Archive for GeneralMills SmartBlogs

SmartBrief readers were most interested in stories about the future of the food industry from all aspects this week. Chipotle‘s future plans for a fast-casual burger concept gave them a glimpse at where the company could be going next in the restaurant industry, while Amazon‘s move to expand its Dash re-ordering service to include brands like ConAgra and PepsiCo looked at food retail and its future in e-commerce.[…] Continue Reading »

A new promotion and campaign touting the premium ingredients and recipes that make Papa John’s pizzas worth paying a bit more for ranked high with SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers this week, coming in second after a tale about the soaring popularity of meat-based jerky from established companies and emerging startups such as Epic, which was recently acquired by General Mills.[…] Continue Reading »

News about consumers’ top-ranked restaurant chains held the attention of SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers this week. Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza, Firehouse Subs and Bonefish Grill came out on top in terms of food quality, according to Technomic’s 2016 Consumers’ Choice Awards for Chain Restaurants, and Cracker Barrel won the title of most popular casual chain in a Market Force survey.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartBrief readers showed eclectic tastes in food and beverage stories heading into the new year, favoring tales about healthy trends, quickservice value meals, executive moves and cupcakes.

The creation of Sonoma Brands, a new venture from Krave Pure Foods founder Jon Sebastiani that aims to develop innovative food and beverage products, was the most-read story over the past week, and other healthy dining stories including one about “clean” diet trends and another about the popularity of kombucha ranked high.[…] Continue Reading »

This week, we were given a look inside Taco Bell’s first location to serve alcohol, which could perhaps be a sign of things to come with fast-casual restaurants; in August, we saw Starbucks starting evening alcohol service to capture a larger audience. Fast-casual pizza also made the news as a fast-growing segment in the foodservice world.

Millennials are still a focus for CPG companies, like Hain Celestial, which redesigned some of its packaging and expanded into new categories including kombucha and coffee.[…] Continue Reading »