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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
CPG

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.

Bring your brand story to life with custom content

Collaborate with SmartStudio to develop valuable content -- such as blog posts, webinars and more -- that strengthens your brand and drives engagement with SmartBrief audiences.

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.

Top 10: Amazon Fresh grows in Pa.; Hershey’s has plans for Lily’s brand; Consumers worry about packaging waste

News that Amazon opened its first Amazon Fresh store in Pennsylvania with plans to add a second in the state was this week’s most-clicked story among SmartBrief food and beverage readers.

Brand relevance today: The role of “brand” in guiding shoppers’ choices
CPG

Brands are working harder than ever to gain attention and loyalty, regardless of whether they are national, name brands or a retailer’s own private brand.

Kids food, beverage brands focus on taste, nutrition

The market for foods and beverages designed for children is poised to experience significant growth, and businesses are appealing to kids and adults with healthy options that taste great.

Top 10: PPP loans, COVID-19 vaccines, Wegmans takes Manhattan

The coronavirus pandemic again figured prominently into this week’s Top 10 most-clicked stories among SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers.

Restaurants embrace plant-based meat alternatives tailored to their brands

Shipments of plant-based meat alternatives to US restaurants soared in April, according to NPD Group data.

How the pandemic has reshaped the future of restaurants

Whether it’s new or expanded channels for off-premises that cater to lasting demand for convenient meal options or programs that serve the local community, here’s a look at some of the concepts and innovations that are defining the future of foodservice.

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