Lidl’s US debut, Amazon’s big purchase and the future of Whole Foods

Grocery retail was red hot this week as several major developments took place in the industry. The news that Amazon will acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion sparked several very popular stories among SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers, including the possibility that Amazon could grow the grocery chain by introducing new banners or store formats. However, the week’s most-clicked story was the news that German grocer Lidl opened the doors to its first US-based locations. As Lidl’s CEO cut the ribbon at the company’s new Virginia Beach, Va., store, customers lined up to see what the grocer had to offer.

Also a hit among readers were CPG stories about Bazooka’s upcoming launch of Baby Bottle Pop Lollipop Popping Powder, Nestle’s potential sale of its US confectionery business and Unilever’s plan to sell its spreads unit this fall. In foodservice news, readers were drawn to a story about the importance of presentation and creative plating so food looks appealing for culinary guests.

Check out the full list of this week's 10 most popular food and beverage stories from SmartBrief:

  1. Lidl opens the doors to its first US stores 
  2. Whole Foods to be acquired by Amazon for $13.7B 
  3. Bazooka: New Baby Bottle Pop innovation is "on fire" in test markets 
  4. CEO: Amazon could expand Whole Foods with new banners 
  5. Nestle considers selling US confectionery unit 
  6. Amazon, Whole Foods deal could be a grocery game changer 
  7. Unilever auctioning its spreads unit this fall, CFO says 
  8. Campbell Soup grows leadership team 
  9. We've been eating with our eyes since long before Instagram 
  10. Hormel identifies 7 key growth categories, eyes global acquisitions 

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