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$6+ Million Top Earners Monir And Moyn Islam Built A Team Of 31,000

by Ted Nuyten @ Direct Selling Facts, Figures and News

$6+ Million Top Earners and brothers, Monir Islam and Moyn Islam built a personal team of 31,000 in just over 4 months. Moyn and Monir Islam are everything that you expect an ordinary person living in the United Kingdom to be. They have worked in restaurants, at retails stores and Monir has even driven a taxi […]

10 Halal Restaurants In Ho Chi Minh For Your Gastronomic Adventure

10 Halal Restaurants In Ho Chi Minh For Your Gastronomic Adventure


Travel Guides For Muslim Travellers | Have Halal, Will Travel

Ho Chi Minh is known for many things: the Vietnam Independence movement, bike-congested streets, historical attractions and most importantly, the freshness of their local delicacies. We don’t know about you but our food checklist is filled to the brim with goi cuon (fresh spring rolls), bun bo hue (spicy rice vermicelli soup) and their national dish, pho (chicken or beef noodle soup). The prime hotspot for halal foodscape in Ho Chi Minh would be District 1 where these little gems are scattered around the Saigon Central Mosque, Ben Thanh Market and Nancy Mosque. If you’re caught in the city’s hustle

Chuck's - Chuck's Burger

Chuck's - Chuck's Burger


Chuck's Burger

Classic American Burger joint Serving traditional American food, classic diner style burgers, and craft beer. 3 locations to serve you

Organic groceries

Organic groceries

by Anne @ Healthy in Ho Chi Minh City

I’ve ordered from two different sites recently. I ordered fruit and vegetables from Organik.  I hadn’t ordered from them for a while, but once again the produce was beautiful and the delivery was reliable.  They also have a physical shop in … Continue reading

District Eight’s Marcus Loke’s Life In Furniture Production

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

Marcus Loke is the production manager at District Eight. Like many of us, he found his vocation by chance. Disappointed by his high school exams, Marcus set off on his bike to the industrial zone near the edge of his hometown in the north of Malaysia to look for work. That journey led to a […]

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Blue Apron CEO Steps Down, Nestle’s $2.3B Wellness Acquisition + More

by phoebetran @ Food+Tech Connect

Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines. The agtech sector drew in major investments this week. Gingko Bioworks led the way with $265 million, followed by Indigo, which raised $203 million. Uptake announced a $117 million series D round and Arzeda closed a $15.2m series A round. Lumen Bioscience, a biotech company, raised $13 million. In CPG News, Nestle has made its fourth giant acquisition this year with its purchase of vitamin maker Atrium Innovations for $2.3 billion. Blue Apron underwent a CEO shuffle this week, as Matt Salzberg announced he was stepping down after many disruptive changes and a 70% slump in sales since the company’s IPO. Check out our weekly round-up of last week’s top food startup, tech and innovation news below or peruse the full newsletter here. _______________ 1. Blue Apron’s Problems Are Too Big for Any CEO – Bloomberg Co-founder Matt Salzberg stepped down as CEO, turning the job over to current CFO Brad Dickerson. The company’s sales have tumbled 70% since its IPO.   2. Nestle to Buy Vitamin Maker Atrium Innovations for $2.3B – Reuters It hopes to expand its presence in consumer health care as it seeks to offset weakness in packaged foods. This is Nestle’s fourth purchase in recent months, following Sweet Earth, Blue Bottle Coffee and Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee.   3. Steve Case’s $150M Rise of the Rest Seed Fund Launches with an Impressive Roster of Investors – TechCrunch The fund has secured backers including Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt. It plans to provide membership and financing to entrepreneurs located outside of Silicon Valley, NYC, Boston and other major business hubs.   4. Farming Startup Indigo Raises $203M with Help from Dubai Fund – Reuters The agtech startup raised an addition $47m from the Investment Corporation of Dubai, bringing the the it’s total Series D funding to $203 million. The company is now valued at $1.4b and will use the funding to open or expand new offices in Australia, Argentina and Brazil, as well as continue to research.   5. Gingko Bioworks, ‘The Organism Company,’ Is Now Worth over $1B – Recode The Boston-based startup has raised $265m from an unknown investor. The company creates fragrances and foods out of microbugs.   6. Uptake Raises $117m Series D for Machinery Data Analytics Software – AgFunder Baillie Gifford led the round, which also included GreatPoint Ventures and Revolution Growth. The investment round brings Uptake’s total funding to $264m. It is now valued at $2.3b.   7. Hain Celestial Acquires Natural Sweeteners Company – Food Business News The company acquired Clarks for an undisclosed amount. The natural sweetener company generated about $9.5m in net sales in 2016.   8. Maple Leaf Foods to Acquire Plant-Based Protein Company – Food Business News The company will acquire Field Roast Grain for $120m to expand its alternative protein portfolio in the US market.   9. Nutpods Secures New Funding Ahead of Retail Expansion – BevNET Plant-based creamer Nutpods has secured an undisclosed sum from CircleUp Growth Partners and has landed 3k new retail accounts.   10. In the UK, a Takeaway Company Is Now Worth More Than Almost Every Major Supermarket – Quartz Just Eat, which specializes in the delivery of mass-market takeaway foods, is set to join the UK’s benchmark stock index just 3.5 years after going public. Its stock has surged 40% this year, giving it a market value of $7.5b.   11. Arzeda Closes Series A on $15.2m for Plant-Based Computational Protein Production, Led by OS Fund – AgFunder With the new funding, Arzeda will ramp up its capacity to produce custom proteins and will double its staff.   12. Brazil: Naspers, Innova Capital Invest $82M More for Movile’s iFood Delivery Business – TechCrunch The new capital infusion brings Movile’s total haul to over $250m. As of September 2017, the company reached 6.2m monthly orders and became the largest food delivery company in Latin America.   13. Feeling Blue? Biotech Startup Raises $13M to Create ‘Natural’ Color Pigments Using Algae – GeekWire Lumen Bioscience raised funds from Avista Development Corporation, BioEconomy Capital and biotech investors along with a $1.8m grant from the Department of Energy. The funding will support its manufacturing of pigments made from spirulina.   Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay on top of the emerging sector, so sign up for it today and never miss the latest food tech and innovation news and trends, Already signed up? Share the love with your friends and colleagues!

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Bloom Saigon Hotel, An Exceptional Experience

by lui-in-penh @ Lui in Penh

What makes a hotel exceptional? Amenities, location, standards of service, yes. For budget, even mid-range hotels I don’t really expect much just clean facilities as well as courteous service. So I was pleasantly surprised (scratch that! I am so grateful and impressed) when I experienced […]

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Quick Update

by noreply@blogger.com (Cici Tran) @ Vietnamese & Vegan

I apologise for not posting much lately.

I have been having some personal issues, which are causing me a great deal of stress and anxiety. My self-esteem is hitting a new low. I thought getting over eating disorders was the last hurdle I needed to truly love myself, but I'm wrong. Achieving self-love is a constant journey that I am still learning.

Thus, I need time for myself.

I will resume writing more regularly when I feel a little better. I don't stop altogether, just might take me longer to post something new.

Sorry, people. My head is not in a right place at the moment.

Mannatech Promotes Two Senior Members Of Executive Team

by Ted Nuyten @ Direct Selling Facts, Figures and News

Mannatech, Incorporated (NASDAQ: MTEX) a global health and wellness company committed to transforming lives to make a better world, promoted and added new responsibilities to a pair of senior members of its executive team, Landen Fredrick and Joel Bikman. Fredrick, previously the Senior Vice President of Global Operations, was promoted to Chief Global Sales Officer and President, […]

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by Vicolo1 @ Vicolo1

Welcome to Vicolo1 Our kind of food.. Our team can’t wait to meet you all !  

Restore ONE Cafe

by lui-in-penh @ Lui in Penh

Tuol Tompong (Russian Market) area is my area. It’s where my in-laws house is, where their business is and its also a short 5 minute drive away from our own place. When we moved here in 2004, there weren’t much in terms of dining options. […]

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Festive at Novotel Danang

by DanangExpats.com @ Danang Expats

Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling. It’s all about love, family & children. Celebrate the magic of the holidays with the delicious Christmas & New Year Buffet Package at Novotel Danang. Gather your loved ones and feast on our extensive food selection with joyfulness & happiness. Package price from: VND 580,000. Check out our […]

2018 Soft Drink Trends

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

We talked last year about this year’s alcoholic drink trends, so this month we’re looking at soft drink trends. Don’t underestimate the soft drink market ...

Royal Saigon Restaurant

Royal Saigon Restaurant


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Annam Gourmet Market and Elle Style Awards: where fine food meets high fashion

by admin @ Annam Gourmet Market

As one of the main sponsor for the grand event, Annam Gourmet Market is honored to contribute to ESA 2017, referred as the most successful edition of Elle Vietnam. Award ceremony has taken place on 30th June in GEM Center, HCMC with participation of numerous celebrities across the country. The awards this year expands to […]

Chameleon And Tazo Tea Get Acquired, Whole Food’s Top 10 Food Trends + More

by phoebetran @ Food+Tech Connect

Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines. Two major acquisitions were made in the CPG space this week, with Nestle acquiring their second premium coffee brand, Chameleon Cold Brew, after paying $425 million for a 68% stake in Blue Bottle Coffee. The second acquisition came from Unilever, who purchased Tazo Tea for $384 million from Starbucks. CB Insights analyzed startups that have raised funding since 2016 to identify trending ingredients, while Whole Foods release their list of trending ingredients they predict for 2018. Retailers have been finding ways to differentiate to compete against Amazon-Whole Foods. Kroger fought back this week with the launch of a clothing line. Amazon announced that it was shutting down several of its AmazonFresh services, leaving them to remain mainly in cities and metropolitan areas. Postmates, the meal-delivery service, has entered the grocery space and undercut Amazon and Instacart while doing so by offering customers the low price of $3.99 for delivery. In agtech news, an ex-banker from Wells Fargo and former exec at Nasdaq started a company called Ripe.io that has successfully put tomatoes on a blockchain through a pilot project with Sweetgreen. And following a $200 million dollar investment this summer, vertical farming startup Plenty has plans to open a 100,000-square-foot farm in the greater Seattle, Washington area. Last but not least, chef Amanda Cohen published a piece on Esquire demanding equal opportunities for female chefs stating, “We deserved your attention long before sexual harassment made headlines.” Check out our weekly round-up of last week’s top food startup, tech and innovation news below or peruse the full newsletter here. _______________ 1. Nestlé Acquires Chameleon Cold-Brew – BevNet The details of the deal are undisclosed, but the company will operate independently. This marks Nestle’s second investment in a premium US coffee brand in three months after paying $425m for a 68% stake in Blue Bottle Coffee. 2. Unilever Acquires Tazo Tea for $384M from Starbucks – Food Dive The coffee giant is expected to focus on Tazo Tea’s Teavana brand, investing in its online and offline growth. 3. Panera Is Buying Au Bon Pain – Bloomberg The acquisition is part of Panera’s plan to expand its footprint beyond traditional storefronts into unconventional places like hospitals, universities, transportation centers and urban locations. CEO Ron Shaich will step down. 4. From Pea Protein To Moringa, 13 Emerging Investor-Backed Ingredients – CB Insights Trending ingredients from F&B startups that have raised investments since 2016 include probiotics, pea protein, seaweed, ginger, turmeric, matcha and yerba mate. 5. Whole Foods Predicts 2018’s Top 10 Food Trends – Fortune Its annual list includes floral flavors, powders, mushrooms, Middle Eastern cuisine, transparency, plant-based, puffed and popped, shell-less tacos, no-waste cooking and bubbly products. 6. Postmates Adds Grocery Delivery, Undercutting Amazon on Price – Bloomberg The delivery startup will use venture capital to subsidize the cost of grocery delivery to $4. The service will roll out in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco to start. 7. Kroger Fights Back at Amazon-Owned Whole Foods and Launches an Apparel Brand – CNBC The brand will first roll out across Fred Meyer and Kroger Marketplace stores, which account for 300 locations nationwide, in late 2018. It aims to drive more shoppers to its stores as competition intensifies. 8. Amazon Is Shutting Down Its Fresh Grocery Delivery Service in Parts of At Least Nine States – Recode Amazon Fresh is ending service in parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, California, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia. It plans to remain in big cities. 9. UK: How Many Robots Does It Take to Fill a Grocery Order? – Bloomberg It once took online grocer Ocado two hours to put together a box of 50 food items; now its fleet of 1K robots can do it in five minutes. 10. I’ve Worked in Food for 20 Years. Now You Finally Care About Female Chefs? – Esquire Amanda Cohen, chef and owner of Dirt Candy, writes about the recent media interest in female chefs due to sexual assaults, not their approach to food. 11. Someone Figured Out How to Put Tomatoes on a Blockchain – Bloomberg Ripe.io partnered with Sweetgreen to show how blockchain tech could be used to track crops, yielding higher-quality produce and putting better information in the hands of farmers, food distributors and restaurants. It successfully tracked 200 tomatoes on 20 different plants. 12. A New Jeff Bezos-Backed Warehouse Farm Will Grow Enough Produce to Feed Over 180K People Per Year – Business Insider Vertical farming startup Plenty, which has raised $260m to date, plans to drive down operational costs by automating its growing processes to lower the price of its produce. 13. 7 Questions Wall Street Needs to be Asking Food Companies – Robyn O’ Brien With demand for organic products far outpacing the demand for conventional, we need to be asking companies what they are doing to build out their supply chains to ensure they have the ingredients to meet consumer demand.   Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay on top of the emerging sector, so sign up for it today and never miss the latest food tech and innovation news and trends, Already signed up? Share the love with your friends and colleagues!

