Tricia Contreras

Tricia Contreras edits food and beverage newsletters and writes about news and trends in foodservice, grocery and the culinary world for SmartBrief.com

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Plant-based meat, cold coffee and savory uses for yogurt were hot at National Restaurant Show
Plant-based meat, cold coffee and savory uses for yogurt were hot at National Restaurant Show

Plant-based meat, new takes on cold coffee and culinary uses for yogurt were three of the top trends at this year's National Restaurant Association Show.

Top 10: Campbell CEO steps down, Wendy's redesigns and Elon Musk has a candy plan
Top 10: Campbell CEO steps down, Wendy's redesigns and Elon Musk has a candy plan

Changes at Campbell Soup, Wendy's new store design and Elon Musk's plan to enter the candy market got readers' attention this week.

Cutting-edge tech emphasizes convenience, customer service
Cutting-edge tech emphasizes convenience, customer service

Emerging technologies such as facial recognition and robotics can help streamline operations and enhance the guest experience, panelists said during a session at The National Restaurant Association Show.

MyMenu helps eateries offer personalized nutrition info
MyMenu helps eateries offer personalized nutrition info

A new platform from restaurant nutrition company Healthy Dining aims to help restaurant brands offer personalized nutrition information that lets customers select their meal based on dietary goals and restrictions.

Hunger for Latin cuisine brings more Latin ingredients to the US market
Hunger for Latin cuisine brings more Latin ingredients to the US market

The rising popularity of Latin American cuisine in the US is raising the profile of Latin ingredients, and making them easier for chefs and consumers to obtain.

Top 10: Gerber's new HQ, Necco crowdfunding campaign and USA's culinary win
Top 10: Gerber's new HQ, Necco crowdfunding campaign and USA's culinary win

The sale of Hearthside Food Solutions to private equity investors Partners Group Holding and Charlesbank Capital Partners was the suject of this week's top story.

Robots could improve the restaurant experience for staff, diners
Robots could improve the restaurant experience for staff, diners

Robots designed to help in both the front and back of the house can allow staffers to shift their focus to the customer experience, and create opportunities to learn new skills.

Appeal of authentic global flavors can help drive sales of regional Latin snack foods
Appeal of authentic global flavors can help drive sales of regional Latin snack foods

Consumer interest in snacking, street food and authentic international cuisine is creating opportunities for foodservice operators to entice diners with regional Hispanic snacks, according to a report from Technomic and the J.M. Smucker Company.

Top 10: Mod Pizza maps growth plan
Top 10: Mod Pizza maps growth plan

General Mills' announcement that it may raise prices caught readers' attention this week, as did Mod Pizza's plan to grow to more than 400 location this year.

Charitable giving helps restaurants forge connections, give back
Charitable giving helps restaurants forge connections, give back

For many consumers, choosing a restaurant isn’t just about the food, the ambiance or the value -- it’s about values. Restaurant execs and the founder of GroupRaise explain how giving back is good for the community and the bottom line.