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Dear Crowdholders, to celebrate Ethan hooking me up with the ability to distribute some PITCH tokens to you guys here at Crowdholding, and in a similar flavor to my other recent PItch Investors Live task (HERE).  Today I'd like to introduce you to a product that was pitched live on the platform - "Soggy Food Sucks"...

And while in the previous task I asked you all to focus on the investment potential - with this task I'm curious what you make of the product itself(?).  You can watch a brief introductory video: HERE.

The Pitch summary:

Soggy Food Sucks LLC manufactures and sells patented peal and stick patches that keep food crunchy and crisply during delivery by extracting and trapping condensation from inside your food container. This is a fast acting desiccant that uses thermodynamics, not chemicals. To use the "Crunch Patch" remove it from the freezer, remove the backing, exposing the adhesive, and adhere it to the inside surface of the container lid. It begins to work immediately. Say good-bye forever to soggy french fries. Say hello to great room service, food delivery, even leftovers. Experience food like it just came out of the kitchen.

And for those wishing to catch a replay of Soggy Food Sucks pitching Shark Tank's Kevin Harrington in full before commenting you can do so: HERE.

Is soggy food a problem in your life?  Perhaps you work in the culinary industry and know this to be a prevalent problem, or not.  Perhaps you've been on the receiving end of an unappealing takeaway - that this product could have improved?  Or is this product trying to solve a problem that doesn't really exist? 

And while this is a more product focused task, we may as well ask the fabled Shark Tank question:  Hypothetically - Are you in, or are you out?  And why?   :)


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6 days ago

GomberS ID expert

Nice project 

Hope a product is good

1 week ago

nice project , seems your product seems good and have taken all good preventive measures , hope people like your products :)

1 week ago

The product seems to be very light and from the picture that is attached to the task I think it is also very easy to use also. Will like to know if the product is recyclable or reusable and also what is the approximate cost of the object.

Will like to know if there is a limtof size to volume of steam/vapour that can be absorbed or if the value of the vapour is infinite.

And also if the material releases the water vapour it has absorbed after some time or it holds it for an indefinite amount of time.

1 week ago

Primoz Obolnar

Crypto enthusiast and in love with travelling

Soggy food sucks :) I usually eat fresh food, so mostly I do not have issues with it, but when I do, it is really annoying. So this sample solution would be great for food industry and take-away restaurant. Important factor here is also the price. Product must not be too expensive, because otherwise people will not want to use it. As long the product will have attractive price and will be easy to use, I think that with proper marketing it can be successful.

2 weeks ago

I see many applications for this in commercial applications. The business of shipping fresh food across the world is time consuming and expensive. By adding additional days on to the produce would increase the bottom line for importers and grocery stores. The home use would also be huge but you would need to educate people on the benefits and why they need it. Stay commercial and sell to all the largest product companies in the world.

2 weeks ago

An excellent answer to soggy fries and bread for the take out industry. Only draw back is the freezing requirement prior to use. Question? What is the per unit cost and has thought of prepackaged use in say microwave been looked at? Depending on cost per unit vs cost of storage vs potential use I'd see it as good idea- with potential. I'm out only cause most consumers might not care- and thinking probably best bet might be to licence idea to others in the food service industry...

2 weeks ago

Good project

2 weeks ago

Ejay Dario guru

I'm more experience and know the circulation in this Blockchain Industry.

Literally soggy foods are suck because of your works you did a great job to fix this issue for us. Nice Idea for the product you present we really appreciate it. Great Job for the person's behind this project. Two thumbs up to you guys !

2 weeks ago

stephen black expert

Well the give/take may be an issue here. Taking up valuable freezer space to help deliver a higher quality food may or may not be a good offset.

That being said, the rise of fast food and restaurant delivery methods, may drive this to a need in order to push a business ahead of its competitors. Yes, soggy food can be an issue. Utilizing quicker food delivery services could also make this a non-issue. It is an existing problem but is it one that should take up resources and space in small businesses. For me, I'd answer , "I'm out."

3 weeks ago

TheCrypto .Tips guru

I do both things that measure our entire World => UX & TA

Was a big problem and part of my life, but then I got married and it solved my problem :) It is probably a big problem to anyone who eats a lot of junk food.

3 weeks ago

Karen M guru

Did you start cooking at home when you got married?

3 weeks ago

I think this would definitely help in take-out containers, especially in places that sell french fries. Soggy french fries are not too appealing. So...it could be sold to restaurants that offer take-out, or places that make take-out containers for restaurants. That way, the food can be placed in the fridge while still slightly warm, without condensation.

