Top 10: Artificial intelligence, new CPG products and an Internet cookie sensation

CPG news dominated this week’s most-read stories with the top story being about how Kraft Heinz is using AI to detect inefficiencies throughout the company, from sales and marketing to supply chain and manufacturing, said CIO Francesco Tinto. "Business as usual doesn't exist anymore," he said.

The theme of newness was apparent in many of the other top 10 stories this week, ranging from new CPG products to new acquisitions to new grocery stores. Campbell Soup Company’s microwaveable, high-protein Chunky Maxx soups, Mondelez’s seasonal nutmeg and cinnamon Triscuit variety and Jet.com’s premium line of private-label grocery items including olive oil, coffee, paper towels and more took second and third place, while news about Coca Cola’s acquisition of premium sparkling water brand Topo Chico for $220 million and Albertson’s real estate deal rounded out the top five.

Here’s the full list of this week’s most-read stories in food and beverage:

  1. Kraft Heinz deploys AI strategies to find inefficiencies
  2. New Mondelez, Campbell Soup products hitting shelves
  3. Jet.com to debut premium line of private-label grocery items
  4. Coca-Cola acquires Topo Chico for $220M
  5. Albertsons makes real estate deal to raise $720M
  6. Inventive technique is behind the Internet's new favorite cookie
  7. Hy-Vee looks to test new c-store-grocer hybrid
  8. Sprouts to open 9 new stores, entering Northeastern US
  9. How Panera engineered a tech-driven makeover
  10. Beanfields Snacks CEO forgoes salary as he aims to build brand

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