The Weekly Spoon: eMeals teams up with Meredith Corp, HelloFresh acquires Green Chef & wine tech startup Kuvée shutters

With the meal kit market flooded with choices from big brands HelloFresh and Blue Apron to specialty offerings like Paleo on the Go, some companies are choosing to deliver other methods of meal prep convenience. One such company, eMeals, announced a partnership with Meredith Corporation this week to offer recipes from EatingWell, AllRecipes and Better Homes and Gardens on their meal planning app. 

eMeals give users the ability to browse and select recipes to create a meal plan or have the service select meals for you and add ingredients to your next grocery delivery. The founders of eMeals think of themselves as an alternative to meal kits and are trying to take the guesswork out of meal planning. The partnership with Meredith give eMeals more content to curate from - read the full story and takes from eMeals founder on The Spoon. 

It's the last week for early bird tickets for the Smart Kitchen Summit Europe - if you want even more of a discount, use code newsletter to get an additional 15% off. 

Speaking of meal kits, HelloFresh made news this week with the acquisition of Green Chef, a specialty meal kit competitor. The move will expand HelloFresh's offerings to include more organic, vegan and gluten-free menus. Check out the full announcement.

In the connected beverage space, wine tech startup Kuvée announced it was shutting down this week. Despite having raised $10 million to create smart wine dispensers, Kuvée CEO Vijay Manwani said the company would need even more funding to educate the market and succeed. But other wine tech companies are succeeding and Kuvée's problems may have stemmed from their "walled garden" approach to building an ecosystem. Kuvée essentially required the customer to buy wine bottled in their proprietary bottles as opposed to letting users use any bottles of their preference. 

Read my full analysis on the closure news on The Spoon. 

I also got to chat with Mike Lee, founder of The Future Market about the future of the grocery store and get his take on the space. Check it out here and add it to your weekend podcast playlist.

I just got back from an exciting event at the Target Open House on the personalized smart kitchen - it was a great discussion with several leaders in the connected kitchen and personalized nutrition space including Innit, Habit and Nima. We'll have the panel up on the podcast sometime next week! 
 
Have a great weekend - 

Mike

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In the 03/23/2018 edition:

Former Uber CEO Lands in the Cloud Kitchen Market

By Allen Weiner on Mar 23, 2018 10:00 am
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is playing a new game modeled after those HGTV shows, where teams of fortune hunters turn distressed properties into quick-sell gems. In the case of the newly formed City Storage Systems, the narrative differs in that these down-and-out chunks of real estates are empty or neglected strip malls and parking […]
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The Stone Notebook for Chefs is Water Proof and Grease Proof

By Chris Albrecht on Mar 23, 2018 07:00 am
Write in the kitchen without fear of smudges and spills.
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This Startup Is Using AI to Bring “Post-Organic” Farming to the (Urban) Masses

By Jennifer Marston on Mar 22, 2018 04:30 pm
New Jersey-based Bowery is on track to open the world's most technologically advanced indoor farm.
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Podcast: Reimagining The Grocery Store with The Future Market’s Mike Lee

By Michael Wolf on Mar 22, 2018 02:00 pm
Growing up in Detroit, Mike Lee loved going to auto shows. His favorite part was seeing the concept cars auto makers rolled out to help consumers envision the future. As he got older, Lee wondered why food companies never created similar concept products. Why not, after all, create the products of the future and show them […]
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Smarter CEO Christian Lane Coming To SKS Europe

By Catherine Lamb on Mar 22, 2018 10:34 am
At the age of 19, Christian Lane became the youngest person to ever pitch for investment on British TV’s Dragons’ Den, on which he won an investment from Dragon Theo Paphitis. Back then, Lane was pitching a foldable stationary product called Foldio, but nowadays he’s the CEO of a company building products to make the […]
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Can Celebrities (and Celebrity Chefs) Help Us Overcome The Insect “Ick” Factor?

By Catherine Lamb on Mar 22, 2018 06:00 am
We all know that we should be eating insects. After all, bugs are a dietary staple for billions of people around the globe, and they have a significantly lower environmental footprint than meat. But Americans are still having a tricky time getting over the “ick” factor that comes with munching on crawling critters. The concept is popular […]
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Kuvée, Maker of Connected Wine Dispensers, Is Shutting Down

By Michael Wolf on Mar 21, 2018 01:31 pm
Kuvée, a maker of connected wine dispensers, is shutting down. In an email sent to customers today, Kuvée CEO Vijay Manwani said the company, which had raised nearly $10 million in funding, would need to raise significantly more in order to educate the market and have a “louder voice”. Because of this, the company would be […]
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Knorr’s “Eat Your Feed” Delivers Instagram-Inspired Recipes… Sorta

By Catherine Lamb on Mar 21, 2018 05:00 am
Millennials everywhere can finally justify all those overhead photos they just had to snap (and then Instagram) before digging into their food. Knorr, the powdered soup and seasoning brand owned by Unilever, has developed an AI-powered tool which scans your Instagram feed and then recommends recipes based on your photos. Dubbed Eat Your Feed, the tool uses […]
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HelloFresh Acquires Green Chef to Bolster Meal Kit Menus

By Chris Albrecht on Mar 20, 2018 02:49 pm
Meal kit delivery company, HelloFresh, announced today that it has acquired Green Chef, which offers certified organic meal kits. The move will help diversify HelloFresh’s meal catalog with organic, vegan and gluten-free menus. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition comes at an interesting time for the entire meal kit by mail space. […]
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Reis & Irvy’s FroYo Robot Kiosk Hopes to Bring in Cool Profit for Grocery Stores

By Catherine Lamb on Mar 20, 2018 01:59 pm
We’ve seen robots in grocery stores before restocking shelves and packing products — but now, robots will be used for perhaps their most important task yet: dispensing frozen yogurt. Billed as “the world’s first robotic frozen yogurt vending kiosk,” Reis & Irvy launched in 2016 as a subsidiary franchise concept of Generation NEXT Franchise Brands. Starting this spring, […]
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