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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Top 10: Ben & Jerry's debuts cookie dough snacks, Lidl CEO resigns and Bazooka brings back an old favorite
Top 10: Ben & Jerry's debuts cookie dough snacks, Lidl CEO resigns and Bazooka brings back an old favorite

News that Ben & Jerry's will expand its brand beyond ice cream with the launch of Cookie Dough Chunks was this week's most-clicked food and beverage story.

How the gig economy is changing how restaurants hire, manage their workforce
How the gig economy is changing how restaurants hire, manage their workforce

A growing wave of tech companies are building hiring platforms designed to make it easier for operators and workers to fill open shifts.

Restaurants turn to parties and perks to recruit, retain employees
Restaurants turn to parties and perks to recruit, retain employees

As the number of restaurants in the US continues to climb and unemployment levels decline, operators are turning to several tactics to attract and retain employees.

Most clicked: Mars' revamped look, fresh Frito-Lay products and Philly's crackdown on cashless
Most clicked: Mars' revamped look, fresh Frito-Lay products and Philly's crackdown on cashless

Mars' new icon and logos, Frito-Lay's launch of new Doritos and Cheetos products, and Philadelphia's plan to ban cashless stores and restaurant's made this week's most-read list.

Recent crackdowns muddy the waters around CBD in food and beverages
Recent crackdowns muddy the waters around CBD in food and beverages

CBD is a rising star in the food and beverage world, but recent crackdowns at state and local levels have made the already hazy regulation of the product even more confusing.

Top 10: Kellogg’s glitter-dusted cereal, Amazon’s packaging surcharge and Tasty-inspired ice cream [image: Four pints of Tasty/Nestle ice cream)
Top 10: Kellogg’s glitter-dusted cereal, Amazon’s packaging surcharge and Tasty-inspired ice cream [image: Four pints of Tasty/Nestle ice cream)

Kellogg's launch of Caticorn Cereal made with edible glitter was the most-clicked story among SmartBrief food and beverage readers this week.

Restaurants rethink third-party delivery partnerships [Image: Man ordering tacos on a tablet]
Restaurants rethink third-party delivery partnerships [Image: Man ordering tacos on a tablet]

The rising cost of third-party services is spurring more restaurants to rethink the way they deliver food and invest in strategies that make sure their brand doesn’t fade into the background.

Alcohol delivery can be a boon for eateries as off-premise dining grows [image: beer pouring from a bottle into a glass]
Alcohol delivery can be a boon for eateries as off-premise dining grows [image: beer pouring from a bottle into a glass]

As more traffic moves off-premise, offering beer and wine delivery can give restaurants an opportunity to add high-margin alcohol sales to delivery orders.

Top 10: TreeHouse Foods' snack shakeup, Chobani's plant-based yogurt and Chipotle's diet bowls [image: Chipotle bowl]
Top 10: TreeHouse Foods' snack shakeup, Chobani's plant-based yogurt and Chipotle's diet bowls [image: Chipotle bowl]

The reorganization of TreeHouse Foods' snack unit, Chobani's new plant-based yogurt line and Chipotle's roll-out of bowls based on popular diets were among the week's top read stories.

The foodservice and culinary news that shaped 2018 [Image: McDonald's redesigned Chicago flagship]
The foodservice and culinary news that shaped 2018 [Image: McDonald's redesigned Chicago flagship]

Restaurant revamps, plant-based dishes and changes in company culture made headlines this year.