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News, trends and best business practices for the food and beverage industry.
Naturally sweet: How stevia can boost drink sales in foodservice
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Consumers are looking to reduce sugar in their diets and stevia offers a natural alternative that could help boost beverage sales.

Hunger for Latin cuisine brings more Latin ingredients to the US market

The rising popularity of Latin American cuisine in the US is raising the profile of Latin ingredients, and making them easier for chefs and consumers to obtain.

plant-based foods

Americans are changing the way they eat, with plant-based foods taking center stage (or plate, rather).

Top 10: Gerber's new HQ, Necco crowdfunding campaign and USA's culinary win

The sale of Hearthside Food Solutions to private equity investors Partners Group Holding and Charlesbank Capital Partners was the suject of this week's top story.

How to know when it’s time for a restaurant to add more locations

Restaurateurs should ensure their processes are firmly in place before expanding to a second site.

How food brands find new fans with in-store sampling

How natural food brands use in-store samplings to win brand fans and shelf space.

Top 10: Smucker makes business moves, CPG and grocery news

News about Smucker's business moves caught readers' attention this week, along with CPG and grocery news.

Robots could improve the restaurant experience for staff, diners

Robots designed to help in both the front and back of the house can allow staffers to shift their focus to the customer experience, and create opportunities to learn new skills.

Q&A: E-commerce offers insights, opportunities to drive impulse buys
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Acosta SVP Brian Christensen discusses what’s driving growth in e-commerce, how personalized offers can encourage impulse buys and how brands and retailers can utilize e-commerce as both a sales and marketing channel.

Trolli turns food into fashion — and vice versa
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By aligning its brand with trends and influencers, Trolli is able to connect with consumers on a level that speaks to their passions and not just their palates.

Helping consumers overcome hurdles to cooking at home represent significant opportunities for food retailers, restaurants and CPG companies.

Grocery CEOs share industry concerns, predictions

Grocery's future, April Fool's Day pranks caught readers' attention this week

Ramen’s rise helps drive interest in other Asian noodle dishes
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In the past few years, ramen’s reputation among US diners has skyrocketed, and its popularity is giving rise to other dishes made with Asian noodles.

Giving food waste a second life

Food and beverage manufacturers are repurposing ingredients that would otherwise be wasted to make new products.

Retailers and restaurants alike are adding a foodservice component to their operation in order to draw in customers and create meaningful, differentiated experiences.