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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Focus on fresh is key when courting today’s grocery shopper
Focus on fresh is key when courting today’s grocery shopper

​Investing in produce, meat and other fresh departments is essential for grocery retailers that want to compete for today’s consumer -- both in store and online as ecommerce sales of edible grocery gain momentum.

Top 10: Target preps for new private label, KitKat debuts upscale sweets, Cava unveils innovation kitchen
Top 10: Target preps for new private label, KitKat debuts upscale sweets, Cava unveils innovation kitchen

News that Target will launch a new private label grocery brand called Good & Gather took the top spot among food and beverage stories this week.

Biodiversity plays a key role in the future of food
Biodiversity plays a key role in the future of food

Food industry experts at the Menus of Change conference discussed the important role biodiversity plays in the future of food and what chefs and food companies can do to promote a more diverse range of foods.

Report: Foodservice industry continues to make progress toward a more sustainable, plant-forward future
Report: Foodservice industry continues to make progress toward a more sustainable, plant-forward future

Chefs, food companies and foodservice operators are continuing to nudge consumer food choices in a more healthful, sustainable direction, according to the 7th Menus of Change Annual Report.

Top 10: McDonald’s new NYC flagship, Ben & Jerry’s considers CBD, Sprouts expands
Top 10: McDonald’s new NYC flagship, Ben & Jerry’s considers CBD, Sprouts expands

McDonald's new flagship in Times Square, Ben & Jerry's possible foray into CBD ice cream and Sprout's expansion into N.J. were among this week's top stories.

Plant-based foods, off-premise tech solutions stood out at restaurant show
Plant-based foods, off-premise tech solutions stood out at restaurant show

Plant-based foods and beverages, technology solutions aimed at optimizing takeout and delivery, and edible alternatives to straws and utensils stood out on the show floor at the 2019 National Restaurant Association Show.

Investing in underutilized talent pools can strengthen the restaurant workforce
Investing in underutilized talent pools can strengthen the restaurant workforce

Hiring and retaining staffers is a top concern among restaurant operators, and tapping into underemployed populations offers a solution that can benefit restaurants, the overall industry and the communities it serves.

Reusable packaging is gaining a foothold in the fight against waste [Image: Person holding a reusable cup with a metal straw]
Reusable packaging is gaining a foothold in the fight against waste [Image: Person holding a reusable cup with a metal straw]

In a quest to cut down on packaging waste and the toll it takes on the planet, more foodservice and consumer packaged goods companies are beginning to consider reusable containers.

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.