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The Spoon Weekly: Wonder’s Big Bet, Parc’s Cold Chain Spinout, a Hard Look at Model for 15 Minute Grocery

Imagine you wanted to build a complete-from-scratch meal delivery company. Not just the delivery part like Doordash. I’m talking about building a company that is essentially an entire restaurant and food delivery industry in a box, one that works with big-name chefs to develop new restaurant concepts, builds centralized food production facilities, creates a network of mini-kitchen hubs around a large metro area, and owns the delivery network to get the food to people’s doors.
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Today Seattle-based Atomo announced it had raised $40 million in Series A funding to scale production of its beanless coffee, according to an announcement sent to The Spoon. When the company’s founders made the rounds in 2019, they pitched Atomo as the first ‘molecular’ coffee company. They had just emerged from the company’s chief scientist’s garage with a prototype of a ready-to-drink coffee made from upcycled ingredients, and eventually launched a Kickstarter with plans to make a ground coffee substitute that, when brewed, tasted and caffeinated like coffee.
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PARC Spinout EverCase Uses Electric & Magnetic Fields to Store Food in Freezers Without Ice Crystals

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Food Robot Roundup: Grubhub & Cartken Head to College, The Story of a Stir-Frying Robot

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Who Are The Leaders of the Food Tech Revolution?

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SuperMeat Believes An Open Source Approach to Cultivated Meat Will Benefit All

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