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Idahoan Foods takes omnichannel approach to appeal to today’s shoppers
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Idahoan Foods’ Chuck Coyle and Ryan Ellis discuss how the company balances its growing e-commerce sales with traditional retail and share advice on how CPG companies can best market their products and serve their customers in today’s evolving marketplace.

Restaurants, food brands find a partner in Veganuary

Veganuary's growing popularity among consumers has spurred plant-based brands to participate in the 31-day vegan challenge.

Key consumer motivations driving growth in plant-based foods

Consumer interest in plant-focused products and diets is high—whether it’s for one meal, one month or frames a long-term approach to eating. 

Food and restaurant trends for 2022 include robots, sustainability

Robots in restaurants, streamlined menus, booze-free beverages, a focus on sustainability and explorations of heritage cuisines are among food and restaurant experts' predictions for the top trends of 2022.

Plant Based World Conference & Expo returns to New York

Plant-based brands continue to innovate with businesses that meld social responsibility and commerce.

Top 10: Schools’ supply chain woes, Hy-Vee’s new COO, restaurant menu prices inflate

This week’s top 10 touched school nutrition, foodservice, food retail and CPG news with school nutrition news being widely read and taking three spots on the list.

10 future-forward foods & flavors to watch in 2022

Every December, as part of Datassential’s list of the trends to watch in the year ahead, it also release its list of the 10 foods, flavors, ingredients and dishes that should be on your radar.

Consumers consciously invest in a sustainable future through purchases

Given the mounting problems facing the planet and its global citizens, it comes as no surprise that consumer sentiment for real change has significantly increased.

Top 10: Snack trends, Burger King’s drive-thru, a Skittles bed

SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers were drawn to a bevy of different stories this week, especially news focused on snacks and sweets.

Health and wellness 2022: Navigating consumer aspirations, approaches

The pandemic created a renewed attention on some key consumer values that will be sure to extend well into 2022. Here are five around health and wellness.

Travelers demand sustainability; hotels offer it

A majority of travelers take their carbon footprint into consideration when planning trips

Top 10: Shake Shack’s first drive-thru, CPG innovation and the FTC’s supply chain probe

SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers were also drawn in by Publix’s launch of branded clothes and accessories for the holidays.

Consumer demand for carry-out, drive-thru remains high, Acosta report finds
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The pandemic continues to influence how consumers purchase and consume food away from home and shape restaurants’ road to recovery, according to Acosta’s The Why? Behind the Dine report.

How climate change and inflation are affecting coffee prices

Factors including climate, inflation and supply chain delays have sent coffee futures soaring and led to modest increases in retail coffee prices.

A food brand’s values can be key to long-term success

Many customers, especially younger ones, want the foodservice and restaurant brands they interact with each day to speak up.

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