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News, trends and best business practices for the food and beverage industry.
Independent eateries play to their strengths with service, unique concepts.

Independent eateries play to their strengths with service, unique concepts.

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.


Big names in food retail and CPG made headlines this week with news on strategies for growth taking center stage.

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.

Cottage cheese gets a revamp to appeal to the modern consumer
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Cottage cheese can pack even more protein per serving than yogurt, and individually packaged options in a variety of flavors give consumers a way to mix up their routine.

What are VCs looking for in the food, beverage arena?

Venture capitalists are always on the hunt for the next sensation -- find out what's on their radar screens right now.

Tales of CPG food brands proved popular with SmartBrief readers this week.

Top 10: Beloved food brands, Ortega’s innovations and a Del Frisco’s deal

specialty premium food and beverage

As consumers change the way they eat and engage with food, there is an upside to leveraging premium benefits of specialty foods and beverages as pathways to increase household penetration.

New Jersey markets its bounty of produce under the Jersey Fresh brand.

New Jersey markets its bounty of produce under the Jersey Fresh brand.

This week, readers were drawn in by news that Hershey is eliminating certain products from its portfolio, plus other CPG and grocery news.

Bundles, proper packaging are key to driving dessert orders for off-premise
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Takeout and delivery orders are on the rise, but many diners neglect to add dessert. Restaurants can entice diners to add a sweet end to their meal with bundles and proper packaging.

Grocers and online retailers are turning to technology to keep customers coming back and to help the bottom line.

P&G's acquisition, consumers' favorite eateries, SUPERVALU's latest news

News of Procter & Gamble's latest acquisition struck a chord with readers this week, as did the results of a consumer restaurant survey.

Naturally sweet: How stevia can boost drink sales in foodservice
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Consumers are looking to reduce sugar in their diets and stevia offers a natural alternative that could help boost beverage sales.

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.