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News, trends and best business practices for the food and beverage industry.
Taco Bell debuts modern look

Taco Bell’s debut of a modern, updated look at four of its Calif. locations was this week’s most-clicked story, and readers were also drawn to news that chef Mario Batali was tapped to prepare the final state dinner hosted by President Obama.

How KIND is redefining healthy

Snack brand KIND has gained fans with its nut bars and other snacks, and made headlines when its petition prompted the FDA to review its definition of the term "healthy." The company's Stephanie Perruzza discusses what healthy means at KIND.

Supermarket prepared foods

Supermarket prepared food departments are the fastest-growing segment of the foodservice industry, and in the past few years, consumer perceptions of supermarket prepared foods have risen sharply.

Mars, Wrigley to merge into single company

The announcement that Mars and Wrigley have merged into one company was this week's top story, followed by news that Sam's Club's test store design may be the retailer's new model.

Pumpkin flavors fall beverages

Fall signals the start of spicy beverage season

Pumpkin Spice Bistro Bowl; Ready Pac Foods CMO on fall flavors and what makes a successful LTO
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In this interview, Ready Pac Foods Chief Marketing Officer Tristan Simpson discusses the key to successful LTOs and the inspiration behind its Pumpkin Spice Bistro Bowl.

Supermarket produce

Key behavioral trends driven by changing shoppers are impacting supermarket shopping, including a shift toward the perimeter of the store, acceleration of e-commerce and changing households and meal consumption patterns.

Hershey chocolate

News about the House of Representatives’ six-month delay of the overtime rule was this week’s most-clicked story, and readers were also drawn to stories about new product innovations.

Report: Google data reveals top healthy food trends this year

See how Google search data correlates with recent healthy food trends in SmartBrief's recent coverage.

Incubators give food startups space to grow

Brooklyn FoodWorks and other culinary incubators nurture foodie startups

MOD Pizza -- Business successes, strategies drew food readers this week

See what stories about successes in the food business and business strategies drew food and bev readers this week.

Chef presenters at the 2015 Latin Cuisine Summit

The Culinary Institute of America will host its second annual Latin Cuisine Summit Oct. 27 and 28. The event will will highlight the southern region of South America known as el Sur with a focus on the cuisine and wines of Chile and Argentina.

Spice and seasoning trends also flavor beverages

Demand for unusual new flavors, healthy ingredients flavor beverages as well as food.

Families gather around the grill for Family Meals Month
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We interviewed Registered Dietitian Shari Steinbach, nutrition manager for Meijer in Grand Rapids, Mich., and a member of the National Turkey Federation’s Nutrition Advisory Board, about how retailers can inspire families to gather around the grill.

Top 10: Target CEO discusses store's grocery future

News about Sabra and Tostitos' new Guacamole Grab N' Go snack was this week's most clicked story, and Target made the list twice with news about its future in the grocery game.