food and drink

What will ordering a takeaway look like in the future?

Takeaways haven’t changed for a long time.

Services like Deliveroo and Just Eat are using new technology to increase choice and convenience. But in reality, the overall experience is largely the same since the first fish and chip shop opened in Manchester in 1863. Alongside enjoyment there is still that slight sense of guilt that what you’re eating isn’t going to be that healthy.

How UX makes Cookpad’s app the best antidote to Instagram for foodies

Recipe sharing has come a long way from hand-me-down cookbooks. Now, you can find out how to make anything from roast beef to ramen with just a quick search online.

CookPad, Japan’s largest recipe-sharing network, now has global headquarters here in the UK in Bristol (where they are rapidly growing a data science team to further augment their app and service). With 60 million monthly unique users in Japan and 40 million global users per month – its hungry user-base is rapidly growing. 

Celebrity chefs and their Instagram strategies – More than just food porn?

Social media is a treasure trove of inspiration for foodies. From amateur cooks to Michelin-star chefs – visual platforms have also changed the way professionals are able to promote and share their talents with the world.

So, how exactly do the best chefs harness the power of Instagram? Here’s a run-down of some of the most high-profile chef channels and what they achieve. 

Hotels are boosting loyalty with dining experiences (featuring four examples)

Dining is part and parcel of the travel experience, with many people now drawn towards destinations based on their food culture and cuisine. 

Thanks to the rise of food tourism, an increasing number of hotels are launching dining experiences of their own. Whether it’s an in-house event or a partnership with third-party food brands – the aim is to increase loyalty and create a seamless experience for customers.

Will healthy fast-food restaurant Leon succeed in the US?

Healthy fast food chain Leon recently announced it is to expand into the US market after receiving a £25m boost in funding.

When its first store opened in London’s Carnaby Street in 2004, there was a clear gap in the market for fresh, healthy and over-the-counter food in the UK – so it’s not hard to see why Leon has since enjoyed such growth. It now has nearly 50 restaurants in locations including Brighton and Nottingham. 

Three reasons fast food brands use secret menus

What’s pink and blue and comes with a casual 56 grams of sugar? That’ll be the Unicorn Frappucino, which is sadly not a joke, but a legitimate limited edition drink recently created by Starbucks.

It’s also just one example of a brand using hidden menu items as part of a marketing strategy.

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Four food brands with delicious copywriting

They say that most people eat with their eyes, which is why food brands tend to rely on high quality imagery and design to sell their products. 

While they are tricky to get right, words can be just as important, with the most successful examples triggering both an emotional response and a physical craving.

10 delicious digital marketing campaigns from McDonald’s

However you feel about thin pieces of meat matter nestled between entirely time-proof bread, we’re here to talk about marketing rather than products. 

McDonald’s may have suffered in terms of both finance and reputation over the years, but when it comes to digital marketing the brand has achieved some pretty impressive results.