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Top 10: Restaurants, food brands experiment with new flavors

Food and beverage readers sought out news about new products, menu innovations and changing food strategies this week. Take a look at the most recent top-clicked list.

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New products, menu innovation and shifting food strategies at Target and Wal-Mart proved popular with SmartBrief readers this week, starting with plans for Hershey’s Krave Pure Foods unit to roll out meat snack bars this summer in flavors including black cherry barbecue and basil citrus.

On the restaurant front, Dunkin’ Donuts is experimenting with waffle breakfast sandwiches, cold-brew coffee and other premium menu items in a push to compete with McDonald’s all-day breakfast offerings. Chipotle Mexican Grill is also looking to new menu items like spicy chorizo to wean customers off recent food giveaways and jump-start sales growth after recent foodborne illness outbreaks.

Target is testing a new strategy in the produce department at its store in Edina, Minn., pricing fruit based on how long it’s been sitting on the shelf, while rival Wal-Mart is phasing out the Wild Oats brand of organic packaged foods in favor of expanded organic produce offerings and a renewed focus on its Great Value store brand.

Read the entire top 10 list:

  1. Hershey’s Krave unit to launch meat bars this summer
  2. Dunkin’ Donuts tries out new premium menu items
  3. Chipotle may look to new products to revive sales
  4. Target experiments with greater food transparency
  5. Sources: Wal-Mart to drop Wild Oats, shift organic plan
  6. Frito-Lay will keep classic Lay’s flavors by popular demand
  7. Weis announces $140M investment in stores, tech
  8. Hershey adds BarkTHINS owner to chocolate portfolio
  9. Packaged Facts: Millennials want customization, mashups
  10. Tostitos pairs debut of new snack products with telenovela spoof


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