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Audrey Altmann

Audrey Altmann is a food and beverage editor at SmartBrief where she writes and edits content about the consumer packaged goods, beverage, agriculture, foodservice and school nutrition industries.

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Top 10: Guy Fieri’s ghost kitchen, CPG firms plan return to work, Kroger’s pandemic lessons
Top 10: Guy Fieri’s ghost kitchen, CPG firms plan return to work, Kroger’s pandemic lessons

Cracker Barrel’s menu innovations and the sale of Nestle’s bottled water division were also popular with SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers this week.

2021 is the year of familiar, healthy, daring flavors
2021 is the year of familiar, healthy, daring flavors

As the coronavirus pandemic continues into 2021, consumers are looking for food and beverage options that meet varying experiences.

Top restaurant packaging trends for 2021
Top restaurant packaging trends for 2021

Packaging that prioritizes food safety and sustainability is set to succeed in the restaurant industry this year.

Foodservice brands move into the grocery aisle
Foodservice brands move into the grocery aisle

Restaurants turn to CPG product sales as the coronavirus pandemic continues to restrict indoor dining.

Top 10: 2021 food and beverage trends and Trader Joe’s expands D&I efforts
Top 10: 2021 food and beverage trends and Trader Joe’s expands D&I efforts

New CPG product debuts and Pizza Hut’s “Nothing But Stuffed Crust” also caught the attention of SmartBrief food and beverage readers.

Top 10: Starbucks CEO advocates for COVID-19 relief, Publix trials new store concept
Top 10: Starbucks CEO advocates for COVID-19 relief, Publix trials new store concept

This week’s list of top stories also included SpartanNash’s strategy for 2021 as well as Kraft Heinz international growth plans.

Q&A: Consumer Brands brings leaders together for CPG Speaks
Q&A: Consumer Brands brings leaders together for CPG Speaks

SmartBrief spoke with Ellen Davis, executive vice president of industry engagement at the Consumer Brands Association, about the success of the group’s virtual leadership series CPG Speaks.

Top 10: Chipotle’s smoked brisket, holiday candy, fried chicken popularity
Top 10: Chipotle’s smoked brisket, holiday candy, fried chicken popularity

News that a new federal pandemic stimulus bill does not include specific aid for the foodservice industry also caught readers’ attention.

How agtech helps mitigate supply chain disruptions
How agtech helps mitigate supply chain disruptions

To keep up with the surge in at-home food and beverage consumption, the agriculture industry has utilized tech tools to maintain robust, sustainable supply chains during COVID-19.

Top 10: Hershey keeps up with demand, McDonald’s and Beyond Meat expand plant-based options
Top 10: Hershey keeps up with demand, McDonald’s and Beyond Meat expand plant-based options

This week, food and beverage readers were also drawn in by Thanksgiving cooking and how food retailers have protected employees and shoppers during the pandemic.

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