Simply Good Jars is placing leafy greens and smart fridges across town - Technical.ly Philly

Business

Mar. 7, 2018 10:03 am

Simply Good Jars is placing leafy greens and smart fridges across town

The ready-to-eat healthy meal company has a pilot test going at 1776's Washington Square spot. Their upcoming project sounds promising.

Jared Cannon, founder of Simply Good Jars, stands next to the first fridge.

(Photo by Roberto Torres)

University City-based Simply Good Jars, makers of leafy, ready-to-go meals in plastic jars, is aiming to deploy a number of “smart fridges” stocked with its meals across the Philly area.

The startup, officially founded at the end of last year but in the idea stage for years, is a creation of Jared Cannon, who’s leveraging his chops as a chef at Tria, DiBruno Bros. and Iron Hill Brewery to craft the 600-calorie noms which feature a mix of proteins, vegetables, carbs and fats.

On Monday, the company unveiled the first pilot test of its smart fridge concept, currently in development with a manufacturing and design company in New York. For now, the idea is really simple: you open the fridge, choose your preferred jar and then Venmo the company $10. It relies on the honor system and a sticker that reads “Jared is watching.”

“What’s really cool about the new one is that it has an artificial intelligence component that will have facial recognition, offer suggestions and light up the options that are better for you,” said Cannon, 32. “We’re trying to make healthy food faster.”

Three of the new machines, which will have users’ payment information, are coming as early as May, Cannon said. The pilot test will help the company determine where they would get the most foot traffic.

(Reporter’s note: If you do try one, can’t go wrong with the pesto one.)

Based out of 1776’s Powelton Village location, Simply Good Jars employs six full-timers and Cannon, who said the rampant food waste inside the restaurant business made him want to seek an alternative.

Advertisement

So much food gets scraped into the garbage,” said Cannon. “The answer was always: ‘That’s just how it is’ but that was never a good answer for me.”

For every meal sold, and every plastic jar returned, the company donates one meal to Philabundance.

-30-
JOIN THE COMMUNITY, BECOME A MEMBER
Already a member? Sign in here

Advertisement

This North Philly-based ‘ugly’ produce startup just raised $16.5M

Simply Good Jars tapped for New York-based food innovation accelerator

Food Connect is now saving 12,000 meals from hitting the trash can every month

SPONSORED

Philly

This financial services firm offers global opportunity in the heart of Philly

Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Mobile Tech Lead

Apply Now
Blue Bell, PA

Pinnacle 21

Senior Software Engineers

Apply Now
Philadelphia

Guru Technologies

Marketing Web Engineer

Apply Now

This new startup is turning Philly restaurants into daytime coworking spaces

Funding news about Western Grace Distilling

Who will build Reading Terminal Market’s new ecommerce platform?

SPONSORED

Philly

Guru is taking on growth with deliberate steps and an engaged team

Philadelphia, PA

PromptWorks

Senior UX Designer

Apply Now
601 Lee Road Chesterbrook, PA 19087

Deacom

Web Application Developer

Apply Now
Chesterbrook, PA

Deacom

Software Developer

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!