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·         Amazon Pursues MREs, Prepares for Impending Apocalypse

The new technology makes these meals shelf-stable for a year

 

·         Amazon’s Ambitions for Food Tech Go Well Beyond Whole Foods

... The world's biggest online retailer has discussed selling ready-to-eat dishes such as beef stew and a vegetable frittata as soon as next year, officials at the startup firm marketing the technology told Reuters...

 

·         Amazon Could Use Military Technology to Ship Food Without Refrigeration

It's their latest move in the $700 billion U.S. grocery business.

 

·         Amazon looks to new food technology for home delivery

… exploring a technology first developed for the U.S. military to produce tasty prepared meals that do not need refrigeration…

 

·         Gallup: Online Grocery Shopping Catches On Slowly

Online grocery shopping is a hot topic, with Walmart and Amazon.com among those making big investments. But according to a Gallup study, digital is still a long way from replacing the in-store grocery experience in the U.S…

 

 

Amazon Pursues MREs, Prepares for Impending Apocalypse

The new technology makes these meals shelf-stable for a year

 

by Daniela Galarza, Eater

Aug 11, 2017

 

Amazon, perhaps anticipating nuclear war or an impending apocalypse, is exploring technology that will allow it to produce complete meals that can be stored for long periods of time without refrigeration. In other words, Amazon is taking a page from the rations U.S. soldiers have known for decades: meals, ready to eat — commonly known as MREs.

 

The online retailer, which recently announced its plan to purchase Whole Foods Markets, is gearing up to dominate the food space, and could begin offering “ready-to-eat dishes such as beef stew and a vegetable frittata as soon as next year,” according to Reuters.

 

Because the meals have long shelf-lives at room temperature, they could be offered at prices significantly lower than the cost of take-out. MREs made by other companies and sold online cost between $4 and $7 per meal; Amazon currently offers MREs from third party sellers.

 

But now Amazon is looking to partner with Denver-based 915 Labs, which is using technology developed at Washington State University known as microwave assisted thermal sterilization (MATS). It’s slightly more sophisticated than traditional MRE processing. Each meal is cooked, packaged, sealed, and then heated under water using a microwave. Unlike the MREs that the military distributes, 915 Labs tells Reuters that their more gentle processing kills bacteria but allows the “dishes [to] retain their natural flavor and texture.” They are shelf-stable for up to a year. The machines 915 developed to process food can produce 1,800 meals per hour.

 

"They obviously see that this [as] a potential disruptor," Greg Spragg, a former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executive who now heads a startup working with MATS technology, told Reuters. "They will test these products with their consumers, and get a sense of where they would go."

 

Reuters suspects the Amazon MREs would work well with AmazonFresh, the company’s grocery delivery model, and fits in with the retailer’s apparent plot to own portions of the foodservice business in the U.S., including grocery and restaurant delivery. The company also recently filed for a trademark to develop its own meal kit...

 

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https://www.eater.com/2017/8/11/16130920/amazon-mres-food-delivery-shelf-stable

 

 

Amazon’s Ambitions for Food Tech Go Well Beyond Whole Foods

 

Reuters

via Fortune - Aug 11, 2017

 

Amazon.com is exploring a technology first developed for the U.S. military to produce tasty prepared meals that do not need refrigeration, as it looks for new ways to muscle into the $700 billion U.S. grocery business.

 

The world's biggest online retailer has discussed selling ready-to-eat dishes such as beef stew and a vegetable frittata as soon as next year, officials at the startup firm marketing the technology told Reuters.

 

The dishes would be easy to stockpile and ship because they do not require refrigeration and could be offered quite cheaply compared with take-out from a restaurant.

 

If the cutting-edge food technology comes to fruition, and Amazon implements it on a large scale, it would be a major step forward for the company as it looks to grab hold of more grocery customers shifting toward quick and easy meal options at home.

 

Delivering meals would build on the company's AmazonFresh service, which has been delivering groceries to customers' homes for a decade. It could also complement Amazon's planned $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods Market (wfm, -0.20%) and Amazon's checkout-free convenience store, which is in the test stage.

