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Robyn’s Corner #4
Challenge Updates Italian with Duolingo: Still on track for daily practice, but my two kids and a friend are way ahead of me. Am going to experiment with a few YouTube Italian conversation sessions. Just experiment. Am going to Italy this month and still feel...
Now Available: Food Routes
Even if we think we know a lot about good and healthy food―even if we buy organic, believe in slow food, and read Eater―we probably don’t know much about how food gets to the table.
Robyn’s Corner #3
Challenge Updates: February is half gone and I’ve done one sketch a day and kept on Duolingo for Italian. So far, holding steady. A Most Unlikely Twitter Account:The Museum of English Rural Living Tweeted what might seem a shocking image on Valentine’s Day. The Tweet...
Robyn’s Corner #2
January Challenges: Restart Italian Lessons on Duolingo. So far 1458 points, compared to my son’s 5780 points for Portuguese and daughter’s 1201 points for French. But, hey, my son is highly motivated since he married a Brazilian woman and my daughter has only just...
1.)Food+City has done its share of conferences and events, so why wouldn’t you do one for fun, real fun. Our family (Metcalfe’s) is crazy about running, food, maps, travel, and prime numbers, it seems. But it is always up for dry, sarcastic humor. Even dark,...
Startup Spotlight: FENIK
We’ve been visiting with past Food+City Challenge Prize contestants, including Fenik. Get their latest big news and hear their advice to other startups.
Startup Spotlight: UAV-IQ
We’ve been visiting with past Food+City Challenge Prize contestants, including UAV-IQ. Get their latest big news and hear their advice to other startups.
Startup Spotlight: Vinder
We’ve been visiting with past Food+City Challenge Prize contestants, including Vinder. Get their latest big news and hear their advice to other startups.
Startup Spotlight: Grit Grocery
We’ve been visiting with past Food+City Challenge Prize contestants, including Grit Grocery. Get their latest big news and hear their advice to other startups.
Grocery Stores: The IoT of Food
They know where you are in the store. They know what shelf you’re looking at. They know which product’s ingredient label you’re reading. And now, thanks to hidden cameras, sensors, beacons, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and our own mobile phones, stores — and the brands they carry — can respond to your actions with instant coupons, flash sales and other enticements to buy. Brick-and-mortar stores are going digital.
Markets Go It Alone
The buzzword for today’s brick-and-mortar retailer is “frictionless.” It refers to a shopping experience where customers can come and go with ease. It means not waiting in lines and never having to take cash or a credit card out of your wallet. Sounds dreamy, right?...
How They’re Watching Us
In the early days, retail stores tracked customers via turnstiles. After turnstiles, some stores turned to electronic beams, while others used light sources to count traffic in aisles. These days, our favorites stores have much more detailed information about us and our shopping habits and preferences. Find out how they get it.
Side Dish Gallery: Mom & Pop Shops
Small, independent groceries were once vital to communities, the places where you could find anything. As their numbers have declined, we went in search of resilient mom-and-pop shops across the country.
Trending: Grocery Stores, Meet Smart Kitchens
Pop-up kitchens, personalized food printers and countertops that are screens and charging stations — welcome to the (near) future of smart kitchens.
Food for Thought: South End Grocery
Welcome to South End Grocery in Rockland, Maine. The independent general store persists in a town that’s morphed from working waterfront to arty tourist destination.
Food Movers: Confessions of an Instacart Shopper
Lingering in the produce section? Watch out, you might get run over by a personal food shopper on a deadline. What’s the most elusive item in stores? Read on to find out.
Food Movers: Paper or Plastic
Single-use bag bans are all the rage. But is that the right environmental option? The rise and fall of the ubiquitous plastic bag.
Food Movers: Keg Cycle
When beer kegs get lost, breweries lose money. But new technology helps track errant kegs wherever they are in their journey, saving margins and ensuring more fresh beer.
Best Before… Who Knows?
Some foods seem never to go bad. Just about anything sold in a box or a can is likely to have a long shelf life. But fresh ingredients — produce, dairy, meats — are ticking clocks: weeks, days or even hours from spoiling and becoming part of the 400 pounds of food each American wastes each year. Fortunately, prolonging shelf life is an endeavor brimming with innovation these days. Read on to learn about some of the newest techniques for keeping food fresh — from farm to fork.
Food packaging has been around as long as people have traded goods in markets. How else are you going to schlep that wine home across the desert? Given all that’s new in packaging and shelf-life technology, we’re taking a look back to some golden oldies, from skins...
Smart Cities Are Forgetting Food
Henry Gordon-Smith says cities must incorporate urban agriculture into their future planning. Find out why.
Edible Bugs: More Than Just Protein
From grasshopper tacos to mealworms on chocolate bars, edible bugs are turning up in restaurants and tasting parties. What are you waiting for?
The Return of Sail Cargo
More than 150 years after the sailing age ended, tall clipper ships are reappearing as a greener option for transporting premium cargo.
The Freshest Leafy Greens
Lettuce is a cool-weather crop. It likes pleasant days and chilly nights. But that ideal temperature range doesn’t exist in most places for more than a few weeks at a time. Most leafy greens grow in California or Arizona and travel a long way to your store. Unless your store is growing its own lettuce in high-tech containers and selling just-picked salad greens the same day. Read about the store that’s become its own supplier.
Fish Out of Water
When you think of lobster, you probably think of Maine — its cold waters are the perfect breeding ground for the buttery crustacean. Despite lobster’s success, Maine’s fishing industry is working hard to diversify its catch, and new aquaculture methods are a big piece of the puzzle. From small-scale scallop growers to an international salmon-farming corporation, the newest generation of Maine’s seafood producers is moving beyond the lobster claw.
On Our Loading Dock
The best books, podcasts, films and other media exploring today’s food system.
Startup Spotlight: Ten Acre Organics
Urban farming is a hot topic in food production right now, but creating a profitable farm in the middle of a city is a hard field to plow. We caught up with 2015 Food+City Prize winner Ten Acre Organics to find out how they did it.
Startup Spotlight: Bento Picnic
It’s not easy or cheap to open a restaurant in a growing city. Entrepreneurs must come up with creative ways to realize their dreams of a traditional storefront restaurant. We caught up with Leanne Valenti, founder of 2016 Food+City Challenge Prize participant Bento Picnic, to find out how she did it.
Side Dish: Fashionable Foods
Ever wonder how store shelves brim with that cool new ingredient just as you discover it on Instagram? We learned how suppliers keep up with spiking demand when a food trend takes hold.
Where Are Food+City Startups Headed?
Now in our fourth year of the Food+City Challenge Prize, we’ve noticed some distinct trends among startups. Meet the 2018 winners.