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News, trends and best business practices for the food and beverage industry.
Top 10: Fresh Market’s turnaround plan, new snack rollouts and Chick-fil-A’s promo

News of Fresh Market's plan to shutter 15 stores as part of its turnaround plan struck a chord with readers this week, as did stories from PepsiCo and Chick-fil-A.

pizza

With over 67,000 pizza restaurants across the country and a multitude of ways to prepare pies at home, it’s easy for American consumers to feed this obsession.

Jean Marie Brownson co-founded Frontera Foods.
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Simple ingredients, authentic recipes flavor today's fancy food trends.

Top 10: General Mills' growth strategy, Halo Top's turnaround and possible P.F. Chang's sale

General Mills' growth strategy, the changes that led to Halo Top's turnaround and the possible sale of P.F. Chang's were this week's top stories.

New fancy food brands serve tasty snacks made from healthy ingredients. Also, some breaking news from Califia Farms.

New fancy food brands serve tasty snacks made from healthy ingredients.

Walmart, Kroger partner to create global blockchain

Conagra, parent of packaged food brands including Healthy Choice and Marie Callender’s, signed a $10.9 billion deal this week to buy Pinnacle Foods.

The future of food is up to chefs

It's up to chefs to shape the future of food by using flavor to drive diners toward healthy and sustainable diets, author Michael Ruhlman said at the Culinary Institute of America's Menus of Change conference.

Focus on flavor is key in marketing plant-forward food to diners

As Americans increasingly seek out meals that are made without meat or use it in a supporting role to plant products, it’s important for foodservice operators to understand how to market these dishes in a way that resonates with consumers.

Q&A: How Haney is driving packaging innovation with its Microfactory concept
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Haney co-founder and President Dan Haney discusses how the Packaging Microfactory is helping brands develop and test packaging designed for today’s market, including products optimized for e-commerce.

Specialty foods to take center stage at Summer Fancy Food Show

The Specialty Food Association will hold its Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City starting June 30.

General Mills’ new YQ yogurt brand, store closures and the naming of the world’s best restaurant caught SmartBrief readers’ attention this week.

Plant pride: MorningStar Farms, Gardenburger put plants at the center of the plate
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Plant-based meals are gaining popularity with mainstream diners, driving a need for foodservice operators to offer crowd-pleasing dishes that put plants front and center.

The menu of the future is plant-based and globally-inspired
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Bush’s Best Foodservice Marketing Manager Ben Carpenter and chef Jorge Cespedes discuss strategies for building flavorful, plant-forward dishes and why beans are a key building block to the menu of the future.

Turning shoppers into diners: What’s driving success at retail foodservice

Prepared foods present an opportunity for grocery retailers to recapture sales lost to restaurants and connect with consumers on a new level. Here’s a look at what’s driving foodservice sales at retail and strategies that can lead to further success.

Wine consumers are evolving at the same pace as today's retail consumers. How are wineries and retailers adapting?