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Behind the growth in the dietary supplement, vitamin market

Vitamin and supplement sales have been on the rise since the pandemic started. Will the category momentum continue?

SmartSummit: The plant-based movement is here to stay

Industry experts from White Castle, The Kroger Co. and Datassental discuss the plant-based trend and whether it’s here to stay.

Top 10: CPG growth, McDonald’s packaging, frozen food

News from McDonald's, Trader Joe's and several CPG companies interested SmartBrief readers this week.

How the pandemic fed the growth of food subscription services

The pandemic-era surge in online shopping has also fueled growth of subscription services offering safe regular deliveries.

Community connections help independent restaurants stay afloat amid pandemic

Rather than set unrealistic goals of returning to business as usual, restaurateurs would be wise to focus on making off-premises sales a sustainable part of their business for the foreseeable future, a panel of independent restaurant operators said.

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.

Consumers continue to focus on sustainability, waste reduction through COVID

Despite indulging more in restaurant takeout, delivery and home-shipped meal kits during the pandemic, consumers are more focused than ever on reducing waste and their impact on the environment.

Turkey brings functional benefits and flavor to school meals
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Turkey can be a powerful tool for school foodservice operators when it comes to creating meals that offer balanced nutrition and exciting tastes that appeal to students.

Top 10: Restaurant Rescue Plan, Bezos’ grocery plans, Quaker rebrands Aunt Jemima

The news that the Senate approved a budget amendment that would create a $25 billion restaurant rescue grant program won readers this week.

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 10: $25B relief package for restaurants, cereal-flavored ice cream, less shaving = more beard oil

Legislative news involving the foodservice industry and stories about how a change in shaving tendencies is affecting CPG product lines made this week's top 10.

Restaurants vs. retail: Breaking down consumers’ plant-based appetites

Plant-based products are continuing to grow in popularity, both at restaurants and food retail, and certain product categories have emerged as consumer favorites in each channel. 

Is the world ready for meat made from animal cells?

Companies making meat from animal cells could be closer to bringing products to market, if regulators around the world approve.

Grocery tech trends: The unstoppable rise of AI, voice, automation

If recent news from some of the country’s largest food retailers is any indication, the future is now when it comes to adopting fast-paced, game-changing technologies in the supermarket.

Top 10: Hershey unveils Whozeewhatzit, Kroger store to go all-in on self-checkout, report forecasts restaurant growth

Two stories about Hershey made the Top 10 this week, including the reveal of its newest candy bar.