Top 10: Amazon’s grocery concept, new CPG products and do-over pizza orders

Stories about new supermarkets and what’s stocked on their shelves were of high interest to SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers this week. Amazon’s intention to open a grocery chain by the end of the year topped the list. Sources have disclosed that the online retail giant has signed leases for 12 spaces in the Los Angeles area, with additional plans to open locations in Chicago and Philadelphia. Wegmans also hit a retail milestone this week when the grocery chain opened its 100th location in Raleigh, N.C.  New product launches from consumer packaged goods brands also proved popular. Conagra debuted a slew of brand-new food offerings -- such as popcorn snack mixes, pork rinds and pickle-flavored meat sticks – while Del Monte launched microwavable vegetable snack products and Folgers revealed its new extra-dark roast line of coffee.

MOD Pizza’s second-chance policy for both food and hiring also caught readers’ attention this week. The fast-casual pizza restaurant allows customers who purchase the unlimited toppings option to try another flavor combination if their first choice doesn’t work out. MOD’s co-founder Scott Svenson says the strategy, along with the company’s hiring practices of considering often overlooked candidates, has earned consumer loyalty.

SmartBrief readers appreciated food companies pulling back the curtain to give some insight into how they built a successful business strategy. General Mills CEO Jeff Harmening shared some of the ways the food manufacturer has shifted its offerings to align with market trends. Chocolate and confectionery maker Ferrero attributes its recent robust sales to its Kinder Joy, Butterfinger and Crunch products.

Check out the complete list of this week’s top 10 most-clicked stories in SmartBrief's food and beverage briefs:

  1. Sources: Amazon moves forward with new grocery concept
  2. Slim Jim, Crunch 'n Munch products among Conagra reveals
  3. How General Mills adapts to shifts in market demands
  4. The secrets behind Ferrero's growth
  5. Del Monte introduces veggie-packed, microwaveable snacks
  6. MOD Pizza wins fans by putting 2nd chances on the menu
  7. Wegmans ready to enter N.C. with 100th store
  8. New products roll out from Folgers, Ritz, Boar's Head, more brands
  9. Shelf technologies can help drive supermarket sales
  10. Olive oil and oats combine to give vegan cookies richness, texture

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