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Industry News Roundup: Google Tracks Wait Times, Whole Foods Identifies New Trends, and More

Written by
Naomi Schettini

Google will begin tracking restaurant wait times

Sustainability is the word of the beginning, and most likely the remainder of the 21st century. Decent human being practices are being prioritized when it comes to the style in which the average person lives their life. The awareness of what it means to live sustainably is facilitated by technological progress. Chinese scientists are researching new varieties of rice that are capable of growing in seawater, Bay Area startups are experimenting new logistical systems for eliminating intermediaries in the food supply chain (i.e. us, weekly produce box companies), Google is attempting to make the dining out experience more efficient by providing wait times on Google Restaurant Pages. 

Technology is quickly reshaping the relationship people have to the eating experience and the components that make up that experience. Although one could say we are straying farther and farther away from the holistic nature of cultivating food as technology plays a larger role, there are still many potential realities to look forward to as the population continues to break Mother Earth’s seams.

Full article: Google to add restaurant wait times to search, maps

Whole Foods releases new market trends for 2018

The broad term billows from the average North American consumer’s mouth on a regular basis and drives market suppliers to do the same. We are finally approaching a new age where transparency is the standard; and if transparency is not delivered to the consumer, the consumer would rather not buy. After the recent acquisition of Global Food Retailer and Influencer Company Whole Foods, Jeff Bezos understands the implications this transparency trend is bringing and is taking appropriate action to evolve the food system in a positive manner. 

The food trend forecasting team at Whole Foods put together a comprehensive list of food trends we can expect to be more prominent on food shelves and on restaurant dinner plates in 2018. Some of their most compelling predictions include the incorporation of unfamiliar superfoods such as unique medicinal mushroom powders, floral flavored beverages, ice creams, etc., and utilizations of plant-based scraps and/or by-products.

Full article: Whole Foods names top trends for the New Year

69% of consumers are demanding more sustainability transparency

As a former agriculture student and a frequent WWOOFer (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) when I budget-travel, I realized the standard North American diet is extremely limited in variety. What is available in your standard grocery store for purchase is a small fraction of the edible products that are accessible in your very own local ecosystems. When I was in Timor-leste, I ate pumpkin leaves on a daily basis and found them to be extremely flavorful. When I was in Ethiopia, I became familiar with Cascara - a unique tea-like beverage made from the husks of coffee beans. 

With growing appreciation, curiosity and desire for new flavors and being considerate of the condition of Mother Earth. At BlueCart we consider ourselves a company that is striving to improve the world’s ultra-complex food system; these positive consumer behavior changes could not be sweeter sounding music to our ears.

Full article: Report: 69% of consumers want more transparency about company sustainability practices

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