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Top 10: Chipotle’s smoked brisket, holiday candy, fried chicken popularity

News that a new federal pandemic stimulus bill does not include specific aid for the foodservice industry also caught readers’ attention.

Q&A: Health and safety will continue to drive grocery retail trends in 2021
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Social distancing, touchless technology and a focus on transparency will continue to drive the way we live our lives and the way we shop in the coming year, according to Acosta’s Colin Stewart.

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.

Individually wrapped items are a shortcut to grab-and-go school meals
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Individually packaged food and beverage items can serve as convenient building blocks for grab-and-go meals that meet USDA meal pattern requirements and reduce food waste.

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.

Q&A: How nutrition professionals can take an evidence-based approach to debunking food myths
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In this interview, nutrition and media communication consultant Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RDN, LD, discusses how nutrition professionals can help dispel myths “in a time of fake facts and harmful trends.”

Why quickserves had an edge in the year of off-premises dining

The pandemic put a focus on already growing quickserve drive-thru operations.

Hospitality industry leverages technology to boost traveler confidence

Hotels, airlines and trains have embraced technology to address traveler concerns during the coronavirus pandemic

Top 10: Restaurant news, PepsiCo’s ergonomic bottle, perfect smoked turkey

SmartBrief's food and beverage readers were drawn to restaurant news this week, as well as culinary news focused on Thanksgiving.

How agtech helps mitigate supply chain disruptions

To keep up with the surge in at-home food and beverage consumption, the agriculture industry has utilized tech tools to maintain robust, sustainable supply chains during COVID-19.

Bringing supermarkets into the smartphone era
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In this interview, Acosta Senior Manager of Business Intelligence Christina Davis explains the findings of Acosta’s report “The Mobile-ization of Grocery Shopping,” including how retailers can make the shopping experience more mobile

Top 10: Hershey keeps up with demand, McDonald’s and Beyond Meat expand plant-based options

This week, food and beverage readers were also drawn in by Thanksgiving cooking and how food retailers have protected employees and shoppers during the pandemic.

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

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

Top 10: Conagra snack launches, restaurant acquisitions, new ways to eat a Reuben

News that Inspire Brands is buying Dunkin' was one of several restaurant acquisition updates that made headlines this week.