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Product strategies, market consolidation trending this week in food and beverage

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From Hershey’s and Mars’ new products and convenience-store strategies to Nestle’s growth in the frozen category, product strategies among consumer packaged goods brands were hot topics for food and beverage SmartBrief readers this week. Readers were also interested in how brands like Lifeway Foods are using strategies like transparency to appeal to millennial consumers and how better-for-you brands are finding a niche in the snack aisle.

Market consolidation in the grocery industry was also a hot topic, with Fresh Market and Brookshire Grocery exploring sales options and Haggen getting started on its going-out-of-business sales as it prepares to close stores in several Western markets.

Members of the restaurant industry were also keeping a close eye on the cook shortage this week. Take a look at the full list of this week’s 10 most-clicked stories below:

  1. Cook shortage hits crisis levels at many restaurants
  2. Hershey, Mars debut new products, new c-store strategy at NACS Show
  3. Experts: Transparency is key to capturing millennial sales
  4. Overhaul of frozen brands drives growth at Nestle
  5. Better-for-you options find success in the snack aisle
  6. Upscale grocer Fresh Market may put itself up for sale
  7. Brookshire Grocery could go up for sale, sources say
  8. Roasted Brussels sprouts complement spicy kimchi
  9. Going-out-of-business sales start at 36 Haggen stores
  10. What would a Brookshire Grocery sale look like?


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