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News, trends and best business practices for the food and beverage industry.
Farm Sanctuary and the changing face of food

Farm Sanctuary focuses on the animals in a push to convince consumers to consider a plant-based diet.

Top 10: Rumored Kroger-Ahold merger, PepsiCo's new strategy and wildfires take a toll on wine

A rumored merger deal between Kroger and Ahold, PepsiCo's approach to e-commerce and the damage caused to wineries by the California wildfires were among the week's top stories.

Seafood poke

There’s a new seafood diet in town – and no, we’re not talking about the “see food and eat it” diet.

Q&A: McCormick VP on how connected packaging improves the consumer experience
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Michael Okoroafor, vice president of global sustainability and packaging innovation for McCormick discusses how the world’s leading manufacturer of spices, herbs and flavorings is taking connected packaging to the next level.

How to gain shelf space with grocers

Getting a new CPG product on grocery shelves can be challenging, even for established brands. These experts offer tips that can help.

The most-read stories this week rang with the theme of newness.

This event, Oct. 10-11, in Seattle, Wash., will bring together brands and startups in the food and kitchen technology space to map the future of food.

Senior construction director Mike Snyder has created a comprehensive build-out plan that cuts costs for franchisees.

Senior construction director Mike Snyder has created a comprehensive build-out plan that cuts costs for franchisees.

How Panera reinvented its customer experience in a tech-driven world

Panera exec Mark Berinato talked to attendees at about how the chain retooled its customer experience to focus on technology.

Top 10: Changes at Whole Foods, Nestle, Panera drew readers this week

Stories about Whole Foods, Nestle, Panera Bread resonated with SmartBrief readers this week

Chefs and attendees at the 2016 Latin Cuisine Summit

The CIA's Center for Foods of the Americas will explore the culinary traditions of Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico next month at its second annual Latin Cuisine Summit, Arriba el Caribe!

Innovative ingredients, new takes on old favorites drive desserts into new dayparts
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Innovative desserts that feature global flavors, new twists on classic favorites and treat-sized portions are tempting consumers to order dessert during all hours of the day.

How to turn restaurant data analytics into increased sales

Restaurants often have a mountain of data at their fingertips, but aren’t sure how to turn it into useful insights that can drive sales. These expert tips can help.

Top 10: Stories about dairy topped this week's most popular food and beverage news

News about dairy drew interest from readers this week. Find out what else made the top 10 in food and beverage news.

How personalized marketing and owned media can capture consumers' attention

Using personalized marketing campaigns and owned media can make messaging more effective and reach a greater number of consumers, said panelists at the recent GMA Leadership Forum.