Yogurt launches, Kroger's readiness for competition and Burger King's triumph

Two new yogurt launches -- from General Mills and Chobani -- caught the attention of SmartBrief's food and beverage readers this week, as did the news that Hershey will be distributing its packaged chocolates exclusively in retail-ready display cases. The week's most-clicked story, however, was about how an activist investor is putting pressure on Nestle to sell its L'Oreal brand and to trim underperforming lines from its product portfolio.

Also a hit among readers were grocery stories about where US shoppers are buying their groceries and how Kroger is prepared for the competition that German grocer Lidl may pose. Grocery readers were also drawn to the news that SUPERVALU CFO Bruce Besanko will be leaving the company as of July 5. Besanko, who is also the company's chief operating officer, is the third grocery executive to resign from a high-profile position within the past two weeks.

In foodservice news, an article about Burger King's top ranking among quickservice burger concepts on the American Customer Satisfaction Index was a hit with readers. This year marked the first time in two decades that Wendy's fell from the top spot in the quickserve burger category, dropping to a close second.

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

  1. Investor pressures Nestle to make big changes 
  2. Hershey to distribute all packaged chocolate in retail-ready display cases 
  3. General Mills launches French-style Oui yogurt line 
  4. Chobani enters traditional low-fat yogurt category 
  5. A breakdown of where US consumers grocery shop 
  6. Survey: Burger King, Chick-fil-A win with US consumers 
  7. Kroger is prepared for challenge of grocery competition, exec says 
  8. SUPERVALU's finance chief to step down next week 
  9. Moe's enters frozen food category with Kellogg partnership 
  10. Kroger looks to build on the success of private labels 

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