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Audrey Altmann

Audrey Altmann is a food and beverage editor at SmartBrief where she writes and edits content about the consumer packaged goods, beverage, agriculture, foodservice and school nutrition industries.

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Top 10: Post-pandemic restaurant ideas, Kroger’s robotic warehouse, revamped chocolate chips
Top 10: Post-pandemic restaurant ideas, Kroger’s robotic warehouse, revamped chocolate chips

SmartBrief readers were interested in what foodservice will look like after coronavirus as well as Kroger’s robot-powered fulfillment center and a brand-new shape for chocolate chips.

Meal kit industry shines during pandemic
Meal kit industry shines during pandemic

Customers have been drawn to the convenience, reliability, variety and quality provided by meal kit services during stay-at-home order across the US.

Top 10: Amazon Go adds locations, Hershey debuts Halloween candy, Uber buys Postmates
Top 10: Amazon Go adds locations, Hershey debuts Halloween candy, Uber buys Postmates

Food and beverage readers were drawn to groceries’ cashierless options, new CPG products and the $2.65B acquisition of Postmates.

Top 10: Krispy Kreme adds CPG snacks and H-E-B boosts pay
Top 10: Krispy Kreme adds CPG snacks and H-E-B boosts pay

This week, SmartBrief food and beverage readers were also drawn to news that lawmakers proposed $120 billion in pandemic relief for independent restaurants.

Industry rises to cater to home baking trend
Industry rises to cater to home baking trend

How are CPG manufacturers, bakeries and other foodservice industry professionals keeping up with consumers’ interest in baking at home?

Nonalcoholic drink trend shows no sign of slowing down
Nonalcoholic drink trend shows no sign of slowing down

How are consumers enjoying mocktails and other alcohol-free beverages while many bars and restaurants are closed?

Top 10: Restaurants grapple with reopening, CPG firms see results of pandemic buying
Top 10: Restaurants grapple with reopening, CPG firms see results of pandemic buying

This week, news of some eateries being allowed to open again and of strong financial results for food manufacturers grabbed readers’ attention.

Functional food and beverages persist during coronavirus
Functional food and beverages persist during coronavirus

Shoppers are looking for snacks and beverages with ingredients that promote health and wellness, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

Top 10: The food and beverage industry continues to adjust to the new normal
Top 10: The food and beverage industry continues to adjust to the new normal

For the fifth week in a row, SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers were drawn to stories about how companies are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Top 10: Groceries, restaurants, food and beverage manufacturers respond to coronavirus
Top 10: Groceries, restaurants, food and beverage manufacturers respond to coronavirus

Coronavirus-related concerns in the food and beverage industry have continued to be top-of-mind for SmartBrief readers this week.

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