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Top 10: Restaurant costs, PepsiCo’s work-from-home model, automated checkout at Amazon Fresh

This week, consumer packaged goods news proved popular among SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers. The No. 1 story on the list was about PepsiCo’s new Work that Works program. The policy allows office workers at the company to have flexibility on the days that they work from home or work in the corporate offices. PepsiCo cited employee retention and recruitment as well as decreasing both real estate expenses and pollution from transportation for commuting as the main reasons for enacting the new model. The rankings also featured a story about how legacy CPG brands can attract more younger customers through social media, new product debuts featuring healthier ingredients and starting conversations about major social issues without needing to have immediate answers or solutions.

Candy was also a hot topic this week with Frankford Candy’s new Sour Patch Kids Watermelon-flavored marshmallows and a list of the most popular candy in each state based on Google Trends data each appearing in the Top 10.

In the foodservice industry, readers were drawn in by stories about restaurant operations. Federal rulings in Texas and Tennessee have determined that the Restaurant Revitalization Fund cannot maintain a previously enacted 21-day exclusivity period for businesses owned by women, veterans and "socially and economically disadvantaged" people. The ruling has caused the Small Business Administration to alter its procedures for the program and thousands of payments to business owners have been stopped. In addition, news about why menu price rose in May also generated a significant number of clicks.

For the food retail sector, the highest-ranked story on this week’s list was about the latest Amazon Fresh store in Bellevue, Wash., which is also the first grocery location with a completely automated checkout system. News that Save A Lot has reopened its renovated Florida stores and donated $10,000 to a local food bank was also of interest.

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

  1. PepsiCo unveils flexible workplace policy
  2. Courts rule against restaurant fund's priority policy
  3. Study reveals each state's favorite candy
  4. Amazon's latest supermarket offers autonomous checkout
  5. Sour Patch Kids Watermelon marshmallows debut
  6. Revamped Save A Lot stores reopen in Fla.
  7. How legacy CPG brands can build younger consumer base
  8. Wage increases, rising food costs bring higher menu prices
  9. Lowes Foods delivers groceries to workplace lockers
  10. How the pandemic has changed snacking behavior

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