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100,000 US restaurants closed permanently or long-term shutdown since start of COVID

Six months following the first shutdown of restaurants for the coronavirus pandemic, the restaurant industry is in limbo. According to a new survey... continue reading »

Frozen produce sales remain high, shelf-stable closer to normal levels

The last full week of August saw the smallest produce sales increases since the start of the pandemic across virtually all departments. Prior months h... continue reading »

Plant-based meat sales up 23% when placed in meat department, study shows

The Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), the trade association representing 170 plant-based food companies, and Kroger, the largest grocery retailer... continue reading »

Potato chip industry sees boon in retail sector during COVID

A pandemic doesn’t come with many positives, but it hasn’t been bad for the potato chip industry. Unlike Western U.S. producers of russet and t... continue reading »

Full-service restaurants expected to be down 40% for 2020; QSRs 13-18%

The latest research from Mintel, the expert in what consumers want and why, shows that after several years of growth, the foodservice industry is expe... continue reading »

Foodservice operators turning to frozen options during pandemic

On July 21, the American Frozen Food Institute hosted a webinar with Datassential’s Erin Murray to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the foodser... continue reading »

Retail produce sales still up, but inching closer to pre-COVID levels

All 2020 holidays affected by the coronavirus pandemic have seen strong sales results, from Easter and Mother’s Day to Memorial Day and Father’s D... continue reading »

Retail food sales likely to be elevated for rest of 2020, experts say

With restaurants limited to take-out, delivery and drive-through in recent months due to COVID-19 restrictions, food retail numbers have benefitted. T... continue reading »

Multi-functional beverages, better-for-you snacking among packaged trendsetters

The U.S. consumer packaged goods industry increased by 2.2% in 2019, outpacing 2018 growth of 2.0%, according to the eighth annual Boston Consulting G... continue reading »

Frozen, shelf-stable produce continue high sales in retail market

Memorial Day signals the traditional start of the summer grilling season, with meat and produce promotions typically dominating the front page of groc... continue reading »