Tag Archives: food

Sainsbury’s precycling initiative

Precycling is the practice of reducing waste by reducing items which will generate waste in the home or business.  For instance, I try to buy only loose vegetables (without plastic packaging) and put them unbagged directly into my shopping trolley. … Continue reading

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Integrated online and offline retail

Alibaba have digitised the supermarket – turning it into both a fulfilment centre and retail outlet.

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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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