A move by grocery chain Meijer to convert plastic bags into pavement through a partnership with Dow topped this week’s most-read stories among SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers. The bags were collected from customers by Meijer through its in-store recycling program and used to create the recycled polymer modified asphalt. Other top food retail news included Albertsons’ partnership with CitrusAd and Merkle to launch a retail media network, as well as Southeastern Grocers’ tech-powered solution to expand local product options at its Winn-Dixie, Harveys Supermarket and Fresco y Mas banners.
On the CPG side, news of Hershey’s $1.2 billion acquisition of Dot’s Pretzels and its co-producer made for popular news. A potential sale of the Progresso, Helper and other smaller brands by General Mills also made news, as did Johnson & Johnson’s spin off of its Consumer Health business, which produces Listerine, Neutrogena, Aveeno and other retail brands.
A 7.1% surge in menu prices at US limited-service eateries for the month of October figured prominently among culinary readers this week. An FDA investigation into an E. coli outbreak linked to organic spinach made waves in food safety, and school nutrition news included a federal budget proposal that invests in school meals.
Check out the entire Top 10:
- Meijer, Dow partner to turn plastic bags into pavement
- Report: Oct. menu price increases set new records
- Albertsons grows e-commerce with media collective
- SEG launches program to expand local product assortment
- Hershey to buy Dot’s Pretzels, co-producer for $1.2B
- Sources: General Mills weighing Progresso, Helper sale
- J&J to spin off Consumer Health business
- Federal budget proposal invests in school meals
- FDA investigates E. coli outbreak linked to spinach
- S.C. school nutrition pro: “We can’t count on anything”
- Functional beverages show no signs of slowing down
- Grocers embrace robotics, automated systems
- What’s trending for ice cream?
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