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Q&A: How Sonoco takes cues from consumer habits to craft fresh snack packaging
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Consumer demand for fresh and natural snacks is on the rise, and the growing category offers opportunities for brands and retailers to meet the needs of today’s busy, health conscious consumers.

Millan with chef presenters at Arriba El Caribe!

CIA adjunct professor and Latin Summit committee member Nelson Millan gives an overview of the sights, tastes and sounds of the Culinary Institute of America's third annual Latin Cuisine Summit, featuring the cuisine of the Caribbean.

While shopping online for groceries is on the uptick, The Hartman Group’s Food Shopping in America 2017 report finds that it has yet to detract from the number of in-person trips to traditional brick-and-mortar food retailers.

Toll of wildfires on wine, Conagra's strategy and an investment for Culver's

Stories about the wildfires in wine country, new candy launches and a fresh investment for Culver's struck a chord with readers this week.

food retail technology

Innit, The Future Market and Northfork chat about the challenges and opportunities that technology represents for the food retail industry.

Farm Sanctuary and the changing face of food

Farm Sanctuary focuses on the animals in a push to convince consumers to consider a plant-based diet.

Top 10: Rumored Kroger-Ahold merger, PepsiCo's new strategy and wildfires take a toll on wine

A rumored merger deal between Kroger and Ahold, PepsiCo's approach to e-commerce and the damage caused to wineries by the California wildfires were among the week's top stories.

Seafood poke

There’s a new seafood diet in town – and no, we’re not talking about the “see food and eat it” diet.

Q&A: McCormick VP on how connected packaging improves the consumer experience
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Michael Okoroafor, vice president of global sustainability and packaging innovation for McCormick discusses how the world’s leading manufacturer of spices, herbs and flavorings is taking connected packaging to the next level.

How to gain shelf space with grocers

Getting a new CPG product on grocery shelves can be challenging, even for established brands. These experts offer tips that can help.

This event, Oct. 10-11, in Seattle, Wash., will bring together brands and startups in the food and kitchen technology space to map the future of food.

The most-read stories this week rang with the theme of newness.

Senior construction director Mike Snyder has created a comprehensive build-out plan that cuts costs for franchisees.

Senior construction director Mike Snyder has created a comprehensive build-out plan that cuts costs for franchisees.

How Panera reinvented its customer experience in a tech-driven world

Panera exec Mark Berinato talked to attendees at about how the chain retooled its customer experience to focus on technology.

Top 10: Changes at Whole Foods, Nestle, Panera drew readers this week

Stories about Whole Foods, Nestle, Panera Bread resonated with SmartBrief readers this week