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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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.

How entrepreneurs built a few of D.C.’s top eateries (Image: Exterior of Compass Rose in Washington, D.C.)
How entrepreneurs built a few of D.C.’s top eateries (Image: Exterior of Compass Rose in Washington, D.C.)

The founders of Washington, D.C.'s Compass Rose and Timber Pizza dish on how they broke into the restaurant business and built their successful eateries from the ground up.

For the best kiosk customer experience, don’t remove the human touch
For the best kiosk customer experience, don’t remove the human touch

A panel at the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Innovation Summit discussed how restaurants can ensure their investment in kiosks pays off and how the technology may evolve.

Top 10: Hershey’s price hike, PepsiCo’s Imag!ne launch and a new side at Chick-fil-A
Top 10: Hershey’s price hike, PepsiCo’s Imag!ne launch and a new side at Chick-fil-A

Snack food launches were hot topics in this week's top 10, including PepsiCo's new Imag!ne brand.

Foodservice operators tap new tech to improve beer programs
Foodservice operators tap new tech to improve beer programs

New systems that help operators manage inventory or speed service by putting the tap handle in customers’ hands are shaping the future of beer.

Top 10: Campbell's new brand strategy, candy launches and Walmart's smart cart plan
Top 10: Campbell's new brand strategy, candy launches and Walmart's smart cart plan

Fortune ranking Mars as a top workplace, Campbell Soup's new brand strategy and several candy product launches were among this week's top stories.

Straws are just a small piece of the foodservice sustainability puzzle
Straws are just a small piece of the foodservice sustainability puzzle

As off-premise sales continue to grow for restaurants, foodservice packaging will proliferate, so it’s important that restaurants invest in packaging that’s more sustainable from the start and help consumers dispose of it responsibly.

Breaking down language barriers in foodservice
Breaking down language barriers in foodservice

Offering training materials in multiple languages can help break down language barriers in foodservice, and language learning opportunities can assist with employee retention and promote cultural awareness that can strengthen a restaurant’s entire team.