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Mandated to stay at home, cooking fatigue sets in

Lives and lifestyles have been dramatically altered as consumers face the realities of the moment by adapting meal planning, shopping and cooking behaviors.

Report: Last year played a pivotal role in growing plant-based food sales

The success of plant-based meat companies Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods spurred other companies to launch their own plant-based burgers in 2019.

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.

How plant-based food makers have adjusted to the pandemic

Companies are talking about the steps they've taken to keep plant-based food production safe for employees.

Why food brands should continue to work with influencers during the pandemic

For food brands and companies, now is not the time to cut blogger and influencer engagement. Instead, take this opportunity to leverage influencer relationships and feed content-hungry consumers what they are craving.

Top 10: Product rebranding and a cashierless Walmart

Readers were interested in stories about a product rebrand from Quaker Oats and a cashierless Walmart store.

5 important food and beverage industry trends to watch

From the diversification of keto-friendly products to the rise of “gummification,” here are some key trends to monitor in the food and beverage space.

Driving restaurant traffic in a post-COVID world

As consumers start to eat out again, how do you drive them to your operation?

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?

Top 10: Favorite candy by state, sudden restaurant reopenings

The bulk of the Top 10 covered equal parts CPG news and food retail news, with non-pandemic-related news taking the top spot.

Familiar formats can boost appeal of plant-forward meals

Using familiar ingredients, rather than processed meat alternatives, can help restaurants appeal to vegans, meat-eaters and everyone in between, researchers and chefs said during The Culinary Institute of America’s Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit.

What’s next for third-party delivery services?

Food delivery services play a vital role during the pandemic but delivery fees are still an issue for restaurant operators.

Top 10: Revamped school lunch, McDonald’s menus and Costco samples

McDonald's operators hope to keep the pared-down menu after the pandemic.

Cultural background’s influence on how we eat

Brands that are able to tap into a desire for exploration in ways that satisfy American food values and feel like authentic cultural sharing can reap the rewards.

Wellness travel means more in pandemic’s wake

Wellness tourism was on the rise before the coronavirus pandemic caused travel worldwide to come to a standstill.