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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Hunger for Latin cuisine brings more Latin ingredients to the US market
Hunger for Latin cuisine brings more Latin ingredients to the US market

The rising popularity of Latin American cuisine in the US is raising the profile of Latin ingredients, and making them easier for chefs and consumers to obtain.

Top 10: Gerber's new HQ, Necco crowdfunding campaign and USA's culinary win
Top 10: Gerber's new HQ, Necco crowdfunding campaign and USA's culinary win

The sale of Hearthside Food Solutions to private equity investors Partners Group Holding and Charlesbank Capital Partners was the suject of this week's top story.

Robots could improve the restaurant experience for staff, diners
Robots could improve the restaurant experience for staff, diners

Robots designed to help in both the front and back of the house can allow staffers to shift their focus to the customer experience, and create opportunities to learn new skills.

Appeal of authentic global flavors can help drive sales of regional Latin snack foods
Appeal of authentic global flavors can help drive sales of regional Latin snack foods

Consumer interest in snacking, street food and authentic international cuisine is creating opportunities for foodservice operators to entice diners with regional Hispanic snacks, according to a report from Technomic and the J.M. Smucker Company.

Top 10: Mod Pizza maps growth plan
Top 10: Mod Pizza maps growth plan

General Mills' announcement that it may raise prices caught readers' attention this week, as did Mod Pizza's plan to grow to more than 400 location this year.

Charitable giving helps restaurants forge connections, give back
Charitable giving helps restaurants forge connections, give back

For many consumers, choosing a restaurant isn’t just about the food, the ambiance or the value -- it’s about values. Restaurant execs and the founder of GroupRaise explain how giving back is good for the community and the bottom line.

Masa, mezcal reflect Mexico’s culinary craft
Masa, mezcal reflect Mexico’s culinary craft

Washington, D.C., Mexican restaurant Espita Mezcaleria highlights the importance of masa and mezcal to Mexican cuisine and culture through thoughtful sourcing and a menu built around handmade products.

Top 10: Free Chobani, Pepsi's new sparkling water and the return of Slice
Top 10: Free Chobani, Pepsi's new sparkling water and the return of Slice

Chobani's massive yogurt giveaway topped this week's most-clicked list, which also includes Whole Foods' shelf space price hike and PepsiCo's new sparkling water brand.

Latin cuisine's rising popularity could put more dishes, chefs in the spotlight
Latin cuisine's rising popularity could put more dishes, chefs in the spotlight

The growing popularity of Latin American food in the US is driving increased interest in authentic Latin cuisine and a deeper appreciation for its origins and the people who cook it.

Top 10: Diet Coke's new look, Dunkin's smaller menu
Top 10: Diet Coke's new look, Dunkin's smaller menu

The new look and line of flavors that Coca-Cola rolled out for Diet Coke was the most-clicked story among SmartBrief food and beverage readers this week.