Flippy, the hamburger cooking robot, gets its first restaurant gig

 Today at Disrupt SF, we got our first look at Flippy in its final form. Miso Robotics has been showing off its burger-flipping “robotic kitchen assistant” for several months now, but today’s food robotics panel marks the first time we’ve actually seen it put to work in a real-world kitchen. No surprise, Caliburger is the first restaurant to get its hands on a Flippy.… Read More

Douxmatok lets you use 30 percent less sugar without affecting sweetness

 Our resistance to good nutrition is causing lasting problems within the population. Part of the problem is that the best-tasting food is usually the worst for our health, and bad eating habits beget worse eating habits. That’s where DouxMatok comes in — it has found a way to make sugar more efficient and potent so people can eat less of it and still get the same effect. Read More

The organic baby food wars heat up

 It’s a good time to be a baby. It’s also a great time to be a parent who wants to ensure that his or her baby is consuming healthy foods but doesn’t necessarily have the wherewithal to prepare homemade baby food or delicately seasoned purées. While some established names in the business have increasingly focused on improving their prepared baby foods — including by… Read More

What you missed at the GrubHub trial about 1099 independent contractors

 In a windowless, 15th-floor courtroom in downtown San Francisco this week, GrubHub has been defending its 1099 independent contractor employment model for its delivery drivers. This specific trial is looking to determine whether or not plaintiff Raef Lawson, an ex-GrubHub driver, was misclassified as an independent contractor while delivering food for GrubHub. Read More

What you missed at the GrubHub trial about 1099 independent contractors

 In a windowless, 15th-floor courtroom in downtown San Francisco this week, GrubHub has been defending its 1099 independent contractor employment model for its delivery drivers. This specific trial is looking to determine whether or not plaintiff Raef Lawson, an ex-GrubHub driver, was misclassified as an independent contractor while delivering food for GrubHub. Read More

GrubHub is not a food delivery company, says COO

 GrubHub COO Stan Chia took the stand today in the company’s trial surrounding its practices of employing 1099 independent contractors to make deliveries. In Chia’s testimony, GrubHub lawyer Theodore Boutrous focused on the element of the Borello test — which aims to determine if a worker is an independent contractor or W-2 worker — that looks at whether or not delivery… Read More