Packaged goods and groceries came together in this week’s most-read food-and-beverage stories. Topping the list is news that Mondelez has plans to grow Give & Go, the in-store bakery business it bought last year, using its retailer data and consumer insights. Give & Go’s bakery products now include a number of Mondelez-owned brands, including Oreo.
In other news, Mars Wrigley unveiled plans to launch a platform that will work with retailers to boost sales of impulse items across channels.
Another grocery story that proved popular was Slate’s deep dive into the reasons behind Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods Market. The move raised alarm bells for traditional supermarkets at the time and brought up questions from the industry about Amazon’s grocery plan. The story explores the ways Amazon used Whole Foods as a learning experience, likely with an eye on building Amazon Fresh into a national chain.
Restaurant stories also populated the list this week, starting with Famous Dave’s parent BBQ Holdings’ $13.5 million deal to buy Village Inn and Bakers Square, an acquisition that will expand the parent company’s portfolio of restaurant chains to six.
P.F. Chang’s plans to expand its smaller-format To Go concept to 50 locations by the end of next year also proved popular with readers. To Go debuted in Chicago early last year and the company is opening new units in Texas and Florida this summer.
Read the entire Top 10:
- Mondelez to build in-store bakery business
- BBQ Holdings to acquire Village Inn and Bakers Square
- Has Whole Foods been a learning experience for Amazon?
- P.F. Chang’s maps big growth plans for To Go concept
- Albertsons CEO talks trends with staying power
- Mars Wrigley readies strategy to boost impulse buys
- Cannes Lions’ most creative brand is Burger King
- Sugarfina rolls out hard seltzer-infused gummy bears
- Whole Foods shows off commitment to local at N.H. store
- Mondelez confirms faith in gum category
- TikTok brings unexpected success for food, beverage industry
- Grocers continue to make e-commerce moves
- Investors see the potential in plant-based alternatives
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