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Hai Ba Trung Re-Opening: renovation for your shopping pleasure

by admin @ Annam Gourmet Market

On last Saturday – 2nd September, we re-opened Annam Gourmet Market Hai Ba Trung store with new features in order to bring convenient and pleasure shopping experience to our customers. Let’s have a tour around our renovated store. As first walked in, you still recognize the familiar product corners with dried sweet products on the […]

Stressful Jobs that can make you gain weight

by Admin @ 8020Fit

MAYBE YOUR JOB IS THE FACTOR THAT MAKES WEIGHT LOSS HARDER? A new study conducted online by Harris Interactive suggests that professions involving high stress levels have a higher percentage of workers putting on extra pounds. To be honest, we here at Bright Side were quite surprised to find some occupations on that list. These […]

Hampton Creek Launches “Just Scramble,” Door to Door Organics Shuts Down + More

by phoebetran @ Food+Tech Connect

  Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines. The Amazon-Whole Foods deal appears to have posed an opportunity and a failure in the retail sector in the past week. Instacart has nailed a deal to offer same day delivery at 1,800 of Albertsons stores. Door to Door Organics abruptly shuttered before Thanksgiving due to uncertainty among its investors. In China, Alibaba’s $2.9 billion deal to buy a piece of China’s largest hypermart chain to take on Walmart in the world’s largest retail arena. In CPG news, Mars has taken a stake in KIND, which is currently valued at up to $4 billion. While food media is primarily comprised of females, why aren’t they writing about female chefs? When it comes to the impact of women in food, there’s a wealth of untapped stories to explore. Pastry chef and TV host Johnny Iuzzini is the latest food celebrity to be accused of sexual misconduct. Deliveroo added $98 million to its Series F, bringing total raised to $1 billion. Steve Ells has stepped down from a 25-year tenure as CEO of Chipotle. Check out our weekly round-up of last week’s top food startup, tech and innovation news below or peruse the full newsletter here. _______________ 1. Hampton Creek Attempts to Scramble the Egg Industry with New Plant-Based Product – San Francisco Chronicle The startup is trying to clean up its act with the help of a new board of directors, fresh funding and a new egg-free product made from vegetable protein called “Just Scramble”.   2. Farmers Business Network Raises $110m Series D, IPO Likely in 2-5 Years – AgFunder Lead investors were global asset management firm T. Rowe Price and Singapore state fund Temasek. FBN will use proceeds to build out its crop market platform and expand into Canada.   3. Door to Door Organics Shuts Down Suddenly – Supermarket News The company was in the midst of a $20m Series C round of funding when it shut down abruptly shuttered before Thanksgiving. The Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition has created uncertainty among investors.   4. Alibaba Bets $2.9B It Can Take on Walmart in China – Bloomberg The online giant is acquiring a 36% stake in Sun Art Retail, which operates about 400 hypermarkets. As part of the deal, France’s Auchan Retail will raise its stake to a similar level and form an alliance to tackle China’s food retail sector.   5. UK: Food Delivery Upstart Deliveroo Adds $98M to its Series F, Now Totals $480M – TechCrunch Investment was led by T. Rowe Price Associates and Fidelity Management & Research Company, and brings total raised to nearly $1B. The money comes as Deliveroo is in expansion mode, gearing up to hit the 200-city mark this week and growing.   6. Steve Ells to Step Down as Chipotle CEO – Nation’s Restaurant News Ells has been named executive chairman after serving a 25-year tenure as CEO. His departure comes as Chipotle struggles to maintain its status.   7. Mars Takes Stake in KIND Bar as Nut Bar Eyes International Growth – CNBC The deal gives Mars the option to fully acquire KIND down the road, which is currently valued at $3b to $4b. With Mars’ investment, KIND expects to expand distribution to other countries and build out its product through innovation and acquisition.   8. Food Media Is Dominated by Women. So Why Aren’t We Writing About Female Chefs? – Esquire When it comes to impact of women in food, there’s a wealth of untapped stories to explore.   9. Johnny Iuzzini Accused of Sexual Harassment by Four Former Employees – Eater The pastry chef and TV host is the latest food-world celebrity to be accused of sexual misconduct while working at Jean-Georges. The restaurant group announced a public apology and commitment to improving its HR.   10. Arby’s Is Buying Buffalo Wild Wings For More Than $2.4B – NPR The total value of the agreement swells to around $2.9b after Buffalo Wild Wings’ debt is included. BWW has 1,250 locations in 10 countries, and Arby’s has over 3.3k restaurants in seven countries.   11. Beyond Meat to Bring Its Plant-Based Burger to TGI Fridays’ Menu – Fast Company Beginning in January, more than 465 of the restaurant chain’s outposts will incorporate the patty into its recently revamped Burger Bar.   12. With New Concept Wow Bao, Eatsa Shifts Focus From Quinoa to Technology – Forbes Eatsa has announced that it will expand its robotic platform to the fast casual restaurant chain Wow Bao in Chicago next month. The company has now switched its focus to offering automated tech as a platform for other restaurants.   13. Instacart Signs Deal with Albertsons – TechCrunch  The deal will offer same day delivery at 1.8k of Albertsons stores, helping Instacart deliver on its promise to be available in 80% of markets across the US by the end of 2018.   14. UK: Grocery Giant Debuts Picking and Packing Robot That Uses Computer Vision to Determine the Best Grasp – VentureBeat Ocado’s “pick stations” constitute an assembly line of robotic arms that use computer vision and algorithms to assess the items being handled. It has plans to implement the new system into its warehouse soon.   15. In US, 57% of Kids on Track for Obesity by 35 – Yahoo Severe obesity affects 4.5m children in the US. One in five have a chance of being normal weight adults. Racial and ethnic disparities in weight are already apparent by age two.   Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay on top of the emerging sector, so sign up for it today and never miss the latest food tech and innovation news and trends, Already signed up? Share the love with your friends and colleagues!

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These 10 Amazing Halal SG Eateries Will Definitely Be Open During CNY 2018

by Nabillah @ Travel Guides For Muslim Travellers | Have Halal, Will Travel

Just as your Chinese friends have been looking forward to their reunion dinners this Lunar New Year, you too can start planning your own feast! It’s the long weekend after all – time to give yourself a treat for surviving the first two months of 2018. 🎉 Credit: giphy If you’re here, you’re probably looking for the […]

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Food delivery service that helps you getting delicious food from local and popular restaurants in Bangkok. You can easily order via Grab app.

Food delivery: các địa điểm food delivery trên Foody.vn ở TP. HCM

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Join Our AgTech Meetup with AgFunder

by phoebetran @ Food+Tech Connect

Agriculture is undergoing a digital revolution. The demand for information along the food supply chain is driving the evolution of digital-based solutions for growing food and increased agtech adoption. From precision farming to biotechnology, there is a growing crop of startups using data and technology to make food production more sustainable, efficient and profitable. Join us to hear how food innovators are advancing the way we farm at our January Food+Tech Meetup in partnership with AgFunder. Presenters will do a deep dive into their business strategies, technologies, challenges and lessons learned. Come network with the community and get a taste from emerging F&B startups: Dream Greens by Aerofarms x Saxon + Parole x Impossible Foods, Baking Supply Co, Bowery Farming, Gotham Greens, Nomad Trading Co, Up Mountain Switchel, Lily Puffs + More. SCHEDULE: 6:30 – 7:15pm: Networking 7:30 – 9:00pm: Presentations + Q&A 9:00 – 9:30pm: Networking PRESENTERS: Steve Sibulkin, Co-Founder & CEO, Agronomic Technology Corp (Adapt-N) Steve Sibulkin is the co-founder and CEO of Agronomic Technology Corp, a data and software company that provides proprietary crop, soil, water and fertilizer modeling to help farmers achieve profitable sustainability. The company’s Adapt-N solution is used by leading food companies, agricultural retailers, agronomists and farm technology companies. In November 2017, Agronomic Technology Corp was acquired by Yara International. Steve has founded and lead several successful technology-driven ventures, including at Giving Zone, Mainspring, Ogilvy & Mather, and Sapient.  He has a B.A. from UCLA and an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern. Megan Nunes, Founder & CEO, Vinsight Vinsight founder + CEO Megan Nunes, grew up in the farming business. After almost a decade-long career in the satellite industry, she turned her tech knowledge back home. Her San Francisco-based startup now offers forecasting software and data analytics to famers who are growing almost anything that’s not corn, wheat, or soy. Vinsight is an application that aggregates geospatial data, weather data and geographical information data to provide the grape and almond industries with analytics for what is happening in field. Their goal is to improve yield and revenue for growers while providing ultimate insight and transparency to all areas of the value chain. Dr Deane Falcone, CTO & Senior VP of Plant Science, Freshbox Farms We combine a farmer’s common sense with a strategic business vision, a commitment to innovation, and the latest in plant science technologies to grow healthier foods and harvest higher returns. As urban density increases around the world, locally sourced food is taking on greater importance. Crop One drastically reduces transportation carbon use due to our farms’ proximity to the point of consumption and nearly eliminates usage of other resources, particularly water. Our processes have a dramatically lower ecological footprint and our proprietary information management systems allow us to create superior plant quality with no pesticide/adverse chemical intervention. Instead, we use our digital and mechanical controls to influence plant behavior – growing fresher, tastier greens. As the most capital efficient vertical farmer in the world, we are also able to lead the vertical farming industry to serve volume market segments such as food service. Reese Mozer, Co-Founder & CEO, American Robotics Reese Mozer and his colleagues have been studying drones and their application in agriculture for almost a decade. The summary: The hype is fading, and drones don’t work yet for farmers. Limits on battery life and rural-area data transfer make current options time consuming, complicated, and entirely impractical. American Robotics has resolved these issues with ScoutTM: a fully-automated, self-charging drone system, capable of functioning independently for entire seasons. Once our DS1 Drone Stations are installed, a fleet of connected, weatherproof ScoutsTM function autonomously in the field, seamlessly delivering health reports regularly and reliably. By removing the need for human pilots and utilizing the computing power of these drone stations, we’ve created a solution that is 6-45x more cost effective than alternatives. PARTNER: AgFunder is the online investment platform for AgriFood technologies. We help accredited, institutional, and corporate investors discover and invest in startups transforming the food & agriculture industry using proprietary research, big data, and machine learning. Our industry-leading market intelligence is supported by a database of over 11,000 companies and analysis from over 150+ machine learning algorithms to help to identify and assess the best investment opportunities from around the world for our managed funds and co-investment opportunities, as well as to provide support to our portfolio companies. HOST: Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. We are an independent, founder-controlled company of 132 people working together in an old pencil factory in New York City. Over 10 million people, from every continent on earth, have backed a Kickstarter project from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects — big and small — have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community. SPONSORS: FoodBytes! by Rabobank is a next-generation pitch competition that brings together game-changing startups, investors and industry leaders. FoodBytes! discovers the most ground-breaking startups and provides a safe haven for entrepreneurs to receive the mentorship, connections and capital they need to grow their businesses. Alumni include Back to the Roots, MycoTechnology, Love the Wild, Imperfect, Burlap & Barrel and Seal the Seasons. FoodBytes! is headed to San Francisco on March 1.   Like our namesake borough, the Brooklyn Brewery is made up of a rich collection of characters from all over the world. In our Williamsburg home, these characters are dedicated to brewing and selling great beer and enriching the communities we serve. Together, these Brooklyners have assembled the skills needed to transform a home brewing hobby into an independent brewery with a brand that has become an international beacon for good beer.

