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News, trends and best business practices for the food and beverage industry.
Top 10: Aldi's logo refresh, James Beard nominees and new products in CPG

ALDI's new logo, the shortlist of nominees for this year's James Beard Foundation awards and new products from Frito-Lay and Snyder's-Lance were among this week's most-clicked stories.

How restaurants can save time and money with the right technology
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Almost one-third of restaurateurs admit they are behind the times when it comes to technology, but selecting and implementing the right tech tools can help operators boost sales and save time.

Looking ahead, for both natural and organic products, consumer culture sees nature, rather than science, as the route to a better world, particularly in food.

Tech tools give restaurant patrons the personal touch

Restaurant reservation services such as OpenTable and Yelp Reservations help eateries boost customer loyalty.

PepsiCo's plans, customers' favorite eateries, Wal-Mart's top sellers

SmartBrief readers were drawn to news about the latest innovation in overnight oats, as well as stories illuminating consumers' favorite eateries.

Polly-O/Q&A: Why commitment to quality products is a must for foodservice operators
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In this interview, along with Polly-O Sales Manager Daniel Hoff, N.J. restaurant owner Joe Leone Introna discusses why he’s been using Polly-O mozzarella for 20 years and how using high-quality ingredients helps restaurants connect with customers.

Street food

In the US, street foods are a menu category in their own right, taking the industry by storm as operators look to add a bit of authentic “street cred” to menus with globally-inspired street foods.

Restaurants turn to robots to take orders through social channels, digital assistants

Digital orders account for almost 2 billion restaurant visits, and some restaurants on the cutting edge are looking beyond ordering capabilities on their websites or mobile applications to offer conversational ordering.

Chobani named a new chief operating officer

Top 10: New Chobani exec, M&M flavors, Denny's tweets

Focus on health, flavor helps Ready Pac Foods stand out in organic packaged salad category
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Organics are in demand among consumers who have an interest in global flavors and health and wellness. Ready Pac Foods is capitalizing on the category’s popularity with packaged salads that emphasize flavor and nutrition.

It is no secret within the hotel industry that millennial travelers represent a crucial growth market, and this generation’s sensibilities are heavily influencing hotel food and beverage programs.

Q&A: How the growing natural and organic segment is transforming the food industry
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Growing consumer demand for natural and organic products is creating opportunities for retailers to attract millennials and families.

Cacao beans/Sweet Street CEO: The story behind sustainable chocolate sourcing
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Sweet Street founder and CEO Sandy Solmon traveled to Peru to tour family-run cocoa plantations and get hands-on knowledge of how chocolate is made.

How social media, word of mouth propelled Arby's first secret menu item

By offering sandwiches that aren't on the chain's regular menu, Arby's has created unexpected buzz among its guests.

News about large CPG companies took the majority of this week’s most-read stories with PepsiCo’s move to create “e-commerce-friendly packaging” sitting at the top of the list.