Top 10: P&G’s dish soap innovation, exec updates at Hershey and a Brazilian chicken chain’s US growth plan



New products and plans for the coming year came out on top in this week’s roundup of most-clicked stories. Procter & Gamble’s new Dawn Powerwash dish soap was the subject of this week’s most popular story. The soap is a spray-on formula that doesn’t require dishes to soak before washing. Other new product announcements included those from Mars, Nestle, Hippeas and Ferrara. The candy company debuted new holiday treats, including Fun Dip & Cherry Candy Canes, which pair Fun Dip powder and Brach's cherry candy canes. Another confectionery company making headlines this week was Hershey, which announced several executive changes, including the promotion of Chuck Raup, currently vice president of the company's US candy, mint and gum unit, to the role of president, US, effective Jan. 1. 

In grocery retail news, a feature on how Target CEO Brian Cornell turned the retailer around by investing in its stores proved popular this week. CNN Business named Cornell its CEO of the Year for 2019. Giant Eagle also grabbed SmartBrief readers’ attention this week with its announcement that it will eliminate single-use plastics in its stores by 2025.

On the foodservice front, readers showed interest Brazilian boneless chicken concept HNT Chicken’s plans to open as many as 50 units in the Philadelphia area next year.

Check out this week's full top 10 list:


  1. P&G shakes up dish soap category with Dawn Powerwash

  2. Hershey names new US president, other executive changes

  3. Jelly Belly buys select Gimbal Brothers brands

  4. How Target CEO Brian Cornell turned things around

  5. Giant Eagle to discontinue single-use plastics by 2025

  6. Parker House rolls are a simple source of comfort

  7. Brazilian quickservice chicken concept maps growth plan for Pa.

  8. Mars, Nestle, Hippeas, more roll out new products

  9. Conagra reports net income nearly doubles

  10. Ferrara launches new products, expects successful holiday season

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