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Hospitality industry leverages technology to boost traveler confidence

Hotels, airlines and trains have embraced technology to address traveler concerns during the coronavirus pandemic

Top 10: Restaurant news, PepsiCo’s ergonomic bottle, perfect smoked turkey

SmartBrief's food and beverage readers were drawn to restaurant news this week, as well as culinary news focused on Thanksgiving.

How agtech helps mitigate supply chain disruptions

To keep up with the surge in at-home food and beverage consumption, the agriculture industry has utilized tech tools to maintain robust, sustainable supply chains during COVID-19.

Bringing supermarkets into the smartphone era
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In this interview, Acosta Senior Manager of Business Intelligence Christina Davis explains the findings of Acosta’s report “The Mobile-ization of Grocery Shopping,” including how retailers can make the shopping experience more mobile

Top 10: Hershey keeps up with demand, McDonald’s and Beyond Meat expand plant-based options

This week, food and beverage readers were also drawn in by Thanksgiving cooking and how food retailers have protected employees and shoppers during the pandemic.

5 trends taking hold in the dairy industry

From alternative dairy products to new cheese and yogurt options, innovation in the dairy industry is booming.

How businesses are feeding the cravings of the comfort- and convenience-centric consumer

Conveniences and comfort food options were all available before COVID-19, but they’ve surged in use and popularity as the pandemic changed everything.

Top 10: Conagra snack launches, restaurant acquisitions, new ways to eat a Reuben

News that Inspire Brands is buying Dunkin' was one of several restaurant acquisition updates that made headlines this week.

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.

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.