SmartBrief Originals
News, trends and best business practices for the food and travel industries.
Sous vide finds mainstream success in foodservice, consumer kitchens

Rising demand for convenient meals is feeding the popularity of sous vide among restaurant operators and home cooks.

C-stores seeing a sea of change

As c-stores have looked to reinvent themselves, they’ve emerged as competitive players in foodservice.

Top 10: Valentine’s candy, Clorox’s rebrand, a Pizza Hut turnaround

SmartBrief readers were drawn in by candy news, Kind’s entry into new food categories and Clorox’s sustainable rebrand.

Demand for plant-based is hot, but what’s behind the term?

While the plant-based revolution is widely credited with disrupting both dairy and animal-protein categories, rarely do we see discussion of why consumers have such an affinity for all things marketed as “plant-based” today.

Online grocery shopping can help retailers increase their reach, boost impulse buys
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Online grocery spending is projected to triple by 2023 to $74 billion, according to Acosta research. As more consumers turn to online ordering, retailers have a growing opportunity to reach a greater number of shoppers and boost sales.

Agricultural strides: CPG companies take stake in the land

Executives from General Mills and Land O’Lakes Truterra share what their companies are doing to build robust, sustainable and profitable agricultural supply chains.

Top 10: Top candy companies, Unilever’s drone plans, Walmart’s Super Bowl ad

The top 100 global candy companies and Unilver's plans to deliver ice cream via drone drew in readers this week.

Reset the Table initiative aims to advance gender equality in the foodservice industry

The Food Group created the initiative to level the playing field for women in foodservice.

Hotels, tour operators get adventurous with experiential travel

Travelers are increasingly seeking to up the ante with their travel experiences, creating a segment -- and opportunity -- in adventure or experiential travel.

Top 10: Bar Louie sale plans, Everything But the Bagel Seasoning and a N.D. high school’s espresso machine

This week’s most-clicked list includes stories about restaurant chains’ pitfalls and successes, high-performing CPG items and new foodservice equipment in schools.

How can grocery, CPG executives be great leaders?

The winners of this year’s leadership awards at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference shared insights into being a strong leader and putting the customer first.

How the beer industry is taking on climate change

Beer brewers and their trade groups are investing in research to sustain barley, hops as the climate changes.

Top 10: M&M’s new look, Lucky’s Market store closures and top cookbooks for 2020

Product launches and revamps from M&M, Jelly Belly and Pepperidge Farm were among this week's top stories.

Consumers, chefs increasingly turn to alternative flour

As consumers continue to seek out healthy substitutes for everyday favorites and grapple with dietary needs and desires, the alternative flour market is seeing a surge.

Top 10: H-E-B's Texas roots, Red Robin's turnaround and hydroponic veggies at Whole Foods

Vertical farming startup Plenty has signed a deal to supply Whole Foods and Safeway stores.