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News, trends and best business practices for the food and beverage industry.

As with many consumer-driven mega-trends that have achieved mainstream stature following years of lurking on the fringes of culture, consumer involvement with all things “sustainable” is now at an all-time high.

New snacks bring plant-based trend to the center of the store

Food brands are introducing new packaged crackers, chips and other snacks with a focus on nutrition and helping shoppers increase their plant intake.

Little Debbie creates a social media stir with snack-related tweet

Sweet snack brands Little Debbie, Hostess, Ferrero, Mars made news this week.

Five lessons as millennials mature and evolve

We not only uncover how the subgroups within this generation think and behave differently, but we also dive into how millennials differ from the population overall. Here are five early findings.

Report: How millennials, service and engagement are trending on social in food and beverage

A recent report identified millennials, customer service and engagement as major social trends. Find out how they play into SmartBrief's coverage of food and beverage news.

This week’s top 10 was heavy with CPG and food retail news, particularly stories having to do with Amazon.

Finger Lakes wineries work together to make a name for themselves

Winemakers in New York's Finger Lakes are building a reputation for themselves and the area.

Fresh snacks feed growing consumer need for healthy convenience
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Fresh snack offerings that add value by minimizing prep work, extending shelf life or adding flavor are gaining popularity with busy consumers.

Rise of the robots: Automation’s role in the future of foodservice

Innovations in robotics and automation offer new ways for restaurants to streamline operations, attract top talent and delight diners, presenters said at The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Innovation Summit last month.

Should grocers offer dietitians' services to shoppers?

As more grocers adapt to consumers' increasingly healthy eating habits, some are bringing dietitians into the store to help shoppers identify clean-label ingredients.

Tech stories drew readers this week

From technology to restaurant news, read this week's 10 most-clicked food and beverage stories.

Top tech tips from the Restaurant Innovation Summit

From shopping around for solutions to planning for the future, restaurant operators and technology experts shared their advice for how restaurants can make the most of tech.

Q&A: Quality ingredients, twists on traditional flavors give breakfast foods all-day appeal
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In this interview, Philip Jones, president of Jones Dairy Farm, discusses the importance of quality ingredients and what makes a winning breakfast dish.

Pizza chains forge a digital path to millennial diners

From digital presence to digital convenience, how are pizza chains meeting the demands of millennial diners?

Top 10: White Castle cuts waste, bets big on private-label