Top 10: Hershey’s price hike, PepsiCo’s Imag!ne launch and a new side at Chick-fil-A

News that the Hershey Co. plans to raise prices an average of 2.5% next year to offset higher shipping and commodity costs was the most clicked story among SmartBrief food and beverage readers this week. J.M. Smucker’s reorganized marketing approach, Hain Celestial’s appointment of former Pinnacle Food’s exec Mark Schiller as its new CEO and PepsiCo’s acquisition of the Health Warrior brand also ranked high among readers. News that Chick-fil-A is testing a new macaroni and cheese side dish at select locations rounded out the top five.

Along with the news that it will raise prices, Hershey also announced that it will debut a thinner version of the Reese’s cup in 2019. Other food launches in the headlines this week include PepsiCo’s Imang!ne snack brand which recently hit shelves and the expected December release of Pop-Tarts Bites from Kellogg.

Among this weeks top culinary stories were a roundup of pitmasters’ preferred smokers and a feature on the Italian fried dough snack known as gnocco fritto.

Check out this week’s full top 10:

  1. Hershey to raise prices, debut thinner Reese's cup in 2019

  2. J.M. Smucker shifts marketing approach

  3. Pinnacle Foods vet named new CEO of Hain Celestial

  4. PepsiCo buys snack brand Health Warrior

  5. Chick-fil-A tests the popularity of mac and cheese

  6. PepsiCo brings new Imag!ne snack brand to store shelves

  7. Pitmasters share their favorite smokers

  8. Chewy, flaky gnocco fritto is an Italian snack superstar

  9. Pop-Tarts Bites to hit shelves in December

  10. How Alibaba's consumer data helped Mars, Unilever create new products

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