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Drive-Thrus Emerge as Sustainable Approach During Pandemic

During the coronavirus pandemic, drive-thrus have become a crucial element for restaurants. In March, drive-thrus generated $8.3 billion across the fast food industry, an increase from $8 billion in sales over the same period in …

Food Distributors Place New Focus on Truck Fleet Utilization

Food distributors are unfortunately expected to feel significant losses from the COVID-19 pandemic and containment efforts. According to Mark Allen, CEO of the International Foodservice Distributors Association, or IFDA, the industry is expected to lose …

Consumer Buying Patterns During COVID-19

GlobalData found 83% of global consumers were concerned about COVID-19, with 62% expecting the situation to worse. The analysts noted people were living in an “anxiety economy,” meaning that as stress and uncertainty are significantly …

Coronavirus Causes Strain on Meat Supply Chain

Meatpacking facilities across the U.S. have become hot spots for the coronavirus, impacting production of chicken, beef, and pork and causing worry about the nation’s food supply, reported The Wall Street Journal (April 28). In …

Restaurant Life After Lockdown

As lockdown requirements around the country loosen, foodservice establishments are adopting best practices for dine-in service in a post-COVID-19 world—thanks to the guidelines put forth by both government agencies and restaurant industry organizations. Federal Recommendations …

Startups See a Future in Cell-Based Meat

I recently asked 10 random consumers whether they would eat lab-grown meat. “I would,” one said. ¨Not for the taste nor for the nutritional value, but because I believe in this technology as the way …

Why are Food Allergies on the Rise?

Researchers estimate that 32 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.6 million children, according to Food Allergy Research and Education. This translates to one in 13 children. About 40% of children with food allergies are …

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Meal Kits’ Popularity and Catering to Restrictive Diets

While COVID-19 is playing havoc on many food businesses, one segment that experienced an uptick in business since the pandemic is the meal kit industry, with companies like Blue Apron and HelloFresh experiencing noted growth …

What’s the Buzz Around Stevia

Stevia is the growing sweetener of choice for consumers looking for natural and healthy products. In 2009, the natural low-calorie sweetener, between 200 and 400 times sweeter than sugar, became commercially available in the U.S. …

The Big 8 Food Allergens

[Editor’s Note 1/13/2022: Please see our updated list that includes sesame here: The Big 9 Food Allergens] More than 170 foods have been reported to cause allergic reactions, but eight major food allergens, also known …