What’s for dinner tonight?

Fast, Fresh & Tasty: seasonal recipe app & website

The Challenge

This popular recipe app was created to help food brands get a deeper connection with consumers; and to help New Zealanders expand their repertoire of week night meals using local products.

Research

Research revealed that kiwis have between 5 and 7 dishes they regularly cook for weeknight meals. The app store at the time was crammed with international recipe apps, but none that reflected our local market.

Searches on recipes in NZ from mobile devices (including within supermarkets) were growing which helped demonstrate that there was a desire from consumers to find new ideas.

The Idea

The idea was born to create the only recipe app that celebrated local products and flavours.

Adding a seasonal aspect to the app was part of the strategy to keep the app current, and get over the common scenario that apps are downloaded, used for a bit, then abandoned.

Features such as shopping lists (that you can text or email to someone else) as well as social media sharing of what you're cooking were also designed to follow trends being displayed by consumers in other media.

The Results

The app reached number one in the app store within hours of release, and has reappeared there many times since.

Users are using the app 13 times a month to decide what's for dinner tonight, and the use of the app has not waned over the almost two years it has been in the market.

The Website

Our foodie fans love the Fast Fresh and Tasty iOS app (they use it on average 13 times a month) and we wanted to make the content available to more people on more devices.

The Idea

Instead of making another app, we decided to serve the same recipes that are in the app to a simple, fast, responsive website.

The emphasis for these recipes is on eating what’s fresh, local and in season – so we also give our users around the world recipes for their season.

The Tech

The same database that's used for our app with a fresh front end – what’s not to love about recycling?

Built using the AngularJS framework, we created an app-like experience with smooth transitions between pages and avoided clunky page loads. This approach also made our job easier by allowing us to break down elements of the website into reusable modules that are populated by one set of data.

The Result

A fresh new website that serves these popular recipes up to anyone, on any device – quickly, elegantly, and beautifully.

See the results for yourself

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