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Travelers demand sustainability; hotels offer it

A majority of travelers take their carbon footprint into consideration when planning trips

Top 10: Shake Shack’s first drive-thru, CPG innovation and the FTC’s supply chain probe

SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers were also drawn in by Publix’s launch of branded clothes and accessories for the holidays.

Consumer demand for carry-out, drive-thru remains high, Acosta report finds
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The pandemic continues to influence how consumers purchase and consume food away from home and shape restaurants’ road to recovery, according to Acosta’s The Why? Behind the Dine report.

How climate change and inflation are affecting coffee prices

Factors including climate, inflation and supply chain delays have sent coffee futures soaring and led to modest increases in retail coffee prices.

A food brand’s values can be key to long-term success

Many customers, especially younger ones, want the foodservice and restaurant brands they interact with each day to speak up.

How will consumers prepare holiday meals in 2021?

Convenience is key this holiday season as the food and beverage industry continues to grapple with the effects of the pandemic and supply chain disruptions.

Top 10: Meijer’s recycled pavement, record menu price increases

Top news included Meijer's recycled pavement, rising restaurant menu prices and J&J's Consumer Health business spinoff.

Functional beverages show no signs of slowing down

From kombucha and CBD drinks to green tea and protein-infused water, functional beverages are in the spotlight.

Top 10: Onion outbreak, supply chain issues continue, Wegmans voted a great place to work

Food retail stories, along with food safety and supply chain news, made appearances in this week’s top 10, with supply chain taking almost a third of the spots on the list.

Worlds of Flavor: Global influences and local roots drive the future of dining

Chefs took the stage at The Culinary Institute of America’s 23rd annual Worlds of Flavor conference to talk about how global influences and local communities are shaping the future of dining.

Top 10: McDonald’s, Target, Peet’s Coffee made news

McDonald's Friendsgaming event, salmonella infections and a culinary experience from The Fresh Market made news this week.

Q&A: Pastry chef talks about the techniques, inspiration behind her edible works of art

Amber Spiegel of SweetAmbs talks about the inspiration behind her beautiful bakes and how her education at The Culinary Institute of America helped turn her passion for pastry decoration into a career.

What’s trending for ice cream?

Ice cream consumers are gravitating toward offerings that focus on indulgence, unusual flavors and vegan ingredients.

Top 10: Supply chain issues, Portillo’s IPO, Coca Cola’s vaccine incentive

This week’s most-read news was wide ranging, from stories about supply chain issues and vaccine mandates to rankings for food retailers and culinary tips.

Plant-based meat makers find ways to stand out in a growing field

Consumers are increasingly open to trying plant-based meat alternatives as more brands vie for their attention.

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