Top 10: Snackable soup, organic Red Bull, yogurt squeeze pouches for cooking

News about new food products caught the eyes of readers this week, particularly new lines from companies including Campbell Soup, Red Bull and Chobani. “Snackable soups” were added to Campbell Soup’s recently introduced line of Well Yes! Soups, Red Bull is rolling out its Organics by Red Bull soft-drink line on Amazon and in two US regions, and Chobani will debut squeeze pouches this year as part of the company's goal to bring yogurt into new categories. "We want people to use it for cooking," said President Tim Brown.

Taco Bell’s announcement that it’s bringing its sauce flavors to the snack aisle this May with the launch of tortilla chips in three varieties also spurred reader interest. "This launch of our first line of sauce packet-inspired chips gives our fans a new way to access a taste of Taco Bell," said Chief Brand Officer Marisa Thalberg.

In other top news, NECCO said it may need to lay off close to 400 workers and close its Massachusetts manufacturing plant unless a buyer comes forward for the company by May 6.

Here’s the full list of this week's 10 most popular food and beverage stories from SmartBrief:

  1. Campbell Soup to debut new range of "snackable soups"
  2. Red Bull rolls out organic sodas
  3. Chobani launching squeeze pouches this year
  4. NECCO may have to close Mass. manufacturing plant
  5. Taco Bell to bring sauce-flavored chips to the snack aisle
  6. Fiesta Mart acquired in $300M deal
  7. Campbell Soup names Abrams-Rivera to lead newly formed snacks unit
  8. Fishbowl ranks up-and-coming restaurant concepts
  9. Conagra sees gains in shelf space, revenue amid brand modernization effort
  10. Kroger venture will offer store's tech to other grocers

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