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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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How restaurants can encourage and empower employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19
How restaurants can encourage and empower employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Many US restaurants are encouraging employees and patrons to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and providing incentives for those who do. However, legal complications are keeping most restaurant operators from making vaccination mandatory.

Top 10: CPG companies focus on flexibility; Lawmakers aim to expand summer food program; Restaurants line up for federal aid
Top 10: CPG companies focus on flexibility; Lawmakers aim to expand summer food program; Restaurants line up for federal aid

Lawmakers made plans this week to introduce the Stop Child Hunger Act, which would expand the summer Electronic Benefit Transfer program adopted during the pandemic.

Creating plant-forward menus that serve the planet, consumers and the bottom line
Creating plant-forward menus that serve the planet, consumers and the bottom line

Finding ways to cater to customers’ plant-forward tastes and innovate with new dishes and practices that benefit the environment and boost the bottom line will be key to the next chapter of the plant-forward movement, a panel of chefs said.

Top 10: Restaurants’ hiring hopes, Kroger’s plan to double digital sales, Trader Joe’s grilled cheese challenge
Top 10: Restaurants’ hiring hopes, Kroger’s plan to double digital sales, Trader Joe’s grilled cheese challenge

Several of this week’s most-clicked stories focus on what restaurants are doing to attract new hires.

What role will robots play in the future of food delivery?
What role will robots play in the future of food delivery?

With demand for convenient and contactless food delivery options on the rise, autonomous delivery vehicles have the potential to be a game-changer for foodservice and food retail.

Top 10: A fresh look for Jimmy John’s; Sprouts’ winning strategy; Product launches from PepsiCo, Campbell, Kellogg and Hershey
Top 10: A fresh look for Jimmy John’s; Sprouts’ winning strategy; Product launches from PepsiCo, Campbell, Kellogg and Hershey

SmartBrief food and beverage readers were hungry for a look at Jimmy John’s new logo, which the sandwich chain recently revealed as part of a brand refresh.

Community connections help independent restaurants stay afloat amid pandemic
Community connections help independent restaurants stay afloat amid pandemic

Rather than set unrealistic goals of returning to business as usual, restaurateurs would be wise to focus on making off-premises sales a sustainable part of their business for the foreseeable future, a panel of independent restaurant operators said.

Restaurants vs. retail: Breaking down consumers’ plant-based appetites
Restaurants vs. retail: Breaking down consumers’ plant-based appetites

Plant-based products are continuing to grow in popularity, both at restaurants and food retail, and certain product categories have emerged as consumer favorites in each channel. 

Increased demand for off-premises ushers in new era of restaurant design
Increased demand for off-premises ushers in new era of restaurant design

Restaurants are responding to growing takeout sales with new store designs that put off-premises front and center.

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