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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: 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.

Candy makers create celebrations for a COVID-19 Halloween
Candy makers create celebrations for a COVID-19 Halloween

Halloween in 2020 looks very different from past years, but candy makers have pivoted to help consumers celebrate at home.

What’s trending for the future of food?
What’s trending for the future of food?

Food and beverage manufacturers should focus on health-forward options to capitalize on the future of food trends.

Top 10: Halloween safety, restaurant relief bill, Prime Day discounts
Top 10: Halloween safety, restaurant relief bill, Prime Day discounts

SmartBrief’s most-clicked list of food and beverage stories this week also included news of how the Glass Fire in California is affecting the wine industry.

How food halls are equipped to weather COVID-19
How food halls are equipped to weather COVID-19

As the foodservice and hospitality industries begin reopening, food halls are demonstrating how they will survive the coronavirus pandemic.

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