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5 alcoholic beverage trends to know in 2021
5 alcoholic beverage trends to know in 2021

Many of the habits developed this year will continue into the year ahead, while new trends will pop up as consumers get back to normal.

How are consumer drinking habits affecting restaurants, grocers?
How are consumer drinking habits affecting restaurants, grocers?

Consumers are undoubtedly drinking more alcohol amid the pandemic and it's creating a wave of changes for food retailers and restaurants.

5 trends taking hold in the dairy industry
5 trends taking hold in the dairy industry

From alternative dairy products to new cheese and yogurt options, innovation in the dairy industry is booming.

How businesses are feeding the cravings of the comfort- and convenience-centric consumer
How businesses are feeding the cravings of the comfort- and convenience-centric consumer

Conveniences and comfort food options were all available before COVID-19, but they’ve surged in use and popularity as the pandemic changed everything.

Shifts in food shopping behaviors due to COVID-19
Shifts in food shopping behaviors due to COVID-19

As we near the end of this tumultuous year, the novel coronavirus continues to upend lives, given the fluctuations and inconsistencies in case incidences, regulations, and official guidance.

What’s trending for the future of food?
What’s trending for the future of food?

Food and beverage manufacturers should focus on health-forward options to capitalize on the future of food trends.

Things we miss: New interests, changing values amidst the pandemic
Things we miss: New interests, changing values amidst the pandemic

There are many things we pretty much took for granted prior to the pandemic, some of which we thought were worth noting, since we miss them and — hopefully — we aren't always going to have to live like this.

How the pandemic is shaping home cooking trends
How the pandemic is shaping home cooking trends

As the coronavirus pandemic presses on, consumers have settled into routines that involve a lot more home cooking, and studies suggest these habits will continue after the pandemic.

How the specialty food industry is faring in the era of COVID-19
How the specialty food industry is faring in the era of COVID-19

The Specialty Food Association's Summer Fancy Food Show was canceled amid COVID-19 this year, so the trade group is using a virtual event to help brands and buyers connect.

The way forward: What consumers are cooking at home
The way forward: What consumers are cooking at home

Consumers’ craving for restaurant food provides an opportunity for innovation in the grocery channel -- whether through meal bundles on the perimeter or restaurant favorites and global flavors in the frozen aisle.

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