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Join host Michael Wolf and the Spoon editors as they explore the world of food tech.

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Join host Michael Wolf and the Spoon editors as they explore the world of food tech.

    The Bloomberg Alt-Meat Hullabaloo with Rachel Konrad

    The Bloomberg Alt-Meat Hullabaloo with Rachel Konrad

    In this week's episode we catch up with Rachel Konrad, a former journalist who has spent the last decade-plus working for Tesla, Impossible Foods and now the Production Board.
    Rachel joins Michael Wolf and Carlos Rodela to talk about her background, the recent controversy around Bloomberg's article declaring plant-based meat a fad, and how she helped Impossible bring food tech to CES in 2019 with the launch of the Impossible 2.0 burger.
    It's a really fun conversation that you won't want to miss!
     

    • 57 min
    A Look Back at The Year in Food Tech With S2G's Tonya Bakritzes

    A Look Back at The Year in Food Tech With S2G's Tonya Bakritzes

    It's almost the end of 2022 and so we decided to catch up with S2G Managing Director Tonya Bakritzes.
    In this podcast we talk about:
    -The impact of inflation and global macroenvironmental headwinds on the food tech landscape
    -The plant-based meat sales slowdown and what it means for the space longterm. 
    -Some areas to look forward to in 2023
    You can find out more about S2G here.
     

    • 28 min
    Hospitality in the Era of Web3 with Ben Leventhal

    Hospitality in the Era of Web3 with Ben Leventhal

    Ben Leventhal has nothing if not good timing. 
    In 2004 the New York entrepreneur launched Eater at the dawn of the blogging era, back when food media was still mostly legacy publications and message boards. 
    After selling Eater to Vox, he went on to launch Resy in 2014 just as restaurants were beginning to bristle at the data practices of legacy online reservations systems such as OpenTable. He'd eventually sell his second company to American Express. 
    And now Leventhal is looking to create his third founder success story with the launch of Blackbird, a company which he describes as “a new loyalty, membership, and payments technology company.”
    In this episode, we discuss Ben's journey from those early days, how evolution of food media, the changes to reservation and other restaurant tech platforms, and how he envisions Web3 and other new technologies could change the game for small and independent restaurants. 
    You can find out more about Ben's new company at Blackbird.xyz. 

    • 34 min
    Food Tech Friday: Talking Food Robots With Clayton Wood

    Food Tech Friday: Talking Food Robots With Clayton Wood

    Our guest this week on our weekly food tech news wrapup is Clayton Wood, the CEO of pizza robot startup Picnic.
    We talk food tech news and then hear Clayton's view on where things are going in the world of food robots.
    Here are some of the stories we covered:
    The Food tech venture capital market really dropped hard in Q3.: Food tech venture drops 63% quarter over quarter
    One sector that seems to be somewhat active in Web3 meets restaurants: Seattle's Forum3 announces funding on heels of launching Starbucks' NFT-centric loyalty program. 
    Two Fast-Grocery Delivery Giants Have Merged: Turkish fast delivery company Getir has closed its acquisition of German rival Gorillas as fast grocery continues to consolidate.
    Wonder Lays off 7% of Workers: Marc Lore's food delivery unicorn has its first layoff as growth goes slower than expected.
    Colleges are embracing delivery robots. Grubhub announced a partnership with Kiwi, adding to their partnerships with Starship and Cartken. Is there something about college campuses that make them a logical testing ground for food robotics?
    And we put Clayton on the food robot hot seat, asking him:
    How would you assess the food robot marketplace in 2022?
    Will we see some consolidation in certain areas of food robotics in 2023?
    Predictions for the 2023 food robot market.
    Enjoy!
     

    • 38 min
    Food Tech Friday: Farmbots, Smart Mixers and Cocaine Bear

    Food Tech Friday: Farmbots, Smart Mixers and Cocaine Bear

    We're ramping our Friday food tech casual news wrapups back up again, and this week Mike and Carlos got together to talk about some of the stories that caught their attention this week.
    The stories we talked about include:
    Will reusable containers take off at colleges? Maybe. What about restaurants? One startup is trying to make it work.
    A new smart mixer from GE Appliances stood out as an innovative product in a market that has lacked innovation as of late.
    Has Amazon's Alexa strategy failed?
    A startup debuts its new driver-optional electronic tractor.  Is this the future of farming?
    One sidewalk robot company lands a nice deal with Norway's post office, but how are the others doing?
    Plus: Cocaine Bear!
    Join us next week on The Spoon's Crowdcast channel to see the live recording. 

    • 32 min
    Scaling a Plant-Based Meat Company With Nowadays' Max Elder

    Scaling a Plant-Based Meat Company With Nowadays' Max Elder

    In his previous life, Max Elder worked as a futurist, where he helped food brands develop strategies for the future.

    One of his primary motivations in this work was the hope that he could help steer them away from animal agriculture and towards a future centered around more humane and sustainable foods. Over time, however, Elder realized that to have a meaningful impact, he'd have to create his own product.
    So in late 2020, Elder left his job as a futurist and created a plant-based meat company. With Nowadays, Elder envisions a future where he can have a bigger impact by scaling meat utilizing production techniques perfected for traditional animal agriculture.
    In this episode, we talk about his transition from strategist to entrepreneur and Elder puts his futurist hat back on to look at where things are going in the world of alternative protein.

    • 34 min

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Amazing podcast for anyone interested in the space where food meets technology. Michael Wolf's conversations with the movers and shakers in the industry are more than informative, they provide thoughtful insights into the types of problems that people are working to solve today.

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Love it

Great show looking at both food tech and connected home. Now I need to make my kitchen smart. Too bad it won’t make me a better cook.

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