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

This week's top news ran the gamut, covering food retail, new CPG products, digital marketing and trends in jams.

Spices, seasonings are key to winning vegan food

Vegan chefs win over omnivores with familiar seasonings

Q&A: Modern Table Meals' mission is focused on health and convenience
CPG

Modern Table Meals co-founder talked to SmartBrief about providing healthy, convenient meals to consumers and being a female CPG leader.

Swedish Fish Oreos resonated with readers this week

Most-clicked stories this week include Swedish Fish Oreos, Deep Fried Twinkies and Wal-Mart's culinary lab

A Whole Foods bar -- The burgeoning business of foodservice in retail

Retailers and food brands alike try a heavier hand in foodservice to meet consumer demand for prepared foods and meals.

General Mills saw big potential in Larabar
CPG

Fresh, organic food startups find favor with consumers, investors

Price Chopper; Will Golub sell Price Chopper?

News that Price Chopper parent Golub Corp. is reportedly considering a sale of the grocery chain was the most-clicked story among SmartBrief's food and beverage readers this week.

Ice cream trends are hot -- and getting hotter

Dessert is a category that few decision-makers can ignore – after all, over 85% of consumers eat a dessert within any given week.

Feel Good Foods products -- Q&A: Feel Good Foods founder on going from Ziploc bags to Whole Foods' shelves
CPG

SmartBrief talked to the founder of gluten-free prepared foods brand Feel Good Foods about growing from a startup in a Brooklyn kitchen to national distribution at Whole Foods and other retailers.

Smoked brisket -- Top 10: Cooking techniques, moves by Campbell drew readers this week

News about cooking techniques and Campbell were popular in food and beverage this week. See what else made the top 10 stories.

In foodservice of the past, processed uniformity in food reassured consumers of quality and safety in products, but today such characteristics are anathema to many.

Food makers heat up their products with new spice combos

New spice combos and flavor innovations heated up the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show

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.