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Top 10: $25B relief package for restaurants, cereal-flavored ice cream, less shaving = more beard oil

Legislative news involving the foodservice industry and stories about how a change in shaving tendencies is affecting CPG product lines made this week's top 10.

Restaurants vs. retail: Breaking down consumers’ plant-based appetites

Plant-based products are continuing to grow in popularity, both at restaurants and food retail, and certain product categories have emerged as consumer favorites in each channel. 

Is the world ready for meat made from animal cells?

Companies making meat from animal cells could be closer to bringing products to market, if regulators around the world approve.

Grocery tech trends: The unstoppable rise of AI, voice, automation

If recent news from some of the country’s largest food retailers is any indication, the future is now when it comes to adopting fast-paced, game-changing technologies in the supermarket.

Top 10: Hershey unveils Whozeewhatzit, Kroger store to go all-in on self-checkout, report forecasts restaurant growth

Two stories about Hershey made the Top 10 this week, including the reveal of its newest candy bar.

Top restaurant packaging trends for 2021

Packaging that prioritizes food safety and sustainability is set to succeed in the restaurant industry this year.

Top 10: Unilever’s work week, Kroger’s smart cart, love at White Castle

This week saw news from Kroger, Unilever, Tyson and White Castle.

Foodservice brands move into the grocery aisle

Restaurants turn to CPG product sales as the coronavirus pandemic continues to restrict indoor dining.

Top 10: More PPP for restaurants, a Save A Lot turnaround and ice cream for dogs

Restaurants were able to apply for loans this week under a second round of Paycheck Protection Program funding.

Increased demand for off-premises ushers in new era of restaurant design

Restaurants are responding to growing takeout sales with new store designs that put off-premises front and center.

Is touchless checkout the next frontier for food retailers?

Food retailers large and small are turning to technology to streamline the checkout process.

Top 10: 2021 food and beverage trends and Trader Joe’s expands D&I efforts

New CPG product debuts and Pizza Hut’s “Nothing But Stuffed Crust” also caught the attention of SmartBrief food and beverage readers.

Restaurants, food brands find a partner in Veganuary

Veganuary's growing popularity among consumers has spurred plant-based brands to participate in the 31-day vegan challenge.

COVID-19 and the New Modern Convenience

What does convenience look like when a global pandemic throws normal schedules and routines into disarray?

2021 will bring continuing focus on wellness, flexitarian diets, and ways to make dining out safe and memorable

Looking ahead to 2021, many of the food trends predicted by chefs, retail executives and other experts reflect the changing way consumers eat both at and away from home.