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Top 10: PepsiCo CEO’s political appointment, Coca-Cola’s RTD branding plans, Amazon’s grocery aspirations

Check out SmartBrief's most-read food and beverage stories for the week of Dec. 12, 2016.

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Starbucks global growth plans resonated with SmartBrief readers


PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, a supporter of Hillary Clinton during the election, was named to President-elect Donald Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum this week, a story that ranked first with SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers. “I think we should mourn, for those of us who supported the other side, but we have to come together and life has to go on,” Nooyi said.

A few other consumer product stories also caught readers’ attention this week, including Coca-Cola’s plans for branding its ready-to-drink lines and Frito-Lay’s enduring popularity.

Grocery tales were also of interest, including Ahold Delhaize CEO Dick Boer’s post-merger plans and Amazon’s rejection of reports the online giant plans to open as many as 2,000 grocery stores. Starbucks’ goal of opening 12,000 new restaurants, including 5,000 in China, over the next five years also made this week’s Top 10 list. That story also outlined plans to expand the food menu add voice ordering capabilities to Starbucks’ mobile ordering.

Read the entire Top 10 list:

  1. PepsiCo CEO Nooyi joins Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum
  2. CEO: Ahold Delhaize outlines plan for post-merger growth
  3. Amazon: No plans for 2,000 grocery stores
  4. Coca-Cola: New RTD coffee lines will have separate identities
  5. Frito-Lay remains snack leader as consumers seek indulgent tastes
  6. Hain Celestial names Nestle veteran Tickle COO
  7. Starbucks growth to include 12,000 new stores, more food, voice ordering
  8. Coca-Cola’s Kent to leave CEO role in May
  9. Krave’s meat bars hit shelves nationwide
  10. Portillo’s plans to have 50 locations by end of 2017


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