to once again dive into the technology of the future in hopes of determining how it will affect the food industry.read more
Now, more than ever, the issue of food waste is top of mind for the food industry. Despite retailers, foodservice operators and manufacturers trying to tackle it head on, many challenges lurk around the corner. Despite this, innovative and impactful approaches...read more
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