How Ari Weinzweig went from the deli to specialty food pioneer | Startup Veebie puts self-service lunch kiosks on Ore. street corners | Meal-kit service Blue Apron laying off 6% of its workers
October 19, 2017
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How Ari Weinzweig went from the deli to specialty food pioneer
Ari Weinzweig began his career as the co-founder of Zingerman's Delicatessen and today is a pioneer in the specialty foods industry, managing 10 businesses with $65 million in annual sales. He believes in creating a positive environment for customers, noting, "If you create a campaign to stop people from eating bad food, it's not going to succeed because it's negative."
The Philadelphia Inquirer (10/18) 
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Startup Veebie puts self-service lunch kiosks on Ore. street corners
Oregon startup Veebie is placing fresh food in post office-like self-service kiosks around downtown Portland. Local restaurants stock the boxes daily, and customers can place orders via the internet for lunchtime pickup.
Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (10/17) 
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Meal-kit service Blue Apron laying off 6% of its workers
Blue Apron, the meal-kit company that has run into rough times since its initial public offering earlier this year, says it will reduce its workforce by 6% as result of a recently completed "roadmapping and reprioritization exercise." The company's shares have lost 47% of their value since the IPO.
GeekWire (10/18) 
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How does Qdoba control their online menus?
Wednesday October 25, 1PM ET
With the rise of voice search and smart devices, diners are searching for and expecting to find rich details about your restaurant and menu items more than ever. Listen in to our webinar with Qdoba, and find out how they use Yext to drive business by making these devices their new storefront.
Capital Gains
RXBAR's focus helped build a brand Kellogg wanted
RXBAR's focus helped build a brand Kellogg wanted
RXBAR co-founder Peter Rahal says his protein bar company, which was recently bought by Kellogg, succeeded by being serious about planning and strategy while creating a product that fills a specific need. "The same principle of who you get in bed with in business, it's the same thing with who you sell to and who you buy from," he says.
SmartBrief/Leadership (10/17),  BrandChannel (10/16) 
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HelloFresh looks to overtake Blue Apron as it eyes IPO
HelloFresh, which posted $168 million in second-quarter US sales, says it is on track to overtake meal-kit rival Blue Apron in the US. HelloFresh is planning for an initial public offering in Frankfurt, Germany, that could allow it to raise as much as $353 million.
Bloomberg (free registration) (10/17) 
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SmartBrief Originals
How to meet consumers' aspirations in the food aisle
Consumers look at food in an aspirational way and want to express themselves by understanding where their meals are sourced and how they're prepared, said Mike Lee, founder of The Future Market, at the recent Smart Kitchen Summit. However, many consumers' kitchen skills and knowledge don't yet match their aspirations, allowing grocers and manufacturers to meet their needs with shortcuts such as meal kits and other technology-enabled opportunities, he said.
SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (10/18) 
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E-commerce and click-and-collect are changing the grocery and consumer packaged goods landscape, but offering a good experience and ensuring the store works for the consumer is still paramount, said President and CEO of Acosta Steve Matthesen.

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    Food Meets Tech
    Startup NovoNutrients aims to use carbon dioxide as fish food
    NovoNutrients is examining ways to grow microbes using carbon dioxide from industrial emissions and develop them into fish food. The process could eventually be utilized to create food for livestock and pets, CEO David Tze said.
    FastCoDesign (10/17) 
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    Leading the Change
    Moonen: Alaska's Pebble Mine project may damage world's seafood supply
    Alaska's Pebble Mine, which would be established to search for gold and copper, may cause "irreversible harm" to the area's Bristol Bay, which supplies over 40% of the world's sockeye salmon, chef and restaurateur Rick Moonen writes. "At a time when Americans are being told to eat more fish and consume more sustainable forms of protein, we should be doing everything we can to protect the last remaining wild seafood we still have," he writes.
    Civil Eats (10/17) 
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