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6 Yummy Halal Food You Should Try at RIUH Malaysia This Weekend

by Nasreen Nasir @ Travel Guides For Muslim Travellers | Have Halal, Will Travel

If there is one thing that Malaysians are crazy for, it’s definitely the weekend festivals! If you don’t already know, there’s a bazaar happening this weekend in Bangsar. Hop over to RIUH, a community-driven bazaar famous for hosting a variety of pop-up stores, creative workshop, live performances and of course, good food! Credit: Giphy This […]

Food Delivery Services in Phnom Penh

by lui-in-penh @ Lui in Penh

Phnom Penh is  a small city.  If you are used to mega cities like Bangkok, this city would seem quiet, provincial even. But, you’d be surprised that its quite easy to find modern conveniences here. And that extends to food delivery services. In recent years, […]

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Mary Kay Convention Attracts More Than 7,000 Attendees

by Ted Nuyten @ Direct Selling Facts, Figures and News

With those iconic, traffic-stopping Mary Kay pink Cadillacs rolling into Georgiaalong with more than 7,000 Mary Kay Independent Sales Directors, the city of Atlanta is turning from peach to pink for the beauty company’s annual U.S. Leadership Conference. The top beauty brand and direct seller in nearly 40 countries around the world kicks off the […]

Apply to Pitch at FoodBytes! San Francisco by January 7 [Sponsored]

by food tech connect @ Food+Tech Connect

Give Your Startup the Gift of Growth this Holiday Season: Apply to pitch at FoodBytes! Next-generation food and ag pitch competition FoodBytes! by Rabobank is heading home to San Francisco on February 28 and March 1. Get the connections, mentorship and capital you need to grow your business – learn more and apply to pitch by January 7. Food+Tech Connect has been a proud partner of FoodBytes! since 2015, and many of our past Meetup presenters and food partners have pitched on the FoodBytes! stage, including Back to the Roots, Imperfect, Vega Coffee, Beyond the Shoreline, Burlap & Barrel and more.   What Will You Get Out of Pitching? Get one-on-one access to industry experts on funding, PR, branding, consumer trends, legal, distribution and more during the Mentor and Rehearsal day on February 28 Attend VIP Cocktails with top investors, executives and media in the evening on Feb 28 Pitch to an audience of investors, industry leaders, media and entrepreneurs Have dedicated display space to showcase your product or service Be in the running to win the People’s Choice, Judges’ Choice or Highly Commended Award Join an alumni network of 170+ cutting edge startups Get to know the 2017 FoodBytes! winners in this video or check out the pitches from past FoodBytes! here   Hear from FoodBytes! Alumni “A collaborative competition with a lasting network” – Abi Ramanan, Co-Founder, ImpactVision “The most innovative food tech event I’ve ever participated in” – Bruce Rasa, Co-Founder & CEO, AgVoice “The longer we’ve been involved with FoodBytes!, the more opportunities emerge. FoodBytes! has been a continual resource since we pitched, and an awesome community to be part of.” – Will DeLuca, Co-Founder, Vega Coffee   Not able to make it to SF? FoodBytes! 2018 rolling applications are also open for Montreal (May 16) and New York City (Fall 2018).  

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Organic bug spray

Organic bug spray

by Anne @ Healthy in Ho Chi Minh City

I hate smelling like insect repellent.  Even worse, I hate thinking about what’s in it and how much might be seeping into my body.  So you can imagine my curiosity when I found organic ‘buzz spray’ at L’Apothiquaire.  I tried … Continue reading

Food Delivery Services in Phnom Penh - Lui in Penh

Food Delivery Services in Phnom Penh - Lui in Penh


Lui in Penh

Want to have food delivered to your doorstep here in Phnom Penh? Check out these list of food delivery services in Phnom Penh.

Become Annam’s member to maximize your benefits

by admin @ Annam Gourmet Market

Have you ever wonder: “why your favorite food product is never on sales” or “I’ll buy it later when it’s on sales”? Annam Gourmet Market have an answer for all your question.  In occasion of our flagship store turning one year old, we’re launching loyalty program to officially send our big thanks to all of […]

Com tho ga – claypot chicken rice

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

According to the worldwide web, cooking in unglazed pots has been around since Roman times, or 27BC. Cooking rice in claypots is also thousands of ...

5 Signs Your Training Efforts Are Failing

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

We have again gone full circle… a new year has started… what does 2018 hold for you? Is this going to be the year you ...

Hormel’s $850M Acquisition, HelloFresh Raises $369M IPO, CircleUp Closes $125M Fund + More

by phoebetran @ Food+Tech Connect

Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines. Big investments were made in the this week, with Hormel Foods striking a $850 million dollar deal to acquire craft deli meat brand, Columbus. CircleUp also announced its $125 million venture capital fund that will incorporate the proprietary machine learning platform as a tool to help guide investment in early-stage consumer and retail companies. Big beer maker Constellation Brands invested $191 million in a Canadian marijuana company – cannabis beverages maybe on the horizon in the alcohol industry. Plant-based and cultured proteins are on the rise, and the niche market appears to be driven by vegan and generation Z consumers. Campbell’s has noticed this trend and taken action by joining the Plant-Based Foods Association. In other news, Aerofarms absorbed a $40 million investment led by IKEA and David Chang. The company’s total funding is now at $130 million. ImpactVision, the software startup that uses hyperspectral imaging to determine the quality and ripeness of produce, has closed a seed round of $1.3 million dollars to further develop its technology. After much anticipation, HelloFresh priced its IPO on Frankfurt, raising up to $369 million. It is now worth twice as much and has grown three times as fast as its competitor, Blue Apron. The company also announced that it will launch a healthy meal kit for kids with the help of Joanna and David Parker. Blue Apron’s meal kit sales and customer spending per order increased, despite losing customers for its second quarter in a row.  Check out our weekly round-up of last week’s top food startup, tech and innovation news below or peruse the full newsletter here. _______________ 1. Hormel Foods Strikes $850M Deal to Buy Premium Deli Meat Brand Columbus – Food Navigator Columbus currently has annual revenues of $300m and is growing at about 5% year-over-year. Its acquisition will widen Hormel’s scale in the deli category and broaden its consumer base. 2. CircleUp Closes $125M Fund Powered by Machine Learning – BevNET The new venture capital fund will be used as a tool to help guide investment in early-stage consumer and retail companies. It will be used to make at least 18 bets on consumer brands a year. 3. AeroFarms Brings in IKEA and David Chang to Close $40M Series D – AgFunder Retired US Army General David Petraeus, ADM Capital, AllianceBernstein and Merass also joined the round, which brings the company’s funding to $130m. Some of its new investors are representative of its plan for global expansion.  4. Blue Apron Competitor HelloFresh Prices IPO, Raises Up To $369M – TechCrunch The cooking kit delivery company priced its IPO at €10.25 ($11.91), which would value the company at nearly $2b. The company received backing from Rock Internet, Insight Venture Partners and Baillie Gifford.  5. Constellation Brands Hops into Marijuana Beverage Market with $191M Deal – Food Dive The alcoholic beverage giant will acquire a 9.9% minority stake in Canopy Growth Corporation, a Canadian marijuana company, for $191m. Constellation can begin selling marijuana-based drinks in Canada and other nations that allow recreational marijuana use. 6. ImpactVision Raises $1.3M Seed Round to Determine Food Quality with Hyperspectral Images – AgFunder The software startup uses hyperspectral imaging to help food supply chain companies determine the quality and ripeness of food products. Its seed funding was led by Acre Venture Partners and will be used to develop its technology further.  7. Gen Z is Creating a Market for Fake Fish – Civil Eats New Wave Foods and Ocean Hugger Foods are two companies rolling out plant-based seafood products to food service operators like college campuses, corporate cafeterias and large retailers.  8. Vegans are Taking Over the Trillion-Dollar Meat Industry (Yes, Real Meat) – Organic Authority In 2008, PETA offered up $1m to the first scientist who could create and bring to market cultured chicken grown from chicken cells. This laid the groundwork for the profound and lucrative shifts into the cultured meat industry. 9. Campbell Soup Joins Plant Based Foods Association – Food Navigator It is the first major food company to join the PBFA, a new trade association dedicated to boosting consumption of plant-based foods. The company also recently launched a new line of plant-based milks under its Bolthouse Farms brand.  10. Blue Apron Revenue Beats Estimates, Sending Shares Higher – Bloomberg Sales increased 2.5% to $210.6m in the company’s third-quarter. Despite losing customers for the second quarter in a row, meal kit sales and customer spending per order increased.  11. HelloFresh Co-Founder Is Working on a Prepared Meal Service for Kids – TechCrunch Yumble has partnered with Joanna and David Parker to launch its new line of healthy meals for kids. It has raised $1.5m so far and is currently offered in 26 states on the East Coast.   Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay on top of the emerging sector, so sign up for it today and never miss the latest food tech and innovation news and trends, Already signed up? Share the love with your friends and colleagues!

