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How will consumers prepare holiday meals in 2021?

Convenience is key this holiday season as the food and beverage industry continues to grapple with the effects of the pandemic and supply chain disruptions.

Top 10: Meijer’s recycled pavement, record menu price increases

Top news included Meijer's recycled pavement, rising restaurant menu prices and J&J's Consumer Health business spinoff.

Functional beverages show no signs of slowing down

From kombucha and CBD drinks to kefir and enhanced waters, functional beverages are in the spotlight.

Top 10: Onion outbreak, supply chain issues continue, Wegmans voted a great place to work

Food retail stories, along with food safety and supply chain news, made appearances in this week’s top 10, with supply chain taking almost a third of the spots on the list.

Worlds of Flavor: Global influences and local roots drive the future of dining

Chefs took the stage at The Culinary Institute of America’s 23rd annual Worlds of Flavor conference to talk about how global influences and local communities are shaping the future of dining.

Top 10: McDonald’s, Target, Peet’s Coffee made news

McDonald's Friendsgaming event, salmonella infections and a culinary experience from The Fresh Market made news this week.

Q&A: Pastry chef talks about the techniques, inspiration behind her edible works of art

Amber Spiegel of SweetAmbs talks about the inspiration behind her beautiful bakes and how her education at The Culinary Institute of America helped turn her passion for pastry decoration into a career.

What’s trending for ice cream?

Ice cream consumers are gravitating toward offerings that focus on indulgence, unusual flavors and vegan ingredients.

Top 10: Supply chain issues, Portillo’s IPO, Coca Cola’s vaccine incentive

This week’s most-read news was wide ranging, from stories about supply chain issues and vaccine mandates to rankings for food retailers and culinary tips.

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

Consumers are increasingly open to trying plant-based meat alternatives as more brands vie for their attention.

Will business travel pick up in 2022?

Leisure travel is picking up again, but businesses are reconsidering their travel plans, with airlines and hotels watching closely for signs of what is to come.

Top 10: School lunch supplies, H-E-B and Megan Thee Stallion Hottie Sauce

Whole Foods Market's 2022 food trends forecast and Del Taco's labor shortage adjustments also drew in readers.

How restaurant operators can tap into the latest dessert trends

Desserts are eaten more than consumers admit, and they’re gravitating toward global, vegan options.

Turkey: A versatile menu mainstay that can anchor K-12 menus amid uncertain times
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Turkey’s mild flavor and wide appeal make it an extremely versatile protein for K-12 foodservice, meaning schools can put turkey on the menu no matter what other ingredients might be available.

Why more Americans are becoming sober curious

Many Americans are laying off the alcohol and favoring more functional beverages.