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Groundbreaking App Lets You Rescue $15+ Worth Of Food For Just 6 Bucks

Photo: Les Kaner // Too Good To Go

Food waste has persisted as a global problem that many companies are trying to find solutions for. Upcycled foods and waste reduction are two industries that have formed to combat excess food waste, but 1.4 billion tons still gets tossed every year, the majority of which is at home or at restaurants.

On the restaurant end, there’s a large network of connected local restaurants called Too Good To Go that’s striving to make a massive impact on rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste.

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Consumers can tap into this network via the Too Good To Go app, which allows them to reserve “Surprise Bags” from spots around them that are in the system for $5-$6. What you get in return is approximately $15 worth of food that the restaurant would have otherwise thrown out.

Overall, the restaurant wins by making a little extra money off of food they would’ve lost, you get to score on a massive discount for some food, and Too Good To Go profits slightly off of the cost of the bag. Pretty much, everybody benefits, including the planet, as food waste is cut and helps lower waste and resulting greenhouse gas emissions.

It’s not just restaurants that you can get food from, however, as Too Good To Go partners with restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, and hotels. Currently, they’re linked with 75,000 different spots worldwide.

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Too Good To Go, founded in 2016, is currently in the midst of a massive push to expand globally. They’ve recently made a debut in San Francisco, and can also be seen in New York City, Chicago, Austin, and other metropolises worldwide.

It’s one of the biggest ways to fight against food waste, and it pretty much works the same for a customer as a food delivery app would. Sure, there’s a lot more we can do at home to combat food waste too, but this is a pretty convenient way to get started.

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This New Cooler Is Powered By The Sun, So Forget About Those Soggy Ice Bags

Summer is finally on its way, which means you probably have a few beach days or barbecues in the works. (Hooray, warm weather!) Before you pack your old cooler with soggy bags of ice, check out the GoSun Chill. It’s a solar-powered cooler that doesn’t require any ice at all (seriously), which means you can pack your frozen goods without squeezing them into piles of melting cubes. Yup, that means you can kiss the days of wet food and overflowing coolers goodbye.

The GoSun Chill was announced on May 7 by GoSun, the company behind those solar cookers you know and love. Similar to GoSun’s ovens and grills, the Chill can be powered by the sun. Yes, that means you won’t have to stop at the grocery store for three bags of ice on your way to the beach. Instead, you can charge up your GoSun Chill cooler using solar energy.

Thankfully, charging the GoSun Chill is really easy. TBH, there are a few ways you can do it — but I’ll start with the solar option. (That’s the point, isn’t it?) According to GoSun, the cooler’s Lithium Powerbank (which powers the device) can be charged with a solar table or a solar panel. Thankfully, both devices come with the purchase of a GoSun Chill, which means you can pick whichever one is more convenient for you.

Once your Powerbank is charged, it’ll run your cooler for up to 14 hours in 80-degree weather. So, yes, it’s safe to say that your beers will stay cold (even during those long, steamy beach days).

Courtesy of GoSun

The Lithium Powerbank can also be charged with an AC Adapter (aka a wall outlet), which leads me to my next point. If you’d rather bypass the whole “solar” part, you can use an AC Adapter or 12 Volt Cord to plug your cooler directly into your outlet or car. That way, you won’t need a charged Powerbank to run your mini fridge.

Even so, using the Lithium Powerbank sounds like a pretty convenient option. In addition to powering your GoSun Chill, the Powerbank can be used to charge cell phones and laptops (thanks to its convenient USB ports). Therefore, if you need a quick charge during your camping trip, go ahead and use the Lithium Powerbank after cooling down your Chill.

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If you want to give the GoSun Chill a try, you can order one for $479 on Indiegogo. However they probably won’t be shipped until August 2019 — so plan your summer beach days accordingly.

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Newest Whole Foods 365 Market Could Be Glimpse Into Tech Advances From Amazon Influence

When I think of a typical grocery store, the only technologically advanced system is the self-checkout aisle. Us self-righteous millennials demand more!

