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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Most clicked: Mars' revamped look, fresh Frito-Lay products and Philly's crackdown on cashless
Most clicked: Mars' revamped look, fresh Frito-Lay products and Philly's crackdown on cashless

Mars' new icon and logos, Frito-Lay's launch of new Doritos and Cheetos products, and Philadelphia's plan to ban cashless stores and restaurant's made this week's most-read list.

Recent crackdowns muddy the waters around CBD in food and beverages
Recent crackdowns muddy the waters around CBD in food and beverages

CBD is a rising star in the food and beverage world, but recent crackdowns at state and local levels have made the already hazy regulation of the product even more confusing.

Top 10: Kellogg’s glitter-dusted cereal, Amazon’s packaging surcharge and Tasty-inspired ice cream [image: Four pints of Tasty/Nestle ice cream)
Top 10: Kellogg’s glitter-dusted cereal, Amazon’s packaging surcharge and Tasty-inspired ice cream [image: Four pints of Tasty/Nestle ice cream)

Kellogg's launch of Caticorn Cereal made with edible glitter was the most-clicked story among SmartBrief food and beverage readers this week.

Restaurants rethink third-party delivery partnerships [Image: Man ordering tacos on a tablet]
Restaurants rethink third-party delivery partnerships [Image: Man ordering tacos on a tablet]

The rising cost of third-party services is spurring more restaurants to rethink the way they deliver food and invest in strategies that make sure their brand doesn’t fade into the background.

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.