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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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Community connections help independent restaurants stay afloat amid pandemic
Community connections help independent restaurants stay afloat amid pandemic

Rather than set unrealistic goals of returning to business as usual, restaurateurs would be wise to focus on making off-premises sales a sustainable part of their business for the foreseeable future, a panel of independent restaurant operators said.

Restaurants vs. retail: Breaking down consumers’ plant-based appetites
Restaurants vs. retail: Breaking down consumers’ plant-based appetites

Plant-based products are continuing to grow in popularity, both at restaurants and food retail, and certain product categories have emerged as consumer favorites in each channel. 

Increased demand for off-premises ushers in new era of restaurant design
Increased demand for off-premises ushers in new era of restaurant design

Restaurants are responding to growing takeout sales with new store designs that put off-premises front and center.

2021 will bring continuing focus on wellness, flexitarian diets, and ways to make dining out safe and memorable
2021 will bring continuing focus on wellness, flexitarian diets, and ways to make dining out safe and memorable

Looking ahead to 2021, many of the food trends predicted by chefs, retail executives and other experts reflect the changing way consumers eat both at and away from home. 

Top 10: Pringles’ new packaging, Coca-Cola’s recovery plan and Kroger’s e-commerce success
Top 10: Pringles’ new packaging, Coca-Cola’s recovery plan and Kroger’s e-commerce success

Kellogg’s debut of a new look for Pringles’ packaging was this week’s most clicked story.

Top 10: Conagra snack launches, restaurant acquisitions, new ways to eat a Reuben
Top 10: Conagra snack launches, restaurant acquisitions, new ways to eat a Reuben

News that Inspire Brands is buying Dunkin' was one of several restaurant acquisition updates that made headlines this week.

Resilient restaurateurs press on with new eateries optimized for uncertain times
Resilient restaurateurs press on with new eateries optimized for uncertain times

Despite mounting challenges and uncertainties caused by the pandemic, some restaurateurs are persevering and launching new eateries tailored to the times.

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.

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