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Restaurants turn to tech tools to streamline vaccine requirements, verification

As more restaurants begin to require customers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination for indoor dining, many are enlisting technology solutions to streamline the process of informing diners and verifying their vaccination status.

Top 10: Federal COVID-19 vaccine order, Trader Joe's expansion, Hershey holiday candy

Stories about the White House’s vaccine requirement and its effect on the food and beverage industry took up nearly half of this week’s most-clicked list.

How the pandemic is reshaping restaurant real estate

The pandemic has created struggles, opportunities in the restaurant world.

Top 10: A tale of 2 chickens, Walmart’s ghost kitchens, Whole Foods’ Just Walk Out stores

Plant-based food maker Impossible Foods rolled out its first chicken alternative this week, adding Impossible Chicken Nuggets to it’s lineup of burger and sausage alternatives.

Is your business ready for what’s next in sustainability?

What sustainable trends are coming to the forefront of mainstream consumers’ behaviors that will impact your business?

Celebrating technologies transforming the travel industry

SmartBrief announces the winners and nominees of the Innovation Awards for Business Traveler.

Top 10: Kraft Heinz redefines work, Schnucks rolls out robots, Italian meatballs sans pasta

News from Schnuck Markets, Tyson Foods and the National Restaurant Association made waves this week.

SmartSummit: Schools grapple with supply chain issues and other challenges as new year begins

Two school nutrition experts spoke about the lessons learned during the 2020-21 school year and the challenges that lie ahead during SmartBrief’s Aug. 24 SmartSummit, “What’s on the menu for the 2021-22 school year?"

Energy drinks attract consumers with better-for-you ingredients

While the energy drink category has historically been perceived as unhealthy, several new brands have emerged with more natural, healthier options.

The food retail workforce: Where the industry stands

Food retailers are taking on new efforts to combat workforce issues.

Top 10: Taco Bell to open drive-thru-only concept, Wegmans names brand president, Chicago restaurants reintroduce mask mandate

A compilation of some of the major CPG product debuts also caught the attention of SmartBrief readers.

How the travel industry can fight back against cyberthreats

Travel and hospitality businesses have become lucrative targets in recent years for cybercriminals who have stolen from the industries.

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Looking at the future of restaurant technology

Advancements that make the experience faster, safer and easier are among the most important future components of any restaurant.