In case you’ve actually been living under a rock (no judgments), Amazon acquired Whole Foods last June in a $13.4 billion deal. While we can only imagine the technological advantages that will manifest from this (*praying hand emoji* please be drone delivery) we do know that Amazon recently revealed a “smart convenience store” where registers aren’t even required.

While we begrudgingly wait for more announcements, the convenience store concept further demonstrates the importance of technological pioneering within the e-commerce giant, meaning it can only get more tech from here.

Good thing 365 by Whole Foods Market already has.

The fifth location of the Whole Foods wallet-friendly spin-off has made the treacherous journey across the 101 FWY in Los Angeles to become a Westside neighborhood staple.

With a carefully curated stock, 365 locations boast “no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives or hydrogenated oils” within their product lines, but there’s another key ingredient that the store has subbed for success: in-store technology.

365 tech assets consist of kiosk ordering via iPads, electronic shelf labels, home delivery via Instacart, an energy efficient area for chilled produce, and digital punch cards for multiple products across the store. Oh, and there’s also an iPad that doubles as a sommelier because… wine not?

“It’s not technology for technology sake, it’s meant to be useful and help you,” explained Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “I think a lot of what we try to do is more of a digital presence… so I think that appeals to a broad range of people.”

The Whole Foods Market 365 concept prides itself on simplicity and convenience — not to mention lower prices in which its Whole Foods parent is infamously not known for. “The pricing is really competitive,” stated Jeff Turnas. “Our concept is one where we’ve got Whole Foods market quality which is delivered in a little bit different setting.”

So Santa Monica health-nuts and Venice yogis rejoice! You can now have your organic salad bar and eat it, too (for way less). As for Amazon’s technological influence? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see what’s in store.

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These New Food Tech Inventions Will Upgrade Your Life

Technology has come an incredibly long way in just the past decade, with the Internet of Things (IOT) taking over lots of home-use appliances, like the Amazon Echo and Wi-Fi headphones. Food has been a huge part of this technological takeover, with tons of inventions being created for both industry and home uses. Some of these inventions are incredibly fun and cool to upgrade your personal love of food at home. For home gardening, shopping, or cooking, these are some of the coolest inventions aiming to make your food experiences convenient, high-tech, and personal.


Salad Sultan – Wearable Micro Greens You Can Grow


Photo: Hamama

Now you can wear your accessories and eat them too! This cool microgreens growing kit, revealed at the 2016 Food Hackathon & Forum in San Francisco, was developed by microgreen growing kit revolutionaries Hamama . Using a patented “seed quilt” technology, they were able to design growing kits that allow microgreens to take the shapes of headbands, armbands, necklaces, and other accessories that people wear within a couple of weeks of easy growing. Just dip in water then spray once a day until grown!

Additionally, Hamama also is planning a future release of patterned Seed Quilts next year for more creative ways to wear your microgreens.

This makes microgreens fun to wear — and makes for a tasty on-the-go snack that you can show off and have fun with!

The Salad Sultan isn’t available yet, but the microgreen growing kits will be available in the next few weeks – first to California, then eventually to the rest of the nation.


Farmbot – Automated Home Gardening


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Make home gardening extremely simple with this incredible technology! Farmbot is designed to do everything you need for gardening, whether it be planting seeds, watering, or even killing invasive weeds. Because the blueprints are open-source, it’s easy for anyone to download and make their own (although Farmbot also has DIY kits available). You can control the machine through an app that lets you pick what vegetables you want to grow and monitors the growth progress. Home gardening couldn’t be simpler!

The blueprints/technology are free to download, but pre-made kits are also available online for preorder.


Juicero – Cold-Pressed Juice Vending Machine


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Don’t rely on sugary store-bought juices again, and use this simple machine instead for healthy, nutritious pressed juices! When you purchase a Juicero vending machine, you sign up to get specific packs of juice on a regular basis as well. These are shipped the same day they are made for optimal quality, and all you have to do is insert the packages of pressed fruits and veggies into the machine to get your own quality, cold-pressed juice!

