Broccoli in your coffee

With funding from vegetable growers through Hort Innovation, CSIRO has developed a broccoli powder that could help pack extra veggies into your diet. The 100 per cent broccoli powder is made from whole broccoli, and produced using a combination of selected pre-treatment and drying processes to retain the natural colour, flavour and nutrient composition of fresh broccoli. Broccoli contains protein, fibre and health-promoting bioactive phytochemicals, making it an ideal candidate for being turned into a powder ingredient. https://blog.csiro.au/broccoli-better-latte-than-never/?

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A restaurant with robots instead of chefs

Spyce, a new Boston restaurant, has a high-tech approach to fast-casual cuisine. It’s the world’s first restaurant that features a robotic kitchen. After placing their orders via touch screen kiosks, guests can expect to have their meal ready in about three minutes. Once a dish is selected, robots in the kitchen combine the right ingredients before cooking and serving the meal. Staff help customers with ordering and garnish the final product. www.Spyce.com

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An International Wine Club Focused on Exploration and Education

This extraordinary club enhances your wine experience by giving you the knowledge, access, and opportunity to discover new wines. They focus on exploration and education to help us understand the vast world of wine. Every month members receive new international varietals to taste, share and enjoy, with fun tasting notes and information about the wine, where it comes from, and food pairing suggestions. If you receive a wine you don’t like, it will be replaced absolutely free. More info: winewithnancy@gmail.com

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Restaurants become retailers

Pondicheri, an Indian restaurant in Houston, with a branch in New York, is an example of a restaurant becoming retail. When it opened seven years ago, it sold only two products. Now it offers more than 70 products, from spices — the best-seller — to prepared food kits, pickles, chutneys, frozen sauces and stocks, and oils. The owners recognise that younger customers want to cook and retail now makes up about 9 per cent of their sales. The trend follows the continued expansion of Eataly, which has successfully meshed the retail-restaurant experience. www.pondicheri.com/

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Nanoparticles to detect fake Australian beef

Commercial trials are underway in Australia to inject edible nanoparticles into cuts and sides of export meat before it leaves Australia, with the meat linked to encrypted blockchain verification systems that need unlocking to prove it is genuine Australian provenance once it ­arrives in China. It is estimated twice the amount of Australian beef actually exported is sold in China while carrying an Australian brand or Australian-grown label; a fraud that costs Australian farmers and meat exporters $2 billion in potential lost sales. Cutting-edge nanoparticle technology adopted from the medical industry, using unique brand-identifying films or liquid injections that are safe to eat and impossible to taste or see, may be the secret to solving this major global problem. To help you get the picture, a human hair is 10,000 times wider than a nanoparticle. A nanoparticle is the size of a molecule. www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aussie-beef-exporterd-declare-war-on-chinese-counterfeiters/news-story/1ace93c183e7604880e8a4abbde11920

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Wine labels that come alive with AR!

When you have downloaded the “Living Wine Labels” app you can view The Walking Dead wine label through your smartphone to watch it come to life with augmented reality. The Blood Red Blend label has an image of Sheriff Rick Grimes staring down the undead. When the app is launched and pointed at the label, you see Sheriff Rick fight off the ‘walkers’. The Cabernet Sauvignon label features a horde of zombies, and they break out of the label onto your phone screen. When you point the app at both labels through the app, when the bottles are side by side, the characters fight each other. Designed for clever dinner party entertainment! www.skybound.com/the-walking-dead/news-events/news-eventsnew-walking-dead-wines-will-feature-ar-labels/

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A plastic-free supermarket aisle

Supermarket chain Ekoplaza has piloted a “world first” plastic-free supermarket aisle in Amsterdam, prompting calls from campaigners for retailers to roll them out in more places. Goods within the aisle will carry the Plastic Free Mark, a label introduced by A Plastic Planet to help shoppers easily identify products that are completely free of plastic packaging. Plastic-free aisles are seen as an innovative way of testing the compostable biomaterials that offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic packaging. www.inkl.com/glance/news/netherlands-opens-world-s-first-plastic-free-supermarket-aisle-as-uk-urged-to-follow-example?

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97% of plastic bottles recycled

An industry-led scheme in Norway is credited with increasing plastic bottle recycling levels to 97 per cent. Consumers pay a small additional charge on each bottle they buy. When the bottle is returned either to the shop or a recycling machine, the deposit is refunded. Shops are given a small handling fee for taking the returned bottles. Recycling machines – often found in supermarkets – read the barcodes of the bottles and usually offer customers vouchers for the shop, or the option of making a charitable donation. www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-plastic-bottle-recycling-system-norway-adopt-ocean-pollution-latest-news-a8198761.html

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A platform that connects food producers with the public

A startup in the UK called farmdrop delivers fresh food of your choice within 19 hours. This offer is different because all food is sustainably sourced, you can choose the producer, the producer gets the majority of the price rather than a supermarket and delivery is by all electric vans -which can be within one hour intervals. https://www.farmdrop.com/

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Fine dining with kids

Nibble+squeak hosts dining events for babies, toddlers, and young children. Their mission is to get new parents out, dining at restaurants they loved pre-kids. Their events are part of a broader effort to create more spaces in society where little ones are welcome and parents can relax. Since the events tend to take place either in a private room or before the restaurant opens to the public, they are an attractive proposition to restaurants because they provide a new source of revenue. www.fastcompany.com/40524680/this-startup-wants-to-make-dining-out-with-a-toddler-less-of-a-nightmare

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