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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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Food and restaurant trends for 2022 include robots, sustainability
Food and restaurant trends for 2022 include robots, sustainability

Robots in restaurants, streamlined menus, booze-free beverages, a focus on sustainability and explorations of heritage cuisines are among food and restaurant experts' predictions for the top trends of 2022.

Worlds of Flavor: Global influences and local roots drive the future of dining
Worlds of Flavor: Global influences and local roots drive the future of dining

Chefs took the stage at The Culinary Institute of America’s 23rd annual Worlds of Flavor conference to talk about how global influences and local communities are shaping the future of dining.

Q&A: Pastry chef talks about the techniques, inspiration behind her edible works of art
Q&A: Pastry chef talks about the techniques, inspiration behind her edible works of art

Amber Spiegel of SweetAmbs talks about the inspiration behind her beautiful bakes and how her education at The Culinary Institute of America helped turn her passion for pastry decoration into a career.

Top 10: A gourmet Golden Oreo, sweet potato cheesecake and modified packaging for Entenmann's
Top 10: A gourmet Golden Oreo, sweet potato cheesecake and modified packaging for Entenmann's

SmartBrief food and beverage readers had a sweet tooth this week, with several of the most clicked stories focusing on baked goods and desserts.

Restaurants turn to tech tools to streamline vaccine requirements, verification
Restaurants turn to tech tools to streamline vaccine requirements, verification

As more restaurants begin to require customers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination for indoor dining, many are enlisting technology solutions to streamline the process of informing diners and verifying their vaccination status.

Top 10: A tale of 2 chickens, Walmart’s ghost kitchens, Whole Foods’ Just Walk Out stores
Top 10: A tale of 2 chickens, Walmart’s ghost kitchens, Whole Foods’ Just Walk Out stores

Plant-based food maker Impossible Foods rolled out its first chicken alternative this week, adding Impossible Chicken Nuggets to it’s lineup of burger and sausage alternatives.

SmartSummit: Schools grapple with supply chain issues and other challenges as new year begins
SmartSummit: Schools grapple with supply chain issues and other challenges as new year begins

Two school nutrition experts spoke about the lessons learned during the 2020-21 school year and the challenges that lie ahead during SmartBrief’s Aug. 24 SmartSummit, “What’s on the menu for the 2021-22 school year?"

Top 10: Amazon Fresh grows in Pa.; Hershey’s has plans for Lily’s brand; Consumers worry about packaging waste
Top 10: Amazon Fresh grows in Pa.; Hershey’s has plans for Lily’s brand; Consumers worry about packaging waste

News that Amazon opened its first Amazon Fresh store in Pennsylvania with plans to add a second in the state was this week’s most-clicked story among SmartBrief food and beverage readers.

How the pandemic has reshaped the future of restaurants
How the pandemic has reshaped the future of restaurants

Whether it’s new or expanded channels for off-premises that cater to lasting demand for convenient meal options or programs that serve the local community, here’s a look at some of the concepts and innovations that are defining the future of foodservice.

Top 10: Nestle’s $1B e-commerce plan, new Oreo flavors, Walmart’s ESG progress report
Top 10: Nestle’s $1B e-commerce plan, new Oreo flavors, Walmart’s ESG progress report

Walmart recently debuted a new webpage to highlight its progress on environmental, social and governance goals.

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