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Top 10: Stop & Shop sells stores, Applebee’s goes fast-casual, CPG debuts

New CPG products and a fast-casual concept from Applebee's made waves with readers this week.

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Top 10: Stop & Shop sells stores, Applebee’s goes fast-casual, CPG debuts

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The sale of 23 Stop & Shop stores to Winstanley Enterprises and Surrey Equities topped this week’s most-read stories among SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers. The deal, worth $150 million, includes store locations throughout New England and the East Coast. Other popular food retail news this week included Walmart’s moves to ensure long-term success.

Also garnering clicks this week was news of CPG debuts. Kellogg is debuting two new offerings for its Pop-Tarts brand, including Mer-mazing Blue Raspberry and Frosted Froot Loops, while Clif Bar is introducing the Clif Coffee Collection with caffeine in each bar. Additionally, General Mills will release five cereals early this year, three of which are in partnership with Hershey.

On the restaurant side, readers were interested in news of Applebee’s new fast-casual concept. The prototype location in Mobile, Ala., will focus on delivery, takeout and counter service with a streamlined menu including sandwiches, salads and burgers.

Check out the full Top 10:

  1. Stop & Shop sells 23 stores for $150M 

  2. New Pop-Tarts, caffeinated Clif bars among CPG debuts 

  3. Borden Dairy files for bankruptcy

  4. Coca-Cola finishes transformation of Atlanta headquarters 

  5. Nestle finishes $20.7B share buyback, begins another program 

  6. Applebee’s unveils fast-casual concept 

  7. Walmart’s strategy for long-term greatness 

  8. Colgate develops smart toothbrush

  9. Campbell Soup snack president steps down, firm launches hiring effort 

  10. 5 new General Mills cereals to launch in early 2020 


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