New product news was popular this week with Nestle’s plans to debut new products under the Starbucks label in early 2019 and Mars’ Creamy Snickers line in three flavors coming this January taking the top two spots.
Other popular new product news included McCormick & Co.’s announcement that it will roll out Frank's RedHot frozen chicken wings in three flavors by the end of this year, which made the top five in the list, and lower down at no. 9, but still merging CPG and foodservice like the no. 1 story for this week, Taco Bell’s news that its Diablo Tortilla Chips are now available nationwide at 7-Eleven stores caught readers’ attention. Additional grocery and convenience stores are set to carry the hot sauce-inspired chips through the end of November.
Also in the CPG world, SmartBrief readers learned about longtime Sara Lee CEO John Bryan’s passing.
Widely read retail news included a study from the C Space agency showing that Trader Joe's, Costco and ALDI do a great job connecting with customers emotionally and get high ratings on customer experience as a result, as well as news about Publix’s plans to expand its corporate headquarters in Florida.
Check out the full list of this week's 10 most popular food and beverage stories from SmartBrief:
- Nestle plans rollout of new Starbucks-branded products
- Mars to debut Creamy Snickers line in January
- Trader Joe's, Costco, ALDI seen as experience leaders
- Frank's RedHot entering frozen food aisle with chicken wings
- Publix to expand corporate headquarters in Fla.
- Longtime Sara Lee CEO John Bryan dies at 81
- Hershey works to meet rise in on-the-go consumption, CEO says
- US, Canada reach agreement to replace NAFTA
- Taco Bell debuts Diablo Tortilla Chips
- Chefs share their preferred methods for sharpening knives
If you enjoyed this article, sign up for GMA SmartBrief, National Restaurant Association SmartBrief and FMI dailyLead to get news like this in your inbox, or check out all of SmartBrief's food and beverage newsletters, as we offer over 20 newsletters covering the industry from restaurants to food retail to food manufacturing.