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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: Target’s grocery growth, US eateries’ inclusion on World’s Best list, CPG supply chain concerns
Top 10: Target’s grocery growth, US eateries’ inclusion on World’s Best list, CPG supply chain concerns

This week, news from Walmart, Hershey and BurgerFi also caught the attention of readers.

Grocers embrace robotics, automated systems
Grocers embrace robotics, automated systems

Food retailers introduce consumers to new technology tools and improve established systems through robotics and automation.

Top 10: Unilever’s new work-from-home policy, Albertsons’ partnership with Pinterest
Top 10: Unilever’s new work-from-home policy, Albertsons’ partnership with Pinterest

SmartBrief food and beverage readers were also drawn in by McDonald’s COVID-19 vaccination preparations.

Top 10: Federal COVID-19 vaccine order, Trader Joe's expansion, Hershey holiday candy
Top 10: Federal COVID-19 vaccine order, Trader Joe's expansion, Hershey holiday candy

Stories about the White House’s vaccine requirement and its effect on the food and beverage industry took up nearly half of this week’s most-clicked list.

Energy drinks attract consumers with better-for-you ingredients
Energy drinks attract consumers with better-for-you ingredients

While the energy drink category has historically been perceived as unhealthy, several new brands have emerged with more natural, healthier options.

Top 10: Taco Bell to open drive-thru-only concept, Wegmans names brand president, Chicago restaurants reintroduce mask mandate
Top 10: Taco Bell to open drive-thru-only concept, Wegmans names brand president, Chicago restaurants reintroduce mask mandate

A compilation of some of the major CPG product debuts also caught the attention of SmartBrief readers.

Kids food, beverage brands focus on taste, nutrition
Kids food, beverage brands focus on taste, nutrition

The market for foods and beverages designed for children is poised to experience significant growth, and businesses are appealing to kids and adults with healthy options that taste great.

Why consumers are still reaching for canned alcoholic drinks
Why consumers are still reaching for canned alcoholic drinks

The ready-to-drink hard seltzer and cocktail market appeals to consumers’ desire for convenience and portability.

Top 10: Panera offers catering for remote workers, Fresh Market files IPO, CDC inspects E. coli outbreak
Top 10: Panera offers catering for remote workers, Fresh Market files IPO, CDC inspects E. coli outbreak

SmartBrief food-and-beverage readers were also drawn in by Walmart’s full self-checkout structure in Texas.

TikTok brings unexpected success for food, beverage industry
TikTok brings unexpected success for food, beverage industry

The social media platform has produced a new way for online creators to share food and beverage trends -- and brands -- that can become popular almost instantaneously.

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