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News, trends and best business practices for the food and travel industries.
Reusable packaging is gaining a foothold in the fight against waste [Image: Person holding a reusable cup with a metal straw]

In a quest to cut down on packaging waste and the toll it takes on the planet, more foodservice and consumer packaged goods companies are beginning to consider reusable containers.

Kraft Heinz's partnership with Ree Drummond among top 10 stories

SmartBrief's food and beverage readers were drawn to news from Walmart, Kraft Heinz and Burger King this week.

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SmartLabel rolled out in 2015 as a way for CPG companies and manufacturers to tell the full story about their products. Where does the initiative stand today?

Kit Kat Duo

News about Kraft Heinz's new CEO and a new Kit Kat flavor caught readers' attention this week. News from Beyond Meat, Wegmans and McDonald's also made the list.

Frozen treats, flame-kissed sweets stand out on summer dessert menus
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With warmer temperatures on the horizon, restaurants can turn to seasonal desserts to feed consumer cravings for lighter treats with the iconic flavors of summer.

Miso robotics flippy fryer

The question of if and when surrounding robots has now become why and how, and inventors and start-ups of all sizes are addressing challenges head-on in order to capture opportunities to provide solutions in the ever-growing world of food.

Shoppers look for antibiotic-free claims on meat labels [Image: beef and pork]
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Consumers are demanding more from the products they buy at the grocery store, and in the meat aisle that means products that are minimally processed and produced from animals that are responsibly raised.

The pros and cons of coupons in the restaurant space

Get the scoop on how coupons can affect a restaurant's bottom line.

Top 10: Conagra snacks, Walmart’s remodels, Dunkin’s new name

Conagra launched a long list of new snacks, frozen foods

How pet food is premiumizing

The clean-label trend has expanded to the pet food industry, as pet owners choose to give their four-legged friends fresh and healthy foods.

How collaboration can help retailers, manufacturers solve the pricing puzzle [image: man and woman comparing products in grocery aisle]
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Prices in the grocery sector are on the rise, and a joint effort between manufacturers and retailers is needed to ensure successful price increases, according to experts at Acosta.

The food industry is finding ways to prevent E. coli outbreaks and recalls when it comes to romaine lettuce.

Top 10: Ben & Jerry's debuts cookie dough snacks, Lidl CEO resigns and Bazooka brings back an old favorite

News that Ben & Jerry's will expand its brand beyond ice cream with the launch of Cookie Dough Chunks was this week's most-clicked food and beverage story.

Good Catch, Sophie's Kitchen and a growing group of other plant-based companies are developing vegan seafood alternatives.
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Good Catch, Sophie's Kitchen and a growing group of other plant-based companies are developing vegan seafood alternatives.

How the gig economy is changing how restaurants hire, manage their workforce

A growing wave of tech companies are building hiring platforms designed to make it easier for operators and workers to fill open shifts.