December 9, 2021

Matt Cook, Publisher

Technology, automation, and innovation continue to fuel the evolution of the restaurant industry!  And, of course, funding.  Every week seems to bring big changes.

Registrations and sponsorships starting to fill up for the 2nd Annual Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference, being held in Dallas, Texas on June 9-10, 2022.  Should be a great conference!

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And now, the news…

Issue #71

Kitchen Automation Is Revolutionizing the Food Industry

Commercial kitchens are today adopting digital advancements faster than ever.


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How Technology Can Save the Customer Experience at Restaurants

From fast-food chains to neighborhood establishments, a labor shortage is challenging age-old practices.


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Creating the Restaurant of Tomorrow with The Culinary Edge

The team behind fast-growing Starbird labels itself as a food innovation agency.


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Innovation, Technology Drive New Retail Formats

Smaller stores, drive thrus and technology that fuels convenience and speed are creating a new breed of restaurant.


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Jet founder’s latest venture? A ghost kitchen on wheels

His latest startup is called Wonder, which operates food trucks that will deliver restaurant food hot to your door.


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Reef Buys Startup 2ndKitchen to Link Ghost Kitchens with Hotels and Bars

Chicago-based 2ndKitchen connects local restaurants to other businesses that want to offer foodservice.


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Ghost Kitchen Boom May Be Built on a Shaky Foundation, Reports Show

Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation found health and safety violations at 58 of 61 locations inspected.


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As 2022 Arrives, The Restaurant of the Future Comes Into Focus

Digital, safety, and convenience draw a roadmap for the future.


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Chicago Ponders Requiring Vaccination Proof at Restaurants and Public Places

Officials are now considering the possibility of mandating proof of vaccination in public places, including bars and restaurants.


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Pandemic proof: Daytona restaurant owner turns to ghost kitchen concept

One local business owner is taking an innovative approach to getting his food into the hands of hungry customers.


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The Afterlife of Ghost Kitchens 

Ghost kitchens gave restaurant owners a means to adapt to a new dining environment for which no one had prepared.


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Smart Lockers Add Seamless Pickup to Ghost Kitchens

Consumers now expect a more tech-focused, seamless digital experience from end-to-end.


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US Foods Named as Chicago Innovation Award Winner

The company was awarded with the Chicago Innovation Accenture Corporate Innovator Award for its Ghost Kitchens Playbook Program.


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How Nathan's Built a Virtual Restaurant Empire

The iconic brand carried more than 100 years of equity into the virtual explosion.


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Behind the Scenes at the New Kitchen United Mix in NYC

The ghost kitchen venue boasts 11 restaurant brands under one roof.


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Applebee’s aims to win over the cool crowd with its Cheetos-flavored boneless wings

In a broader sense, the chain can attach some of the snack-y buzz to its own identity.


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Bitcoin Pizza now serving ‘Laser Eyes’ pies and cryptocurrency education in Courthouse

The pizzeria was created by branding company Popchew in partnership with Bitcoin influencer Anthony Pompliano.


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Partake Collective in East Village will offer needed space for small, upcoming chefs

A first of its kind, Partake is converted into nine individual kitchens ranging from 370 to 750 square feet.


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Fast Food Emerges from COVID a More Resilient Industry than Ever

In some ways, forced dining room closures might benefit quick-service restaurants in the end.


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Nextbite introduces new Asian brand to its lineup of delivery-only restaurants

Lucky Dragon Fried Rice is the virtual company’s newest venture.


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JustKitchen Appoints Strategic Advisors and Key Management to Build on its International Expansion

Additions to JustKitchen's executive team include a new Chief Technology Officer and Head of Supply Chain.


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YouTube supergroup The Sidemen launches a new virtual food brand

Virtual Hero announces the launch of new, virtual food brand Sides in the UK and UAE.


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Dubai start-up GrubTech raises $13m to expand in new markets

Companies like GrubTech have seen their business pick up as cloud kitchens grow in popularity, especially since Covid-19.


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Virtual Restaurant Food Delivery Market is going to Boom with GrubHub, Zomato, Deliveroo

The growth of the Virtual Restaurant Food Delivery market was mainly driven by the increasing R&D spending across the world.


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Cloud kitchens turn to professionals to manage aggregators

Food tech aggregators are a necessary evil and they are making efforts to understand the dynamics.


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Will the UAE's rapidly growing cloud kitchens change the face of restaurant business?

UAE: 70 percent of dine-in restaurants in the UAE considered the cloud kitchen concept.


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Samosa Party secures pre-Series A funding

India: Inflection Point Ventures-backed Samosa Party, a snack-focused cloud kitchen platform.


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Mukunda Foods- Building The Kitchens Of Tomorrow

India: The food taste and the delivery time in cloud kitchens are on high priority.


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Everything about India’s unicorn hunters of 2021

India: Between January and November 2021, VC firms invested USD 31.4 billion in Indian startups.


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BOX8 bags $40 million from Tiger Global, rebrands to EatClub Brands

India: The company is changing its brand to EatClub Brands.


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Deliveroo Hong Kong opens fourth kitchen this year as demand for takeaway orders surges

Hong Kong: Deliveroo, one of the leading food delivery platforms in Hong Kong, has opened its fourth kitchen this year.


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