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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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.

Latin cuisine offerings in the US will expand with regional, reimagined dishes
Latin cuisine offerings in the US will expand with regional, reimagined dishes

Peruvian cuisine, regional Mexican dishes and a new era of street food will influence US menus this year, analysts predict.

Chefs say 86 these dishes, ingredients in 2018
Chefs say 86 these dishes, ingredients in 2018

Put down the pumpkin spice and step away from the jarred salad. Chefs weigh in on what trends to skip in 2018.

Q&A: Guerrilla Tacos tells the story of an LA chef and his one-of-a-kind taco truck
Q&A: Guerrilla Tacos tells the story of an LA chef and his one-of-a-kind taco truck

Chef and founder of Guerrilla Tacos Wesley Avila and co-author Richard Parks III discuss how Avila's experiences in LA and beyond led him to launch the brand and book.

New snacks bring plant-based trend to the center of the store
New snacks bring plant-based trend to the center of the store

Food brands are introducing new packaged crackers, chips and other snacks with a focus on nutrition and helping shoppers increase their plant intake.

Rise of the robots: Automation’s role in the future of foodservice
Rise of the robots: Automation’s role in the future of foodservice

Innovations in robotics and automation offer new ways for restaurants to streamline operations, attract top talent and delight diners, presenters said at The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Innovation Summit last month.

Top tech tips from the Restaurant Innovation Summit
Top tech tips from the Restaurant Innovation Summit

From shopping around for solutions to planning for the future, restaurant operators and technology experts shared their advice for how restaurants can make the most of tech.

Top 10: Rumored Kroger-Ahold merger, PepsiCo's new strategy and wildfires take a toll on wine
Top 10: Rumored Kroger-Ahold merger, PepsiCo's new strategy and wildfires take a toll on wine

A rumored merger deal between Kroger and Ahold, PepsiCo's approach to e-commerce and the damage caused to wineries by the California wildfires were among the week's top stories.

Chefs and attendees at the 2016 Latin Cuisine Summit
Chefs and attendees at the 2016 Latin Cuisine Summit

The CIA's Center for Foods of the Americas will explore the culinary traditions of Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico next month at its second annual Latin Cuisine Summit, Arriba el Caribe!