Food Tech News: DoorDash Gets Into Grocery, Tesco Cuts Plastic and a Chinese Corporate Catering Investment


Happy Labor Day weekend, to those who get Monday off! Hopefully you’re having a summery last hurrah, or else doing nothing but basking inside in the air conditioning. Either way, it’s well deserved.

Kick off your weekend with some food tech news. This week we’ve got stories about Chinese corporate catering investments, DoorDash moving into grocery and Tesco’s new packaging reduction initiative. Enjoy!

DoorDash partners with Mercato to get into grocery delivery
This week DoorDash partnered with e-commerce grocery platform Mercato to offer its users same-day delivery. DoorDash will be Mercato’s preferred partner, meaning it will fulfill the majority of the online grocer’s deliveries in the 22 states it serves. In a press release, Mercado CEO and founder Bobby Brannigan also stated that the retail platform is looking at rolling out its first delivery subscription over the next few months.


Tesco to ban products with excessive non-recyclable packaging
Tesco, Britain’s largest supermarket chain, announced that it would stop stocking products that have excessive plastic packaging (h/t The Guardian). The retailer’s CEO Dave Lewis said that starting next year, the company would “reserve the right not to list” goods with what it deems too much non-recyclable packaging. What exactly the company will deem “too much” isn’t specifically outlined. This news comes a few months after Tesco said it would try selling certain products in reusable containers.


Photo: Meican

Sodexo invests in Chinese corporate catering company
Sodexo Ventures, the VC arm of French foodservice and facilities giant Sodexo, invested this week in Beijing, China-based corporate catering company Meican (via Vending Times). Meican is an online platform that lets offices order food for delivery to employees. It currently partners with over 30,000 restaurants in 4 cities in China. Meican will use its new funds to expand operations in China, using Sodexo’s wide geographic reach to scale up more quickly.

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