Category Archives: food

The Burger That Instagram Built

The approach to getting them in the door, however, has borrowed from music industry tactics rather than conventional food-industry wisdom. Three of the working founders — Nic Adler, Bill Fold and Ms. Jiaras — have connections to Goldenvoice, the concert and festival conglomerate that operates Coachella.

https://www-nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.nytimes.com/2022/06/25/style/montys-good-burger.amp.html

Air Protein creates fake steak from CO2 that replicates taste and texture of meat

While beef generates 70 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions for every kilogram produced, while also causing widespread deforestation, Air Protein founder Lisa Dyson claims that its protein production emits far less carbon and doesn’t require land or animals.

“We look at the analysis from cradle to gate, prior to when the product is consumed,” she told Dezeen. “On this basis, our vision is to build the first carbon-negative meat company.”

https://www-dezeen-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.dezeen.com/2022/04/14/air-protein-meat-alternative-recycled-carbon-dioxide/amp/

Coca-Cola turns to refillable glass bottles in fight against inflation

To prepare for the expected drop in consumer purchasing power, Coca-Cola said it was expanding the distribution of cheaper returnable or refillable glass bottles in emerging markets in Latin America and Africa.

https://www.reuters.com/business/coca-cola-beats-quarterly-revenue-expectations-2022-04-25/

There’s a reason so many restaurants have *almost* the same name.

“Restaurants are really key in shaping cultural trends at the truly local level,” says Helen Rosner, a New Yorker staff writer and longtime food writer. “Fashion can come down the runway; we can all talk about a certain famous cerulean sweater scene (from The Devil Wears Prada). But the most direct access on a day-to-day basis to the shifting tides of trends is in restaurant culture.”

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/restaurant-name-trends

Futuristic ‘automat’ dining thrived a century ago. Can covid revive it?

The arrival of the virus shut down restaurants across the country, then saw them reopen with social distancing and outdoor dining. Face-to-face contact was no longer a plus, but a potential liability. Meanwhile, restaurants grappled with labor shortages. It all made the automat ripe for a comeback.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/04/08/automat-covid-horn-hardart/

More Americans Are Drinking Coffee Daily as Workforce Swells

“Consumers have found a way to make their favorite beverages at home,” said Cheryl Hung of DIG Insights Inc., who presented results during the National Coffee Association’s annual conference.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-03-10/more-americans-are-drinking-coffee-every-day-as-workforce-swells

Wellness & fascism have more than just a modern connection (thread)

Meet the ‘vegan bros’ here to bust the myth that real men eat meat

Over the past five years, “soy boy” has become a favourite insult of the far right online, used to refer not only to vegans but to all liberals. (I noticed the rise of this slur with amusement, as when I met my first ever male vegetarian friend, Lee, at university, we proudly called ourselves “the soy boys”.)

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/mar/05/vegan-bros-busting-myth-that-real-men-eat-meat