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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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Restaurants encourage employees, customers to vote and make plans to feed people at the polls
Restaurants encourage employees, customers to vote and make plans to feed people at the polls

Election Day is quickly approaching, and restaurants are participating in initiatives to encourage people to cast their ballots and help provide food for voters waiting in long lines.

How the pandemic is shaping home cooking trends
How the pandemic is shaping home cooking trends

As the coronavirus pandemic presses on, consumers have settled into routines that involve a lot more home cooking, and studies suggest these habits will continue after the pandemic.

Restaurants invest in tech tools to increase safety during the pandemic and beyond
Restaurants invest in tech tools to increase safety during the pandemic and beyond

As restaurant operators continue to look for ways to serve customers safely amid the coronavirus pandemic, many are outfitting their eateries with high tech solutions to increase sanitation and facilitate contactless payment and other touchless tasks. 

Top 10: Consumers love Clorox, Trader Joe’s grows, Krispy Kreme designs store for the social distance era
Top 10: Consumers love Clorox, Trader Joe’s grows, Krispy Kreme designs store for the social distance era

Clorox earned the highest ranking of any consumer packaged goods brand on Morning Consult's 2020 50 Most Loved Brands list, and coverage of the annual report was this week’s most clicked story among SmartBrief food and beverage readers.

Resilience, innovation will help the restaurant industry rebuild
Resilience, innovation will help the restaurant industry rebuild

New technologies and the resilient spirit at the heart of the foodservice industry will help restaurants bounce back, The National Restaurant Association’s Tom Bené said during a virtual conference session.

Restaurant reopenings require balance between reassuring diners, reinforcing rules
Restaurant reopenings require balance between reassuring diners, reinforcing rules

Diners in many cities where eateries are reopening indoor and outdoor dining areas have flouted rules about social distancing and face coverings, despite restaurants’ efforts to enforce them.

Familiar formats can boost appeal of plant-forward meals
Familiar formats can boost appeal of plant-forward meals

Using familiar ingredients, rather than processed meat alternatives, can help restaurants appeal to vegans, meat-eaters and everyone in between, researchers and chefs said during The Culinary Institute of America’s Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit.

Top 10: Wegmans to move ahead with 3 new stores, Starbucks speeds up drive-thru plan
Top 10: Wegmans to move ahead with 3 new stores, Starbucks speeds up drive-thru plan

News about how companies are coping during the pandemic and how their post-pandemic plans are coming together were among this week’s most-read stories.

Top 10: Restaurants start reopening, Mars develops chocolate that can take the heat
Top 10: Restaurants start reopening, Mars develops chocolate that can take the heat

Restaurants' reopening plans, a change to the terms of the Paycheck Protection Program and the James Beard Award finalists were among this week's top stories.

Restaurants get creative with off-premises dining to create a sense of place
Restaurants get creative with off-premises dining to create a sense of place

With dining rooms temporarily shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, many restaurants are putting more thought into the food they offer for off-premises dining.

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