It’s been more than a year since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. Many of this month’s most-read articles focus on the pandemic’s lasting effects and how the food industry is changing in response. 

#1. Staffing Flexibility: The Secret Ingredient for Success in Food and Beverage Manufacturing

The pandemic made it imperative that manufacturers prepare to react quickly to unexpected events. And that preparation includes building flexibility into labor scheduling. Here are three strategies for staffing success from our sponsor Shiftboard.

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#2. Finding the New Normal in CPG

What consumer behaviors are here to stay, and what changes will CPG companies have to make to thrive in the new normal? Consumer Brands Association recently published The CPG Post-Pandemic Outlook to highlight the trends that are redefining the industry. 

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#3. Cooking at Home Is Here to Stay and How CPG Companies Can Adapt: Insights from Deloitte Research

According to Deloitte’s Global State of the Consumer Tracker, 42% of U.S. consumers plan to cook at home more post-pandemic than they did pre-pandemic. We asked Barb Renner, Deloitte’s vice chairman and U.S. leader of consumer products, to share some insights on how this trend will continue to impact food and beverage companies.

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#4. Pet Food Research Roundup: Addressing DCM, Non-Conventional Diets, and Common Health Concerns

With so many options available, pet owners may find it difficult to determine what kind of diets are best for their animals’ health and well-being. We compiled some of the latest research on pet nutrition to help pet food companies develop new products and educate their customers.  

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#5. Investment in Agrifoodtech Grew Significantly in 2020

Agriculture and food (agrifoodtech) startup companies raised $26.1 billion in 2020, a 15.5% year-over-year increase. We took a look at AgFunder’s 2021 AgriFoodTech Investment Report to learn what’s driving this growth.

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