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Plant-based meat makers find ways to stand out in a growing field

Consumers are increasingly open to trying plant-based meat alternatives as more brands vie for their attention.

Will business travel pick up in 2022?

Leisure travel is picking up again, but businesses are reconsidering their travel plans, with airlines and hotels watching closely for signs of what is to come.

Top 10: School lunch supplies, H-E-B and Megan Thee Stallion Hottie Sauce

Whole Foods Market's 2022 food trends forecast and Del Taco's labor shortage adjustments also drew in readers.

How restaurant operators can tap into the latest dessert trends

Desserts are eaten more than consumers admit, and they’re gravitating toward global, vegan options.

Turkey: A versatile menu mainstay that can anchor K-12 menus amid uncertain times
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Turkey’s mild flavor and wide appeal make it an extremely versatile protein for K-12 foodservice, meaning schools can put turkey on the menu no matter what other ingredients might be available.

Why more Americans are becoming sober curious

Many Americans are laying off the alcohol and favoring more functional beverages.

Top 10: Target’s grocery growth, US eateries’ inclusion on World’s Best list, CPG supply chain concerns

This week, news from Walmart, Hershey and BurgerFi also caught the attention of readers.

How fancy food brands can feed consumers in the pandemic and beyond

Convenience, cravings, finances and health concerns are factors driving pandemic-era food choices.

Top 10: A gourmet Golden Oreo, sweet potato cheesecake and modified packaging for Entenmann's

SmartBrief food and beverage readers had a sweet tooth this week, with several of the most clicked stories focusing on baked goods and desserts.

Grocers embrace robotics, automated systems

Food retailers introduce consumers to new technology tools and improve established systems through robotics and automation.

Top 10: Unilever’s new work-from-home policy, Albertsons’ partnership with Pinterest

SmartBrief food and beverage readers were also drawn in by McDonald’s COVID-19 vaccination preparations.

Fancy Food 24/7: How the pandemic has flavored food trends

Home cooking skills and preferences developed during the pandemic are on track to drive specialty food trends over the next year.

Top 10: Crispitos shortage, grocery demand and the greening of Burger King

Restaurant Brands International aims to reach net-zero emissions in less than 30 years.

Ghost kitchens and virtual brands: pandemic necessity or the future of restaurants?

As consumers increasingly choose delivery and have more positive experiences with ghost kitchens, there is potential for these virtual brands to become a permanent part of the restaurant landscape.