A rumored merger deal between Kroger and Ahold, PepsiCo's approach to e-commerce and the damage caused to wineries by the California wildfires were among the week's top stories.
The most-read stories this week rang with the theme of newness.
Stories about Whole Foods, Nestle, Panera Bread resonated with SmartBrief readers this week
News about dairy drew interest from readers this week. Find out what else made the top 10 in food and beverage news.
Top 10: CPG brands, private-label foods, reflections on a restaurant career
Four executives announced they will leave Reckitt Benckiser, Lidl has plans to expand to Ohio and McDonald's will roll out bottled McCafe coffees for grocery retail.
Amazon finalized its acquisition of Whole Foods this week, and SmartBrief readers were drawn to news about how the deal will impact the industry.
Top 10: Trader Joe’s favorite foods, Target's remodels and a turnaround plan at Ruby Tuesday
Chuck E. Cheese shows off an updated format, Applebee's brings back meal deals
The most popular stories this week talked about big changes at various business, from Tyson Foods to Kraft Heinz and Oprah.