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News, trends and best business practices for the food and travel industries.
CBD use at spas reaching new heights

About 18% of US spas were using CBD last year, according to an upcoming report.

Focus on fresh is key when courting today’s grocery shopper

​Investing in produce, meat and other fresh departments is essential for grocery retailers that want to compete for today’s consumer -- both in store and online as ecommerce sales of edible grocery gain momentum.

Top 10: Wendy’s offers breakfast for all, Kellogg develops Incogmeato, unicorn cupcakes at Walmart

This week’s top 10 most-clicked food and beverage stories presented a sea of mergers and acquisitions, and expansions and new products.

Here’s what healthy means now

Just as consumers have pushed for customization in foodservice, choosing everything from bowl formats to burritos to the ingredients that go into each of those, consumers are now looking to custom diets, too, that fit their individual lifestyles.

How thoughtful presentation can create picture-perfect desserts
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Desserts are an opportunity for foodservice operators to make a lasting impression with customers -- both in the restaurant and on social media.

There are many ways to celebrate National Dumpling Day
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Sept. 26 marks National Dumpling Day, and restaurants can celebrate with traditional dishes rooted in authentic Asian flavors or modern applications that play with the global fusion trend.

Plant-based foods play a growing role on foodservice menus

Foodservice companies such as Sodexo and Aramark are making more menu items out of plants.

Top 10: Dollar General reveals executive moves, KFC sees strong demand for plant-based options

News that Dollar General promoted two executives topped this week’s most-clicked stories among food and beverage readers.

Why suppliers, grocers are going all in for National Family Meals Month

Now in its fifth year, National Family Meals Month has become an important platform for grocers and suppliers alike.

Top 10: Doritos ad ditches the logo, Popeyes’ brand-new chicken sandwiches sell out

The saga of the sold-out Popeyes chicken sandwich was among food and beverage readers' most-clicked stories this week.

Regional cheeses give an on-trend twist to Idahoan Foods' new mashed potato line
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Inspired by the growing fervor for US regional flavors, Idahoan Foods recently developed a new line of flavored mashed potatoes called Cheese Across America.

Putting food safety first for grocers, food suppliers

How can companies foster a culture of food safety among their employees?

Beer-centric travel is on the rise

When 42% of Americans say they prefer beer to wine or liquor it makes perfect sense that many hospitality companies have jumped on the beer wagon, seeking ways to set themselves apart.

Top 10: Target preps for new private label, KitKat debuts upscale sweets, Cava unveils innovation kitchen

News that Target will launch a new private label grocery brand called Good & Gather took the top spot among food and beverage stories this week.

Campus dining isn’t what it used to be

Gone are the days of students eating only pizza, burgers, and mac & cheese -- nearly half of today’s students consider themselves foodies, motivating on-campus dining concepts to evolve.