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News, trends and best business practices for the food and beverage industry.

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?

Top 10: Bourdain's passing, IHOP’s name, Sabra's hummus

Top 10: Bourdain's passing, IHOP’s name, Sabra's hummus

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The art of trendspotting is about identifying tiny real-world innovations that show the potential for scalable, behavioral use by real consumers.

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Food halls are continuing to trend across the country in cities small and large, popping up in anywhere from old bread factories to the long-vacant open markets of yesteryear.

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This week’s most popular stories ran the gamut, from big news about big CPG companies to a bevy of fast food news.

Stevia lends natural sweetness to smoothies, mocktails and more
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Offering sugar-free craft beverages sweetened with stevia can help recapture sales that have slipped as consumers look to reduce their sugar intake.

Trending the rise of low- and no-alcohol beverages

Find out what's behind the popularity of low-alcohol and alcohol-free beer, wine, spirits and cocktails.

Amazon expands Whole Foods discounts

News of Amazon’s plan to extend discounts at Whole Foods for Prime members struck a chord with readers this week, as did stories from PepsiCo and Chipotle.

Cashing in on the truffle trend doesn’t have to break the bank
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Truffle flavor is trending on menus and versatile, affordable applications mean it’s not just for fine dining anymore.

Restaurants large and small are updating their operations to incorporate sustainability practices.

Top 10: Campbell CEO steps down, Wendy's redesigns and Elon Musk has a candy plan

Changes at Campbell Soup, Wendy's new store design and Elon Musk's plan to enter the candy market got readers' attention this week.