Up-to-date products and announcements from the food and beverage sector

Up-to-date products and announcements from the food and beverage sector

New delivery approach
Foodhub has called for the takeaway delivery model to be overhauled to better support the takeaways and the consumer. Philip Mostyn, Foodhub Chief Operating Officer, said: “It is common for many food delivery services to charge takeaway restaurants a commission for using their service and also charge consumers a fee. We believe this is wrong and actually inhibits the growth of the industry by punishing those at its heart – the takeaway restaurants – with huge charges that are unnecessary and punitive. Here, at Foodhub, we’ve been committed to a non-commission-based business model from the outset.

“Now, more than ever, it is important that takeaway businesses are encouraged and helped to thrive. These are challenging times for everyone – with a potential recession on the horizon. We’d encourage other food delivery services to follow our lead and introduce a non-commission-based model.”

One of the FoodChain team was fortunate enough to trial Foodhub and was very impressed with the service: “‘Ordering from Foodhub is really easy. The website shows restaurants that are open near you and allows you to search for a specific restaurant, or browse through different cuisines in the sidebar. I’m a vegetarian and found it really useful to be able to search for certain dishes so that I didn’t have to go through each menu to find something I could eat. There is also a great option to sort restaurants by their discounts. Once you’ve ordered there’s a countdown clock until delivery so you know exactly when your food is coming! Overall a great service, and I would definitely use it again.”

Kitchen network
TiffinLabs, a leading foodtech company, has acquired access to over 1000 kitchens across the US, Europe and Asia to create a global network of smart kitchens that will deliver the best home-dining experience to customers around the world. This is the result of negotiations over the last 12 months, with roll out of the kitchens expected to start progressively from the last quarter of 2020.

TiffinLabs, which was founded in early 2019 and focuses on creating cuisines linked to consumer needs, has seen demand for its online food deliveries grow rapidly. It currently operates nine digital-first restaurant brands out of its kitchens in Singapore, including Publico Pastabar and Hureideu – Korean Fried Chicken, as well as soon to be launched Singapore Makan which will showcase the best of Singapore cuisine to the world.

In the last 12 months, TiffinLabs has also invested in research and development for the UK food delivery market to build its consumer demand database, supply chain modelling, real estate partnerships and location selection. The first phase of smart kitchens will roll out starting later this year in London, Manchester and Birmingham offering five of its core, digital-first restaurant brands.

TiffinLabs will leverage its AI-driven kitchen operating and management system across its kitchen network to deliver its international menu of high quality cuisines from its digital-first restaurant brands, with a potential reach of over 15 million households. The team also harnesses the power of data analytics to identify food trends and changing consumer preferences while optimizing its supply chains with its local smart kitchens to fill gaps in delivery zones.

Efficient solution
Tetra Pak has launched a new, first-of-its-kind low-energy processing line for juice, nectar and still drinks (JNSD) to take beverage processing to a new level of efficiency. Instead of pasteurizing the whole volume of the product, the new production line separates out water and pasteurizes only the concentrate. Water is treated separately with Filtration and UV Light which requires a lot less energy. In the new JNSD line customers reduce energy consumption up to 67% and water consumption used for cleaning-in-place, sterilization and product change-over is cut up to 50%.

Commenting on the new solution, Maria Norlin, Subcategory Manager JNSD & Other Beverages, Tetra Pak said: “We realized that we needed to rethink JNSD processing and find a more sustainable solution, that at the same time still provides a high level of food safety & quality assurance for our customers. The launch of our new low-energy JNSD processing line, ‘Best Practice Line for JNSD with Aseptic Blending’, illustrates how we are innovating with traditional processing methods in pursuit of more sustainable and efficient solutions. Our decision to split the existing JNSD line into two separate processing streams for treatment allows us to offer our customers processing options that can help them achieve their climate goals, and enables the industry to contribute towards global sustainability efforts.

“We see new opportunities for our customers on the horizon, as people increasingly search for ways to lead a healthier lifestyle, and this trend has accelerated during the spread of Covid-19. We hope this new production line can help customers capture the growth opportunities in a more cost-efficient way,” added Norlin.

DRTY is one of the leading new-brand players in the hard seltzer space in the UK, and is available to buy in hundreds of outlets such as Ocado, Daylesford, Amazon as well as around 200 independent retailers across London, 80 in Scotland and via its Online store.

What’s hard seltzer we hear you ask? It’s low cal alcoholic sparkling water, made with a fruit wine alcohol base, purified sparkling water and all-natural flavors. That’s it.

Two flavors are currently available, both are 4% ABV, less than 90 calories a can, zero carbs and zero sugar:

White Citrus: a combination of white grapefruit and limes for zing and zest. Tastes like vodka soda – but good!

Raspberry Rosé: made with raspberries, hibiscus and rose water for a lighter take on sparkling rosé that won’t get you hammered. Tastes like, well, going out out.

Fermented fruits give DRTY its boozy base, and only fruits with 100 per cent fermentable sugar profile are used to ensure no residual sugars and no carbohydrates are left after the fermentation process. For the seltzer part DRTY uses Austrian spring water – fresh, fizzy and bubbly.

Finally, unlike many of the big brands getting in on the trend recently (Kopparberg and Smirnoff to name a couple), it’s one of the only seltzers to be
low carb and completely sugar/sweetener free.

DRTY hard seltzer can be purchased from its online shop for £15 for a case of 6 or £25 for a case of 12.