About the author: Tricia Smith | SmartBlogs
Tricia Smith edits food, beverage and CPG briefs and manages SmartBlog on Food & Beverage. A former intern and writer at SmartBrief, she graduated from the Philip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland in College Park. You can follow her on Twitter @SB_Food.
By Tricia Smith on July 21st, 2014 | 52834Comment on this postQ-and-A%3A+Healthy+Dining%27s+Anita+Jones-Mueller+on+how+restaurants+can+reduce+sodium+on+menus2014-07-21+11%3A00%3A39Tricia+Smithhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D52834
Sodium reduction is a hot topic in the foodservice industry as manufacturers and restaurateurs look for ways to cut sodium without sacrificing flavor or shelf-life. SmartBrief spoke with Anita Jones-Mueller, president and chief executive officer of Healthy Dining about the company’s latest research on sodium reduction and how restaurants can make menus healthier while keeping customers satisfied.[…] Continue Reading »
Craft beer has gone from a niche offering to being practically a necessity, with many consumers expecting to see craft brews on tap at even the most basic sports bars and small town watering holes. Sales of craft beer grew 18% by volume and 20% by dollars last year, Brewers Association Staff Economist Bart Watson said during a panel at the International Wine, Spirits and Beer event at the National Restaurant Association show last month.[…] Continue Reading »
By Tricia Smith on June 13th, 2014 | 52223Comment on this postFood+delivery+services+answer+consumers%27+call+for+healthy%2C+gourmet+options2014-06-13+11%3A00%3A21Tricia+Smithhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D52223
Having food delivered used to mean picking up the phone and placing an order to your local pizzeria or Chinese restaurant. Today, consumers have access to a growing number of delivery services that make it quick and easy to order a wide range of foods catered to any number of occasions, budgets or dietary restrictions.
By Tricia Smith on June 2nd, 2014 | 51956Comment on this postLocal+produce%2C+spicy+flavors+and+kosher+products+steal+the+show+at+NRA+Show+20142014-06-02+12%3A06%3A18Tricia+Smithhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D51956
At last month’s National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, 2,168 exhibiting companies — a 4.3% increase over last year — showcased their products to more than 61,000 attendees. Some trends from last year’s show returned bigger than ever, including gluten-free items and health-focused beverages. Here is a look at three trends that dominated this year’s show.[…] Continue Reading »
By Tricia Smith on May 20th, 2014 | 51703Comment on this postAccurate+nutrition+info%2C+training+are+essential+as+restaurants+prepare+for+menu+labeling2014-05-20+10%3A00%3A21Tricia+Smithhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D51703
The Food and Drug Administration released proposed regulations for menu labeling in 2011, and final rules are anticipated later this year, Dan Roehl, NRA’s vice president of government relations, said during a menu labeling panel at the NRA show Saturday. Roehl and his fellow panelists — Healthy Dining Culinary Dietician Rachel Rothman and Darden Health & Wellness Director Cheryl Dolven — shared tips and best practices for restaurant operators who will need to add nutrition information to their menus.[…] Continue Reading »