SmartBrief Originals
News, trends and best business practices for the food and beverage industry.
Mezcal makes inroads in the US

Mezcal is known to many as the smoky cousin of tequila, and the storied spirit is gaining a following in the US, especially artisanal and ancestral varieties that have qualities US consumers look for, such as small-batch and organic.

Seeking out the path to CPG's omnichannel future

How are CPG brands catering to today's connected consumer, and how can they take the next step in digital?

Chick-fil-A tests family meals in three markets

Top 10: Chick-fil-A, Amazon, Lidl grab readers' attention

How restaurants can launch effective delivery services

Restaurants that want to launch delivery services often aren’t sure where to start and whether to use an in-house program or to outsource it. Consider these tips to make the decision easier.

state fair food

Summer adds a whole range of new food options fighting for the consumer dollar.

Grocery competition, Campbell and Breyers were hot topics this week

Read this week's list of top-clicked food and beverage stories, from competition on the grocery front to news from Campbell and Breyers.

Miyoko's Kitchen is turning artisan vegan cheese into a big business

Miyoko's Kitchen founder Miyoko Schinner

Simple changes, strategic storytelling can help restaurants meet consumers’ clean label needs
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In this interview, Nathan Pratt, nutrition analyst for Kerry, shares advice for how foodservice operators can reduce, replace and remove the ingredients consumers want to avoid and share compelling stories that reinforce their clean label message.

For food and beverage programs, technology is raising the bar for both anticipating guests’ needs and delivering on what they want in new ways.

CPG news about new products, better-for-you ice cream, McCormick's success on Amazon and Danone's sale of Stonyfield caught the eyes of readers this week.

premium food

As consumers continue to create market opportunities for specialty food and beverage products viewed as higher quality, we are often asked "Who is the premium consumer?”

Enhanced water made a splash at the Summer Fancy Food Show

Millennial snackers drive specialty food sales, trends

Yogurt launches, Kroger's readiness for competition and Burger King's triumph

News about Nestle's investor pressure, a breakdown of where grocery shopping happens and a pair of yogurt stories were hot with readers this week.

Food truck fare, steakhouse fusions stoke US interest in Brazilian cuisine

Chefs are drawing on Brazilian influences to create modern dishes that blend Brazilian elements with current US food trends, and new concepts from Brazil are primed to enter the US market as interest in Latin American cuisine grows.

Presenters at the 2017 Menus of Change conference agreed: For real change to occur in the food industry, taste is paramount.