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Earlier this year, IHOP and Applebee’s joined a number of national restaurant chains dropping soda from children’s menus, offering choices like milk and juice in its place. In the past few years, operators from McDonald’s to Panera have done the same thing, part of an effort to keep healthier beverages on tap for kids. Food menus for youngsters have also been beefed up – at nose-to-tail restaurant Salare in Seattle, the kids’ meals are as sophisticated as the adult menu, with options like cauliflower soup with black beans and spring onion puree and a chicken drumstick with kale rapini and potatoes.[…] Continue Reading »

Food retail news and one culinary news story made the top five most-read stories this week in SmartBrief on Food & Beverage, with a story on ALDI‘s new higher-end store prototype taking the top spot. The Germany-based discount supermarket chain is trading its no-frills style for a neater look and cafe that will sell fair-trade coffee and fresh smoothies.[…] Continue Reading »

The retail industry is facing major shifts and changes as mobile devices get smarter and consumers incorporate them further into their daily lives. From shopping to seeking out product information, consumers turn to their smartphones and other mobile devices more than ever. However, there are still some traditional holdouts in the retail environment. One of those holdouts, according to a report from RetailMeNot and Placed, is the coupon.[…] Continue Reading »

For the better part of the past two decades, most consumers and companies were looking to solve primarily baseline health and wellness conditions or find new approaches to them. And those goals fell into one of two buckets. The first bucket was health condition management and consumers were looking for food and beverage products that would help them treat or prevent specific conditions.[…] Continue Reading »

The most popular story by far in the past week centered around Coca-Cola’s updated product design for its Dasani brand of flavored sparkling water, which is being promoted in a “Break for Bubbles” campaign that urges consumers to unwind with the refreshing beverage. Next up were foodservice stories, the most popular of which included news about the famous Chicago restaurant Alinea’s re-opening this spring with changes and updates made to feast the senses, and Chipotle’s potential updates to its menu in order to phase out the free food offers that were designed to bring customers back after high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks.[…] Continue Reading »