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Top 10: Nestle’s $1B e-commerce plan, new Oreo flavors, Walmart’s ESG progress report

Nestle USA’s plan to grow its US e-commerce sales to $1 billion this year was the subject of this week’s most-clicked story. Chief Strategy Officer Mel Cash said the company is working to emphasize Nestle's brand-specific direct-to-consumer sites and other online buying opportunities. Other consumer packaged goods companies that made headlines this week include Clorox, which announced its updated mission statement and corporate logo, as well as PepsiCo and Conagra, which said they are raising prices to offset the rising costs of ingredients, labor and transportation. Oreo grabbed readers’ attention with the reveal of two forthcoming flavors: salted caramel brownie and apple cider doughnut.

School foodservice news rounded out the top five this week, with a survey from the School Nutrition Association that found that 97% of US school nutrition directors are concerned about supply chain challenges brought on by the pandemic. Most of the respondents also listed staff shortages and low meal participation among their concerns for the coming school year. New federal limits on sodium set to take effect next year are also a concern for school foodservice operators, and SNA is asking for the deadline to be extended.

In retail news, Walmart recently debuted a new webpage to highlight its progress on environmental, social and governance goals. The retailer is aiming for zero emissions without carbon offsets by 2040. The results of a shopper poll from Ipsos capped off this week’s Top 10, with H.E. Butt Grocery, Publix and ALDI receiving top marks for the quality of their grocery pickup services.

Read the full Top 10:

  1. Nestle USA exec shares $1B e-commerce strategy
  2. Clorox updates corporate logo, mission statement
  3. PepsiCo, Conagra combat inflation with higher prices
  4. Oreo unveils 2 new flavors coming to shelves
  5. SNA survey identifies challenges for new school year
  6. SNA seeks to delay federal sodium requirements
  7. Walmart highlights environmental, social progress
  8. Can the Restaurant Revitalization Fund be replenished?
  9. Ahold Delhaize CEO puts shopper health in sharper focus
  10. Survey: H-E-B, Publix, ALDI tops for pickup service

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