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Amy Sung

Amy Sung is the director of content for food and travel at SmartBrief, where she manages both editorial content and content marketing spanning the foodservice, food retail and consumer packaged goods industries, as well as the travel and hospitality industries. In this role, she has worked with companies ranging from Trolli and Kellogg to Amazon Business Services, Deloitte and the Wall Street Journal, as well as associations such as the Food Marketing Institute and the Produce Marketing Association. Prior to joining SmartBrief in 2013, Amy was a writer, reporter and editor at various publications including Supermarket News, FSR and QSR Magazines, Bon Appetit, Serious Eats, Eater, The Seattle Times, Every Day with Rachael Ray and more. In the travel and hospitality space, she has worked with the Travel Channel, Lonely Planet, Forbes Travel Guide, TravelAge West, SpaFinder and more.

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SmartSummit: The plant-based movement is here to stay
SmartSummit: The plant-based movement is here to stay

Industry experts from White Castle, The Kroger Co. and Datassental discuss the plant-based trend and whether it’s here to stay.

Top 10: $25B relief package for restaurants, cereal-flavored ice cream, less shaving = more beard oil
Top 10: $25B relief package for restaurants, cereal-flavored ice cream, less shaving = more beard oil

Legislative news involving the foodservice industry and stories about how a change in shaving tendencies is affecting CPG product lines made this week's top 10.

SmartSummit: Foodservice industry experts on what it takes to succeed in these times
SmartSummit: Foodservice industry experts on what it takes to succeed in these times

From increased drive-thrus and ghost kitchens to keeping an eye on new technologies and employee retention, the panel offered insights that centered on the need to be flexible in operations, and to meet not only consumers’ expectations, but also restauran

Top 10: Whole Foods' trend predictions, PPP and food retailer rankings
Top 10: Whole Foods' trend predictions, PPP and food retailer rankings

From drive-thrus and curbside pickup to food trends and Paycheck Protection Program loans, this week’s top news touched on multiple facets of the industry, a sign of how much is truly going on in these times.

Top 10: Uncle Ben’s moves forward with a new name, classic cereals travel back in time
Top 10: Uncle Ben’s moves forward with a new name, classic cereals travel back in time

This week top news reflected signs of the changing times via a few rebrands, a look at food retail and a catering to the wants of consumers who are perhaps yearning for years past.

Top 10: M&M's reminds us Halloween is still coming; will Whole Foods be cashierless in 2021?
Top 10: M&M's reminds us Halloween is still coming; will Whole Foods be cashierless in 2021?

Candy news hit the sweet spot in this week’s top 10, with Mars Wrigley, Mondelez and Behave, a new direct-to-consumer brand of better-for-you gummy candy making the list.

Top 10: Restaurant-inspired chip flavors, addressing the nation's change shortage
Top 10: Restaurant-inspired chip flavors, addressing the nation's change shortage

This week, readers were interested in Mondelez cutting 25% of its products and Americans loving fluffy Japanese milk bread.

MFHA Town Hall: How the industry can address racism, drive change
MFHA Town Hall: How the industry can address racism, drive change

Executives from Union Square Hospitality group, White Castle Restaurants and Michelle Foods signed on to discuss COVID-19, police violence and how leaders need to address the issue of structural racism as businesses reopen.

Top 10: Favorite candy by state, sudden restaurant reopenings
Top 10: Favorite candy by state, sudden restaurant reopenings

The bulk of the Top 10 covered equal parts CPG news and food retail news, with non-pandemic-related news taking the top spot.

Top 10: The reopening of restaurants, new grocery shopping trends here to stay
Top 10: The reopening of restaurants, new grocery shopping trends here to stay

New developments related to the pandemic, as well as a look at the industry post-pandemic were widely read this week.

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