3 weeks ago

Rui Crypto expert

 

Soggy food is a real problem and it looks like you have a solution here. I particularly like not using chemicals and it seems that the solution found is ecological. I hope it will be adopted by many food delivery companies and thus deliver fresh and crispy food. 

3 weeks ago

The information on the site, on youtube video is the same the only difference is that in the video he is telling about it and on the sites it is written.

I liked this product but this product need more explanantion. To better understand they need to create more videos or add more info on there site.

Hotel, restaurant will be more happy for this product as they will now be able to preserve the food in good shape and also it will be a good option to use it in the packages of delivery system.

i dont think it is a product for household people then in restaurant and hotels but still it is something that is good. and i will say that i am IN.

3 weeks ago

Amir Shahzad new user

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3 weeks ago

John Arrell new user

This is an interesting topic, as it is also one of my bigger pet peeves (lack of a better term). Soggy anything is gross, but when my food is soggy, I just can’t do it. Specifically, bread from a hoagie or sandwich. If that gets wet, the meal is ruined and I’ll have to basically choke it down if that’s all I have for lunch. There are solutions that I have used myself, however. I have found that high water content foods are the culprit (lettuce, tomatoes, pickles). So, I have found two options. Either, pack those “watery extras” separately or you can put everything together (meat and toppings) and just keep the bread wrapped in Tin-foil or whatever. So, I just touched on basically a lunch that I would pack and how I would now do it. There are times though, that I have less control, like if I get take-out or the server packs my leftovers up for me. Bottom line, soggy food has been thorn in my side for many years now, haha. The idea that a start-up company is trying to tackle this issue using a scientific base is pretty impressive. I have to say, I’m IN.

3 weeks ago

rainer luxus

any coin, is a good coin..

thats the problem when ordering Food, i also dont appriciate the waste that result on ordering food, but soggy food is something id rather miss. thats my opinon,

3 weeks ago

The soggy food name really sucks who would eat such food like that lol

3 weeks ago

Vladimir Tolete new user

First of all, I definitely agree that soggy food sucks. It's frustrating to look forward to eating something later, only to see it wasted because it's already soggy. I got curious so i tried to look for information on this product. The Youtube video was not playing properly, while the webpages basically gave the same information as what's shown here. Anyway, the product looks simple and easy to use. Although I think the target market for this product is everyone, it think fast food and restaurants that deliver food can benefit using this. Two questions that are in my mind right now are 1) how much of the condensation can it keep from the food to prevent it from being soggy? It looks like each piece is used only once, so how long will it take before another piece needs to be used? and 2) if rolled out already, will the cost of the product justify the cost of the product it is protecting? Maybe it will be more practical to just replace the soggy food with a crisp or fresh one.

3 weeks ago

please change the companies name to a more appetiting name...

4 weeks ago

NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

I will prefer using a different name for the task because I just hope that that is the name of the company, I didn't really get the idea first from reading the task not until I read the little intro. 

looking at the website and looking at the product description more closely I will say that this product will be largely needed by restaurants because very few persons in their home might want to store their food for an extra cost per food storage rather they will just consume everything.

And also looking at the size, will it be able to use it in small-sized packaged foodstuffs such as fries and its like. I would say that this is a very good technology and will soon be expanded into something bigger in the nearest future such as a storage "fridge" or in storehouses.

This product will definitely be expanded to many users when they see the need for it, so more awareness should be done to make it know to more persons. And also in places where delivery services which included food are very common most especially in a setup like an estates services where people might tend to order their food fresh hot from the oven.

A really nice product that will save some persons extra pleasure when eating.

4 weeks ago

TOM STEEL guru

Firstly I don't like the name of the company or product, from the first impression it sounds very irksome, I will prefer if a better name is suggested for it.

For me soggy food is not really a problem because I don't deal directly with it, I think it will be more required for person in rusturant that deal with food delivery. 

4 weeks ago

Nasty who ever eats I’m scared of you

1 month ago

Karen M guru

Lol

4 weeks ago

TOM STEEL guru

I am even wondering if you read the alert before posting this your messages. This your comment is really super awkward.

2 weeks ago

This is a great idea. Yes soggy food is a real problem for my family, and I presume most people. Especially when it comes to pizza! It’s never the same once the box closes - I wish my pizzeria put these inside their boxes. I’d love to be a customer. I wonder can these be cut into smaller pieces and stuck inside of fresh raspberry or strawberry containers? Nothing drives me crazier than paying $6 for a handful of berries that go bad the next day. That would be a game changer for me.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

This product is genius! Who hasn't had a delicious meal and boxed up the leftover portion only to get home and be horribly disappointed that it had become soggy and gross? I know I have! I'm not in food service, but I am a consumer that hates waste. Not only does this solve a wasted food problem by actually keeping the food fresh longer so the consumer still wants to eat it, it also does so with biodegradable, renewable resources! This product solves problems, it is green, it is amazing! What is not to love??? Am I in? YES I'm in! This is about to revolutionize restaurant takeout service! Should be one of the top problem solving inventions of all time!

