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Trends report: The latest in sweets and snacks

From combination flavors to better-for-you treats, the sweets and snacks category is seeing a bevy of new trends.

Top 10: Sweets & Snacks, post-pandemic trends and food prices

New sweet treats from CPG and candy brands caught readers' attention this week.

Restaurants roll back restrictions as more people get vaccinated, but most stop short of requiring proof

Many US restaurants are taking an “honor system” approach when it comes to customers’ vaccination status in an effort to avoid pushback from guests and the possibility of running afoul of state rules against asking for proof of vaccination.

Grocers continue to make e-commerce moves

The pandemic has upended the grocery industry and food retailers large and small are catering to a more digital clientele.

Top 10: Restaurant costs, PepsiCo’s work-from-home model, automated checkout at Amazon Fresh

Candy was also a category that many SmartBrief food and beverage readers were interested in this week.

How restaurants can encourage and empower employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Many US restaurants are encouraging employees and patrons to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and providing incentives for those who do. However, legal complications are keeping most restaurant operators from making vaccination mandatory.

Top 10: Grocer growth plans, Wendy’s new ad

News of expansion from ALDI and Lidl, as well as a new Wendy's ad, made news this week.

5 food & beverage trends accelerated, altered or accentuated by the pandemic

We are living through an unprecedented time in which the pandemic has accelerated, altered or accentuated trends in many spheres of food and beverage culture.

Investors see the potential in plant-based alternatives

Investor interest in plant-based foods continues to grow after high-profile IPOs and growing consumer demand.

Top 10: Popular summer candies, reimagined croissant shape, Chili’s new chicken sandwich

News of Walmart’s new private-label beef brand also drew in SmartBrief food-and-beverage readers this week.

Post-pandemic restaurant success means balancing the new normal with old habits

Findings from Datassential’s Firefly 500+ report reveal an analysis of the country’s 500 largest restaurant chains and the most pressing industry trends.

SmartBrief Innovation Awards for the Business Traveler

SmartBrief Innovation Awards: Celebrating solutions transforming the travel industry

Top 10: CPG companies focus on flexibility; Lawmakers aim to expand summer food program; Restaurants line up for federal aid

Lawmakers made plans this week to introduce the Stop Child Hunger Act, which would expand the summer Electronic Benefit Transfer program adopted during the pandemic.

SmartSummit: Fighting racism through the food and hospitality industries

Last week, experts gathered at SmartBrief’s Food & Beverage SmartSummit to discusswhat actions the industry take to make meaningful contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Top 10: High-ranking grocers, restaurant mask guidance, Hershey’s acquisition

Tales of grocers, restaurant mask guidance and Hershey grabbed reader attention this week.