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Q&A: How the pandemic will shape grocery shopping habits for years to come
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Colin Stewart, executive vice president of business intelligence at Acosta, discusses which pandemic-era changes will be part of the “new normal” and what grocery retailers can do to meet shoppers’ evolving needs.

Datassential: Subscription models shined in 2020, will see further growth

There were few bright spots for restaurants in 2020. The subscription model was one of them.

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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: Amazon’s grocery plans, Taco Bell’s digital store model, Honest Co.’s IPO

Read this week's 10 most popular food-and-beverage stories on SmartBrief

Farmers' markets played a bigger role in feeding America in the pandemic

Farmers' markets around the US became essential sources of fresh, local food during the pandemic.

Foodservice Innovation Awards judges discuss meeting today's challenges

Video: Judges discuss the importance of this awards program, insights about some of the winners and their experience evaluating the nominees in each category.

Top 10: Restaurants’ hiring hopes, Kroger’s plan to double digital sales, Trader Joe’s grilled cheese challenge

Several of this week’s most-clicked stories focus on what restaurants are doing to attract new hires.

The power of personalization in food shopping: Two online retailers show the way

Consumer priorities in food and beverages have shifted toward finding items that signal increased personalization to health and wellness needs and goals.

Branding lessons from top food and beverage companies

How do the top food and beverage brands dominate the industry? They've invested in consistent branding.

Top 10: Rethinking the buffet, Pepsi x Peeps, H-E-B’s new flagship store

SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers were interested in news about Golden Corral’s buffet, a Pepsi and Peeps collaboration and stories about food retail.

What role will robots play in the future of food delivery?

With demand for convenient and contactless food delivery options on the rise, autonomous delivery vehicles have the potential to be a game-changer for foodservice and food retail.

Recognizing leaders in foodservice innovation

SmartBrief Innovation Awards for Foodservice

What’s on tap for beer sales in 2021?

Retail sales of beer grew in stores and online during the pandemic, with some trends expected to continue in 2021.

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.