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Autumn Colors of Australia arrived at our Saigon Centre store

by admin @ Annam Gourmet Market

On 9th November at Annam Gourmet Market Saigon Centre store, our V.I.P guests had a colorful experience of the taste from Australia, not only the food but also the wine. Autumn Colors of Australia party is inspired by Hot air balloon festival happened every year in Australia. Not only the theme, the food and the […]

These 8 Reasons Will Make You Choose Chiang Mai Over Bangkok

by Faruq Senin @ Travel Guides For Muslim Travellers | Have Halal, Will Travel

Thailand’s charming northern city is a greener and quieter alternative to its capital Bangkok. With its relatively cool climate, laid-back atmosphere and friendly locals, it’s no wonder that Chiang Mai has been dubbed the “Rose of the North”. Whether you’re looking for an endless adventure or just want to take it slow, Chiang Mai has […]

Mid-Autumn Enchantment at Saigon Centre, HCM

by admin @ Annam Gourmet Market

Ho Chi Minh city, 1st September, 2017 Today, Annam Gourmet Market hold he event: “Mid-Autumn Enchantment” at the 1st floor of Saigon Centre, 65 Le Loi st, Ben Nghe Ward, D.1. The event took place to introduce to customers our Annam Gourmet Signature Mid-Autumn Enchantment mooncake collection. While Mid-Autumn festival is coming, Annam Gourmet Signature […]

Budget Travellers or Cheapskates?

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

This is probably a bit contentious but today I am going to write about the plethora of stories that are cropping up on social media ...

Dr Jacques Guy Tambo From Cameroon Achieves Success With LEO

by Ted Nuyten @ Direct Selling Facts, Figures and News

Since joining Learning Enterprises Organisation Ltd (LEO), a global entrepreneurship training company and direct selling organisation, in September 2016, Dr Jacques Guy Tambo has proved himself to be an impressive leader, already reaching the rank of Senior Associate. Through sheer commitment and hard work, he is making his mark as a pioneering LEO Member in […]

A Post About Nothing: Mental

by noreply@blogger.com (Cici Tran) @ Vietnamese & Vegan

I've been slacking with this blog again. I know. My apologies. I do realise that I did not have anything up last month.


I was having a rough time mentally and trying to take a break from it all. Even with Instagram, I wasn't using it for a short period. Social media is great, but it's addictive and can suck you right in there. IG is the only platform that I stay active on, so it's become a habit to check it every chance I get, which means all the time!

Anyhow, I hadn't taken care of myself. For someone with a big BIG appetite like me, I've been losing weights just 'cause I can't be bothered to cook and eat. Feeling down sometimes contributes to this, too. The past two weeks or so, however, I have been trying to eat more, so it's all right I guess. I don't feel hungry necessarily, but I eat because I know I should. I could feel myself lapse back into that mentality of eating disorder where I skip meals on purpose. For instance, I keep telling myself that "you know what, just skip this meal" or "it's past meal time" or "it's late, so just go to sleep".

Now, I don't know if I truly suffer from depression or not, but I do feel down quite often. From  professional self-diagnosis and observation over the years, I can confidently say that I am very unstable mentally. Personally, I view purposely not eating as another way to self-harm. I don't cut myself, not since forever ago. However, I do hit myself when it gets too intense my head. Have I ever had suicidal thoughts? Yes.

It may sound crazy, but sometimes it doesn't feel right if I'm happy. It's almost as if I don't allow myself to be happy sometimes. I know this because I do it, I am aware of it, but I just can't stop. I let all these negative feelings and emotions to weigh me down.

Ever since I took up meditation, it has helped me to be more present and aware of my emotions and thoughts, but what I have not been able to do is letting them go. I put on a front most of the time as a confident person and shit, but fuck, there are days when I cry because I think I'm ugly or that I have no self-esteem or self-worth. I may be aware and present, but in no way mindful of what they do to me and just allows all the demons get to me. The thing about mental illness is that it not only affects me, but also others around me and my relationships with them.

There's no point to this post. I just wanted to write. I've been wanting to write about this for awhile. I guess I've been calmer now than I was last month and the month before that to finally write it. I usually keep things to myself, but sometimes it's cool to write it down.

P.S. I decided to join Vegan Mofo October, so I'm going to be on Insta all the time. Check me out: cicixtran 😊

Nestle to Sell US Chocolate Business, Food Trends and Tech to Watch in 2018

by phoebetran @ Food+Tech Connect

Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines. After news broke last week about Hershey’s $921m acquisition of Amplify Snacks into the savory snacking category, Nestle announced this week that it expects to reach a sale of its US chocolate business in the first quarter of 2018. Canada-based GreenSpace has acquired Galaxy, catalyzing the expansion of its dairy and lactose-free products into the US market. Big food companies are pouring money into nutrition science funding at a time when processed food sales are soaring and populations are suffering from food-related issues like obesity. The FDA has undergone a federal investigation, which reported that it has not been moving quickly enough to ensure companies are issuing recalls, leaving consumers at risk of food safety hazards. AgFunder, Food Navigator and Food & Wine predict 2018’s top food and technology trends to look out for in the year ahead. Common themes include transparency across the board, plant-based innovation and sustainability. Check out our weekly round-up of last week’s top food startup, tech and innovation news below or peruse the full newsletter here. _______________   1. Nestle to Sell US Chocolate Business as Market Melts – Bloomberg The company aims to sell by the end of March, estimating the unit could fetch $1b to $3b.   2. Canada: GreenSpace to Enter US Market with Galaxy Acquisition – Project Nosh Canadian-based GreenSpace has acquired the maker of Go Veggie plant-based dairy brand for $17.8m. Its products are currently sold in over 12k retail locations and food service channels in Canada.   3. Russia: INS Closes $42M ICO for Decentralized Grocery Delivery – Blockchain News The startup has raised $42m towards R&D, infrastructure, administration, operations, marketing and sales as well as legal and contingency services of the INS roadmap. It expects to use blockchain technology to make its grocery supply chain more efficient.   4. Which AgriFood Tech Products Are Going Mainstream in 2018? – AgFunder Retailers and food media predict trends in transparency, high-tech plant-based, cannabis infusions and upcycled foods in the year ahead.   5. FoodNavigator-USA’s 10 Food and Beverage Trends to Watch in 2018 – Food Navigator Broader trends will include cellular agriculture, plant-based innovation, GMO labeling and non-GMO claims as well as clean label 2.0, continued debate over what is ‘healthy’ and reduction or rejection of sugar.   6. Malaysia: In Asia’s Fattest Country, Nutritionists Take Money From Food Giants – New York Times Big food companies are pouring significant funds into developing countries where government research funding is scarce. Corporate money is paying scholars consulting fees and sponsoring major nutrition conferences at a time when sales of processed foods abroad are soaring.   7. Walmart Reportedly Testing Amazon Go-Like Store, Personal Shopping Service – Food Dive A new Walmart subsidiary, Code Eight, is piloting a shopping service with computer vision, cashier-free checkout and free 24 hour delivery. It will allow wealthy city dwellers to research and buy products via text.   8. Uber’s Credit Card Is Bankrupting Restaurants… and It’s All Your Fault – Product Hunt The true intention of Uber’s new credit card is to capture restaurant spending data and location history. The company incentivizes users by offering 4% back on any restaurant purchase rivaling every credit card on the market.   9. These Will Be the Top Dining Trends of 2018, According to the Biggest Names in Food – Food & Wine Culinary trends include vegetables continuing to take center stage, deeper connections with food, dining out over delivery, grandmother cooking and chef-led sustainability efforts.   10. ‘Lab Fish’ Company Aiming to Match Price of Traditional Bluefin Tuna by 2019 – Plant Based News Finless Foods just closed a funding round to develop its cultured bluefin tuna. It wants to match the price of bluefin tuna by 2019.   11. Bread is the Dish of the Year – Bloomberg From $20 loaves to five-volume masterworks, bread is hitting new highs at restaurants, bakeries and home kitchens.     Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay on top of the emerging sector, so sign up for it today and never miss the latest food tech and innovation news and trends, Already signed up? Share the love with your friends and colleagues!

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Hello world!

by admin @ Saigon Cafe

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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Mid-Autumn Enchantment, the sincere gift of appreciation

by admin @ Annam Gourmet Market

Moon cake represents the fullness of life, reunion and togetherness. That’s the true meaning of Mid- Autumn festival. However, for us - Annam Gourmet Market, moon cake's meaning is more beyond. It's a sincere gift of appreciation to thank and celebrate the passed haft year. Yet as each year comes and passes, mooncake is gradually losing its attraction from food lovers.

Chocolates by The SHOP

by lui-in-penh @ Lui in Penh

When you say handmade Belgian chocolates, you won’t immediately think of Cambodia as the place to find it. In fact, I sometimes get irked when friends and relatives who haven’t been here ask me what is to find here when they know Cambodia is still […]

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Saigon Kitchen Club - FAQs

Saigon Kitchen Club - FAQs


SAIGON KITCHEN CLUB

1. Saigon Kitchen Club offers a variety of packages:1 / FULL DAY Package (3 meals/day x 5 week- days a week): FULL DAY package is to help you lose weight saf...

5LINX Names Larry Harper Chief Sales Officer

by Ted Nuyten @ Direct Selling Facts, Figures and News

5LINX is pleased to name Larry Harper as Chief Sales Officer. Larry is a seasoned sales executive with over 35 years of experience in Multi-Level Marketing. He spent 28 years with Amway Corporation and has directed sales in both North America & Latin America. Under his leadership, Amway North America reached record sales of $1.4 […]

The Shelter Collection

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

The Shelter Collection was founded in 2004 by Danish national Ole Riis in collaboration with the Danish Vietnamese Association. Father of two adopted Vietnamese children, ...

Back To Black With Conceptual Artist Phuc Van Dang

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

Phuc Van Dang is an artist and storyteller who moved to Denmark when he was only nine. He now lives in a converted former prison that has become a cultural hub in the central Danish town of Horsens. Phuc works in a restricted palette of black and white in different mediums—ceramics, painting, and drawing—and with […]

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Thann Spa

Thann Spa

by Anne @ Healthy in Ho Chi Minh City

My shoulders were telling me I was in need of a serious massage, so I got myself to Thann Spa.  It’s not the cheapest massage in Saigon, but it’s luxurious, professional, and I love the products they use – from … Continue reading

La Fiesta ⋆ Tasty Tex-Mexican Food & Drink

La Fiesta ⋆ Tasty Tex-Mexican Food & Drink


La Fiesta

La Fiesta is OUR Tex-Mexican Restaurant in HCMC, Vietnam. I’m (Scott) from Maine, USA & my better half Duc is from here in Saigon. Welcome to our place!

