Packaged food makers made news that proved popular with SmartBrief readers this week, starting with Unilever’s restructuring plan, which includes the company’s plan to sell its spreads division. The business arm, which includes the Country Crock and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter brands, could fetch as much as $8.5 billion. Also high on the list: McCormick & Co.’s plans for a line of breakfast foods and Mondelez’ search for a new CEO.
Restaurants also told attention-getting tales this week, including Taco Bell’s test of a breakfast taco in a shell made of a fried egg. The news that Panera Bread’s CEO sees good reasons for a sale that will take the company private proved popular, as did a story about Ruby Tuesday’s salad-bar growth strategy.
Read the entire Top 10 list:
- Unilever to sell spreads business, unify food units
- McCormick to debut breakfast line
- Report: Mondelez launches CEO search for Rosenfeld’s successor
- SUPERVALU to buy Unified Grocers, boost wholesale
- Breakfast taco in a fried-egg shell among new items tested by Taco Bell
- General Mills is 4th biggest US natural, organic food manufacturer
- Panera CEO sees benefits in going private
- Nestle CEO: Food, beverage firms should avoid drastic cost-cutting
- The up-and-coming players in the fast-casual 2.0 field
- Ruby Tuesday bets on a bigger salad bar to boost sales
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