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Ice Cream Therapy and the Fall of Food Fads: CPG News, Week of Oct 26-30

This week's news features the surprising turnaround in Halloween candy sales, the incoming supply chain challenges as consumers start stocking up again on their favorite products, and the trends that will be most important to consumers in 2021.

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Sugar-Free Sweetening and Climate-Friendly Food: CPG News, Week of Oct 19-23

This week's news features the resurgence of Earth Fare supermarkets, how artificial sweeteners are sparking a discussion about sugar-related packaging labels, and Panera's new strategy to encourage food sustainability.

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Plants, Pecans, and Partnerships: CPG News, Week of Sept 21-25

This week's news features makeup made for space travel; brands coming together for good; and continued demand for alternative-everything products.

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Demand Planning AI

How to Prepare for a Potentially Volatile Back-to-School Season

In a consumer-driven supply chain, preparing for drastic shifts in purchasing behavior is a must. Use this guide to anticipate these changes during the school year, when demand variables are sure to throw off sales and supply plans.

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Oatmilk Everything and the Pursuit of the Gen-Z Consumer: CPG News, Week of Aug 31-Sept 4

September is here and change is in the air. This week's news features the ubiquity of oatmilk-based items, the emergence of dark stores, and the refreshing of a 167-year-old cookie classic.

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Chocolate, Trees & Bees: CPG News, Week of Aug 24-28

As August comes to an end, all eyes are on autumn. This week's news features environmentally-conscious brands, the emergence of social commerce, and a lawsuit about dairy-related labeling for plant-based brands.

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Demand Planning AI

A Guide to Demand Forecasting In Retail [Best Practices, Tips, & Techniques]

Give your retail business the demand planning insights you need to be efficient and scale. In this full guide we give you all the best practices, tips, and techniques to conquer demand forecasting in retail.

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11 Most Important Demand Planning Metrics You Need in 2020

2020 may be the year of the unthinkable but it's not without lessons. When it comes to supply chain planning, it's all about your view on what's possible & calculable. We review vital metrics, which lay the foundation for a successful demand planning process.

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Demand Planning AI

How to Prepare for a Potentially Volatile Back-to-School Season

In a consumer-driven supply chain, preparing for drastic shifts in purchasing behavior is a must. Use this guide to anticipate these changes during the school year, when demand variables are sure to throw off sales and supply plans.

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21 Best Practices for Demand Planning and Forecasting Professionals [Actionable Guide + Expert Methods]

Demand planning is a complex process, that's for sure, especially given how quickly consumer behavior and market conditions can change. In this guide, we detail how automation, AI, and data science can bring your company's forecasts to the next level.

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The New Rules of Demand Planning for 2020 & Beyond [Complete Guide + eBook]

In a year marked by unprecedented changes, our demand planning eBook is the essential guide to navigating the new normal of CPG. We explain why automation, data, and AI are vital to high forecast accuracy, supply chain efficiencies, and consumer insights.

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Why Clean Data Is Crucial to Demand Planning and Forecast Accuracy

Just as high-quality ingredients are essential to the finest meals, large sets of clean data are a prerequisite for producing highly accurate demand forecasts.

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5 Steps to More Accurate Demand Forecasts

The right demand forecasting process can pay huge dividends for your business. But in order to understand and leverage key demand drivers, you first need the have the right data, the right people, and the right software in place. Here's a step-by-step guide.

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The Critical Importance of Demand Forecasting

Nothing is more important than accuracy when it comes to demand forecasting. The higher the accuracy, the better. It can help businesses run more efficient S&OP meetings, scale with efficiency, and reduce costs across the entire supply chain.

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Demand Planning Vs. Demand Forecasting

Though they are unmistakably linked, demand planning and demand forecasting are not the same thing. We explain the key differences and similarities between them and demonstrate why forecast accuracy is essential to demand planning and to the overall S&OP...

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Intro to Demand Planning

Predicting consumer demand is a tough nut to crack. The most effective demand planners have the tools to predict demand accurately and execute a confident supply chain strategy to meet future demand in its tracks.

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CPG Data Science: How Data Science Helps CPG Companies

Implementing Machine Learning models and Artificial Intelligence is becoming the norm for CPG brands looking to leverage their data to gain more accurate demand forecasts, maximize sales, and reduce working capital. We explain how to easily implement...

