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Driving restaurant traffic in a post-COVID world

As consumers start to eat out again, how do you drive them to your operation?

Industry rises to cater to home baking trend

How are CPG manufacturers, bakeries and other foodservice industry professionals keeping up with consumers’ interest in baking at home?

Top 10: Favorite candy by state, sudden restaurant reopenings

The bulk of the Top 10 covered equal parts CPG news and food retail news, with non-pandemic-related news taking the top spot.

Familiar formats can boost appeal of plant-forward meals

Using familiar ingredients, rather than processed meat alternatives, can help restaurants appeal to vegans, meat-eaters and everyone in between, researchers and chefs said during The Culinary Institute of America’s Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit.

What’s next for third-party delivery services?

Food delivery services play a vital role during the pandemic but delivery fees are still an issue for restaurant operators.

Top 10: Revamped school lunch, McDonald’s menus and Costco samples

McDonald's operators hope to keep the pared-down menu after the pandemic.

Cultural background’s influence on how we eat

Brands that are able to tap into a desire for exploration in ways that satisfy American food values and feel like authentic cultural sharing can reap the rewards.

Wellness travel means more in pandemic’s wake

Wellness tourism was on the rise before the coronavirus pandemic caused travel worldwide to come to a standstill.

Top 10: Wegmans to move ahead with 3 new stores, Starbucks speeds up drive-thru plan

News about how companies are coping during the pandemic and how their post-pandemic plans are coming together were among this week’s most-read stories.

Nonalcoholic drink trend shows no sign of slowing down

How are consumers enjoying mocktails and other alcohol-free beverages while many bars and restaurants are closed?

Top 10: The reopening of restaurants, new grocery shopping trends here to stay

New developments related to the pandemic, as well as a look at the industry post-pandemic were widely read this week.

As secondary brands surge, CPG leaders need a digital playbook

For legacy CPG brands looking to compete with rising private label brands, the playbook for success has everything to do with digital, and centers around three necessary points of connection.

How the coronavirus pandemic is changing US grocery shopping habits
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Experts from Acosta share insights into what shoppers are buying, how their habits are changing and how to prepare for what’s next.

Food companies, restaurants take new approaches to marketing amid pandemic

How are restaurants, CPG suppliers and grocers changing their marketing messages in the time of coronavirus?

Top 10: Klondike Donuts, PepsiCo goes DTC, restaurants start to reopen

Readers opted for a mix of pandemic stories and new product news this week