Is AI the future of drive-thrus?

McDonald’s sold its AI tech to IBM to scale voice ordering at drive-thrus.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • November 2, 2021

Candy corn is Halloween’s most polarizing candy, but people are still buying it

People love candy corn. People hate candy corn. Most importantly, they buy it.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 28, 2021

Spritz Society is breaking into the soon-to-be $3B+ canned cocktail market

@BoyWithNoJob has 1.6m followers on Instagram. The man behind the account -- Ben Soffer -- just launched a 100% canned wine cocktail.

Trung T. Phan • October 28, 2021

How Everytable sells healthy food for less

Everytable uses big kitchens and small stores to keep costs down, while basing store prices on the neighborhood.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 27, 2021

Confused about supply shortages? Consider the odd economics of milk and sawdust.

As with the cost for pretty much everything, more goes into the cost of milk than meets the eye.

Jacob Cohen • October 26, 2021

Digits: Bottlenecks, miniature toys, and a $25m shredded painting

Plus: YouTube has 1k+ people texting video creators daily, and Jennifer Gates’ pricey wedding.

Jacob Cohen • October 18, 2021

Forget $5 — Subway just found the right ingredients for a $1B turnaround

Digital updates and menu upgrades are turning the business around.

Jacob Cohen • October 5, 2021

Peas are a hot plant protein, but they may soon cost more

Pea milk is a rising star in the alternative proteins world. But 1 supplier says it might be getting more expensive.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 4, 2021

For drive-thrus, faster doesn’t always mean better

A recent study found that speed isn’t the only thing diners care about when it comes to drive-thrus.

Jacob Cohen • September 22, 2021

Americans apparently loved Burger King this past year

According to search trends, Americans were all about Burger King and Starbucks drive-thrus this past year.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 21, 2021

Pumpkin spice latte season is upon us. Here are the states that drink them the most.

Data shows West Virginians would kill for pumpkin spice products. Hawaiians are less fond of the trend.

Jacob Cohen • September 16, 2021

What do you call meat if it’s grown in a lab?

The USDA wants input on how cell-based meat -- meat, fish, and poultry grown in labs from animal cells -- should be labeled.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 9, 2021

Meet the startup using flies to fight food waste

Insectta is a startup that uses flies to combat food waste, and create a variety of byproducts.

Rob Litterst • September 1, 2021

The food and drink industry is facing a swarm of class action lawsuits

You might want to rethink calling something “onion snacks” if it doesn't contain any onion.

Jacob Cohen • August 31, 2021

Sweetgreen bought another salad eatery known for its robot cooks

Sweetgreen acquired Spyce, which only has 2 store locations but a lot of salad-making robots that can sear, steam, and assemble meals.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 30, 2021

The anti-food waste startup now valued at $2B

Apeel, now valued at $2B, uses plant materials to make a coating that helps produce last longer.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 24, 2021

Meet the iced tea drive-through chain taking over Texas

HTeaO is a Texas drive-through chain that specializes in iced tea, and business is booming.

Rob Litterst • August 24, 2021

Digits: A really skinny house, space pizza, and too much weed

Plus: Online groceries, an asteroid, and kids’ diets.

Jacob Cohen • August 16, 2021

A company founded in 1892 just launched a series of NFTs

Coca-Cola joins the growing list of consumer brands experimenting with NFTs with its recent launch.

Rob Litterst • August 12, 2021

The ice cream man whose taste buds are insured for $1m

John Harrison was so good at his job -- tasting ice cream -- that Dreyer’s once insured his taste buds for $1m.

Jacob Cohen • August 4, 2021

A ~$15k Doritos chip? It’s hardly the first collectible snack.

A puffy Doritos chip is the latest in a long line of rare snack discoveries selling for big bucks.

Jacob Cohen • July 28, 2021

Digits: $23m security details, a food coloring boom, and $60 jumbo crabs

Plus: plant-based beat sales are up and Pokémon Go is going hard.

Jacob Cohen • July 26, 2021

With grilling season underway, Weber files to go public

Weber is going public after throwing the business equivalent of a lit Fourth of July backyard BBQ.

Jacob Cohen • July 15, 2021

Digits: Icelandic workers, an art critic’s epic smackdown, and Toyota’s tiny win

Plus: Video games are raking it in, and ‘Black Widow’ is selling tickets.

Jacob Cohen • July 13, 2021

California’s drought puts a damper on absolutely nuts almond demand

Demand for almonds is higher than ever, but so is the risk in growing them.

Jacob Cohen • July 7, 2021

Move aside, energy drinks. Functional beverages are having a moment.

Customers are clamoring for beverages with collagen (for skin), nootropics (for mood), and melatonin (for sleep).

Trung T. Phan • July 7, 2021

Inflation is driving up booze costs, which may trickle down to consumers

The alcohol industry is currently experiencing higher aluminum, transportation, and cardboard costs. It may soon pass the price on to consumers.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 2, 2021

Beef is more expensive, but who’s profiting?

Beef prices are surging… and the Big 4 meatpackers (Cargill, JBS, Tyson Foods, National Beef) are pulling in the profits.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 25, 2021

Wingstop goes for the thigh meat

Wingstop sales hit $71m in Q1, +28% YoY. Now, it hopes to score the same success with chicken thighs via a new brand called Thighstop.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 24, 2021

Flat-packed pasta could be a sustainable solution for a carb favorite

Pasta packaging can be very wasteful. Flat-packed pasta that changes shape in boiling water could be the solution.

Trung T. Phan • June 8, 2021

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