 

The pioneering food-prep tech, known as microwave assisted thermal sterilization, or MATS, was developed by researchers at Washington State University, and is being brought to market by a venture-backed startup called 915 Labs, based in Denver...

 

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http://fortune.com/2017/08/11/amazon-whole-foods-home-meals/

 

 

Amazon Could Use Military Technology to Ship Food Without Refrigeration

It's their latest move in the $700 billion U.S. grocery business.

 

Kinsey Grant, TheStreet

Aug 11, 2017

 

Amazon.com (AMZN) is exploring the use of cutting edge food technology first developed for the U.S. military to ship prepared meals without refrigeration as it continues its market disrupting move into the grocery business, Reuters reported.

 

Amazon is discussing with 915 Labs selling ready-to-eat dishes as soon as next year to build on its Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service. The technology, called microwave assisted thermal sterilization or MATS, would allow Amazon to stockpile and ship meals without worrying about refrigerating the products.

 

MATS technology involves placing sealed packages of food in pressurized water and heating them with microwaves for several minutes to kill any bacteria. It's better than traditional processing methods because the food retains its natural flavor and texture but can still sit on a shelf for a year.

 

If the MATS technology works...

 

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https://www.thestreet.com/story/14267120/1/amazon-could-use-military-technology-to-ship-food-without-refrigeration.html

 

 

Amazon looks to new food technology for home delivery

 

Jeffrey Dastin, Reuters

August 11, 2017

 

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is exploring a technology first developed for the U.S. military to produce tasty prepared meals that do not need refrigeration, as it looks for new ways to muscle into the $700 billion U.S. grocery business.

 

The world's biggest online retailer has discussed selling ready-to-eat dishes such as beef stew and a vegetable frittata as soon as next year, officials at the startup firm marketing the technology told Reuters.

 

The dishes would be easy to stockpile and ship because they do not require refrigeration and could be offered quite cheaply compared with take-out from a restaurant.

 

If the cutting-edge food technology comes to fruition, and Amazon implements it on a large scale, it would be a major step forward for the company as it looks to grab hold of more grocery customers shifting toward quick and easy meal options at home.

 

Delivering meals would build on the company's AmazonFresh service, which has been delivering groceries to customers' homes for a decade. It could also complement Amazon's planned $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods Market Inc and Amazon's checkout-free convenience store, which is in the test stage.

 

The pioneering food-prep tech, known as microwave assisted thermal sterilization, or MATS, was developed by researchers at Washington State University, and is being brought to market by a venture-backed startup called 915 Labs, based in Denver.

 

The method involves placing sealed packages of food in pressurized water and heating them with microwaves for several minutes, according to 915 Labs.

 

Unlike traditional processing methods, where packages are in pressure cookers for up to an hour until both bacteria and nutrients are largely gone, the dishes retain their natural flavor and texture...

 

HIRING FOOD PEOPLE 'LIKE CRAZY'

 

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-food-idUSKBN1AR11X

 

 

Gallup: Online Grocery Shopping Catches On Slowly

 

By Mike Duff, HomeWorld Business

August 10, 2017

 

Online grocery shopping is a hot topic, with Walmart and Amazon.com among those making big investments. But according to a Gallup study, digital is still a long way from replacing the in-store grocery experience in the U.S.

 

The study suggests most consumers aren’t ready to change their grocery shopping habits just yet, but it also indicates that the opportunity to win more online-based food and consumables sales is vast.

 

According to Gallup, 9% of adults in the U.S. report they live in a household that orders groceries online for pickup or delivery at least once a month, with 4% reporting weekly ordering. In contrast, almost all consumers said someone in their household shops for groceries in person at least once a month, with 83% doing so at least once a week.

 

Gallup noted that the pattern of highly frequent grocery shopping occurring mostly in person suggests potential for growth in the online grocery business. Still, online grocery shopping appears to be an adjunct to retail shopping today rather than a replacement, as most consumers who purchase groceries online once or twice a month or more said they still visit a store to buy food and/or consumables at least weekly...

 

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http://www.homeworldbusiness.com/gallup-online-grocery-shopping-catches-slowly/