Top 10: Hershey’s product elimination, Amazon’s Whole Foods discount

CPG and grocery news dominated this week’s most-clicked stories by SmartBrief food and beverage readers, with news that Hershey will eliminate some candy offerings from its portfolio topping the list. According to CEO Michele Buck, the company will eliminate certain items in order to cut costs, including special holiday candy assortments produced for individual retailers.

The rollout of three new Oreo flavors, including Kettle Corn Oreos, Pina Colada Oreo Thins and Cherry Cola Oreos, also caught readers’ attention. Other CPG launches, such as Snyder’s of Hanover’s sweet, savory and gluten-free versions of Pretzel Pieces and a two-flavor line of Wholey Cheese baked crackers, and Orange Vanilla Cream M&M’s, ranked high this week.

In grocery retail, Amazon’s potential Whole Foods Market discount for Prime members was the most-clicked story, followed by Schnucks’ announcement of two store closures and the opening of a smaller-format store. On the culinary side, readers were drawn in by news from the cheese world, with a panel of experts announcing its picks for America’s most important cheeses.

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

  1. Hershey to eliminate some candy offerings from portfolio

  2. Three new Oreo flavors to hit shelves today

  3. Amazon prepares more Prime discounts at Whole Foods

  4. Snyder's of Hanover rolls out 5 new snacks

  5. Orange Vanilla Cream M&M's to hit Dollar General shelves next week

  6. Frito-Lay rolls out Red Rock Deli chips to US stores

  7. Schnucks announces closures, smaller-format store

  8. Wegmans to debut 2-level store in Mass. mall

  9. Cheese experts weigh in on America's most important cheeses

  10. Weis investing $101M in upgrades, new stores

     

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