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Ice Cream Goes Canine & Walmart Goes Fintech: CPG News, Week of Jan 11-15

This week's news features Walmart's latest endeavor in the financial industry, the impact of a limited workforce on companies' supply chains, and the strategies Barbie used to remain every child's It Girl through the pandemic.

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How to Leverage AI and Upgrade Your Demand Planning Process in the New Year

After a year of incredible and rapid change in the CPG industry, here are four sure-fire steps on how to leverage artificial intelligence in your sales and operations process (S&OP) and realize quantifiable efficiencies across your supply chain.

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Oatly Eyes an IPO & Double Dinners: CPG News, Week of Jan 4-8

This week's news features carbon footprint labeling, the worldwide celebration of Veganuary, and the latest pandemic-driven meal trends.

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2020 in Hindsight: CPG News, Week of Dec 28-Jan 1

This week's news features the latest stories that summarize some of 2020's biggest trends and milestones, plus a look at 2021.

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Sustainability for the Big Guys & Lots of Eggs: CPG News, Week of Dec 14-18

This week’s news features brands making strides to become more sustainable, what Halloween might look like this year, and the race to launch drone deliveries across the country.

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Dive Awards 2020 & Girl Scout Cookies 2021: CPG News, Week of Dec 7-11

This week's news features the Dive Awards' picks for the top leaders and companies in the business, a small town's high school students coming together to support each other, and the (soon-to-be) certifiable differences between vegan and plant-based.

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Sustainable Steps, Sesame Seeds, & the Future of Food Labeling: CPG News, Week of Nov 30-Dec 4

This week's news features big corporations' visions for a more sustainable future, the mission to regulate plant-based product labeling in Oklahoma, and how technology could equal less food waste.

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13 Best Companies Getting Supply Chain Right

These brands have survived and thrived because the seeds to their supply chain success were planted long before the world was forced to stay inside. Read on for the tips and tricks of 13 top brands.

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Plant-Based Meat & Gluten-Free Oreos: CPG News, Week of Nov 16-20

This week's news features the arrival of gluten-free Oreos, the ways consumers' tastes are changing as the holidays approach, and Unilever's mission to bring plant-based mainstream.

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Snacking and Adapting Through 2020: CPG News, Week of Nov 9-13

This week's news features the rising of snacking, Mars Wrigley's success in a digital world, and the future of bioengineered meat.

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Bath Bomb Prescriptions & Beyoncé's Impact: CPG News, Week of Nov 2-6

This week's news features the impact of Covid-19 on the upcoming holidays, how retailers are finally embracing third party delivery services, and PepsiCo's pledge to improve representation at the top.

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Ice Cream Therapy and the Fall of Food Fads: CPG News, Week of Oct 26-30

This week's news features the surprising turnaround in Halloween candy sales, the incoming supply chain challenges as consumers start stocking up again on their favorite products, and the trends that will be most important to consumers in 2021.

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Sugar-Free Sweetening and Climate-Friendly Food: CPG News, Week of Oct 19-23

This week's news features the resurgence of Earth Fare supermarkets, how artificial sweeteners are sparking a discussion about sugar-related packaging labels, and Panera's new strategy to encourage food sustainability.

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Unioncrate Hires CPG Veteran Kunal Kohli as Director of Business Development

Kohli, the co-founder of BOU Brands, will lead partnerships and develop relationships with CPG brands for Unioncrate, bringing its demand planning and operations management solutions to brands and vendors along the supply chain.

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Turkeys & Vikings & Chefbots, Oh My!: CPG News, Week of Oct 12-16

This week's news features a hopeful look at this year's holiday season, an AI tool that will find recipes for you, and the flavors that will define 2020's fall and winter.

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34 Best Demand Planning Software for 2020

There are plenty of options for software that will predict demand for your CPG brand. Check out our list of the 30 best demand forecasting software systems for CPG brands in 2020.

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It's a Bird! It's a Drone! It's Halloween!: CPG News, Week of Oct 5-9

This week's news features brands making strides to become more sustainable, what Halloween might look like this year, and the race to launch drone deliveries across the country.

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Kroger, Costco, and the Return of Expo West: CPG News, Week of Sept 28-Oct 2

This week's news features the return of Expo East, the continuous rise of oatmilk, and a commitment from 200 brands to make the planet a better place.