1 month ago

Abdul Rozak new user

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1 month ago

Ryan Olesen guru

Have acted as an advisor on multiple blockchain & crypto currency related ICO's!

Anything that can make to go food closer to fresh as served is a go to for me and my family! I am on board with you guys on this subject matter! Applause!!! I am in 110%!

Five Stars ☆☆☆☆☆

1 month ago

I am IN! This looks definitely like an Awesome innovation from Soggy Food Sucks LLC. The thought of not receiving soggy take-aways is just absoletly wonderful. Sometimes wheb i get my take-away and i find its stayed a bit before delivery and arrives soggy, i loose interest cause the food is no longer appealing and not like it was prepared fresh. Kudos Team!

1 month ago

There's a five-second window where the Mini Wheats are happily filled with milk but still slightly al dente a little bit inside, where the sugar glaze sweetens the cold milk splash through your taste buds when you crush the partially softened and brittle pillow between your teeth.
After that brief window, you have a snotty bowl of nightmarish wheat with pus.

In a real situation, we might have the typical delivery guy who tells us we're his third delivery. He arrives 30 minutes after he receives a message saying he's on his way, 20 minutes after he's promised. 1 hour and 20 minutes after the order.
The food arrived in soaked containers. The onion rings and chips were warm, they had to be reheated in the microwave. The meat kebab had lettuce salad, onion and a slice of cucumber. The separated pitta was cold on arrival. Halloumi's wrapper had lettuce and onion salad only. The wrapper fell apart when eaten because the halloumi was hot with soaked lettuce. 

Given this situation, we can think that your project makes sense and could go well for this type of situation. It is clear that they happen often and they need a solution as soon as possible.

1 month ago

Karen M guru

Adria, you have a way with words! Are you a writer/author?

1 month ago

Putting myself into the shoes of a sharktank investor my questions for Kevin would be the following:

1. The Unique Selling Proposition

  • What makes "Soggy Food Sucks" better or different from the current alternatives?
    • No/Less Chemicals (Is what I got from the video)
      • Follow up question:
        • How safe is this product compared to the alternatives?
        • Would it be an issue is the product came into direct contact with the food for a prolonged period of time?
  • What's the absorption compared to the alternatives? Will the food actually be crispier if they use this product instead of what's out there?
  • What are the limitations of this product compared to the alternatives?
    • You mentioned that the product has to be applied when cold. This could be an issue. Are there any others that we should know about?

2. Economically viable

  • What's the manufacturing cost per unit?
  • How many units can you produce?
  • How much will you be asking per unit?
  • In terms of costs for the consumer, how does this compare to similar products on the market?

3. Market demand

  • Who do you see as your main buyers?
  • Have you sold any yet? How many have you sold?
  • What were the responses/feedback?

General thoughts

If the answers to the above questions make sense to me, I believe that such a product can in fact do pretty well. I'm thinking mostly about the packaged foods industry (meat, etc); next the take-away and thirldly the regular consumer market. To conquer the take-away market I'd image you'd need to have a pretty agressive (costly) approach: sending many free samples. For the consumer market it could be interesting to sell storage containers with a space in the lid to adhere the product to. 

Would I invest?

Only if Kevin has sufficient contacts within the food processing industry and if the cost/benifits of the product outweighs current alternatives. And if all that checks out: risk vs reward. How much he's asking vs potential ROI as an investor.

Great task! Thanks for posting. Love learning about new products!

1 month ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Wouldn't let off the money cheaply right? haha. That was some serious probing.

1 month ago

Being a person who has built a business in the food delivery space, I can say this is a genuine problem. Anything that can make home-delivered food taste closer to freshly plated food deserves applause. The hypothetical question on investing is a resounding yes, especially since they have the patent. Of course would like to experience the product first.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Edward Lott new user

The only time I really have a problem with soggy food is when it's salad or french fries. It's not a huge problem for me but I'm sure this would be good for people who get a lot of takeout or use a food delivery service. The guy in the video makes a good pitch. If restaurants and food businesses were to start adopting this product and can still keep costs low, then it would seem like a decent investment.

