From time to time, an industry or subject inspires us to create a best-of list. These are sites that produce out-of-this-world coverage in a crowded arena. In case you’ve missed some, you can find them here. If you think your site should be considered, give us a holler and tell us why.
Everyone needs to eat.
Where our food comes from, what kinds we enjoy, and how we prepare it may vary widely around the world, but the act of eating a meal connects us.
“Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.” – Anthony Bourdain
More than ever, food headlines are intersecting with the environment, technology, and economics. Keeping up with news about the things we consume goes beyond recalls and recipes – it’s about science, culture, and business.
To stay on top of the evolving food industry, here are nine sites we’d recommend:
Saveur describes itself as “the definitive guide for passionate cooks, stylish entertainers, and culinary explorers.”
Founded in 1994 and now published by Bonnier Corporation, Saveur has been honored with James Beard journalism awards and American Society of Magazine Editors awards.
While known for elevated recipes and impeccable taste, many of Saveur’s gems can be found in the travel section — making remote parts of the world more accessible and intriguing, piece by piece.
Based in the U.K., New Food Magazine brings a wide lens to the global food and beverage industry by examining food safety, scientific innovation, and economic realities.
New Food also hosts a Food Integrity event to gather food industry professionals and address questions about topics ranging from differing regulations between countries to maintaining and developing consumer trust.
What started out as a local guide to NYC dining and nightlife has become a go-to for foodies around the globe.
True to its roots, Eater (now a Vox Media brand) focuses on restaurant guides for popular cities across the U.S. and internationally, but also offers insightful news and creative story angles.
Readers with a penchant for food will appreciate Eater’s longform features, newsletters, and its latest podcast venture — Eater’s Digest.
Stories to read right now: I Spent Three Hours Getting Colonel Sanders to Fall in Love With Me on KFC’s New Dating Video Game; Why I’m Deleting Delivery Apps From My Phone; and Square’s Fee Increase Isn’t Great News for Coffee Shops or Their Customers.
Delish’s news section can be found under the seemingly infinite list of videos and Pin-able recipes it’s known for.
Despite being owned by the Hearst Communications conglomerate, Delish maintains an authentically communal vibe; its timely, seasonal, and fun content is approachable for anyone who likes to eat.
Stories to read right now: Here’s How To Know If You Were Affected By DoorDash’s Data Breach; This Kid Is So Obsessed With Instant Pots His Parents Got Him An Instant Pot Cake For His Birthday; and 10 Places You Can Buy Thanksgiving Dinner If You Don’t Want To Cook This Year.
Offering breaking news, analysis, and market information for the food processing industry, Food Business News is a reputable source for personnel announcements, earnings insights, and special topics.
In addition to its magazine subscription and newsletter, it also has a New Food Insider weekly roundup email that details the latest food and beverage products.
Stories to read right now: Getting mac and cheese to survive on Mars; McDonald’s debuts first new McCafe holiday flavor in five years; and Next-gen flavors in focus.
6. Food & Wine
The illustrious magazine has been a staple in the food world since 1978 and showcases recipes, cooking tips, chef profiles, restaurant reviews, and stellar holiday content.
Well-known for its annual list of the 10 best new chefs in America, Food & Wine also regularly features the winner of Top Chef in a coveted spread as part of the prize package.
Food & Wine hosts multiple events itself throughout the year, but the most famous is the Classic in Aspen — a premier culinary gathering that draws experts from all over the world.
With such a sophisticated reputation, casual consumers may be surprised to find Food & Wine’s news section to be convivial, easy to read, and informative.
Stories to read right now: Security Cameras Catch Bear Snacking on Pinot Noir Grapes; Scientist Proves Health Benefits of Pizza, Receives Unusual Award; and A French Chef Is Suing the Michelin Guide Over His Two-Star Rating.
7. Food Dive
Geared toward food industry readers and part of the Industry Dive portfolio, Food Dive reports on policy, trends, and the business of food.
Even if you’re not an industry decision maker, there’s a lot of value in the “Deep Dive” and opinion sections about the corporate challenges that directly affect the things we eat every day.
Stories to read right now: How Folgers has ushered in almost 170 years of happy mornings; International flavors top US snack preferences, study finds; and Lawmakers press FDA to act on CBD regulations.
Don’t let HuffPost’s affinity for politics and entertainment news overshadow its knack for intriguing food writing.
HuffPost Food tackles mainstream topics for a broad audience: trends, favorite products, and little-known stories that speak to a contemporary consumer’s concerns.
You can sign up for the Food Friday email, which delivers “the best recipes, kitchen tips and genius food facts” and is separate from its other newsletters.
Stories to read right now: What Is Manuka Honey, Anyway? If You Still Don’t Know, Now You Will; ‘Trash Fish’: A List Of The Sustainable Seafood We Should Be Eating; and How Asian Americans Use Kitchen Gardens To Reclaim Their Heritage.
The Specialty Food Association (SFA) is a trade association with a mission to “Shape the Future of Food.”
Along with organizing the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, the SFA also presents the annual sofi Awards, which honor excellence in specialty foods.
The SFA’s news section is particularly rich; there’s a wealth of information, from top stories to opinion pieces and press releases from thousands of members.
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Erienne Muldoon is a senior customer content specialist for Virtual Press Office, PR Newswire’s trade show marketing solutions division. When she’s not advising clients on storytelling best practices, you can find her tweeting about Cleveland, PR, and video games @ECMuldoon.