Digital Food & Beverage 2020

July 20 - 22, 2020

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Digital Food & Beverage 2020 Blog

Chick-fil-A Has an Innovative but Human Way to Eliminate the Queue

Chick-fil-A is experimenting with several innovative ways to eliminate long queues for its busy drive-thru and dine-in customers.

McDonald's and Keurig Dr Pepper Are Making Coffee More Sustainable and Profitable

McDonald's is working to create sustainable supply chains to ensure that their coffee meet ethical and environmental standards at every step.

How White Claw Managed to Outsell Budweiser

White Claw's success is a testament to the changing tastes for alcoholic beverages among Millennial consumers and coming Gen Zers.

Here's How Subway is Transforming Digital Ordering

Since Subway integrated the ordering platform "Rails" with its loyalty program, its digital order volume doubled over the last year.

How Wegmans is Working Towards Zero Waste

Leading supermarket brand Wegmans is taking several environmental initiatives to minimize packaging waste and switch to sustainable materials.

How Pepsi Has Baked AI into Its DNA

From snack delivery bots to food manufacturing process, Pepsi is effectively applying AI to optimize every corner of the business.

Whole Foods Market is Embracing Plant-Based Innovation

As customers today are becoming more health-conscious, Whole Foods Market is looking to expand its selection of plant-based food.

How H-E-B is Innovating with Design Thinking and Curbside Groceries

H-E-B's curbside pickup service is an easy way to fulfill online orders, giving customers quick and convenient access to their groceries.

How Kroger is Using Partnerships to Drive the Grocery Store Experience

Big brands are feeling the pressure to offer their customers more and more services to remain competitive. With ecommerce giants such as Amazon working to be all things to all people, many other companies find themselves playing catchup.

How To Compete With The Large Food & Beverage Brands

We examine how food & beverage challenger brands can leverage their marketing spend to maximize customer engagement & drive organic experiences.

PepsiCo's SnackBots Helps the Brand Create Mobile Vending Machines

Snackbots enable busy students to order snack foods using their smartphones.The Snackbot uses facial and voice recognition software to confirm the identity of the customer - adding a nice level of interaction between consumer and robot - and then opens its storage compartment so they can retrieve their order.

Lowes Foods’ Home Delivery & “Small Data” Strategy

Small data involves Lowes Foods representatives actually going out and meeting with customers in their homes and speaking with them to learn more about what they want, need, and expect from the brands they choose to shop with.

Hello Fresh’s Content Marketing Strategy

The core of this strategy is a bespoke blog dedicated to reporting on the various technology-based innovations and related goings on behind the scenes at HelloFresh. The Medium-powered blog is named HelloTech, and reports on everything from celebrating diversity in STEM subjects to innovative business practices such as Agile.

Kroger & Microsoft Are Building Smart Supermarkets To Beat Amazon

The main principle behind the idea revolves around smart shelves. Each product label on Kroger shelves will be replaced with a small digital screen. Ahead of their shopping trip, Kroger customers create a shopping list in the Kroger smartphone app. They then choose an emoticon icon from a list which is attached to their profile.

How SweetGreen Was Named “Most Innovative” By Fast Company Magazin

Working in partnership with US healthy eating advocate and non-profit FoodCorps, Sweetgreen is encouraging children to get hands-on with their food by experimenting with different sauces, spices, and flavor combinations, and to learn more about how food is produced, and how balanced and healthy meals are prepared.

Onnit's New Marketing Partnerships are a Foray into the Chinese Market

Onnit is partnering with China's second largest ecommerce platform JD Worldwide to facilitate this move. By partnering with JD, Onnit instantly gives itself access to a lucrative market with disposable income to spend

Crowd Cow Wants to Change Meat Buying by Bring You Closer to Farmers

Crowd Cow's mission is to "create an alternative to the current meat commodity system, and to create a meaningful connection between the farmer and the customer, so people can know and appreciate exactly where their food comes from.

nheuser-Busch's Digital Strategy: Artificial Intelligence, Data, and More

In the fields where the barley is grown which will eventually be brewed into delicious beer, Anheuser-Busch uses AI-powered drones to predict crop yields and decide on optimum harvest times. This swarm of robotic devices works tirelessly to ensure the grain which goes into Anheuser-Busch's premium beverage products is of the very best quality

How Walmart is Using Jet to Propel Its Ecommerce Strategy

Walmart has somewhat lagged behind some of its competitors when it comes to ecommerce, relying instead on its network of physical stores to remain relevant. However, with its recent acquisition of ecommerce platform Jet, the company is changing things up.

Coca-Cola is Using AI to Put Some Fizz in Its Vending Machines

Artificial intelligence is driving many of the digital initiatives being pushed forward in today's industries, and Coca-Cola is using the technology to drive its own unique purchasing experiences

How HelloFresh Uses Big Data to Cook Up Delicious Home Dining Experiences

Big data is a major driving force in almost every industry on the planet in 2018, and meal box delivery service HelloFresh is using it to cook up some great home dining experiences for their customers

How Grubhub is using Data and Alexa to Deliver On-time

Digital takeout ordering systems have taken off in a big way in recent years. However, US trailblazer Grubhub isn't resting on its laurels, and is looking for new technology to further improve the experience for its customers

Peapod's New Innovation Lab & Digital Media Platform

As an online-only brand, Peapod can gather purchase history data on all its customers - not just those using loyalty card schemes like its brick-and-mortar equivalents - and can use this information to deliver up-to-the-minute bespoke advertising.

Unilever’s Digital Marketing Strategy: The Trusted Publisher Network

As one of the world's biggest umbrella brands, Unilever has the power and influence to combat some of these negative parts of digital marketing. With a marketing budget which numbers in the billions, if not trillions, it can use its clout to dictate certain terms to those it chooses to do business with.