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Browser bookmarklet seamlessly adds recipe ingredients to online shopping carts
We’ve seen quite a few startups helping to make mealtimes easier by delivering all of the ingredients for a recipe to the door, most recently in the form of Forage, which selects meals from the menus of high-end restaurants. But for fussy eaters who prefer to choose their own meals, Popcart enables them to simply copy the ingredients from any online recipe and immediately get them delivered through FreshDirect. READ MORE…
Digital magazine helps those with learning difficulties to cook their own meals
People with developmental disorders can often learn to perform difficult tasks, but they need special help in order to do so, and instructions designed for non-disabled readers can be confusing. We’ve already seen Match use color-coded equipment to help those with autism make sense of the kitchen, and now a new interactive magazine called Look, Cook and Eat is designed especially to teach those with learning difficulties to cook for themselves. READ MORE…
Micro meal recommendations help drop calories and fight national hunger
Many people in the US are looking for ways in which they can lose weight at the same time that others struggle to get access to or afford food. Schemes such as Halfsieshave already joined the two together with half-size restaurant portions matched with donations to charity. Now FoodTweeks is an app that gives users small suggestions to tweak their diet, with each calorie cut rewarded with support for local food banks. READ MORE…
Pre-prepped ingredients delivered to the door help anyone make their favorite restaurant dishes at home
 Cooking a good meal can take up far too much of the little time most people have, a fact that contributes to the huge amounts of money that the average consumer spends on eating out each year. While services such as Brazil’s Gulala have aimed to make things easier with 24-hour delivery of ingredients for meals, Forage turns home cooks into pro chefs by providing all of the ingredients needed to make dishes culled from the menus of top US restaurants. READ MORE…
In India, restaurant is staffed by convicted criminals
Prisons are notorious for being money sinkholes — they cost millions to run but inmates aren’t often given the opportunity to contribute anything to the economy. We recently saw Gaolhouse Denim provide a way for inmates to learn tailoring skills by producing jeans to be sold to the public. Now the Tihar Food Court is a vegetarian cafeteria in New Delhi where the food is made and served by criminals, including murderers, as part of a rehabilitation effort. READ MORE…
It’s impossible to check Facebook in this café
The modern phenomenon of a group of friends sitting together while individually staring at their smartphones is one that leaves a bitter taste, especially in the mouths of restaurant owners who are finding the atmosphere in their venue is being killed. We’ve already seen Singpore’s Social Rehab offer drink discounts for those who agreed to leave their device at the door, and now Canada’s Faraday Café has gone even further, using a unique architectural design to create a space where all phone and wifi signals are blocked. READ MORE…
Everything you need for an impromptu picnic, delivered anywhere in under an hour
When the weather’s nice, it’s good to get outdoors and make the most of it. But sometimes the sun can come out at unexpected moments, leading to a mad dash out of the office to catch the last few rays. Paris Picnic is a service that lets customers enjoy all the trappings of a French picnic on the Seine — or anywhere — with just an hour’s notice. READ MORE…
Smart thermometer enables old ovens to connect to smartphones
New devices — such as Mellow, the water cooker that can be operated through a smartphone — are making food preparation much easier for those without the skills or time to cook a meal to perfection. For those not planning to trade in their oven or grill anytime soon, however, Range OI is a device that turns any existing cooker into a smart one. READ MORE…
Insurance policy rewards employees’ healthy shopping choices with cash
Employees benefit from good health insurance policies from the companies they work for, but if they don’t look after their health then employers are the ones that end up paying a higher premium. Tools such as FwdHealth have previously let bosses track their workers’ exercise regimes, and now EatRight Rewards is encouraging healthy eating by offering cash to employees that buy fruit and veg at the supermarket. READ MORE…
App delivers recipes using ingredients from supermarkets’ daily discounts
Cookbooks are great for getting recipe ideas, but fairly useless if they involve ingredients that aren’t within the family budget. Hellmann’s Brazil has already provided meal suggestions based on individuals’ shopping baskets. Now the Netherlands’ Koken met aanbiedingen app offers recipes made of ingredients that are on sale in major supermarkets that day. READ MORE…
Staffless coffee shop relies on customers to pay honestly
A cup of coffee can fluctuate in price, but customers can always expect to pay within the ball park of a few dollars. The low price means that cafés are ripe for experimentation with payment systems, and in the past we’ve seen La Petite Syrah Café in France charge customers more if they’re rude. Now The Vault in North Dakota is a staffless venue that gets customers to make their own coffee and show some honesty when paying. READ MORE…
Tailored recipe service aims to get families around the dinner table
Ensuring the entire family gets fed every day of the week can be a difficult and thankless task. We’ve already seen services such as Brazil’s Gulala, which prepares and dispatches all of the ingredients for a meal the day beforehand. Now Seattle’s gatheredtable is working with families to customize their weekly meal plans and better optimize the time they spend at home. READ MORE…
Hellmann’s delivers cooking lessons on demand via WhatsApp
Regular readers of Springwise will know that the Brazilian arm of Hellmann’s mayonnaise is determined to find new ways to engage its customer base, whether it’s through NFC-enabled touchscreen shopping carts that deliver meal suggestions as customers walk through the store, orprinting recipes on the back of receipts, tailored their shopping bill. Now it’s returned with WhatsCook, a campaign that helps anyone get instant recipes and cooking advice from pro chefs via the popular WhatsApp messaging service. READ MORE…
App helps users find local fruit and veg that just turned ripe
Supermarket groceries spend weeks or even months being stored and transported before arriving on the shelf, and they’re often picked well before they’re ripe because of this. Companies such as FreshRealm have aimed to improve on this, promising food from farm to table in around two days by directly connecting individual producers and consumers through the US postal system. Now a platform from Australia called RipeNearMe is enabling local growers to share their excess fruit and vegetables, notifying neighbors when the best time to pick up the produce in its prime. READ MORE…
US gift packages offer a taste of recipients’ home state
We’ve already seen subscription services that enable customers to get a taste of a different city, such as Try The World‘s regular boxes of assorted products from different global regions. However, sometimes those moving to a new city simply want a reminder of the unique tastes and oddities from their hometown. Catering to students and others who have moved states, PiecesofThere provides gift boxes for each of the 50 states of the US. READ MORE…