Top 10: Necco’s surprise new owner, popular cereals and lesser-known fish species

This week’s most popular stories ran the gamut, from big news about big CPG companies to a bevy of fast food news.

Taking the top spot was news about a surprise purchase of NECCO by a firm owned by the Metropoulos family for $17.3 million. The news came days after Spangler Candy emerged as NECCO's highest bidder at auction, but that deal subsequently collapsed.

Other popular CPG news involved General Mills, with CEO Jeffrey Harmening saying the company’s granola business “is on fire” as cereal consumers increasingly seek satiety over low calorie counts. The company is also seeing robust growth for its Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms and Reese's Puffs lines, thanks to "really, really good marketing and really compelling consumer news," he added.

Fast food made this week’s list of most-read stories with McDonald’s setting up shop in downtown Chicago, and Chick-fil-A testing chicken sliders in two markets.

A culinary story landed in the top 5 this week as well with Saveur covering the merits of eight different lesser-known fish and ideas for how to best cook each one, according to Anderson Witherell of Minnesota seafood wholesaler The Fish Guys.

Check out the full list of this week's 10 most popular food and beverage stories from SmartBrief:

  1. In twist, Metropoulos-owned venture acquires NECCO
  2. General Mills CEO reveals which cereal segment "is on fire"
  3. Kohlberg to acquire Sara Lee, Van's brands from Tyson Foods
  4. How to cook with 8 lesser-known fish species
  5. Albertsons rolling out ultrapremium private label
  6. McDonald's sets up shop in downtown Chicago
  7. Mondelez CEO discusses locally focused growth strategy
  8. Ferrero launching reformulated Crunch bar early next year
  9. Kraft Heinz vet named CEO of Post Consumer Brands
  10. Chick-fil-A tries out chicken sliders in 2 markets

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