SmartBrief Originals
News, trends and best business practices for the food and travel industries.
What the US CPG industry can learn from China

Chinese consumers are swiftly embracing digital tools and connecting directly with CPG companies. Find out the lessons that US manufacturers can glean from their experiences.

Domino's new "pizza theater" concept sets sales record.

Stories from Kellogg, Welch's, Coca-Cola, Domino's, Dunkin' proved popular with SmartBrief readers.

Chefs satisfy comfort food cravings with homestyle mashed potatoes
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Diners are hungry for traditional dishes reminiscent of home cooking, and restaurants can serve up a taste of home with simple goodness and rustic presentation.

premium brands

In today’s supercharged competitive landscape, it’s necessary for business leaders to think differently about their existing assets and how to evaluate the opportunities for premium product development in spaces that have seemed foreign.

Driven by changing consumer demands, food retailers large and small are finding success with a renewed focus on fresh grocery items.

Taco Bell

New product news was popular this week with news of Nestle’s plans to debut new products under the Starbucks label and Taco Bell's Diablo Tortilla Chips.

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.

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The Health and Beauty Care (HBC) category represents a major opportunity for grocery retailers to increase the amount shoppers spend on each trip, according to a study completed by Acosta and the Food Marketing Institute.

Meeting consumer demands in the meat aisle
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Staying on top of consumer preferences and responding to shopper needs is essential for retailers looking to drive sales in the meat aisle.

Chocolate makers came together with sweet treats and stories of sustainable sourcing at The Big Chocolate Show.

Chocolate makers came together with sweet treats and stories of sustainable sourcing at The Big Chocolate Show.

From new Oreos to Target’s line of Halloween candy, news about sweet treats resonated most with readers this week.

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.

Hershey acquires Pirate Brands

News of Hershey's acquisition of Pirate Brands struck a chord with readers this week, as did stories from Kroger and Chick-fil-A.

gen z food culture

Millennials may be the prized target of the moment for marketers, but Gen Z is not-so-silently waiting in the wings, poised to make their own mark and blaze their own trail in contemporary lifestyles and food culture.

How advanced analytics can help manufacturers manage risks, meet regulatory requirements
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A panel of experts from Deloitte discuss how artificial intelligence is advancing analytics, the key components of a safety analytics program and how these solutions can help companies avoid or lessen the scope of a recall.