Nomiku Sous Chef essentially offers TV dinners for foodies

Nomiku debuted nearly five years ago with a pretty innovative idea: affordable sous vide cooking in your own home. Back then, machines that did sous vide — a way of cooking vacuum-packed foods in a temperature-controlled water bath — was still a pr…

Korea’s Ticket Monster raises $115M in a $1.2B downround to ramp up in grocery, travel

 After an M&A rollercoaster that involved getting acquired by LivingSocial and then Groupon (before getting spun out again), Korea’s Ticket Monster, a mobile e-commerce marketplace, today is announcing a major cash injection to boost its chances as an independent company in a highly competitive, tech-savvy market.
The company has raised $115 million from a new outfit, the Simone… Read More

Juicero may be the absurd avatar of Silicon Valley hubris, but boy is it well engineered

 The Juicero story is a funny one in some ways and a sad one in others, so let’s just assume they cancel each other out and admire the machine itself in a nice judgment-free moral vacuum. Read More

Dairy might have snuck into Soylent 1.8 powder, prompting recall

 Soylent, the meal replacement drink/powder that frees people from the pesky task of eating so they can “use less, do more,” has recalled its Soylent 1.8 powder over the potential presence of dairy. Soylent 1.8 is specifically listed on the company’s website as “lactose-free.” Whoops. Read More

Scrumpt now offers fresh, healthy lunches for kids

 Scrumpt, the healthy lunch for kids startup that debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in 2015, recently launched lunch meal kits with fresh food. Before, Scrumpt was only focused on non-perishable foods and required parents to supplement the lunches with items from home. Read More

Flush with funding, Instacart accelerates US expansion

 Grocery delivery startup Instacart recently closed a $400 million Series D round of funding at a valuation of $3.4 billion. Now, the company is putting that capital to work by accelerating its expansion across the US, and offering free Instacart Express memberships to entice new users wherever it goes. According to the company’s Vice President of Product, Elliot Shmukler, the company… Read More

The winner of the meal kit market won’t be a meal kit company at all

 Now, meal kit companies are facing an onslaught of competition from newcomers and big food brands alike. Turning a profit has proven elusive. And somewhat embarrassingly, it looks like meal kit companies need to emulate the brick-and-mortar groceries and online retailers they once criticized for overwhelming shoppers with choices. To go truly mainstream, they need to diversify their… Read More

Little Spoon is a baby food delivery service hoping to fly where others flopped

 Food delivery startups have proven to be a hard business – focus is often on growth more than profits, with high burn rates, low returns and they can be logistics nightmares. But nevermind all that, a new, more niche prepared meal delivery service seems to be popping up — for babies. Yumi (formerly Caer) announced its relaunch just last week; Gather, Ayesha Curry’s meal… Read More