Campbell and Hershey’s Bet on Snacks as Top 10 CPGs Lose $17B, Daily Harvest Raises $43M + More

by phoebetran @ Food+Tech Connect

Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines. As consumer tastes change, the ten largest packaged-food companies in the U.S. have lost approximately $17 billion in revenue  over the past three years. To combat lost market share, Campbell and Hershey’s are betting on salty snacks.  Campbell’s acquisition of Snyder’s-Lance for $4.87 billion and Hershey’s buy out of SkinnyPop for $1.6 billion. And more capital continues to flow into food startups. Frozen meal delivery service Daily Harvest raised a $43 million Series B round led by Lightspeed. In retail news, grocers have been absorbing the rise in food prices in order to stay afloat in the increasingly competitive market. Brandless received a star-studded second close of its $35m Series B round that included Steph Curry, Randi Zuckerberg and Jessica Seinfeld. The Trump administration’s new policies reap bad news for small and organic farmers. Last Friday, it withdrew an Obama-era rule that would have increased animal welfare standards for organic poultry. The newly passed GOP tax bill will only benefit 4% of US farms and cause many farmers to lose health insurance. Check out our weekly round-up of last week’s top food startup, tech and innovation news below or peruse the full newsletter here. _______________   1. Campbell, Hershey Bet That Salty Snacks Will Reignite Sales – Bloomberg As consumer tastes change, 10 of the largest packaged-food companies in the U.S. have seen about $17 billion in revenue evaporate over the past three years. To combat lost market share, Campbell and Hershey’s are betting on salty snacks.   2. Campbell Soup to Buy Snacks Company Snyder’s-Lance for $4.87B – CNBC The deal is the largest ever in the soup company’s 148-year history. It points to the opportunity big food companies see in snacks, appealing to the increasing number of people who eat and shop on the go.   3. Hershey Nears $1.6B Deal to Acquire SkinnyPop Parent Amplify – CNBC The deal values Amplify at $12 a share, a 71% premium. It comes as Hershey doubles down on its efforts to move beyond chocolate.   4. The Future is Frozen (Daily Harvest Raises $43M) – Medium Lightspeed has led Daily Harvest’s $43m Series B round and joined the company’s board. The frozen food category presents higher customer retention and margins, enabling Daily Harvest to invest more aggressively in continued product innovation and growth.   5. Product Information Firm Label Insight Gets $21M in New Funding – Food Dive The funding round was led by Delta-v Capital alongside River Cities Capital Funds. It will be used to hire additional employees with a focus on data science, sales and marketing.   6. Ireland: Nuritas Raises $20M Series A for AI Ingredient Discovery Platform – AgFunder Funding was led by Cultivian Sandbox in partnership with agrochemical giant BASF’s human nutrition and pharmaceutical subset. New capital will go toward expansion in the US market.   7. Whole Foods’ 365 Has Sold $10M Worth of Product on Amazon – Food Dive The natural and organic brand is now the number two best-selling private label line after Amazon Basics. Private label brands account for 0.2% (or $450m) of Amazon’s $177b in estimated revenue.   8. Why Steph Curry, Randi Zuckerberg, and Jessica Seinfeld Invested in This Generic Grocery Store – Fortune Brandless, the online retailer of generic consumer products, has a star-studded second close of its $35m Series B round. Funding was led by New Enterprise Associates.   9. Tovala Raises $9.2M Series A Round to Fund Expansion – The Spoon Funding was led by Origin Ventures, bringing total raised to $13.14m. New capital will be used to grow its user base and company.   10. FarmWise Raises $5.7M Seed Round for Vegetable Weeding Robot – AgFunder The round was led by Playground Global with Felicis Ventures, Basis Set Ventures and Valley Oak Investments. The startup will use funding to commercialize its automated weeding robot.   11. USDA Nixes Higher Animal Welfare Standards for Organic Label – SF Chronicle On Friday, the Trump administration withdrew rulings that would have increased animal welfare standards for organic poultry.   12. Most American Farmers Will Be Hurt by the GOP Tax Bill – Mother Jones Only 4% of US farms with around $1m in annual sales are in a high enough tax bracket to benefit from the lower rate. The bill puts farm co-ops at risk, adds to pressure to cut federal farm spending and may cause farmers relying on Obamacare to lose health insurance.   13. Cargill Goes Tech With Plan to Nurture New Wave of Food Startups – Bloomberg Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator is a partnership with Cargill, Ecolab and Techstars. The initiative will focus on food security and safety, and will begin accepting applications next month.   14. A Year in Review: 2017 Food and Agriculture News – Food Tank 2017 saw a monumental shift in global politics, a series of natural disasters and indications of growing malnutrition and obesity. Yet, the growing movement for food security, justice and sustainability are effecting change in the food system.   15. The Top 10 Farm Tech Deals of 2017 (How Many Can You Name Without Clicking?) – AgFunder The largest funding rounds went to Indigo Agriculture’s $203m Series D, Plenty’s $200m Series A, Maihuolang’s $150m Series A, Farmers Business Network’s $110m Series D and Uptake’s $117m Series D.   16. CaliBurger Launches Facial Recognition Pilot for Fast Ordering – The Spoon The facial recognition kiosk will pilot at CaliBurger’s Pasadena location and will roll out to its 40 locations next year.   17. The Future of Grocery Shopping Has Arrived in China – Quartz China’s second biggest online retailer, JD, plans to open hundreds of unmanned convenience stores built with facial and image recognition technology.   Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay on top of the emerging sector, so sign up for it today and never miss the latest food tech and innovation news and trends, Already signed up? Share the love with your friends and colleagues!

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Home food delivery at night in Ho Chi Minh City - Tuoi Tre News

Home food delivery at night in Ho Chi Minh City - Tuoi Tre News


Tuoi Tre News

This service has grown rapidly in Ho Chi Minh City. Customers can order food online or by phone at night and have it delivered at home within half an hour

Koh Rong Samloeun Day Cruise

by lui-in-penh @ Lui in Penh

A few months ago, we decided to spend a few days in Sihanoukville. We were itching for some sand and sea breeze. I always find a day or two at the beach does a lot for asthmatic me and  my daughter. Anyway, a few days […]

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DRAGON FRUIT: A HIDDEN GEM

by Admin @ 8020Fit

DRAGON FRUIT: A HIDDEN GEM, often time taken for granted by the local Vietnamese Though considered by the local Vietnamese as “nothing out of the ordinary” among all the other exotic fruits in Southeast Asia, the Dragon Fruit (or Pitaya) gets quickly noticed by people who aren’t familiar with it, for its unusual shape and […]

Food delivery

Food delivery


Healthy in Ho Chi Minh City

Delivery of almost anything is cheap in this city and food is no exception, and with companies like vietnammm, eat and foodpanda, there are literally hundreds of options at your fingertips. A coupl…

Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

by Anne @ Healthy in Ho Chi Minh City

I went out for a walk this morning and could barely contain my joy! Yes it’s lunar new year or ‘Tet’ again and it’s a wonderful time to be in Vietnam.  For those of us in Saigon, it’s such a … Continue reading

Going sugar-free in HCMC

Going sugar-free in HCMC

by Anne @ Healthy in Ho Chi Minh City

Yep, after a few months break when study & travel got crazy, I’ve decided I can’t let this lovely little blog wither and die. I miss writing! So what’s new? Since returning from my holiday I am sugar-free. I bought … Continue reading

Bossa Nova Raises $17.5M For Retail Robots, Barilla Launches Venture Fund + More

by phoebetran @ Food+Tech Connect

Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines. Bossa Nova Robotics raised $17.5 million to build out its line of inventory-scanning retail robots. The funding round comes fresh off of a deal with Walmart that will roll out its robots across 50 of the retailer’s locations. Good news came for the big-box chain as it posted its strongest quarterly U.S. sales growth in nearly a decade. Ovenly, a New York City retail and wholesale bakery business, is creating a more inclusive economy through an open hiring process for its bakery, working with organizations to hire political refugees and citizens returning from the criminal justice system. Chobani CEO and founder Hamdi Ulukaya envisions Twin Falls, Idaho as the ‘Silicon Valley’ for food innovation. The city is home to the company’s largest yogurt factory and home base for its global R&D team. The Italian 180-year-old company, Barilla, is embracing the future of food through a new venture fund and innovation hub called Blu1877. In restaurant news, a new organic fast food restaurant called Grown is cropping up in in sports stadiums, hospitals and even Walmart. DoorDash added former Twitter VP of engineering, Jeremy Rishel, and former VP of product at Groupon, Rajat Shroff, to its team in its efforts to expand into more cities and deliver products other than food. Chef José Andrés explained in a talk for TEDx MidAtlantic how he and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen served more meals than any other organization as well as the struggles he faced with FEMA. The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), a progressive labor organization that provides education and support to restaurant workers, has created a “Racial Inequity Toolkit”: a how-to manual for restaurant owners and management who want to begin weeding out potential sources of racial and gender bias in their hiring and operational practices. Will a meatless food industry featuring lab-grown meat, seafood substitutes, and insect protein be the future of food? CB Insights put together a report on how the $90 billion global meat industry gets disrupted. Investigation into the USDA deregulation team reveals deep ties to the industries being regulated, including those that oppose environmental regulations, corporate lawyers and political dark-money groups. Check out our weekly round-up of last week’s top food startup, tech and innovation news below or peruse the full newsletter here. _______________ 1. Bossa Nova Raises $17.5M for Retail Robots – TechCrunch The Series B round was led by Paxion, bringing total funding to $41.7m. The startup plans to use the capital to build out its team, with a focus on autonomy software and artificial intelligence. 2. Barilla Launches Blu1877, A Food Focused Venture Fund & Innovation Hub – The Spoon Its first focus is making seed investments in food entrepreneurs that are creating new products related to Barilla’s core business and adjacent markets in pasta and meal solutions. 3. Walmart Posts Strongest US Sales in Years, Powered by Groceries, E-Commerce – Wall Street Journal Shares jumped more than 8% for the world’s largest retailer. Its grocery business delivered the strongest quarterly same-store sales growth in more than five years, including sales from online grocery pickup now. 4. Chobani Wants Twin Falls To Be a ‘Silicon Valley’ for Food Innovation – Magic Valley Chobani wants to turn Twin Falls, Idaho, the town that is home to his largest yogurt factory, into a center of food innovation. It broke ground on a 70k sf building that will house a startup incubator for Idaho food businesses, as well as office for its global R&D team and other employees. 5. An Open Door for Pesticide Lobbyists at the USDA – New York Times Investigation into the USDA deregulation team reveals deep ties to the industries being regulated, including those that oppose environmental regulations, corporate lawyers and political dark-money groups. 6. Our Meatless Future: How The $90B Global Meat Market Gets Disrupted – CB Insights Will a meatless food industry featuring lab-grown meat, seafood substitutes, and insect protein be the future of food? Food giants from Tyson to Cargill are working to navigate a future where protein isn’t dominated by traditional animal sources. 7. Grown Is a 100% Organic Fast Food Restaurant Coming to Your City Soon – Bon Appetit Thanks to Shannon Allen, Grown restaurants are popping up in sports stadiums, hospitals, and even Walmart. The organic fast food restaurant has expanded to six locations in just 16 months. 8. DoorDash Has Hired Ex-Twitter and Groupon Execs to Spearhead Big Expansion Plans – Business Insider Rishel and Shroff will help DoorDash fine tune its delivery time predictions and build the company’s ever-growing stable of restaurants and food brands. 9. Restaurants Have a Racial Equity Problem. Here’s How to Fix It. – Eater The Restaurant Opportunities Center created a “Racial Equity Toolkit” for restaurant owners and management who want to weed out potential sources of racial and gender bias in their hiring and operational practices. 10. A Recipe for a More Inclusive Economy: Sweet Treats + Good Jobs – B the Change Ovenly has had an open hiring policy since 2012, working with organizations to hire political refugees and citizens returning from the criminal justice system. The company has 56 employees and is quickly expanding to additional locations. 11. From 3D-Printed Meals to Electrocuting Your Food, These Startups Are Shaping the Future Of Cooking – CB Insights Next-gen ingredients, robotic appliances, novel cooking methods, on-demand and personalized food have the potential to fundamentally change what we eat and how we cook it. 12. José Andrés Says FEMA Kicked Him Out of Its Building – Eater In a TEDx talk, Andrés spoke about his experience grappling with FEMA as well as his strategy and execution feeding Puerto Rico. Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay on top of the emerging sector, so sign up for it today and never miss the latest food tech and innovation news and trends, Already signed up? Share the love with your friends and colleagues!

