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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Pizza, poke and Indian concepts are hot in the field of fast-casual
Pizza, poke and Indian concepts are hot in the field of fast-casual

Here’s a look at how pizzerias and two other hot concepts -- poke and Indian cuisine -- are fanning the fast-casual flames.

Commitments to a cage-free future pinch egg producers in the present
Commitments to a cage-free future pinch egg producers in the present

Egg producers are scrambling to ramp up cage-free supplies to meet brands’ future commitments. However, companies and even the consumers to whom they’re trying to appeal with new sourcing guidelines are slow to make the switch.

Mezcal makes inroads in the US
Mezcal makes inroads in the US

Mezcal is known to many as the smoky cousin of tequila, and the storied spirit is gaining a following in the US, especially artisanal and ancestral varieties that have qualities US consumers look for, such as small-batch and organic.

Food truck fare, steakhouse fusions stoke US interest in Brazilian cuisine
Food truck fare, steakhouse fusions stoke US interest in Brazilian cuisine

Chefs are drawing on Brazilian influences to create modern dishes that blend Brazilian elements with current US food trends, and new concepts from Brazil are primed to enter the US market as interest in Latin American cuisine grows.

Presenters at the 2017 Menus of Change conference agreed: For real change to occur in the food industry, taste is paramount.

Menus of Change 2017
Menus of Change 2017

The foodservice industry is succeeding in driving consumer and investor enthusiasm for healthy, sustainable food options that emphasize plants over animal proteins, according to the 2017 Menus of Change Annual Report.

Grocery retailers personalize the shopping experience with chatbots
Grocery retailers personalize the shopping experience with chatbots

Chatbots in the grocery sector offer consumers everything from recipe suggestions to collaborative shopping carts, and they can provide valuable customer insights for retailers.

Top 10: J.M. Smucker's acquisition of Wesson, grilled eggs and one hot chip
Top 10: J.M. Smucker's acquisition of Wesson, grilled eggs and one hot chip

Acquisitions, product launches and tips and tricks for chefs were popular with readers this week.

Rick Bayless shares tips for flavorful tacos, his favorite Mexican pantry staples
Rick Bayless shares tips for flavorful tacos, his favorite Mexican pantry staples

Authentic tacos are created in the vegetable-focused tradition of Mexican cuisine, Rick Bayless said during a culinary demonstration last month at the National Restaurant Association Show.

Top 3 food and beverage trends from NRA Show 2017
Top 3 food and beverage trends from NRA Show 2017

Plant-based alternatives to meat and seafood, upgraded eggs and a bevy of beverages on tap were top trends at the National Restaurant Association Show.