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

While meal kit delivery companies have certainly captured the imaginations of investors and the media, consumers are a different story.

Top 10: Diet Coke's new look, Dunkin's smaller menu

The new look and line of flavors that Coca-Cola rolled out for Diet Coke was the most-clicked story among SmartBrief food and beverage readers this week.

Q&A: How Premier Nutrition grows talent through collaboration and gives back to the community
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Premier Nutrition Corporation President Darcy Horn Davenport discusses how cultivating a corporate culture that encourages collaboration and giving back to the community helps PNC nurture talent and stay competitive in the active nutrition category.

How to design a successful in-store promotional program

Grocers and manufacturers have myriad opportunities to deliver in-store promotional programs -- determine the best way to make an impact with these tips.

Nestle, General Mills, Amazon top this week's most popular food and beverage stories

Read this week's list of the most-clicked food and beverage stories from SmartBrief.

Sandra Taylor, author of The Business of Sustainable Wine, discusses how sustainability in the wine industry is being driven forward slowly but surely by many forces.

Top 10: Changes on track at Nestle, Kroger, Papa John's

News of Nestle's plan to sell its US confectionery unit struck a chord with readers this week, as did stories from Kroger and Papa John's.

Latin cuisine offerings in the US will expand with regional, reimagined dishes

Peruvian cuisine, regional Mexican dishes and a new era of street food will influence US menus this year, analysts predict.

Top 10: Food brand buyouts prove buzzworthy

CPG acquisition plans at Unilever, Campbell, Hershey proved popular this week

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Every year the team at Datassential comes together to develop our list of the flavors and ingredients that should be on the food industry’s radar in the years ahead.

What food stories resonated most with consumers this year?
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Hunter PR Chief Executive Officer Grace Leong discusses the results of the firm's 2017 Food News Study, how food news affects consumer behavior and how food manufacturers and marketers can put these insights to use.

5 Restaurant staffing best practices

Restaurants can find and retain staff members with these helpful tips.

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This week’s most popular news spread across all sectors of our vertical – food retail, CPG and foodservice.

Bringing customer communication into the digital age

From chatbots to voice technology, read about how food and beverage brands are adapting their communication strategies for today's digital consumers.

Chefs say 86 these dishes, ingredients in 2018

Put down the pumpkin spice and step away from the jarred salad. Chefs weigh in on what trends to skip in 2018.