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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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Sous vide finds mainstream success in foodservice, consumer kitchens
Sous vide finds mainstream success in foodservice, consumer kitchens

Rising demand for convenient meals is feeding the popularity of sous vide among restaurant operators and home cooks.

Reset the Table initiative aims to advance gender equality in the foodservice industry
Reset the Table initiative aims to advance gender equality in the foodservice industry

The Food Group created the initiative to level the playing field for women in foodservice.

Top 10: M&M’s new look, Lucky’s Market store closures and top cookbooks for 2020
Top 10: M&M’s new look, Lucky’s Market store closures and top cookbooks for 2020

Product launches and revamps from M&M, Jelly Belly and Pepperidge Farm were among this week's top stories.

What’s Hot for 2020: Plant-based, many ways
What’s Hot for 2020: Plant-based, many ways

Plant-based proteins came out on top of the culinary trends ranked by chefs in a new report from The National Restaurant Association, but the survey also sheds some light on other trends we can expect to see in plant-forward dishes this year.

Top 10: Reflecting on 2019 and looking ahead to 2020
Top 10: Reflecting on 2019 and looking ahead to 2020

Many of the most popular stories among SmartBrief food and beverage readers this week had to do with either looking back at trends from the past year (or decade) or plans and trends that are gaining steam as we head into the new year.

Top 10: P&G’s dish soap innovation, exec updates at Hershey and a Brazilian chicken chain’s US growth plan
Top 10: P&G’s dish soap innovation, exec updates at Hershey and a Brazilian chicken chain’s US growth plan

New products and plans for the coming year came out on top in this week’s roundup of most-clicked stories.

Expanded plant-based options, elevated kids’ fare and alcohol-free beverages are on the menu for 2020
Expanded plant-based options, elevated kids’ fare and alcohol-free beverages are on the menu for 2020

Several trends that emerged or gained a foothold in the food industry in 2019 will continue to grow in the coming year.

Improving plant-based options mean meat isn’t always a must-have
Improving plant-based options mean meat isn’t always a must-have

Offering options that appeal to meat-eaters is key to the success of the growing plant-based category, because it reflects the way that most people eat today.

Top 10: Kellogg brings cereal brands together, KFC “Seasoned Tickets” sell out
Top 10: Kellogg brings cereal brands together, KFC “Seasoned Tickets” sell out

Grocery news made a big showing in this week’s list of most-clicked stories among SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers.

Retailers, restaurants tap into a powerful resource that’s in their employees’ own pockets
Retailers, restaurants tap into a powerful resource that’s in their employees’ own pockets

Letting employees use their own smartphones for scheduling, training and other work tasks is gaining popularity with restaurants and retailers, and the practice can boost productivity and retention.

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