Each year, International Women’s Day falls on March 8 to celebrate the social, cultural, economic and political success of women. In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney highlights six women-owned-and-operated food brands. From gluten-free beer and allergen-free beef jerky, to sustainably packaged healthy snacks and a better-for-you breakfast cereal, women-owned food brands have managed to fill a niche in the food industry to bring all sorts of unique, high-quality food products into consumers’ homes. The team notices a trend among the brands: they were all created out of necessity to fulfill a demand. They commend the women who took matters into their own hands and overcame the challenges of being a woman in the food and beverage industry.
Also, in this episode, Sydney introduces the team to Ziscuit, an online grocery search engine that allows food insecure customers and those that reside in food deserts to find the best-priced food items located near them. Founded by Mark Peterson, an Alabama native who watched his mother struggle to afford weekly groceries, he launched Ziscuit in December 2019 to alleviate the stress of finding cheaper groceries. Just like Kayak.com did for flights and hotels, Ziscuit uses bots that systemically browse the Internet to pull price data from supermarket websites. The team is surprised to find out Ziscuit is the first of its kind and they are hopeful it can expand across the US and beyond to help food insecure households find fresh, nutritious foods.
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