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News, trends and best business practices for the food and beverage industry.

The most-read food and beverage news for this week spanned evenly over food retail, CPG and foodservice with news of Ahold Delhaize’s formation and new logo taking the top two spots.

Tacos made with fresh tortillas at Oyamel

Across the US, restaurants are investing in better ingredients and time-consuming traditional methods to elevate tortillas from an afterthought to an authentic, delicious part of the dining experience.

convenience store

As this segment continues to evolve, there are opportunities for manufacturers and distributors to help c-stores meet modern consumers’ needs. 

Produce plays a big part in Wal-Mart's food-waste reduction plans

A GMO labeling law, an overtime bill and supermarket growth plans rated with readers this week

Ingredient storytelling; cheese plate

Revealing ingredient origin in product names and marketing claims creates a feeling of authenticity, and can increase brand integrity.


In a market where every half point of market share for a name brand has huge financial consequences, private label has to be analyzed as closely as new premium brands.

Danone to acquire WhiteWave; Most-clicked

Danone's WhiteWave acquistion, the federal GMO labeling bill and Starbucks' plan to raise pay all made this week's most-clicked list.

New plant-based versions of meat and eggs are designed to more closely the originals

Impossible Meats, VeganEgg test the public's perception of plant-based meat and effs

Report: Top trends in produce touch on merchandising, local offerings, health

FMI's recent report reveals the top trends in produce in food retail -- look at the trends and how they relate to SmartBrief's recent news coverage.

Food companies getting ahead of consumer trends drew readers this week

Getting ahead of consumer trends and food companies making business moves made this week's top-clicked food and beverage stories.

Today's chocolatiers turn their attention to nutritious, healthy ingredients

Chocolate brands showed off their health-focused sweets at the Summer Fancy Food Show


A new report from Nielsen outlining how the CPG industry will change immensely in the next five years made the top of the list in this week’s most-read news.

Speciality food makers showed off their wares at the Summer Fancy Food Show

The Summer Fancy Food Show brought a bevy of new specialty food and beverage brands to New York City this week.

Latin American foods, flavors are a source of snack inspiration

Snacking is a way of life for life for US consumers, and as restaurants and food manufacturers seek to expand their snack offerings many of them are turning to Latin American foods and flavors for inspiration.

Why disruption in food retail doesn't start with technology

FMI Connect speakers discussed why disruption in food retail is more about the shopper and less about technology.