Top 10: Coca-Cola updates Dasani packaging, Alinea's remodel and FDA's final guidance on menu labeling


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The most popular story by far in the past week centered around Coca-Cola’s updated product design for its Dasani brand of flavored sparkling water, which is being promoted in a “Break for Bubbles” campaign that urges consumers to unwind with the refreshing beverage. Next up were foodservice stories, the most popular of which included news about the famous Chicago restaurant Alinea’s re-opening this spring with changes and updates made to feast the senses, and Chipotle’s potential updates to its menu in order to phase out the free food offers that were designed to bring customers back after high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks. The chain, which reported a 30% dip in first-quarter same-store sales, gave away 6 million burritos and 1 million bags of chips with guacamole or salsa in February and March.

FDA’s final guidance for implementing menu labeling rules also proved popular with readers in the past week. The rules, which apply to all restaurants and other foodservice venues with 20 or more locations, will be enforceable starting in May 2017.

Other well-read news included Kellogg giving its classic Raisin Bran product an update and a spotlight on the fact that the James Beard Awards included more female chefs this year.

Check out the rest of the top 10 most-clicked stories this week in SmartBrief on Food and Beverage:

  1. Coca-Cola debuts new look for Dasani
  2. A revamped Alinea will feed all the senses
  3. FDA sets a date for enforcing menu labeling rules
  4. Fresh Market exits 4 states with 13 store closures
  5. Chipotle may look to new products to revive sales
  6. Kellogg gives Raisin Bran a granola reboot
  7. Beard Awards honored more women chefs this year
  8. Mondelez exec to become Pinnacle Foods’ CEO, board director
  9. Publix CEO spends last days on the job among employees
  10. Fairway files for bankruptcy amid intense competition

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