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The Crumb for May 26th, 2017

Lori Bailey / May 26th 2017

Where in the world is Harvest Collaborative? This past week, we hit up Chicago for the 2017 NRA Conference! Check out our Instagram feed for our top takeaways.

 

Happy Friday! Leave the fidget spinner at your desk (unless it’s actually a cookie), go fetch yourself a coffee, and settle into this past week’s food news.

  

This stand is bananas

What does community involvement look like for one of the world’s most influential tech companies? According to Amazon, the answer is simple: free bananas. The company’s Seattle headquarters has two banana stands (manned by certified “banistas”) in its neighborhood, which recently surpassed 1.7 million handouts. Why bananas? Amazon says they were chosen for both nutritive value and convenience, since they come with their own easy-to-remove and compostable containers. An appropriate choice for a company so well versed in packaging and delivery. Maybe more tech companies would do to take a leaf—a banana leaf, mind you—out of Amazon’s book.

 

Learn this term: “food desert”

We’re not talking sand dunes and camels. Food deserts are urban areas where residents have little to no access to healthful foods such as meat, dairy, and fresh produce. And in areas such as North Minneapolis, the staggering number of fast-food chains make finding a nourishing meal even more difficult. Compare to other neighborhoods in the city, which boast James Beard award-winning restaurants and trendy dining scenes. Enter Appetite for Change, an organization fighting against the broken system and empowering at-risk kids and teens to create a better, brighter, healthier future for themselves and their families. They even made a music video called “Grow Food” that went all kinds of viral on the interwebs. Time to turn this food desert into a garden.

 

The signs are all there

Delivery, sustainability, and experiences—words we’ve all probably gotten used to hearing when talking food trends these days. But what do they mean for the future of restaurant design? In a talk at this past week’s National Restaurant Association conference, a Euromonitor International analyst drew on global examples pointing to the changes these trends may have on the core designs and operations of restaurant spaces. Consider Japan’s Gyoza Lab, which utilizes a fully automated, robotic process to make and serve dumplings. Or Sweden’s Foodiebag, which delivers pre-packaged ingredients from sit-down restaurants around Stockholm that recipients can prepare at home. Restaurants of today are scrambling to stay on top of these changes. For restaurants of the future, the opportunity to define a new generation of dining awaits.

 

Taco the town

In case you were worried about whether you’d be able to get a Crunchwrap Supreme on your next jaunt to Shanghai, fear not. Taco Bell just announced a massive global expansion plan that targets growth in India, China, Brazil, and Canada. And, like a crispy taco shell, the timeline is crunched—only five short years. That’s no small feat for a company looking to break into 18 new markets and grow its presence across Europe, Asia, and South America. Here on the home turf, Taco Bell’s also planning to up its booze-slinging Cantina game. Doritos Locos para todos.


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