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Top 10: Restaurants grapple with reopening, CPG firms see results of pandemic buying

This week, SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers were drawn to advice on how to navigate the reopening of restaurants as well as the effects that pantry loading had on consumer packaged goods companies during the first fiscal quarter of the year.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to allow restaurants to reopen today ranked high on this week’s Top 10 list. However, food courts and play areas in the state will remain closed.

The most-clicked story was about guidance from the National Restaurant Association for restaurants that have been permitted to reopen dine-in services following the lifting of state shutdown orders. The group’s recommendations include cleaning menus regularly, installing touchless sanitizing stations and avoiding unwrapped straws at self-serve areas. The No. 3 spot on the list was also taken by best practices for restaurant owners in creating reopening plans that keep both customers and employees safe.

Successful first-quarter financial results of CPG brands were well-represented in this week’s rankings. As a result of huge groups of consumers stocking up on food and beverages to enjoy during stay-at-home orders, manufacturers such as Hershey and Nestle experienced strong sales growth during Q1.

State lockdown orders, the closing of dine-in foodservice businesses and certain essential products being out-of-stock on grocery shelves during the coronavirus pandemic have caused consumers to alter their buying habits. No. 9 on the most-clicked list is about how CPG firms are adjusting to these changes, as well as analyzing which purchasing trends will last post-pandemic.

In non-coronavirus-related news, several food and beverage manufacturers released new products, including new flavors of iconic cereals from Kellogg and General Mills: Frosted Flakes with marshmallow bites and Cinnamon Cheerios.

Check out the complete list of this week’s top 10 most-clicked stories in SmartBrief's food and beverage briefs:

  1. National Restaurant Association advises eateries on reopening
  2. CDC to make recommendations for reopening schools
  3. How US restaurants are working to open their dining rooms
  4. Texas to allow restaurants to reopen Friday with limits
  5. Kellogg, General Mills roll out new cereal varieties
  6. Hershey reports strong retail, e-commerce sales
  7. Lysol, Hilton hotels partner on new cleaning standard
  8. How some emerging concepts are retooling for the future
  9. Pandemic alters buying habits -- but for how long?
  10. Nestle's Q1 sales jump is best in 5 years

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