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Top 10: Restaurant-inspired chip flavors, addressing the nation's change shortage

This week, readers were interested in Mondelez cutting 25% of its products and Americans loving fluffy Japanese milk bread.

Meal kit industry shines during pandemic

Customers have been drawn to the convenience, reliability, variety and quality provided by meal kit services during stay-at-home order across the US.

MFHA Town Hall: How the industry can address racism, drive change

Executives from Union Square Hospitality group, White Castle Restaurants and Michelle Foods signed on to discuss COVID-19, police violence and how leaders need to address the issue of structural racism as businesses reopen.

Series: How to deliver on what today’s adventurous food consumers want

With an eye toward discovery and new experiences, today’s consumers are becoming increasingly adventurous with what -- and how -- they eat and drink.

Top 10: Amazon Go adds locations, Hershey debuts Halloween candy, Uber buys Postmates

Food and beverage readers were drawn to groceries’ cashierless options, new CPG products and the $2.65B acquisition of Postmates.

Restaurant reopenings require balance between reassuring diners, reinforcing rules

Diners in many cities where eateries are reopening indoor and outdoor dining areas have flouted rules about social distancing and face coverings, despite restaurants’ efforts to enforce them.

Strawberries offer a wide variety of potential health benefits, studies show
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From better brain function to decreased inflammation, strawberry consumption can have a positive impact on health in several ways, according to the findings of six recent studies.

Private label plays a growing role in plant-based grocery trends

Kroger-owned King Soopers was recognized in a recent report for its range of private-label plant-based products.

Mandated to stay at home, cooking fatigue sets in

Lives and lifestyles have been dramatically altered as consumers face the realities of the moment by adapting meal planning, shopping and cooking behaviors.

Report: Last year played a pivotal role in growing plant-based food sales

The success of plant-based meat companies Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods spurred other companies to launch their own plant-based burgers in 2019.

Top 10: Krispy Kreme adds CPG snacks and H-E-B boosts pay

This week, SmartBrief food and beverage readers were also drawn to news that lawmakers proposed $120 billion in pandemic relief for independent restaurants.

How plant-based food makers have adjusted to the pandemic

Companies are talking about the steps they've taken to keep plant-based food production safe for employees.

Why food brands should continue to work with influencers during the pandemic

For food brands and companies, now is not the time to cut blogger and influencer engagement. Instead, take this opportunity to leverage influencer relationships and feed content-hungry consumers what they are craving.

Top 10: Product rebranding and a cashierless Walmart

Readers were interested in stories about a product rebrand from Quaker Oats and a cashierless Walmart store.

5 important food and beverage industry trends to watch

From the diversification of keto-friendly products to the rise of “gummification,” here are some key trends to monitor in the food and beverage space.