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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: Walmart focuses on tech, Unilever and Nestle take interest in vitamins
Top 10: Walmart focuses on tech, Unilever and Nestle take interest in vitamins

SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers were also drawn in by stories about Hershey’s new Reese’s candy bar and s’mores set.

What’s next for dairy alternatives?
What’s next for dairy alternatives?

From plant-based to animal-free dairy, substitutes to traditional milk, ice cream and other dairy products have soared in popularity and are expected to continue to grow in the future.

Top 10: Texas Roadhouse CEO, free Krispy Kreme for vaccines, Kellogg Cereal Straws
Top 10: Texas Roadhouse CEO, free Krispy Kreme for vaccines, Kellogg Cereal Straws

This week, the news of Texas Roadhouse founder and CEO Kent Taylor’s death also resonated with SmartBrief food and beverage readers.

CPG brands develop creative breakfast food during COVID-19
CPG brands develop creative breakfast food during COVID-19

As more people enjoy eating breakfast at home during the pandemic, CPG companies have created new products to meet the varying needs of consumers.

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.

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