Food Tech News: Chefling Increases Personalization Offerings, More Whole Foods Go Dark – The Spoon

This weekend you might be trying out a new banana bread recipe, tackling a crossword or just leaving your house for some fresh air (with a mask, of course). We celebrate the small victories.

We also celebrate our weekly food tech news roundup! This edition has stories on Chefling’s new partnership with Edamam, Whole Foods continuing to go dark, Postmates’ new curbside pickup, and Impossible Foods’ upcoming cookbook. Enjoy!

Chefling teams up with Edamam for more personalization
Smart kitchen startup Chefling announced this week that it would work with Edamam, a nutrition analysis company, to improve its offerings. Chefling currently has an app that suggests recipes to users based on ingredients they have in their kitchen. Now it will use Edamam’s food and nutrition database to help better tailor said recipe suggestions based on lifestyle and diet, such as keto, gluten-free and vegan. 

Photo: Impossible Foods

Impossible Foods to unveil cookbook
Plant-based meat company Impossible Foods has opened preorders for its cookbook, which will debut on June 16. The cookbook has 40 recipes from well-known chefs, like Michael Symon and Traci Des Jardins, all featuring Impossible’s “bleeding” meatless beef. The book will retail for $21.82 on Amazon and $3 of each sale will be donated to No Kid Hungry.

Photo: Whole Foods

Whole Foods marches forward with “dark” stores
This week Whole Foods opened its sixth “dark” store since the pandemic in Chicago (h/t GroceryDive). To meet unprecedented demand for online groceries, Whole Foods has been converting its locations to delivery-only stores, also known as “dark” stores. Some of these locations had not yet been opened to the public, while others have transformed to allow some foot traffic while reserving most space for delivery grocery fulfillment. 

Postmates introduces curbside pickup
On-demand delivery service Postmates announced this week that it was instituting curbside pickup. The new service is meant to help businesses who are reopening navigate the bumps and serve consumers who might be hesitant to go inside the store. To use the feature, sellers can turn on the curbside pickup option from their Postmates dashboard. Consumers can then “Check In” to let the merchant know they’re outside. Postmates is also making the curbside pickup option available for their own delivery drivers.