Top 10: Sweet snacks, supermarkets and Subway remodels

Stories about makers of sweet treats struck a note with SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers this week, starting with a social media stir created by Little Debbie when the company sent a tweet indicating that one of four popular snack cakes would be discontinued.

Hostess Brands’ introduction of Bakery Petites, a new three-product premium line aimed at on-the-go snack fans, also won readers’ attention, as did Ferrero’s decision to start selling its Kinder Joy confections in the US. Mars also made the news, when the brand’s Halloween offerings proved most popular on Amazon last month.

Fortune’s list of the country’s best retail workplaces topped the list this week. Wegmans Food Markets ranked highest on the list, which also included Publix Super Markets and Whole Foods Market.

Subway’s Fresh Forward remodeling program also proved popular. The chain is adding self-ordering kiosks and shelves to show off fresh ingredients, harking back to the original vision of founder Fred DeLuca, said CEO Suzanne Greco.

Read the entire top 10 list:

  1. Wegmans, Publix among top retail employers
  2. Little Debbie tweet sparks fan frenzy
  3. CEO: Hostess' new Bakery Petites line has "potential to elevate the category"
  4. Subway's revamped model honors founder's original vision
  5. Ferrero's Kinder Joy confections hit US shelves
  6. Mars takes top 4 slots among Amazon's best-selling Oct. confections
  7. Conagra CEO: Millennials don't wince at premium-priced frozen foods
  8. Mondelez, Campbell Soup, Kellogg debut new products
  9. PepsiCo debuts seasonal items from Cheetos, Cap'n Crunch, Mtn Dew and more
  10. Chicago burger joints win fans with plant-based burgers

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