1 month ago

Everyone, including myself, would hate soggy and prefer crunchy and crisply foods instead. I felt that it is a really good idea as watching Mr.Bill Birgen's video who has 32 years of experience and US Patent. Although I am not engaged in the culinary industry, but it is a great idea I first heard about, so of course I am in.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

This sounds like a brilliant idea, less chemicals is never a bad thing and no one likes a soggy biscuit

1 month ago

Nice idea. Personally i love every inovationabouth food. good luck

1 month ago

Soggy meals are visually unappealing and lack texture when eaten. Often my mouthwatering crispy pastry has morphed into a wet blanket by the time it's out of the bag. I've tried in vain to overcome this dilemma being only to be penalized with heartburn for eating while driving. Man can travel to the moon but its taken 50 years to store a meal that doesn't leave it like space mush.

1 month ago

Lily Panter expert

I'm sugar, spice and everything nice

It's a really innovative idea and creation. Personally I don't worry too much on texture unless it's chips. Chips have to be crispy. The rest just have to look and taste good. 

1 month ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

I've had soggy food issues for some time now, but to be honest I never thought about it as a big problem until now. People are really thinking and innovating! In the school where I teach, the majority of students opt for takeaways anytime they go out to get something to eat. A product like this couldn't have come at a better time. In the US where there are over 3,000 universities with hundreds of thousands of students, this product will come in very handy. Notice I've cited only "students" as one category of people who are highly likely to use the product.

There are other institutions, organizations and even more importantly, restaurants that want (or even need) this product. Restaurants, for example, can add this cold patch to their takeaways and charge a little extra fee for it or better still, fuse the price together with the price of the food. This way, buyers won't even notice. Imagine all restaurants in the US adopting this product not to talk of hotels and resort areas. 

According to the Takeaway Economy Report (yes, there is one!), total spendings on takeaways in the UK only, will grow 13% by 2022 and reach a staggering 11.2 billion pounds. Can you imagine the amount for the USA? or even Canada? This is a big opportunity.

Source: Takeaway food market.


Am I in? Hell yes. Sad thing is, I don't have the megabucks to be able to invest in this project with so much potential. Otherwise, there's no way I'm going to overlook a product created by an aerospace engineer with over 30 years experience. I have no doubt that the product works because I understand all the working principles behind it and fortunately too, I carried out experiments (when I was a student in school) concerning all the principles as explained by Bill Birgen, the creator of the Soggy Food Sucks patches. If you have the money, please don't bypass it. 

 

1 month ago

Voke Nath new user

Well that rule does not apply to every food. It's good to to have some nice and crispy but if it tastes good, I don't think soggy food sucks

1 month ago

Anto puljic new user

Sorry, guys but get your spelling right! "We Have All xperienced it. A once fantastic meal ruined by condensation. You DESERVE Better." The first 3 sentences is already full of mistakes... xperienced? experienced 1 Why are the first three words in capitals but the 4th one not? (xperienced) The 2nd sentence is again in "normal" spelling and the 3rd again in capitals? Why? It just looks wrong and as somebody was doing it without English knowledge. Where is the difference to an ordinary tissue that would absorb water as well? As it looks very simple you should explain, why it is not as simple as it looks like and that it can´t be done by similar things like tissues, cotton etc. The website looks ok besides the "opener" (i already talked about). Maybe the design looks a little bit too "old", but it is okay. The Youtube Video is again okayish. It is not super fancy or catchy, but okay.

1 month ago

Al Wallace guru

Food and cryptocurrency blogger with a diverse interest in investment/ crypto

as someone who has worked in catering for over 20 years I think i could, hopefully, offer a fairly experienced review of the product. The first thing that struck me when i started to look at the product was how many items actually need this product. were talking about certain items such a fries or anything breaded or battered and maybe a few others but overall i think the range of products that NEED this is failry limited. There was quite a few pictures of PIzzas here and as someone who has enjoyed many takeaway pizzas over the years i cant say ive ever found the condensation to be an issue, Pizzas are, generally, sold in cardboard boxes and part of the reason for this is that cardboard naturally absorbs condensation. So my first point would be that the range of foodstuffs that this item would be beneficial for is a little over exaggerated. That being said there are certainly some it would be great for. The ones that springs to mind is fries or breaded chicken. The product might then appeal to some of the big fried chicken companies. Anyone who has ever bought a fried chicken box meal and had to drive some distance before eating it or wait to eat it for whatever reason will tell you that its pretty inedible quality wise after 10 minutes or so sitting in the box. The fact that the product needs to be frozen to use as well creates issues. I can only speak for the US and UK here but the issue with this would be around cross contamination and allergen transfer. These items would need to be stord in a freezer, which either means buying a seperate freezer for these or putting them into an existing freezer alongside stock. I know from experience that the health bard probably woulnt take to kindly to this. It would be almost impossible to categorically say what foodstuffs the products had been in contact with and so you would need to declare that they had come into contact with everything. Imagine the prodcut sitting in the fridge and the cooks are making meals, boxing them up and then adding the sticker, they are going to have been touching  almost every ingredient in the kitchen and then touching these, that product then comes into contact with the food via the container and potentially cross contaminates something like gluten or peanuts. There is ways round this but i think you would need to create risk asessments for the product and then the precticalities in a busy kitchen of keeping to that would be very tricky i would think. 

