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Top 10: H-E-B's Texas roots, Red Robin's turnaround and hydroponic veggies at Whole Foods

Vertical farming startup Plenty has signed a deal to supply Whole Foods and Safeway stores.

What’s Hot for 2020: Plant-based, many ways

Plant-based proteins came out on top of the culinary trends ranked by chefs in a new report from The National Restaurant Association, but the survey also sheds some light on other trends we can expect to see in plant-forward dishes this year.

CPG companies capitalize on brand recognition with collaborations
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Food producers and chain restaurants entered several new categories in 2019 by debuting co-branded products, such as Twinkies cereal, Stuffed Cheez-Its Pizza and Starburst-flavored yogurt.

Top 10: Stop & Shop sells stores, Applebee’s goes fast-casual, CPG debuts

New CPG products and a fast-casual concept from Applebee's made waves with readers this week.

New visions of eating ideologies: Tapping into personalized nutrition

Personalized nutrition is the merging of two major cultural forces: personalization and customization and health and wellness via nutrition.

2020 Food forecasts focus on plants, sustainable food stories

2020 food trend forecasts call for continued growing interest in plant-based dishes, sustainable food sources.

Top 10: Reflecting on 2019 and looking ahead to 2020

Many of the most popular stories among SmartBrief food and beverage readers this week had to do with either looking back at trends from the past year (or decade) or plans and trends that are gaining steam as we head into the new year.

Consumers crazy for CBD? Today’s cannabis movement echoes natural market of the 1990s

Cannabis is poised to be a major disruptive force across a variety of markets, but none more so than food, beverage, and health and wellness. But we’ve seen this type of movement before.

Top 10: P&G’s dish soap innovation, exec updates at Hershey and a Brazilian chicken chain’s US growth plan

New products and plans for the coming year came out on top in this week’s roundup of most-clicked stories.

2020 vision: The food trends that will impact the industry in the year ahead

In 2020, there are some big factors we’ll be keeping our eye on that could have major ramifications for the food industry well into the future.

Self-care, sustainability and tech-enabled shopping will be among 2020’s top CPG trends
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Spending on self-care, greater emphasis on in-store experiences and increased focus on sustainability will be major CPG trends in 2020, according to predictions from Acosta.

Top 10: Popular supermarkets, Danone’s new products, Peet’s and JDE merge

Kroger's popular regional banners and plant-based meat experiment caught readers' attention.

Expanded plant-based options, elevated kids’ fare and alcohol-free beverages are on the menu for 2020

Several trends that emerged or gained a foothold in the food industry in 2019 will continue to grow in the coming year.

Diet trends address consumers’ health, sustainability concerns

Food options for both ketogenic and flexitarian diets exploded this year following the rise of consumer demand for more healthy choices as well as food produced sustainably.

Top 10: New CPG products, grocer initiatives, dry brining

CPG product debuts, interesting cooking methods and ALDI’s US success caught readers’ attention this week.