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Top 10: More PPP for restaurants, a Save A Lot turnaround and ice cream for dogs

Restaurants were able to apply for loans this week under a second round of Paycheck Protection Program funding.

Increased demand for off-premises ushers in new era of restaurant design

Restaurants are responding to growing takeout sales with new store designs that put off-premises front and center.

Is touchless checkout the next frontier for food retailers?

Food retailers large and small are turning to technology to streamline the checkout process.

Top 10: 2021 food and beverage trends and Trader Joe’s expands D&I efforts

New CPG product debuts and Pizza Hut’s “Nothing But Stuffed Crust” also caught the attention of SmartBrief food and beverage readers.

Restaurants, food brands find a partner in Veganuary

Veganuary's growing popularity among consumers has spurred plant-based brands to participate in the 31-day vegan challenge.

COVID-19 and the New Modern Convenience

What does convenience look like when a global pandemic throws normal schedules and routines into disarray?

2021 will bring continuing focus on wellness, flexitarian diets, and ways to make dining out safe and memorable

Looking ahead to 2021, many of the food trends predicted by chefs, retail executives and other experts reflect the changing way consumers eat both at and away from home. 

Retailers, manufacturers make CBD moves

With interest in the category only growing, where do manufacturers and food retailers stand on CBD-infused products?

Top 10: Starbucks CEO advocates for COVID-19 relief, Publix trials new store concept

This week’s list of top stories also included SpartanNash’s strategy for 2021 as well as Kraft Heinz international growth plans.

First-to-market sweet potato product from Idahoan Foods relieves cooking fatigue in 60 seconds
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Idahoan Foods tapped into the heat-and-eat pouch trend to create a first-of-its-kind offering that delivers sweet potatoes in a convenient format with a clean label.

Q&A: Consumer Brands brings leaders together for CPG Speaks

SmartBrief spoke with Ellen Davis, executive vice president of industry engagement at the Consumer Brands Association, about the success of the group’s virtual leadership series CPG Speaks.

Datassential's 10 food trends to know in 2021

Here are 10 trends to know – 3 macro trends and 7 flavor and ingredient trends – that you should consider as you think about your 2021 plans.

Top 10: Pringles’ new packaging, Coca-Cola’s recovery plan and Kroger’s e-commerce success

Kellogg’s debut of a new look for Pringles’ packaging was this week’s most clicked story.

2020 year in review: The return of the great American grocery store

As COVID-19 radically altered any semblance of a “normal way of life,” America’s food stores stepped up to provide essential services and, in the process, became consumers’ trusted allies in their struggles to cope with the new realities of the pandemic.

Grocers innovate to make life easier for home cooks

With more consumers than ever cooking their meals at home, grocers are coming up with unique solutions to help them out.