So for me the freezer is the issue here. If the product could be deveoped so it could be dry stored at ambient temperature it would remove most of this risk to the point whee it becomes more practical and managable. At this point he could look at actaully manufacturing it into the takeaway container itself. For example if you had a clamshell type container with this material in the lid then the customer would only need to buy one item and it would be suitable for all the customers food products. I doubt anyone is going to spend the extra money as the issue of soggy food is not really a problem for the industry, it can be kind of inconvenient at times yes but it's never been a massive issue. IN 20 years in catering ive never had one complaint about it. I doubt if i was an investor i would invest at this stage. It's just to impractical.

1 month ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

I think the patch comes frozen. I don't think it will be your duty to freeze it. I'm subject to correction though.

1 month ago

Al Wallace guru

Food and cryptocurrency blogger with a diverse interest in investment/ crypto

presumably you'd need to keep it frozen though.....

1 month ago

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De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Okay, I get you now. But I believe it can be worked upon. The first project is always subject to tons of improvement.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

I am ok with the product, I would think it would need to be a low cost product that is distributed by a large company.  That the item was pitched seems like a little bit of an endorsement.  I am out it looks like a low Tek comodity after the patents expire and there may be other ways to do that.  He is a good pitchman so I would rather Invest in the person rather than the product.

1 month ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

It truly has to be a low-cost product. This way, food buyers can easily overlook the price.

1 month ago

mike dmann guru

I am excited about the future of all crypto currency.

The name gets to the point. I don't like it. We got stickers, and serial codes on almost every food. I don't need a 20 dollars burrito hooked to the internet with three stickers with time, date, free range chicken, rolled up in a flour tortillas by a union based hippy in San Francisco, delivered by a female, of color, company that is secretly run by a socialist. I'll just speak with my wallet. Package my food for delivery properly and I won't need any stickers. 

 

1 month ago

Karen M guru

You already spoke! Lol

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1 month ago

mike dmann guru

I am excited about the future of all crypto currency.

I wonder what was on Tom's mind?

1 month ago

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Tim Prior guru

Crypto / Blockchain enthusiast and investor.

Was spam for a plumbing service. :)

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Matan Argental senior

Live the moment, Think for generations.

Soggy food can be found a sepcialy at industrial food kitchens that serve a huge crowed at schools, work places, militriy. 

I'm in, it could be a game changer at food delivery markets. 

1 month ago

Karen M guru

I think most of us have experienced soggy food at some point in time. Whether it's take out, home delivery or leftovers at home. Not very appetizing! I think this product would be great in the restaurant business. It would have to be a low cost for restaurants to adopt this. Or, I guess they could charge the customer extra for takeout or delivery to cover the cost. I do think it solves a problem.

 

1 month ago

I agree with Karen M and would be happy to pay a small surcharge for packaging that ensures the product remains fresh. Mexican take-away and fish and chips would be definitely back on my menu but soggy tacos and floppy chips are yuk.

1 month ago

mike dmann guru

I am excited about the future of all crypto currency.

You should try SpongeBob SquarePants cereal. It never gets soggy.

3 weeks ago

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Dean Walsh guru

Don't listen to me because of who I am, I'm nobody like everone else.

Soggy food is occassionally a problem for me, particularly I can think of takeaway chips (fries) which they always give too many of but you can't save them for later because they are always soggy if you do.

I hope companies use this also for the packaging food is sold in. I used to buy salad pre-made in bags but stopped because of finding out about some horrid chemical I can't remember the name of which was put in their to keep them crunchy.

If the numbers added up I would be in, it looks like a great product!

1 month ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Salads! Salads! They get so soggy after just some few minutes.

1 month ago

Soggy food sucks -this is something extremely new in business. Frankly I never heard of it but from the briefing it looks great and fresh. My impression is we can give it a try, why not? After all it will be safe,i presume. 

Just that it need more exposure and information so everyone can truly understand the concept. 

1 month ago