Top 10: ALDI's logo refresh, James Beard nominees and new products in CPG

Grocery chain ALDI held the attention of SmartBrief food and beverage readers this week. A story about the chain's new logo was this week's top story, and a feature on how it and fellow German discount grocer Lidl are disrupting the US grocery market landed at No. 3. Also notable in grocery retail news this week: reported talks between Albertsons and Sprouts Farmers Market about a potential merger between the two chains.

Culinary news drew readers' attention this week as well, particularly the release of the shortlist of nominees from the James Beard Foundation for its annual awards that will be held in May. A feature on Thomas Keller and the remodel of his celebrated restaurant The French Laundry was among this week's most-clicked, as was an article about a method for cooking meat that ensures a crisp exterior even after resting.

New product news won the week in the CPG category, with product announcments from Frito-Lay and Snyder's-Lance landing the top 10. Frito-Lay's new Poppables line incorporates trendy functional ingredient turmeric, and Snyder's-Lance added Gluten-Free Snack Crackers, PB&J Toasty Cracker Sandwiches and new Cape Cod chip flavors to its offerings.

Check out the full top 10 list:

  1. ALDI updates its logo

  2. James Beard Foundation narrows the field for 2017 awards

  3. Experts: How ALDI, Lidl will disrupt US grocery

  4. Frito-Lay's new Poppables line features turmeric

  5. Albertsons, Sprouts reportedly held preliminary merger talks

  6. General Mills COO: "Annie's is our largest brand"

  7. How Thomas Keller put his stamp on the new French Laundry

  8. Kraft Heinz' new $200M mission includes updating supply chain, fighting hunger

  9. Snyder's-Lance expands Cape Cod, Lance lines with new launches

  10. A flash in the pan gives meat a crisp crust even after resting

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