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Plants, Pecans, and Partnerships: CPG News, Week of Sept 21-25

This week's news features makeup made for space travel; brands coming together for good; and continued demand for alternative-everything products.

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Tyler, The Ice Cream Collaborator: CPG News, Week of Sept 14-18

The fall equinox is right around the corner, and all eyes are on seasonality. This week's news features unique celebrity/brand collaborations; how companies are informing consumer for the halloween season as a way to bolster sales; and more!

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The Shopping Experience Grows Up Fast: CPG News, Week of Sept 7-11

September is here! This week's news features eCommerce and retail behemoths race to meet consumers where they are, the continued emergence of plant-based items, and a CPG-meets-fast-casual partnership that bodes well for the industry.

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Oatmilk Everything and the Pursuit of the Gen-Z Consumer: CPG News, Week of Aug 31-Sept 4

September is here and change is in the air. This week's news features the ubiquity of oatmilk-based items, the emergence of dark stores, and the refreshing of a 167-year-old cookie classic.

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Chocolate, Trees & Bees: CPG News, Week of Aug 24-28

As August comes to an end, all eyes are on autumn. This week's news features environmentally-conscious brands, the emergence of social commerce, and a lawsuit about dairy-related labeling for plant-based brands.

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Beverage Boom, Baller Investments & Black-Owned Brands: CPG News, Week of Aug 17-21

Summer's hot and, like usual, the CPG industry is blazing. This week's news features canned tuna, NBA-led beverage funding, spicy spice sales and how candy-makers are preparing for a most unusual Halloween consumer landscape.

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Unioncrate's Ultimate Guide to Reddit for CPG Brands [Updated]

The online community is a gem for discussing just about every topic under the sun. But did you know that it's also an invaluable resource for consumer insights, supply chain expertise, e-commerce, brand-building, data science, and all things CPG.

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5 Ways to Strengthen the Foundations of Your Business 

From solidifying financials to utilizing technology to maximize efficiencies, here are 5 actionable steps to help you gain perspective and implement strategies to overcome the inevitable challenges that may be thrown your way.

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How Shopify is Empowering Small Businesses

Founder and CEO Tobias Lütke on creating opportunities for Shopify’s ‘one million merchants’

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Q&A: Todd Hale, Consumer Research Expert

A wide-ranging conversation with the former SVP of Consumer and Shopper Insights at Nielsen about wellness claims, meal kits, delivery, e-commerce, the future of automation and the vital role of data in the world of CPG.

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Behind the Brand

How Petit Pot's Tiny Jars of Gourmet French Pudding Are Winning Over American Consumers

Entrepreneur Maxime Pouvreau perfected his pot de crème recipe as a pastry chef at San Francisco restaurants. Years later, his brand, Petit Pot, enjoys nationwide distribution and a booming DTC business. But it hasn't come without major challenges.

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Behind the Brand

How Renewal Mill Transforms Waste Into Revenue, One Upcycled Product at a Time

Like many CPG brands, the coronavirus forced Renewal Mill to make strategic shifts midstream. With a focus on DTC channels and new product development, the forward-thinking brand is reaching a new generation of conscious consumers who put the planet first.

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Behind the Brand

SOUND's Mission-Driven Brand Is Bubbling Up Change in a Booming Category

This is the journey of two young engineers who built a sustainable beverage business based on a shared vision of bringing health and transparency to a booming category. SOUND Brands Co-founder Salim Najjar on his company's sparkling journey.

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How High Road Took Luxury Ice Cream Mainstream

Ice cream by chefs, for chefs. This was High Road Craft Brands' original business plan at least. But 10 years in, the Atlanta-based company has grown significantly, slowly but surely adding private label and retail into its dynamic business model.

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How Two Co-Founders Are Shaking Up Multibillion-Dollar Food Categories With a Tiny Cube

Building a brand is tough work. From product development and marketing, to tweaking a million things along the way, the path to success is rarely smooth (and in this case, it's filled with cubes). BOU Brands Co-Founder and President Kunal Kohli discusses...