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Target Buys Shipt for $550M, Mario Batali, Johnny Iuzzini and Ken Friedman’s Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Target Buys Shipt for $550M + More

by phoebetran @ Food+Tech Connect

Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines. Three prominent men in the restaurant industry – Mario Batali, Johnny Iuzzini and Ken Friedman – have stepped down in the face of sexual misconduct allegations by multiple women. Target has closed an all-cash deal to buy out Shipt for $550 million up against Amazon. Walmart and Jet are joining forces with BuzzFeed to sell kitchen tools, appliances and food through Tasty’s recipe videos. Soylent CEO Rob Rhinehart has stepped down aftermajor setbacks over the past two years. Investors are betting on a meat tax and urging big food companies to start diversifying into plant protein. Tyson Foods has taken the cue and joined Cleveland Avenue in a $55 million investment in Beyond Meat. And finally, Puerto Rico’s food industry is still in recovery mode, and farms were hit the hardest. Global losses are estimated to amount to $2.8 billion. Check out our weekly round-up of last week’s top food startup, tech and innovation news below or peruse the full newsletter here. _______________ 1. Mario Batali  Away from Restaurant Empire Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations – Eater Four women accused the chef of inappropriate touching in a pattern of behavior that spans at least two decades. Batali will also step away from his television show, “The Chew,” while ABC reviews allegations.   2. ABC Pulls ‘Great American Baking Show’ Following Johnny Iuzzini Misconduct Allegations – Eater Eight women have come forward with sexual misconduct and abuse allegations against Iuzzini, most of the incidents stemming from his time as pastry chef of Jean-Georges.   3. Ken Friedman, Power Restaurateur, Is Accused of Sexual Harassment – New York Times Ten women accused Friedman of unwanted sexual advances and many others stated working for him required tolerating daily kisses and touching. He has taken an indefinite leave of absence from his restaurant operations.   4. Target to Buy Shipt for $550 Million in Challenge to Amazon – Bloomberg The all-cash deal will let Target customers order groceries and other goods online, and then have the items sent directly to their doors from nearby Targets. The deal will give Target same-day delivery at half of its 1,834 stores by next summer.   5. The CEO of Food-Replacement Startup Soylent Is Out – Business Insider Rob Rhinehart has stepped down, and Bryan Crowley, president of Soylent’s parent company, will take over as CEO. The company has seen major setbacks over the past two years, including a temporary halt to sales after food poisoning incidents.   6. Walmart and Jet Are Joining Forces with BuzzFeed in Their Quest for Millennial Shoppers – Business Insider The retailer will start selling its kitchen tools, appliances and eventually food through links in Tasty’s recipe videos. Tasty has nearly 91m Facebook followers, and its recipe videos have accumulated more than 65b views.   7. Andreessen Horowitz Has a New, $450M Bio Fund – TechCrunch The bio fund has made dozens of investments already, including Freenome, Apeel, PatientPing and BioAge Labs. Investments range from $2m at seed stage to north of $10m for Series A stage companies.   8. Ginkgo Bioworks Secures $275M in Series D, Valuing the Company at Over $1B – TechCrunch The funding comes from previous investors Viking Global, Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund, Cascade Investment, Bill Gates, as well as new investor, General Atlantic. It will be used to build out its Bioworks3 production facility.   9. Unilever Teams with Big Banks on Blockchain for Supply Chain – GreenBiz The company has begun a year-long pilot program that will use blockchain to manage transactions within its tea supply chain. It is partnering with British supermarket Sainsbury, packaging company Sappi and three global financial service companies to develop the blockchain system.   10. Food and Beverage Is the Fastest Growing Online Channel – Food Dive Global online F&B sales will increase 80% over the next five years, according to Euromonitor International. By 2022, global online retail sales will eclipse traditional grocery sales.   11. Taxes on Meat Could Join Carbon and Sugar to Help Limit Emissions – Bloomberg Investors are betting governments around the world will start taxing meat production as they aim to improve public health and hit emissions targets. They are pushing companies to diversify into plant protein.   12. Meat Giant Tyson Foods Increases Stake in Plant-Based Brand Beyond Meat: A ‘Fantastic Alternative for Consumers’ – Food Navigator Beyond Meat has raised $55m in a financing round led by Cleveland Avenue and supported by Tyson. The funds will be used to more than triple the size of its production footprint, further fund R&D as well as expand sales and distribution.   13. How Puerto Rico’s Food Industry Is Picking Up the Pieces After Hurricane Maria – Eater Restaurants have begun to open and become hubs for communities. Puerto Rico’s agriculture sector lost $45m of net produce with Irma and $200m with Maria. Global losses are estimated at $2.8b.   14. A Store in Every World Capital:’ Eataly Plans Further Expansion and Eyes IPO – Fortune The Italian food emporium is planning an IPO on the Milan stock exchange as early as next year. In the next two years, it plans to open 7 locations in 6 countries across Europe and North America.   Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay on top of the emerging sector, so sign up for it today and never miss the latest food tech and innovation news and trends, Already signed up? Share the love with your friends and colleagues!

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Siggi’s Acquisition, Sonoma Brand’s Raises $60M, Weed Startups Look to Disrupt Booze Industry + More

by phoebetran @ Food+Tech Connect

Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines. Siggi’s was acquired by French dairy company Lactalis for an undisclosed sum. Sonoma Brands closed $60 million for its second fund. Weed startups are disrupting the alcohol industry by offering consumers with new products like cannabis wine and pot-infused seltzer. Hershey and Cargill are the latest food giants to leave the GMA. Investors have lost their appetites for meal kits as they look towards perishable grocery services like FoodMaven, a new food waste retailer that just raised $8.6m from Walmart’s billionaire heirs the Waltons, among others. Toyota and Ford announced new pilot programs testing self-driving delivery vehicles at CES this week. Toyota revealed a Pizza Hut “e-Palette” that would cook and deliver pizzas, while Ford has partnered with Postmates to develop driverless on-demand distribution. Check out our weekly round-up of last week’s top food startup, tech and innovation news below or peruse the full newsletter here. _______________     1. Lactalis Buys Yogurt Brand Siggi’s, as Emmi’s Sells Its Stake – FoodBev The acquisition was made for an undisclosed sum. Siggi’s will remain a standalone company. Emmi will sell its 22% stake in the brand and focus its US business on milk and cheese products.   2. Jon Sebastiani’s Sonoma Brands Raises $60M – Forbes The VC fund announced the closing of its second fund, aimed at continuing investment in emerging consumer brands and taking minority positions in startups. It also announced it’s spinout of Smashmallow.   3. Why the Most Hated-On New Ice Cream Brand in America Is a Booming $100M Business – Inc. Halo Top has found itself at the center of a deep philosophical divide: the ice cream purists versus those hungry for a cheap calorie thrill.   4. Weed Startups Want Social Drinkers to Change the Way They Get Buzzed – Bloomberg Startups are competing with alcohol companies by offering consumers alternative ways to catch a buzz. The industry is expected to balloon to $50b by 2026 from $6b in 2016.   5. Food Lobby Group’s Rolls Further Contract as Hershey and Cargill Depart – Politico The companies are the latest food giants to part with the GMA as it struggles to navigate deep divisions within its membership on how to respond to rapidly changing consumer preferences.   6. Once-Hungry Investors Pass on Meal Kit Startups – Wall Street Journal While the sector is expected to grow to $6b+ in 2021, supermarket chains have an advantage over startups by selling in-store and at cheaper prices. Investors are looking towards perishable grocery delivery services, meat replacement companies and startups combating food waste.   7. Robomart Is the Latest Startup to Try and Unseat the Local Convenience Store – TechCrunch The startup aims to license its white-labeled service to wholesalers and big box retailers. It would include the vehicle, a wireless charging device as well as a fleet management and on-demand ordering system.   8. Inocucor Brings in Pontifax to Close $38.5M Series B – AgFunder Inocucor manufactures biological stimulants for soil and plant optimizers. Strategic acquisitions will be a significant part of its growth strategies, along with expanded distribution across Canada and crop development in the Latin America and Western Europe.   9. Ford Prepares for Food Delivery in Era When Diners Talk to Cars – Bloomberg Ford will team up with Postmates on a pilot program that explores how self-driving tech could change the delivery experience. It plans to eventually remove the driver from on-demand distribution.   10. Here’s an Autonomous Pizza-Oven-on-Wheels No One Asked For – Eater Pizza Hut is partnering with Toyota on a driverless concept vehicle that could one day cook and deliver pizza. Test models of the “e-Palette” vehicle could hit the streets by 2020.   11. What to Know About FoodMaven, a New Food Waste Startup Backed by the Grocery Industry’s Top Players – GrubStreet The Colorado-based startup anounced its $8.6m Series A funding from a handful of backers, most notably Walmart’s billionaire heirs the Waltons. It has brought aboard 700 Colorado business in just 18 months and expects to do $10m in sales this year.   12. Drop Kitchen Nabs $8M in Funding as Kitchen Tech Investment Heats Up – The Spoon The Series A round was led by Alsop Louie Partners, bringing total investment to $12m. Funds will be used to continue developing its KitchenOS platform and support its partnerships with appliance manufacturers.   13. Noma Has Lost Everything. Can It Come Back Even Stronger? – Bloomberg Rene Redzepi gave up Noma’s many achievements, including its title of World’s Best Restaurant and two Michelin stars, in search of new ideas and new approach to food at its new location, which will open February 15th.   14. Whole Foods Places New Limits on Suppliers Upsetting Some Small Vendors – The Washington Post Whole Foods is now requiring suppliers pay for a program that manages demos and shelf management, changes that are intended to save on costs and centralize operations as Amazon pushes to reduce prices at the chain’s 473 stores.   15. Sprouts Signs on with Instacart as US Grocers Experiment with Delivery – CNBC The retailer will expand its delivery service through Instacart, beginning in select areas in Arizona.   Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay on top of the emerging sector, so sign up for it today and never miss the latest food tech and innovation news and trends, Already signed up? 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How to survive gecko-land

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

Being a mum of a newborn means long hours of having the baby attached to your chest as she nurses or sleeps (especially if you ...

