Tag Archives: food

Open innovation in food and drink

Interesting article on themanufacturer.com website explaining open innovation (OI) and how it is being adopted by food and drink operators.  OI has been typically associated with technology companies, but firms in the food industry such as Heineken, Pepsico and P&G … Continue reading

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Have a break. Have a KitKat factory tour.

This is how KitKats are made.

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NPD of snacks – understanding what ‘premium’ actually means

Apparently the snack industry is worth £18 bn. according to this article on The Grocer website.  A major trend is the growth in premium products.  The author goes on to ask “what makes a brand premium? A common assumption is … Continue reading

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Corporate sponsorship of new product development

In our chapter on new product development (NPD), we discuss the environmental factors that might influence the process (page 320).  But we do not mention the concept of corporate sponsorship, such as PepsiCo’s Nutrition Greenhouse Programme (which is why this … Continue reading

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Spyce – the truly robotic restaurant

Spyce is a new restaurant concept recently opened in Boston, Mass.  Here’s a link to their website and a video that explains it all.

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High tech fish farming

BBC Business have this interesting story about how fish farming is adopting new technologies in order to improve efficiency.  The technologies include: hydro acoustics – microphones identify when fish are feeding and should help reduce over feeding by 5% or … Continue reading

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Seeing is believing – at least when it comes to fresh produce

Walmart has applied for a patent on the 3D imaging system it has developed, which they call ‘Fresh Online Experience’.  Research has shown that by far and away the most significant deterrent to buying fresh produce on line is customers … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: ASDA – designing sustainability into their new product development process

This detailed case study can be found on the WRAP website.  WRAP is a charity set up in 2000 to encourage and support the sustainable use of resources.  It works in a range of areas – food, hospitality, electrical, textiles, agriculture, … Continue reading

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How the IoT will change the food supply chain

Recent blogs have considered some of the implications of digital transformation in general terms, this blog looks at one specific sector.  IGD is a charity which analyse trends to provide insights for the food and grocery industry so that they better … Continue reading

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From shopping mall to urban social hub

Interesting article by Natasha Stokes published this week.  It looks at how shopping centres/malls are changing, especially with regards the provision of other kinds of service operations such as restaurants, hotels, and cinemas.  The old style shopping mall had a … Continue reading

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