SmartBrief Originals
News, trends and best business practices for the food and beverage industry.
Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods dominates this week's top 10

Amazon finalized its acquisition of Whole Foods this week, and SmartBrief readers were drawn to news about how the deal will impact the industry.

Peruvian dishes draw inspiration from the cuisines of many cultures

With regional dishes that range from hearty stews to refreshing ceviches and cultural influences including Japanese and Chinese, the food of Peru encompasses myriad ingredients, flavors and cooking styles.

Pizza, poke and Indian concepts are hot in the field of fast-casual

Here’s a look at how pizzerias and two other hot concepts -- poke and Indian cuisine -- are fanning the fast-casual flames.

Top 10: Trader Joe’s favorite foods, Target's remodels and a turnaround plan at Ruby Tuesday

Top 10: Trader Joe’s favorite foods, Target's remodels and a turnaround plan at Ruby Tuesday

McDonald's McRib

Unicorn Frappuccino, McRib sandwiches, Bacon Sriracha Fries – limited time offers (LTOs) have resonated with a wide consumer base.

Meatless options make headway in more groceries, restaurants

As a growing number of consumers lean toward plant-based diets, restaurants and food manufacturers are responding with meatless offerings like The Beyond Burger.

Top 10: Chuck E. Cheese gets a new look, Applebee’s returns to its roots

Chuck E. Cheese shows off an updated format, Applebee's brings back meal deals

LTOs – Here today and gone tomorrow...but do they leave ROI behind?

There is no question that LTOs are an important part of the restaurant industry’s marketing initiatives, but measuring the performance of an LTO can sometimes be challenging.

Commitments to a cage-free future pinch egg producers in the present

Egg producers are scrambling to ramp up cage-free supplies to meet brands’ future commitments. However, companies and even the consumers to whom they’re trying to appeal with new sourcing guidelines are slow to make the switch.

FMI report: Looking into the future of retail health and wellness

Explore the current state of health and wellness in food retail and emerging trends through data from FMI's most recent report.


The most popular stories this week talked about big changes at various business, from Tyson Foods to Kraft Heinz and Oprah.

Best private label practices for food retailers

A look at the rise of private labels and best practices for launching private brands.

Q&A: Plant-forward dining trend creates opportunities for foodservice operators to highlight produce
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Chef Mark Garcia, director of foodservice for Avocados From Mexico, discusses trends in plant-forward dining.

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New products and executive changes across CPG companies were most popular this week.

Understanding today’s aging consumers: Healthy living & adventures with food

Baby boomers and the silent generation have become an aging collective of consumers seemingly forgotten in food culture, passed over in favor of the new generations du jour: millennials, Gen X and Gen Z.