Restaurant and culinary news was prominent in this week’s Top 10 most-clicked stories by SmartBrief food and beverage readers. The debut of Chipotle’s first digital-only restaurant in Highland Falls, N.Y., news of Papa John’s headquarters move to Atlanta and state orders to close dining rooms also garnered reader interest this week.
On the culinary side, Thanksgiving-focused stories were ripe for the picking. Award-winning pitmaster Rodney Scott’s smoked turkey technique proved popular, as did a roundup of chefs’ favorite Thanksgiving sides — including Gerald Addison’s carrots vichy and Val Cantu’s cranberry sauce with orange juice and agave syrup.
In CPG news, PepsiCo’s new ergonomic 2-liter bottle, which launched in Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Wisconsin, and Mars Wrigley’s planned launch of products for the convenience store channel garnered clicks. The reported $5 billion purchase of Kind North America by Mars also made waves.
Check out the entire Top 10 below and be sure to check out SmartBrief’s Friday Feed, with popular stories ranging from the best vanilla extract substitutes to a Baby Yoda cocktail that went viral thanks to actress Jennifer Aniston.
- PepsiCo debuts ergonomic 2-liter bottle overhaul
- Pitmaster Rodney Scott shares smoked turkey technique
- Mars Wrigley unveils 2021 c-store strategy
- Chipotle to debut first digital-only restaurant
- Papa John’s to move departments to new Atlanta HQ
- 5 states order restaurants to shutter dining rooms
- Chefs dish on their go-to Thanksgiving sides
- Sysco cuts purchase minimums for restaurants
- Mars to purchase Kind North America
- Chefs create Disney-inspired pizzas
- 5 trends taking hold in the dairy industry
- Shifts in food shopping behaviors due to COVID-19
- Resilient restaurateurs press on with new eateries optimized for uncertain times
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