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Top 10: Moves toward innovation trending this week in food and beverage

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Restaurants, consumer package goods brands and food retailers alike were making changes and developing strategies that trended toward innovation this week, a topic that drew the attention of SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers. In a move to strengthen its appeal among millennial consumers, McDonald’s revamped its packaging to feature a bold yet simple design. Meanwhile, Chick-fil-A announced the introduction of a trendy superfood salad featuring kale and broccolini, which will replace the chain’s classic coleslaw.

Krave Pure Foods founder’s move to launch a startup with the goal of creating innovative food and beverage products also proved to be a popular story among readers this week, as did General Mills’ move to expand its presence in the snack aisle through the acquisition of Epic Provisions. Food retail’s status in the e-commerce game was also a hot topic, with a new study revealing that Kroger has the best position in the industry for entering the e-commerce game.

Check out the full list of this week’s 10 most-clicked stories:

  1. McDonald’s aims to woo millennials with new packaging
  2. Krave founder launches food and beverage incubator
  3. Whole roasted cauliflower makes a meaty main dish
  4. General Mills adds Epic meat snack brand to Annie’s business
  5. Study: Kroger is best-suited for grocery e-commerce
  6. Hostess debuts five limited-time snack cakes for Valentine’s Day
  7. Chick-fil-A to introduce a superfood salad this month
  8. David Novak to leave Yum Brands after nearly 3 decades
  9. Shake Shack boosts prices to pay for higher wages
  10. Restaurants explore new ways to serve vegetables


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