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News, trends and best business practices for the food and travel industries.
How retailers can grab a piece of the growing CBD market
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More than 25% of consumers now use cannabidiol (aka CBD) daily or as-needed, according to Acosta, but many shoppers are still wary of claims and want more information.

Plant-based meat brands find ways to stand out in a growing field

Lightlife campaign uses celebrities, humor and honesty to stand out in a growing field of plant-based burgers.

Retailers, restaurants tap into a powerful resource that’s in their employees’ own pockets

Letting employees use their own smartphones for scheduling, training and other work tasks is gaining popularity with restaurants and retailers, and the practice can boost productivity and retention.

Top 10: Amazon’s grocery concept, new CPG products and do-over pizza orders

The top food and beverage story on this week's most-clicked list was Amazon’s plan to open a grocery chain by the end of the year.

The new convenience: Rethinking our notions of fast and easy

The idea of convenience has evolved over the years -- what does it mean to today's consumers?

Bugs for dinner: Behind the latest sustainability trend

Putting insects on the menu or in everyday food products isn’t exactly new, so what’s fueling the trend and where is it headed?

Q&A: Sauces are a chef’s secret weapon for memorable, customizable dishes
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T. Marzetti Company’s Director of Strategic Product Development Sandy Bichsel discusses how restaurant operators can use sauces to create standout signature dishes and what flavor trends inspire the company’s Bold Blends line.

Today’s more veggies, less meat culture: What’s behind the momentum into the mainstream?

Plants are playing an increasingly important role in consumer food culture; they are a symbol of the natural world, traditional approaches to medicine and global food.

DairyPure debuts a smooth new take on cottage cheese
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Growing demand for high-protein snacks has sparked renewed interest in cottage cheese, and Dean Foods developed a new product designed to appeal to shoppers who want both protein and crave-worthy flavors.

How hotels are encouraging a good night's sleep

As luxury increasingly intersects with wellness, hospitality providers are paying more attention to helping guests sleep in ways both big and small.

Top 10: Walmart’s wellness gummies, J. Alexander’s new concept, Crate & Barrel’s restaurant plans

Walmart's plans for a private-label line of wellness gummies topped this week's list of most-clicked food-and-beverage stories.

CBD use at spas reaching new heights

About 18% of US spas were using CBD last year, according to an upcoming report.

Focus on fresh is key when courting today’s grocery shopper

​Investing in produce, meat and other fresh departments is essential for grocery retailers that want to compete for today’s consumer -- both in store and online as ecommerce sales of edible grocery gain momentum.

Top 10: Wendy’s offers breakfast for all, Kellogg develops Incogmeato, unicorn cupcakes at Walmart

This week’s top 10 most-clicked food and beverage stories presented a sea of mergers and acquisitions, and expansions and new products.