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What’s next for third-party delivery services?

Food delivery services play a vital role during the pandemic but delivery fees are still an issue for restaurant operators.

Top 10: Revamped school lunch, McDonald’s menus and Costco samples

McDonald's operators hope to keep the pared-down menu after the pandemic.

Cultural background’s influence on how we eat

Brands that are able to tap into a desire for exploration in ways that satisfy American food values and feel like authentic cultural sharing can reap the rewards.

Wellness travel means more in pandemic’s wake

Wellness tourism was on the rise before the coronavirus pandemic caused travel worldwide to come to a standstill.

Top 10: Wegmans to move ahead with 3 new stores, Starbucks speeds up drive-thru plan

News about how companies are coping during the pandemic and how their post-pandemic plans are coming together were among this week’s most-read stories.

Nonalcoholic drink trend shows no sign of slowing down

How are consumers enjoying mocktails and other alcohol-free beverages while many bars and restaurants are closed?

Top 10: The reopening of restaurants, new grocery shopping trends here to stay

New developments related to the pandemic, as well as a look at the industry post-pandemic were widely read this week.

As secondary brands surge, CPG leaders need a digital playbook

For legacy CPG brands looking to compete with rising private label brands, the playbook for success has everything to do with digital, and centers around three necessary points of connection.

How the coronavirus pandemic is changing US grocery shopping habits
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Experts from Acosta share insights into what shoppers are buying, how their habits are changing and how to prepare for what’s next.

Food companies, restaurants take new approaches to marketing amid pandemic

How are restaurants, CPG suppliers and grocers changing their marketing messages in the time of coronavirus?

Top 10: Klondike Donuts, PepsiCo goes DTC, restaurants start to reopen

Readers opted for a mix of pandemic stories and new product news this week

Quality and consistency influence which beef shoppers put in their baskets
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Consumers are looking for quality and consistency at the meat case, and 25% of shoppers prefer manufacturer brands when buying fresh meat.

From cheddar to cotija, serving up fresh cheese insights

As social distancing continues to be the norm in most parts of the country, many are turning to comfort foods like pizza and burgers.

Top 10: Restaurants start reopening, Mars develops chocolate that can take the heat

Restaurants' reopening plans, a change to the terms of the Paycheck Protection Program and the James Beard Award finalists were among this week's top stories.

Dispel these 3 myths to address consumer concerns at the meat case
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Transparency and traceability are tools brands and retailers can use to clear up misunderstandings about animal welfare, antibiotic use and other aspects of meat production.