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News, trends and best business practices for the food and travel industries.

Despite low unemployment and long after experts declared the Great Recession over, an uneven economic recovery and the growing bifurcation of wealth have shaped -- and altered -- how many consumers source their food and understand brands.

Frozen food renaissanc will make waves in grocery in 2019
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Higher prices and changing shopper behavior will make waves in the grocery industry in the coming year, according to predictions from Acosta.

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More consumers are skipping alcohol -- find out how it's affecting bar bills.

News of CPG launches and acquisitions caught food and beverage readers' attention this week.

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As the trend cycle moves faster and younger generations seek out new experiences, it’s becoming even more important for every type of operator not just pay attention to the next generation of foods and flavors, but to start acting on them even sooner.

How entrepreneurs built a few of D.C.’s top eateries (Image: Exterior of Compass Rose in Washington, D.C.)

The founders of Washington, D.C.'s Compass Rose and Timber Pizza dish on how they broke into the restaurant business and built their successful eateries from the ground up.

Whole Foods' trend predictions

Whole Foods' trend predictions for 2019 struck a chord with readers this week, as did stories from Kellogg and Ahold Delhaize.

Vegan cheese brands are growing faster with products that come closer to the taste and texture of dairy cheese.
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Vegan cheese brands are growing faster with products that come closer to the taste and texture of dairy cheese.

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From healthy alternatives to globally inspired fare, today's consumer trends are spurring a bevy of new CPG products.

Will the trend toward simplified packaging continue?
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Food producers are launching simple, spare packaging -- will the trend endure?

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When it comes to the bustling (or should we say bubbling?) beverage market, we have a ton of thirst-quenching insights – here are five keys to boosting your beverage business.

Kellogg's new products, possible cookie division sales proved popular.

Kellogg's new products, possible cookie division sales proved popular.

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Cruise ship companies and hotels are maintaining high standards in food and beverage services, both taking cues from restaurants and retailers and acting as trendsetters in the expansive world of F&B at the same time.

For the best kiosk customer experience, don’t remove the human touch

A panel at the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Innovation Summit discussed how restaurants can ensure their investment in kiosks pays off and how the technology may evolve.

CPG news and restaurant acquisitions ranked high with readers in this week’s top 10.