The news that Americans are sipping less milk while increasing their cheese intake ranked first with food and beverage readers this week. A USDA report found consumers ate 7.6% more cheese last year than they did in 2014, a trend that’s likely to spur sales for Dean Foods and other dairy food companies. Also on the dairy front, the news that Colorado-based Aurora Organic Dairy plans to create a new processing facility in Missouri also made the top 10.
CPG companies also made news that resonated, including B&G Foods’ aim to identify another acquisition target after buying Green Giant and the spice division of ACH Food Companies and Conagra’s creation of a non-aerosol version of PAM.
Restaurant stories landed on the list this week, starting with the news that Panera Bread has completed its multi-year goal of removing all preservatives and other artificial ingredients from its food, a transition that involved reformulating 122 recipes. Ruby Tuesday also shook up its menu this week with the national rollout of its expanded Garden Bars.
Read the entire top 10:
- US cheese consumption soars
- B&G Foods CEO: We’re poised for another $500M acquisition
- Conagra creates non-aerosol PAM cooking spray as part of innovation strategy
- Hostess CEO: Warehouse distribution system key to strong profit margins
- Crowds throng Lucky’s Market opening in West Melbourne, Fla.
- Aurora Organic Dairy to invest in new Mo. plant
- Lidl makes plans for 3 stores in southern N.J.
- Panera’s menu is now 100% additive-free
- Ruby Tuesday raises the salad bar
- Sales of Chobani’s Flip line “on fire,” CMO says
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