Tokyo’s Top 8 Shopping Spots That’s Perfect For Every Shopaholic (Muslim-Friendly Food Nearby!)

by Nuratiqah Madom @ Travel Guides For Muslim Travellers | Have Halal, Will Travel

Travelling is not complete until some damage is done to your wallet. Duh, we’re talking about shopping! In that glorious moment, you won’t only think about yourself but about all the friends and family members who are eagerly waiting for you to come home with their souvenirs 🛍 Credit: Giphy But that’s the joy in shopping […]

Saigon steakhouse | MAD House | Thao Dien

Saigon steakhouse | MAD House | Thao Dien


Saigon steakhouse | MAD House | Thao Dien

Restaurant MAD House, brunch, lunch, dinner and steakhouse

Nestle Sells its Candy Unit, Advice on Launching a Food Startup, Zomato Valued at $2.5B + More

by phoebetran @ Food+Tech Connect

Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines. First, if you’re headed to The Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, be sure to come visit us at The Future Market booth to explore themes on cannabis cuisine, blockchain chicken, and more. In other news, Nestle has finally closed its deal to sell its US candy business to Ferrero for $2.8 billion as it moves into healthier, faster-growing categories. French microorganism developer Novolyze has raised a €2.2 million ($2.69m) second seed round for its foodborne illness mitigation technology. Food waste-to-fertilizer tech startup WISErg has raised $19 million to build a second facility in California. Instacart has acquired voice-shopping Canadian startup Unata for $65 million, signaling where its headed in its battle with Amazon. Ready-made meal startup Urban Remedy has raised $17 million led by General Mill’s venture arm, 301 Inc. Delivery logistics platform Briggs swallowed $12 million, bringing total funding to $22 million. Kroger announced plans to roll out a new digital display technology that may change grocery shopping as we know it. Check out our weekly round-up of last week’s top food startup, tech and innovation news below or peruse the full newsletter here. _______________     1. Nutella Maker to Pay $2.8B for Nestle US Candy Unit – Bloomberg Nestle agreed to sell to Ferrero in its first step away from the candy business. It plans to focus on healthier, faster-growing categories like coffee, pet food and water.   2. Introducing Six New Concept Products From The Future Market The Future Market is launching six new concept products at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco on Sunday, January 21. Visit us to explore themes on cannabis cuisine, blockchain chicken, and more.   3. Instacart Acquires Coupon and Voice-Shopping Startup Unata – Bloomberg The deal totals to $65m and gives the retailer new kinds of e-commerce tools and a path to expand in Canada. Unata specializes in digital coupons and is developing a voice-activated tool to allow customers to purchase goods online using devices.   4. Advice on Launching a Food Startup – Part 1 – NXFOOD Over the next couple of months, Danielle Gould will be sharing a series of blog posts with advice on how to create the next big  idea, find product market fit and launch a food startup.   5. Urban Remedy Raises $17M for Fresh-Focused Platform – Project Nosh Investment was led by General Mill’s venture arm, 301 Inc and will go towards expanding staff, increasing production capacity and expanding into a new market. The startup delivers ready-to-eat meals, juices and snacks.   5. Delivery Logistics Platform Bringg Raises $12M from Strategic Investors, Including Salesforce Ventures – TechCrunch The startup offers retailers and companies like Coca-Cola and Panera visibility into delivery operations with features like driver tracking, notifications and driver-to-customer communications. Its Series B funding brings the total round to $22m.   6. Kroger Is Rolling Out a New Technology to Nearly 200 Stores That Could Change Grocery Shopping As We Know It – Business Insider The Kroger Edge digitally displays pricing and nutritional information as well as video ads and coupons for various products. It will eventually communicate with customers’ smartphones and highlight products as they walk down store aisles.   7. India: Morgan Stanley Marks Up Valuation of FoodTech Unicorn Zomato to $2.5B – Inc42 Zomato is expected to clock up to $1.3b in revenue, including delivery fees in FY2018. Its valuation could reach $6.7b in the next 10 years.   8. Harvesting Robotics Market to Reach $5.5B from Early Adopters Alone – AgFunder Despite this, only a few products have reached the commercial market and only 3% of growers are currently using harvesting robots on their farms. Financial concerns are both the strongest deterrent and motivator for adoption.   9. France: Novolyze Raises €2.2M Seed Round to Prevent Foodborne Illness with Microbes – AgFunder Its funding came from private investors, family offices, public research programs and grants. Money will go towards expanding its marketshare in Europe, the US and Asia as well as developing a digital product that will allow food processors to verify their food safety process.   10. Kimbal Musk Is Leading a $25M Mission to Fix Food in Schools across the US – Business Insider In 2011, Musk launched his nonprofit Learning Gardens in 300 public schools in US cities. He is now renaming it Big Green and expanding it nationally. The $25m effort could see 100 more gardens built in each of the four new cities by the end of 2020.   11. Amazon Led the US in Online Grocery in 2017 – Business Insider Amazon sold $2b in grocery products, up 59% year-over-year. The retailer is estimated to have 18% of the US online grocery market, with packaged food products leading sales.   12. WISErg Brings Funding Total to $57M for Food Waste Tech with Series C – AgFunder The food waste-to-fertilizer tech startup has raised $19.2m led by Laird Norton Company, Second Avenue Partners and other existing investors. WISErg will use the new funds to build a second facility in California.   Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay on top of the emerging sector, so sign up for it today and never miss the latest food tech and innovation news and trends, Already signed up? Share the love with your friends and colleagues!

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Introducing Six New Concept Products From The Future Market

by Mike Lee @ Food+Tech Connect

Cannabis condiments, luxurious cellular agriculture and chickens raised alongside the Blockchain. These are just some of the latest themes that we at the Future Market explore in our latest release of six new concept products, now live on our site and on display at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, CA Jan 21-23. In the past 4 years we’ve created nearly 30 food concept products that take the innovative trends, behaviors, and technologies in food today and illustrates what they might look like as everyday products in our grocery stores. We continue this mission as a way to inspire and enlighten the food innovators of today to create better products and services for tomorrow. Below is a preview of the six new products we’re launching in San Francisco this week, visit the Future Market for more details or come say hello to us in person at the Esplanade Ballroom within the Winter Fancy Food Show. Kernza® Krunch Kernza® Krunch is a deliciously sustainable and fun way to start your mornings. Fill your bowl with crispy flakes made from Kernza®, a long-rooted, perennial grain that helps preserve soil health by resisting drought and reducing erosion. Read More. Micro Green Micro Green brings recreational Marijuana to the dining table in an elegant, refined way. Each bottle of Micro Green THC infused olive oil spray is designed to deliver a precise dose of relaxation to whatever food you wish. Read More. Block Bird’s Block Bird’s is the first, fully transparent supply chain line of chicken products verified by Blockchain technology. All chicken is sourced from a multitude of small farms in the American midwest, where the entire journey of the chicken, from egg to grocery store, is recorded and plainly visible on the front of the package. Read More. Faux Fin Faux Fin, Shark Fin Soup is a premium, indulgent soup for Asian food lovers looking to celebrate a special occasion at home, or simply make an everyday meal just a little more special. Our main ingredient, shark fin, has been cultured in a bioreactor with an algae based nutrient medium. Read More. Mini Mill Fresh flour is better flour. With Mini Mill, you have access to a multitude of fresh, whole grains that you grind into flour at the push of a button, all in one compact kitchen appliance. Once you taste the fresh flour difference, you’ll never go back. Read More. Plant Plate Plant Plate is the heartiest, most convenient way to fill up after a long day. No appetite is any match for what Plant Plate has to offer. Packed with 30g of plant based protein, Plant Plate never lets you down and always leaves you satisfied. Read More. — Come see us at the 2018 Winter Fancy Food Show, Jan 21-23 in San Francisco, CA. More details here.      

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Cambodia Snapshots: Koh Thas

by lui-in-penh @ Lui in Penh

This little island is called Koh Thas off Sihanoukville and very near Koh Rong Samloeun. It’s popular with locals for snorkeling and fishing. Most day cruise ships make a short stop here for a spot of swimming. I was searching my photo archive and found […]

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Two Mui Ne riders head off to the 2017 RS:One World Windsurfing Championships

by grizu1664 @ Mui Ne Info And Events

Two Vietnamese riders are heading to Hoi An this week to compete against some of the worlds elite windsurfers in the RS:One World ...

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Schezwan Chicken Noodles

by Saigon @ Saigon Indian Restaurant

Noodles cooked with Schezwan Sauce

Converting Your Original Driver’s License to a Vietnamese One

by DanangExpats.com @ Danang Expats

(Tiếng Việt: Cách chuyển đổi bằng lái xe nước ngoài sang bằng lái xe Việt Nam ở Đà Nẵng). David: How I can get a Vietnamese driver’s license in Da Nang? I have a UK driver’s license and a 2 year residence card issued in Da Nang. DanangExpats.com: According to the Article 49 & 53 of […]

Early Bird Tix On Sale For FoodBytes! San Francisco [Sponsored]

by food tech connect @ Food+Tech Connect

Save $50 on Early Bird Tickets to FoodBytes! San Francisco Explore the cutting edge of food and agriculture innovation at FoodBytes! San Francisco on Thursday, March 1 from 2-8 PM at The Village. Be one of the first 30 people to sign up and snag your ticket for just $119 (regular price $169).  FoodBytes! by Rabobank was created with a simple mission in mind – to find the most innovative concepts in food and agriculture, and pair them with the capital needed to bring them to market. Certainly not your average food and ag conference, our pitch competition-meets-networking event brings together the game-changing startups, investors and industry leaders pioneering a better future.   Why Should You Attend? Investors / Executives / Media: Get an inside look at the up-and-coming trends and startups pioneering a better food and agriculture future Entrepreneurs: Connect with investors, potential partners and customers. Plus, have the chance to give a 60-second pitch during the open mic     Apply to Pitch at FoodBytes! Montreal or NYC! Missed out on applying for FoodBytes! San Francisco? Not to worry, applications are open for Montreal and NYC.  

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Hallo MuiNe Gets a Make Over.

by grizu1664 @ Mui Ne Info And Events

Hallo Mui Ne, Mui Ne’s only door to door food delivery service has just had a massive overhaul. The team running it ...

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Famed Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh returns to Vietnam

by grizu1664 @ Mui Ne Info And Events

The 91-year-old Buddhist monk was in good spirits and is expected to visit his hometown Hue.

World-famous Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh ...

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Rick Jerrells Achieves Blue Diamond Rank At Valentus

by Ted Nuyten @ Direct Selling Facts, Figures and News

In 2005, Rick Jerrells was a top earner in another company and he was building relationships that would shape his future in Valentus. Rick, Valentus CEO Dave Jordan and Valentus Blue Diamond Korey Johnson were three of the top earners in the company. Rick was impressed with the work ethic of both Dave and Korey, […]

Endurance Athlete Chi Nguyen Aims To Run In 100 Cities

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

In November, Chi Nguyen finished third in Ho Chi Minh City’s first Techcombank International Marathon in a time of 3 hours 22 minutes. The Vietnamese endurance athlete has also completed the Mont Blanc CCC, a 100-km mountain challenge that quickly climbs to the Grand Col Ferret Alpine pass at 2537 meters. It’s a race in […]

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Hello world!

by admin @ Saigon Cafe

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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6 of the Best Saigon City Airbnb Pads

by grizu1664 @ Mui Ne Info And Events

There often comes a time where we need to exchange the chilled out beach vibes of Mui Ne and replace them with a ...

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Danang Expats Translation Services

by DanangExpats.com @ Danang Expats

Local professional translation services available in English, Vietnamese and other languages. (Dịch vụ Dịch thuật Danang Expats – Nhận biên phiên dịch cho người nước ngoài ở Đà Nẵng, Việt Nam). Danang Expats provides a full range of translation services to individual and companies in Da Nang, including document translation, expat assistance and on-site interpretation. […]

French National Day in the heart of Saigon

by admin @ Annam Gourmet Market

National day is the most important celebration of each country and it means a lot more for the ones who are away from their home country. Last Friday 14th July, along with Consulate of France and other partners, Annam Gourmet Market has made France’s national day a day to remember for the French community in […]

START YOUR SAIGONESE MORNING WITH A HEALTHY PHO!

by Admin @ 8020Fit

Who wouldn't want a healthy and delicious Pho to start off your day?

Very Ngon Homewares

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

When Lise Nguyen-Owen came to Vietnam in 2008 to volunteer at a non-governmental organisation, she noticed a disturbing dearth of tea towels. Then she discovered ...

Chicken Hyderabad Tikka

by Saigon @ Saigon Indian Restaurant

Boneless Chicken Marinated with Chef special recipe and roasted in tandoori oven

Feeling Lazy, Hallo Mui Ne. (Food Delivery). | Mui Ne Info And Events

Feeling Lazy, Hallo Mui Ne. (Food Delivery). | Mui Ne Info And Events


Mui Ne Info And Events

“Hallo MuiNe is the first and only company in Mui Ne that provides a food  delivery service from local restaurants to customers both ...

