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Top 10: Uncle Ben’s moves forward with a new name, classic cereals travel back in time

This week top news reflected signs of the changing times via a few rebrands, a look at food retail and a catering to the wants of consumers who are perhaps yearning for years past.

Q&A: Training is essential to creating a positive food safety culture
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Ecolab’s Mandy Sedlak discusses the Essential Public Health training program created in partnership with Lobster Ink, and how the program helps front-line staff put knowledge into action.

How the specialty food industry is faring in the era of COVID-19

The Specialty Food Association's Summer Fancy Food Show was canceled amid COVID-19 this year, so the trade group is using a virtual event to help brands and buyers connect.

Top 10: Restaurant closures, a new grocer, PepsiCo’s sleep-supporting beverage

SmartBrief's food and beverage readers focused on stories about PepsiCo, restaurant closures and new grocer Jet Foods.

The way forward: What consumers are cooking at home

Consumers’ craving for restaurant food provides an opportunity for innovation in the grocery channel -- whether through meal bundles on the perimeter or restaurant favorites and global flavors in the frozen aisle.

Behind the growth and shifting nature of the pet industry

Pet products have gone premium, and more Americans than ever are getting in on the trend.

Top 10: Burger King’s Restaurant of Tomorrow, Jelly Belly branches out into chocolate

Restaurant chains including Burger King, Taco Bell and Shake Shack unveiled new formats for the pandemic era.

Understanding what today’s eco-conscious food consumers want

Restaurants, CPG manufacturers and food retailers are all investing in new, innovative ways to give eco-conscious consumers what they’re prioritizing in their food choices.

Top 10: Whole Foods chooses permanent dark store location and Wendy’s adds pretzel bun burger to the menu

This week, readers were also interested in Coca-Cola’s restructuring and how to make simple chef-approved chicken dishes at home.

The future of food technology: Consumer values and a healthier food system

Despite their appreciation for all thing fresh and less processed, Americans have a long and historical relationship with packaged foods, food science and technology.

Grocers, CPG producers take on a new era of safety concerns

Grocers and CPG producers are working overtime to ensure the safety of both consumers and employees.

Top 10: M&M's reminds us Halloween is still coming; will Whole Foods be cashierless in 2021?

Candy news hit the sweet spot in this week’s top 10, with Mars Wrigley, Mondelez and Behave, a new direct-to-consumer brand of better-for-you gummy candy making the list.

Restaurants invest in tech tools to increase safety during the pandemic and beyond

As restaurant operators continue to look for ways to serve customers safely amid the coronavirus pandemic, many are outfitting their eateries with high tech solutions to increase sanitation and facilitate contactless payment and other touchless tasks. 

Top 10: Consumers love Clorox, Trader Joe’s grows, Krispy Kreme designs store for the social distance era

Clorox earned the highest ranking of any consumer packaged goods brand on Morning Consult's 2020 50 Most Loved Brands list, and coverage of the annual report was this week’s most clicked story among SmartBrief food and beverage readers.

Creating an experience at food retail is rapidly evolving

In these uncertain times, what are grocers doing to create an experience both in-store and online that keeps customers coming back?