Sodexo has invested in AEYE-GO for the expansion of smart visual checkout systems for restaurants.

The investment has been made through Sodexo’s venture capital arm Sodexo Ventures.

AEYE-GO will use Sodexo’s geographical scope to expand its base in China and abroad. Its checkout systems have been launched at Sodexo sites in Shanghai on a pilot basis.

AEYE-GO offers tray and facial recognition options for personalised checkouts based on artificial intelligence (AI) image recognition technology.

The programme provides price and nutritional details of food by scanning the customer’s tray using high-definition cameras. The cameras integrate machine learning software for food recognition and display the information.

Sodexo is a global food service company, whereas AEYE-GO is a China-based technology start-up.

Carluccio’s has entered a partnership with e-commerce platform BigCommerce for relaunching its website as part of a £10m ($12.8m) investment and brand restructuring programme.

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The updated website will allow Carluccio’s team to maintain product catalogues, inventory, orders, fulfilment and shipping, checkout, and payment.

“Under the collaboration, Tillster will develop web and mobile ordering solutions, as well as offer a loyalty programme for the guests.”

Carluccio’s is a restaurant chain that serves Italian food across its restaurants in the UK, Ireland, Turkey, and the Middle East.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has entered a partnership with Tillster to provide an enhanced digital experience to its guests.

Under the collaboration, Tillster will develop web and mobile ordering solutions, as well as offer a loyalty programme for the guests.

Freddy’s will also utilise Tillster’s industry expertise to promote customer endorsement.

Freddy’s is a US-based fast-casual chain that operates more than 300 restaurants across the country, while Tillster is a food ordering solutions provider.

SSP Group has received two catering contracts worth £70m from two Brazilian international airports.

SSP will work with Duty-Free Americas (DFA) for introducing various international brands to the GRU Airport-Aeroporto Internacional de São Paulo, and the RIOgaleão and Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro.

The global food and drink travel operator will open a variety of eateries including coffee shops, contemporary restaurant, delis and bakeries, fast food, as well as healthy eating options.

The company will enter the South American travel market through the contracts.

Arpège has entered a partnership with United Kitchens for developing catering solutions using raw and seasonal produce.

Arpège will also provide financial aid and will ensure continuous collaboration with the start-ups working with United Kitchens, as part of the partnership. The start-ups will be selected on the basis of their culinary expertise.

Arpège will provide consultation and training for their improvement and allow the shortlisted start-ups to utilise Arpège’s restaurants.

Based in France, Arpège is a premium Business and Industry (B&I) catering brand of global foodservice operator Elior Group.

Brazil-based Movile has received a $400m investment from private equity firms Naspers and Innova Capitals.

The funding will be utilised for the expansion of its online food delivery platform iFood. It will also enable the company to focus on product development and invention while increasing its geographical reach.

iFood plans to customise its food delivery experience by implementing artificial intelligence.

US restaurant chain Wingstop and food delivery service provider DoorDash have collaborated to launch delivery services in the US.

The partners have earlier introduced the service in Las Vegas, Chicago, Austin, and Denver, on a pilot basis.

The full-fledged delivery services began in Los Angeles and Houston this month.