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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Improving plant-based options mean meat isn’t always a must-have
Improving plant-based options mean meat isn’t always a must-have

Offering options that appeal to meat-eaters is key to the success of the growing plant-based category, because it reflects the way that most people eat today.

Top 10: Kellogg brings cereal brands together, KFC “Seasoned Tickets” sell out
Top 10: Kellogg brings cereal brands together, KFC “Seasoned Tickets” sell out

Grocery news made a big showing in this week’s list of most-clicked stories among SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers.

Retailers, restaurants tap into a powerful resource that’s in their employees’ own pockets
Retailers, restaurants tap into a powerful resource that’s in their employees’ own pockets

Letting employees use their own smartphones for scheduling, training and other work tasks is gaining popularity with restaurants and retailers, and the practice can boost productivity and retention.

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.