Top 10: Campbell Soup’s new CEO, McDonald's apple pies, Dark Chocolate Oreos

In the last week of 2018, big news of CEO changes in the CPG world caught readers’ attention, with Campbell Soup saying hello to a new CEO while PepsiCo North America said goodbye to its CEO.

New products and insights in CPG included the announcements that Dark Chocolate Oreos will hit shelves after the new year, and General Mills’ plans to revamp its Fiber One product line in the future to make it more relevant to today's consumers, according to CEO Jeffrey Harmening. Coca-Cola’s news of leading a $15 million investment round for Iris Nova, the parent company of direct-to-consumer beverage brand Dirty Lemon, also made this week’s top 10. The deal makes Coca-Cola the biggest investor in the drink startup, which launched in 2015.

And the unknown when it comes to Campbell Soup’s fate is still just that, but sources this week said that Kraft Heinz and Mondelez International have been listed to take part in the second round of the auction of its international business.

In foodservice, a story on how Tulsa, Okla.-based Bama, which bakes about 2 million McDonald's apple pies daily, recently worked with the chain to revamp the recipe to remove preservatives and artificial ingredients was popular, as was a piece on chefs’ predictions of top trends in 2019.

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

  1. Clouse named CEO of Campbell Soup
  2. Chefs predict biggest trends for the coming year
  3. Dark Chocolate Oreos to hit shelves Jan. 2
  4. Carey to retire from role as CEO of PepsiCo North America
  5. Kraft Heinz to continue in Campbell Soup auction
  6. How an Okla. company re-created McDonald's apple pies
  7. Survey: Amazon shoppers less interested in groceries in 2018
  8. Coca-Cola becomes largest investor in Dirty Lemon's parent firm
  9. How Kroger is calling attention to center store
  10. General Mills CEO shares insights on bar brands

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