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CPG Year In Review

2020 Report

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CPG News & Insights

How to Leverage AI and Upgrade Your Demand Planning Process in the New Year

After a year of incredible and rapid change in the CPG industry, here are four sure-fire steps on how to leverage artificial intelligence in your sales and operations process (S&OP) and realize quantifiable efficiencies across your supply chain.

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Year In Review: Herbs & Spices

The herbs and spices category heated things up this year, plus a selection of flavorful news.

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Year In Review: Dish Soap

The dish soap category had a lucrative 2020, plus the top news this industry had this year.

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Year In Review: Bleach

Bleach was one of the most sought-after products in 2020, giving the category a boost, plus the best stories from the year.

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Year In Review: Scented Candles

The scented candle category flourished in 2020, plus some of the best-smelling highlights around.

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Year In Review: Aerosol Disinfectants

The aerosol disinfectant category was one of the most popular this year, plus the news that defined the sector's 2020.

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Year In Review: Baby Wipes

The baby wipes category had a successful 2020 doubling as a way to clean our children and our counters, plus some highlights that kept it interesting.

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Year In Review: Baby Formula

The baby formula category had a relatively neutral year, plus some must-see highlights.

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Year In Review: Baby Feeding Supplies

The baby feeding supplies category had a tough year, plus some of the most interesting stories the industry saw in 2020.

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Year In Review: Baby Lotion

Growth was modest for the baby lotion category this year, plus some of the top highlights that have kept it fresh.

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Year In Review: Baby & Toddler Food

The baby & toddler food category had highs and lows this year, plus other top stories from 2020.

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Year In Review: Baby Bath Products

The baby bath products category had a strong 2020, plus some of the bubbliest highlights.

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Year In Review: Kitchen Cleaner

The kitchen cleaner category was very popular, plus a selection of related news.

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Year In Review: Laundry Care

The laundry care category experienced very healthy growth in 2020, plus other top highlights from a topsy-turvy year.

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Year In Review: Conditioner

The conditioner category had a strong 2020 despite some challenges, plus the best industry stories from this year.

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Year In Review: Shampoo

The shampoo category's many subcategories experienced ups and downs this year, plus some of the best highlights.

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Year In Review: Pet Toys

The pet toy category saw strong in 2020, and some of the best stories from the sector this year.

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Year In Review: Pet Beds

The pet bed category's growth was boosted during the pandemic, plus some of the dreamiest highlights of the year.

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Year In Review: Collars and Leashes

The pet collars and leashes category benefited from a boost in pet adoptions this year, plus news that kept the sector exciting.

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Year In Review: Vitamins and Supplements

The vitamins and supplements category was a consumer-favorite this year, plus a selection of the top stories in the industry.

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Year In Review: Bird Food

The bird food category stayed strong through 2020, plus some of the top news for the category throughout the year.

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Year In Review: Ice Cream

Ice cream is always a favorite, and the category was able to grow despite the challenges of 2020. Plus, the sweetest highlights of the year.

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Year In Review: Face Cosmetics

In a year when face-to-face contact was something to be avoided, it's no surprise the face cosmetics category had a tough year. Nonetheless, the industry remained innovative and newsworthy.

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Year In Review: Cat Food

The cat food category was unfazed by the chaos of 2020, holding at a healthy growth rate. Plus, some of the top news from the sector.

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Year In Review: Dog Food

The dog food category grew 3% in 2020, and had a lot of exciting news along the way.

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Year In Review: Frozen Vegetables

The frozen vegetable category reaped the benefits of a year focused on making healthy choices, plus some of the highlights for this category in 2020.

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Year In Review: Alternative Dairy

The alternative dairy category had an exciting and promising 2020, with almost as many highlights as there are types of milk.

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Year In Review: Packaged Coffee

2020 was a solid year for the packaged coffee category with strong growth, and some of the top stories from this caffeinated year.

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Year In Review: Deodorant

The deodorant category saw drops in sales this year, plus some of the biggest stories in the world of deodorant in 2020.

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Year In Review: Cookies

The cookies category saw its fair share of losses and gains this year, and had newsworthy moments throughout.

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Year In Review: Hand Sanitizer

The hand sanitizer category set the bar high for sales in 2020, and hand sanitizer brands ran with the opportunity to step up and stand out.

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Year In Review: Packaged Tea

The packaged tea category has experienced ups and downs in 2020, plus some highlights that have kept it innovative and interesting.

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