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How restaurants can encourage and empower employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Many US restaurants are encouraging employees and patrons to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and providing incentives for those who do. However, legal complications are keeping most restaurant operators from making vaccination mandatory.

Top 10: Grocer growth plans, Wendy’s new ad

News of expansion from ALDI and Lidl, as well as a new Wendy's ad, made news this week.

5 food & beverage trends accelerated, altered or accentuated by the pandemic

We are living through an unprecedented time in which the pandemic has accelerated, altered or accentuated trends in many spheres of food and beverage culture.

Investors see the potential in plant-based alternatives

Investor interest in plant-based foods continues to grow after high-profile IPOs and growing consumer demand.

Top 10: Popular summer candies, reimagined croissant shape, Chili’s new chicken sandwich

News of Walmart’s new private-label beef brand also drew in SmartBrief food-and-beverage readers this week.

Post-pandemic restaurant success means balancing the new normal with old habits

Findings from Datassential’s Firefly 500+ report reveal an analysis of the country’s 500 largest restaurant chains and the most pressing industry trends.

SmartBrief Innovation Awards for the Business Traveler

SmartBrief Innovation Awards: Celebrating solutions transforming the travel industry

Top 10: CPG companies focus on flexibility; Lawmakers aim to expand summer food program; Restaurants line up for federal aid

Lawmakers made plans this week to introduce the Stop Child Hunger Act, which would expand the summer Electronic Benefit Transfer program adopted during the pandemic.

SmartSummit: Fighting racism through the food and hospitality industries

Last week, experts gathered at SmartBrief’s Food & Beverage SmartSummit to discusswhat actions the industry take to make meaningful contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Top 10: High-ranking grocers, restaurant mask guidance, Hershey’s acquisition

Tales of grocers, restaurant mask guidance and Hershey grabbed reader attention this week.

Indoor gardening is here to stay

In a time when food and beverage consumers valued essential products, healthy eating, convenience and home-cooked meals, the indoor gardening market was poised for significant growth.

How milk nourishes people and planet
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Yin Rani, CEO of MilkPEP, discusses some of the sustainability success stories in the US dairy industry and how farmers and processors are working to further reduce their carbon footprint.

Will the future food supply chain reflect pandemic-era changes?

Innovative food companies and delivery platforms took lead roles in the pandemic.

Top 10: School meals, vegan food at Target and Chipotle’s wage increases

School nutrition, new plant-based foods at Target and Chipotle's pay raises made news this week.

Q&A: What brands need to adapt to today’s unpredictable and accelerating pace of change
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In this interview, Acosta Chief Growth Officer John Carroll discusses the changes that the grocery retail industry has experienced over the past year, and what brands -- and Acosta -- are doing to keep pace with the changing landscape.