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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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Creating plant-forward menus that serve the planet, consumers and the bottom line
Creating plant-forward menus that serve the planet, consumers and the bottom line

Finding ways to cater to customers’ plant-forward tastes and innovate with new dishes and practices that benefit the environment and boost the bottom line will be key to the next chapter of the plant-forward movement, a panel of chefs said.

Top 10: Restaurants’ hiring hopes, Kroger’s plan to double digital sales, Trader Joe’s grilled cheese challenge
Top 10: Restaurants’ hiring hopes, Kroger’s plan to double digital sales, Trader Joe’s grilled cheese challenge

Several of this week’s most-clicked stories focus on what restaurants are doing to attract new hires.

What role will robots play in the future of food delivery?
What role will robots play in the future of food delivery?

With demand for convenient and contactless food delivery options on the rise, autonomous delivery vehicles have the potential to be a game-changer for foodservice and food retail.

Top 10: A fresh look for Jimmy John’s; Sprouts’ winning strategy; Product launches from PepsiCo, Campbell, Kellogg and Hershey
Top 10: A fresh look for Jimmy John’s; Sprouts’ winning strategy; Product launches from PepsiCo, Campbell, Kellogg and Hershey

SmartBrief food and beverage readers were hungry for a look at Jimmy John’s new logo, which the sandwich chain recently revealed as part of a brand refresh.

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.

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