Where to buy imported food in Ho Chi Minh City

Where to buy imported food in Ho Chi Minh City


Saigon Sally: Dispatches from Vietnam

A list of addresses of the main supermarkets in Ho Chi Minh City

Raw Water, Every 2018 Food Trend Predicted, Amazon Might Not Buy Target + More

by phoebetran @ Food+Tech Connect

Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines. Loup Ventures’ Gene Munster predicted that Amazon will acquire Target this year, which is certainly an interesting twist. The Internet is going crazy of a New York Times story about raw water, or unfiltered, untreated spring water, that is selling for $37-$60 per gallon in Silicon Valley. Australia has announced that it will be the fourth country to permit medicinal cannabis exports in hopes of boosting domestic marijuana production. The delivery world is seeing some interesting changes. UberEats is launching a Loyalty Program that will potentially bypass delivery fees and offer significant promotions. Deliveroo is expanding to India. Malaysia-based Dahmakan just raised $2.6 million with plans to expand its end-to-end delivery service across Southeast Asia. Some notable food trends of 2018 include medicinal mushrooms, high-end non-alcoholic drinks, upcycled foods, food transparency and ancient grains. Check out our weekly round-up of last week’s top food startup, tech and innovation news below or peruse the full newsletter here. _______________     1. Literally Every Single Food Trend Predicted to Take Over 2018 – Eater This is the year for regional Mexican food, Earl Grey tea and “functional mushrooms.”   2. Here’s Why Amazon May Not Buy Target – CNBC Target is the “lost child” of retailers, with no clear core competency. When Amazon does a big deal, it is looking for explicit capacities it lacks in areas it has already found challenging.   3. Unfiltered Fervor: The Rush to Get Off the Water Grid – New York Times West Coast startups are delivering untreated water on demand. The off-grid water movement has grown with sophisticated marketing, cultural cachet, millions of dollars in funding and influential supporters from Silicon Valley.   4. LG’s New Robots Deliver Food and Double as Shopping Carts – TechCrunch LG plans to debut a trio of robots next week. A porter robot designed for airport services, a serving robot for airport lounges and hotels as well as a robot that features a shopping basket and barcode reader.   5. Israel: Lab-Made Meat Startup SuperMeat Raises $3M Seed to Develop ‘Clean’ Chicken – TechCrunch SuperMeat was backed by New Crop Capital, Stray Dog Capital and PHW, one of Europe’s largest poultry producers. It hopes to create lab-made chicken for processed foods in 3 years.   6. Sweden: Matsmart Raises €7.5M to Tackle Food Waste in Europe – The Spoon The new funding will help the startup expand its e-commerce marketplace that sells surplus food across the Nordic countries and into Europe.   7. UK Based Food Delivery Giant Deliveroo To Set Up India Operations – Inc42 Valued at $2b, the startup is reportedly looking to hire a country head, who would be spearheading its India launch. Once it enters the Indian food delivery space, it will be competing against the likes of Zomato, Swiggy and Foodpanda.   8. Malaysia’s Dahmakan Chows Down $2.6M for Its End-to-End Food Delivery Service – TechCrunch The round was led by Y Combinator, Texas Atlantic Capital, Atami Capital, a former founder of PE Fund APAX Partners as well as existing backers. The funds will be used to explore expansion across Southeast Asia.   9. Australia to Permit Medicinal Cannabis Exports in Bid to Capture Lucrative Market – CNBC Australia plans to become the fourth country in the world to legalize medicinal marijuana exports in a bid to score a piece of the estimated $55b global market. The government hopes domestic medicinal use and exports will rapidly boost production.   10. Access to Capital Is Biggest Challenge to Indoor Farms – AgFunder A new report by Agrilyst found that 25% of indoor farmers say that access to capital is their biggest growth hurdle. Difficulty fundraising naturally has an impact on revenue growth and ultimately profitability.   11. Navigating the Uncanny Valley of Food – Wired The Uncanny Valley hypothesis proposes that near-perfect human replicas elicit a specific form of revulsion. Demand is pushing food industry innovation deeper into the realm of imitation, but companies like Hampton Creek and Memphis Meats should be wary of stumbling into another uncanny valley.   12. Uber Is Testing Loyalty Programs for Its Food Delivery Business – Business Insider The UberEats loyalty program could potentially allow users to bypass delivery fees as well as gain access to promotions and exclusive menus.   Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay on top of the emerging sector, so sign up for it today and never miss the latest food tech and innovation news and trends, Already signed up? Share the love with your friends and colleagues!

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Copper Cow Coffee: Vietnamese Pour-Over Goes Global

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

Like her Copper Cow Coffee, Debbie Wei Mullan is a mix of Asian and American. She was raised in San Francisco by her Chinese-Vietnamese mother and American father, and although they assimilated into American culture, growing up, her mom’s kitchen was filled with the pungent aromas and intense flavors of Vietnamese and Chinese home-cooking. That […]

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Hong Kong food delivery services put to the test

Hong Kong food delivery services put to the test


South China Morning Post

We try out the apps and services of the three main Hong Kong companies delivering restaurant meals to your door or office – and hear the gripes of some customers

These Milo Ice Balls In Malaysia Will Change The Way You Look At Milo Forever

by Farzana @ Travel Guides For Muslim Travellers | Have Halal, Will Travel

It’s pretty safe to say that if we can eat milo, we will (we love it that much!). If you’re a hardcore milo lover like us, don’t resort to eating the powder just yet. The new food trend to take over Malaysia is none other than these heavenly tasty milo ice balls. Now, who says you […]

Vietnamese Fashion Brands: The Future Of Brick And Mortar Retail

by Minh Nguyen @ Vietcetera

With the current Vietnam fashion retail market reported to be worth US $358 million, Vietnam is attracting global industry players drawn by its double-digit growth figures of 22.5%. For the consumer, that means choice across different segments; for the retailer, that means new strategies are required to increase sales both on- and offline. Despite impressive […]

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The Change has Begun

by Vicolo1 @ Vicolo1

The First Pay it forward ticket has been redeemed at 5:30pm on Friday, the 27th of November 2015 ! We were touched by the look on the smiling face of Our new friend, who ran to bring another friend right away ! In the following days, We will begin placing the many tickets that were […]

Nerium International Introduces Its Latest Breakthrough – Prolistic Probiotic Products

by Ted Nuyten @ Direct Selling Facts, Figures and News

Global relationship marketing company Nerium International is proud to welcome Prolistic™ Pre & Probiotic Plus Vitamins powder packets and Prolistic™ Skin-Balancing Lotion with Probiotic Technology to its innovative product portfolio. This new line of Prolistic products expands Nerium International’s holistic approach to creating wellness and age-defying products crafted from cutting-edge research and science. “Probiotics are well known in the supplement industry for helping […]

Mother Home Boutique Hotel Siem Reap

by lui-in-penh @ Lui in Penh

The number of hotels in Siem Reap is just mind boggling. At least for me. But its hardly surprising as its the main tourist hub here in Cambodia. Whenever we go there for short visits or to bring around some guests, we often find ourselves […]

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Speed POS: Diagnostic Data For Reactive Restaurateurs

by Jake Hornberger @ Vietcetera

In 1883, Dayton, Ohio restaurateur James Ritty was growing frustrated at his staff. Cash kept going missing and customers thought he was overcharging them. In response, he invented the first ever “incorruptible cashier” or mechanical cash register. It could calculate the total price of each bill, keep a log of each day’s total sales, and […]

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Mooncake avant premiere: Traditional taste. Modern touch

by admin @ Annam Gourmet Market

Tuesday August 1st, Annam Gourmet Market brought the 1st show case of moon cake in collaboration with Moon & Sun in GEM center, District 1. The event gathered guests in a cosy, traditional atmosphere with music performances, moon cake tasting and fine food. This is the first step of Annam this year with co-branded moon […]

Homemade bread

Homemade bread

by Anne @ Healthy in Ho Chi Minh City

I’m all for a good ol’ banh mi from a street vendor (the lady on the corner of Hai Ba Trung and Ly Tu Trong makes a mean two-egg banh mi).  But what I really love is heavier, brown/grainy breads.  … Continue reading

Assistance in Getting a Work Permit in Da Nang

by DanangExpats.com @ Danang Expats

(Tiếng Việt: Dịch vụ tư vấn xin giấy phép lao động tại Đà Nẵng). Our services for foreign workers who want to work in Da Nang: Job alerts (online service) – Quảng cáo việc làm. Guiding on getting work permits – Nhận tư vấn xin giấy phép lao động tại Đà Nẵng.   We need […]

Cambodia Snapshots: Dusk in Kep

by lui-in-penh @ Lui in Penh

It’s been awhile. I guess the universe has been conspiring to keep me away from blogging with too many things happening towards the end of 2016! I don’t do new years resolutions anymore, but if there is one thing I wanted done this January, its […]

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Al Taglio

by Vicolo1 @ Vicolo1

What is “Al Taglio” ? is it pizza ? is it bread ? maybe focaccia ? Pizza Al Taglio is a variety of pizza baked in large rectangular trays, and generally sold in rectangular or square slices. This type of pizza was invented in Rome, Italy, and is common throughout Italy In the most traditional Italian pizza al […]

Ordering Food Online In Vietnam: Should Restaurants Offer Delivery Services? - Vietcetera

Ordering Food Online In Vietnam: Should Restaurants Offer Delivery Services? - Vietcetera


Vietcetera

As ordering food online in Vietnam becomes more popular with digitally-assisted orders skyrocketing we wanted to explore the impact on restaurant services.

12 Halal Chinese Restaurants In KL For The Ultimate CNY Reunion Dinner

by Cheng Sim @ Travel Guides For Muslim Travellers | Have Halal, Will Travel

Hello there, Chinese New Year! You’re back and we know what happens. We see you on our calendar – food, glorious food! This time, we’re ready for your delightful offerings of Chinese classics and contemporary cuisine. Credit: giphy We’re eyeing the chilli crab. We’re craving for Teochew steamed fish. We’re ready to toss up some […]

Using Paypal in Cambodia

by lui-in-penh @ Lui in Penh

If you often have transactions online, ie. you work as a freelancer, you blog, or you just enjoy shopping online, you most probably have encountered Paypal. It’s a service that allows you to pay or be paid online, using bank accounts, credit/debit cards or your […]

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Hot Air Ballooning takes off in Mui Ne

by grizu1664 @ Mui Ne Info And Events

Mui Ne has long been recognized as one the best locations in S.E. Asia for water sports but now you can explore the ...

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Specialty Delivery Services: Digitally-Driven And To Your Door

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

In Vietnam, the average living area of a family of three is around 50 square meters. That means a centrally positioned sofa would be 25 meters from the front door, which is an easily reachable distance to pick something up. With that short distance in mind and considering the global rise in food deliveries that led us to […]

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These 12 Influential Malaysian Women Are Making Waves Overseas

by Syaeeza Liana @ Travel Guides For Muslim Travellers | Have Halal, Will Travel

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness,” as quoted by Oprah Winfrey. These influential women are the epitome of confidence, grace and ever-lasting strength. As days go by, they continue to build success not only in their hometowns, but also overseas. Credit: giphy.com These […]

Cycling on Thanh Da island

Cycling on Thanh Da island

by Anne @ Healthy in Ho Chi Minh City

I didn’t know there was an island in Ho Chi Minh City.  But there is, and it’s only a few minutes by cab from district 1 or 2!  We squeezed two bicycles in the back of a cab (I love … Continue reading

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