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Shifts in food shopping behaviors due to COVID-19

As we near the end of this tumultuous year, the novel coronavirus continues to upend lives, given the fluctuations and inconsistencies in case incidences, regulations, and official guidance.

Resilient restaurateurs press on with new eateries optimized for uncertain times

Despite mounting challenges and uncertainties caused by the pandemic, some restaurateurs are persevering and launching new eateries tailored to the times.

Top 10: Pizza at Panera, panic shopping at Walmart

The pandemic fueled business decisions at companies including Panera, Walmart, Coca-Cola and General Mills.

SmartSummit: Foodservice industry experts on what it takes to succeed in these times

From increased drive-thrus and ghost kitchens to keeping an eye on new technologies and employee retention, the panel offered insights that centered on the need to be flexible in operations, and to meet not only consumers’ expectations, but also restauran

The state of sustainable seafood

We all know sustainable seafood is more than just a buzzword these days -- how are grocers, CPG producers and restaurants tackling the issue?

Q&A: Versatile turkey offers shortcut to a myriad of school meals
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Butterball Foodservice’s Frank Samuelson explains the advantages of fully cooked turkey products for saving time on meal prep and creating options that work in any setting.

Candy makers create celebrations for a COVID-19 Halloween
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Halloween in 2020 looks very different from past years, but candy makers have pivoted to help consumers celebrate at home.

Demand for convenient, functional foods and beverages continues to grow
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Consumer interest in functional foods and beverages has been steadily rising, and an increased focus on health and wellness amid the pandemic is giving the trend an extra boost.

Top 10: Whole Foods' trend predictions, PPP and food retailer rankings

From drive-thrus and curbside pickup to food trends and Paycheck Protection Program loans, this week’s top news touched on multiple facets of the industry, a sign of how much is truly going on in these times.

Lamb options in the meat case feed consumer cravings for more variety
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US consumers are cooking at home more than ever, and grass-fed lamb is a versatile, nutritious protein with endless culinary possibilities. Adding lamb to the meat case can appeal to shoppers looking to shake up their routine.

Restaurants encourage employees, customers to vote and make plans to feed people at the polls

Election Day is quickly approaching, and restaurants are participating in initiatives to encourage people to cast their ballots and help provide food for voters waiting in long lines.

California’s wine industry weathers a record wildfire season

California's wine industry faced a double whammy in 2020 as a record wildfire season hit amid the pandemic.

What’s trending for the future of food?

Food and beverage manufacturers should focus on health-forward options to capitalize on the future of food trends.

Sharing sweetness on social media can give a boost to off-premises dessert sales
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Offering individually wrapped desserts can help entice customers to add a treat to their takeout order, and encouraging customers to share their sweets on social media can help spread the word.

Gut check: Consumers choose trusted brands when shopping for meat
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Buying from brands that align with their values is especially important to today’s consumers, and retailers can boost sales by sharing information that helps create an emotional connection between brands and shoppers.

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