About the author: Julia Russell | SmartBlogs

Julia Russell Julia Russell edits retail and food and beverage newsletters at SmartBrief and covers industry news for SmartBlog on Food and Beverage. She graduated from the Philip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland in College Park and did media research for cloud-based marketing software provider Vocus before joining SmartBrief.

As consumers across demographics become busier and look for more convenient options in the food and beverage space, it is no surprise that snacking accounts for an increasing number of eating occasions. In fact, the average consumer eats about 2.6 snacks per day, and 41% of consumers snack three or more times per day, according to Sally Lyons Wyatt, executive vice president and practice leader of snacks for IRI.[…] Continue Reading »

Websites and technology are pretty much ubiquitous these days, no matter what industry you work in, but there are challenges that can come with incorporating technology into an existing business model, especially in more traditional industries like food retail and restaurants.

As consumers become more connected via smartphones and other gadgets and technology like mobile payment systems take root across industries, it is vital that retailers and restaurants keep pace with technology and keep customers engaged.[…] Continue Reading »

From restaurant and retail giants that are household names to small, regional brands that aren’t known throughout the whole industry, subscription services are becoming a big part of the food and beverage space. Services like Amazon Prime and Blue Apron are increasingly finding favor among consumers with busy lives, so what does this mean for the traditional retail and restaurant players and the food industry as a whole?[…] Continue Reading »

From big chains like Peet’s and Starbucks to smaller regional players like D.C.’s Dolcezza, coffee makers are helping customers cool off with cold brew iced coffee this summer. Although cold brew coffee isn’t a new concept, it’s a market trend that is getting a lot of attention and gaining in popularity — and it seems to be a trend that could stick.[…] Continue Reading »

Food retailers, wholesalers, suppliers and other food retail industry members met in Chicago to network, learn and engage at FMI Connect. We talked to Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and CEO, about the highlights from the show, which focused on catering to customers while improving operations and looking toward the future of the food retail industry.[…] Continue Reading »