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Audrey Altmann

Audrey Altmann is a food and beverage editor at SmartBrief where she writes and edits content about the consumer packaged goods, beverage, agriculture, foodservice and school nutrition industries.

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Why consumers are still reaching for canned alcoholic drinks
Why consumers are still reaching for canned alcoholic drinks

The ready-to-drink hard seltzer and cocktail market appeals to consumers’ desire for convenience and portability.

Top 10: Panera offers catering for remote workers, Fresh Market files IPO, CDC inspects E. coli outbreak
Top 10: Panera offers catering for remote workers, Fresh Market files IPO, CDC inspects E. coli outbreak

SmartBrief food-and-beverage readers were also drawn in by Walmart’s full self-checkout structure in Texas.

TikTok brings unexpected success for food, beverage industry
TikTok brings unexpected success for food, beverage industry

The social media platform has produced a new way for online creators to share food and beverage trends -- and brands -- that can become popular almost instantaneously.

Top 10: Restaurant costs, PepsiCo’s work-from-home model, automated checkout at Amazon Fresh
Top 10: Restaurant costs, PepsiCo’s work-from-home model, automated checkout at Amazon Fresh

Candy was also a category that many SmartBrief food and beverage readers were interested in this week.

Top 10: Popular summer candies, reimagined croissant shape, Chili’s new chicken sandwich
Top 10: Popular summer candies, reimagined croissant shape, Chili’s new chicken sandwich

News of Walmart’s new private-label beef brand also drew in SmartBrief food-and-beverage readers this week.

Indoor gardening is here to stay
Indoor gardening is here to stay

In a time when food and beverage consumers valued essential products, healthy eating, convenience and home-cooked meals, the indoor gardening market was poised for significant growth.

Top 10: Walmart focuses on tech, Unilever and Nestle take interest in vitamins
Top 10: Walmart focuses on tech, Unilever and Nestle take interest in vitamins

SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers were also drawn in by stories about Hershey’s new Reese’s candy bar and s’mores set.

What’s next for dairy alternatives?
What’s next for dairy alternatives?

From plant-based to animal-free dairy, substitutes to traditional milk, ice cream and other dairy products have soared in popularity and are expected to continue to grow in the future.

Top 10: Texas Roadhouse CEO, free Krispy Kreme for vaccines, Kellogg Cereal Straws
Top 10: Texas Roadhouse CEO, free Krispy Kreme for vaccines, Kellogg Cereal Straws

This week, the news of Texas Roadhouse founder and CEO Kent Taylor’s death also resonated with SmartBrief food and beverage readers.

CPG brands develop creative breakfast food during COVID-19
CPG brands develop creative breakfast food during COVID-19

As more people enjoy eating breakfast at home during the pandemic, CPG companies have created new products to meet the varying needs of consumers.

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