COVID-19 Newsfeed

KeHE VP: Innovation, Promotion Still Crucial in Crisis

In a webinar, three leaders in the natural grocery space -- KeHE Distributors VP of category management and growth solutions Kate Paul, Independent Natural Food Retailers Association interim CEO Pat Sheridan, and Natural Co-Op Grocers senior director of purchasing Ben Nauman -- discussed how distributors and retailers are responding to the fast-changing environment and what brands can do to stay on top of the crisis.

Data Digest: Consumer Behavior Moves into New Phase

As the world prepares to enter the third month of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CPG industry is still working to adapt to a radically altered marketplace. Last week, three new reports from market research firms IRI, Datassential and Blue Chip, shone light on how consumer behavior has changed since March and what the industry should anticipate as the crisis eases and a new normal for consumer buying habits emerges.

Amid Production Drop, Beverage CO2 Supply Chains Steady For Now

With production set to fall this month by as much as 50%, concern has been growing about the security of CO2 supply chains for beverage companies. However, several brands reached by BevNET indicated they had not yet encountered issues.

UNFI EVP: Supply Chain, Communication Critical For Brands During COVID

Yesterday, John Raiche, EVP of supplier services at UNFI, discussed in detail how the industry is adapting to the changes brought on by the novel coronavirus in a webinar hosted by the Hirshberg Enterprise Institute. Raiche offered advice for how brands can adapt to the new environment while providing an update on how UNFI is responding to the demands of the crisis.

Cannabis, CBD Brands Feel Impact of COVID-19

The coronavirus outbreak has come amidst a steadily increasing number of CBD and legal cannabis products and. Many brands from both the THC and CBD sides of the ledger quickly found sales growth as consumers rushed to stockpile goods from nearly all CPG sectors, but cannabis suppliers and entrepreneurs are now wondering what their industry will look like once the crisis passes.

WATCH: Max Baumann on Merchandising During A Crisis

Earlier this week, BevNET managing editor Martin Caballero sat down with Max Baumann, CEO and founder of food and beverage merchandising agency Basemakers, to discuss what his team is seeing and experiencing at grocery stores across the country, offering insight on a range of topics.

Watch: Crisis CoPacking Panel for Entrepreneurs

Operations and inventory management are the backbone that supports your food and beverage company during this time. Today, April 6th, BevNET Editor-in-Chief Jeff Klineman will lead a co-packing panel on the stresses and solutions affecting brands and their co-packers during the ongoing COVID-19 Crisis.

Crisis CoPacking: A Special Panel for Entrepreneurs

On Monday, we’re presenting a special panel for entrepreneurial food and beverage companies on the stresses and solutions affecting the relationship between brands and their co-packers during the ongoing COVID-19 Crisis.

DTC Sales: Now, Every Day is Cyber Monday

Typically, food and beverage represents only around 3.2% of total U.S. online sales. But through a combination of factors, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has accelerated the shift to web-based shopping.

WATCH: Bob Burke On Managing Employees and Resources Through A Crisis

In a conversation with BevNET managing editor Martin Caballero, veteran natural CPG consultant Bob Burke, principal at Natural Products Consulting LLC, offered his insights and perspectives on how brands can manage their teams, relationships and finances to both survive this trying period and to thrive at its conclusion.