The packs also have QR codes that allow you to not only monitor the quality of the produce inside, but also see exactly where it came from – giving a whole new meaning to product transparency!

These next-level vending machines are currently available in California, Arizona, and Nevada, and plan to go nationwide in the future.


Nomiku – Wi-Fi Enabled Sous Vide Device


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Sous vide is a gentle cooking method typically seen in high-end restaurants that usually needs vacuum sealed bags and an immersion circulator — equipment that’s expensive to get at home. Nomiku makes it incredibly easy to make your own sous vide at home — and no vacuum sealing is required! All you need to get started with this device is a pot, a heatproof bag, ingredients for your recipe, and the Nomiku appliance to get started!

The Nomiku does come with its own primer of recipes, but you can get more from the internet as well (or add your own once you get pro with your device). After downloading recipes from the Tender app and sending them to your Wi-Fi-enabled device, Nomiku is programmed to perfectly cook the recipe while sealing in a ton of the nutrition and giving your food amazing flavor and texture.

You can remotely control the device from your phone, making it super easy to cook and keep track of delicious, Michelin Star-quality food!


Habit – Meal Delivery Based on Your DNA


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DNA testing can be used to identify everything from your gut microbiome to your ancestry. Now, Habit uses it to create your own personalized meal plans.

When you purchase a test kit from Habit, you’re able to get your DNA analyzed to see how your body works to process nutritional biomarkers like carbohydrate processing ability. You then get a personalized nutrition profile that identifies the foods and nutrients best suited for your needs, as well as personal nutrition coaching. These then get turned into personalized meals that are delivered straight to your doorstep, providing you with the perfect foods you need for your personal, optimal health!

Habit is taking preorders for test kits for a limited Bay Area release at the beginning of next year, but hopefully they can expand their service nationwide — or even globally!


Nima – Know If Your Food Contains Gluten


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This powerful little device can test for gluten in less than 3 minutes with any food. All you have to do is place the food in a single use capsule, put it in your Nima device, and let the test run. It then tells you if the food has gluten or not, and these results can even be shared through the Nima app if desired, creating a network of knowledge on whether certain foods from certain places contain gluten!

These devices are currently sold out, but plan to be shipped out within the next month.


Shopwell – Personalize Your Shopping For Your Health 


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Shopwell is one of the most powerful apps you can download for your personal health. The app takes your requested nutrition preferences (low fat, gluten-free, athletic training diet, etc.) and turns it into customized shopping recommendations based on where you shop. It does this by developing a custom health scoring system based on your nutritional desires, and ranks products in the stores you shop in on a 0-100 scale. It then makes recommendations for you to switch to higher-scored products while shopping (by scanning in products on the app) or after shopping, helping you improve your diet and shopping habits around what you need!

The app is free for anyone to download on Android or IOS, so go ahead and give it a shot!


All of the above inventions give a personal twist to what the future of food can be. With these inventions (and more to come in the future, no doubt), it’s easy to see a future of food that is high-tech, nutritious, and truly made personal.


Robots Prepare and Serve Your Food at this Curious Restaurant

Robot Waiter

The idea of robots replacing humans in the workforce has been thrown around a lot over the years. Now, it seems that the movement towards Robotic-rights took a major step forward with a restaurant that employees almost entirely machines.

The Robot Restaurant is located in China’s Heilongjiang Province. Employing around 20 mechanical men, the robots pretty much run the restaurant themselves from preparing the meals to serving them to guests. There’s even a robot that sings to the patrons while they eat. Humans do play an essential role, however, as the raw ingredients are pre-loaded for the robots and kept in cabinets. When something is ordered from the menu, a human presses a button that orders the robot chef to obtain the ingredients necessary to prepare the meal.

Restaurant owner Liu Hasheng told BBC that the robots were conceptualized as a means to minimize the cost of hiring employees. Though it should help in the long run, it definitely wasn’t cheap purchasing twenty robots. Especially since they ran for about $31,500 and $47,000 up front.

While robots probably can’t recreate the love humans put into cooking, at least they won’t call in sick last minute.

H/T Business Insider