Top 10: Bush's snack chips, shoppers' favorite grocers, hot menu trends

The news that Bush’s and Bob’s Red Mill will be entering new product categories in the near future topped the list of most-read food and beverage stories this week. While Bob's Red Mill is rolling out an oat bar line, Bush’s is debuting a snack portfolio featuring roasted chickpeas, bean chips and bean dip. Other CPG stories that hit home with readers included news of Coca-Cola’s new Bar None drink line and the new skillet kits from Hershey and Reese’s.

Grocery retail readers were drawn to the news that consumers ranked Trader Joe’s at the top of a shopper preference survey of grocers, with Costco, Amazon, H.E. Butt and Wegmans also ranking in the top five. Also hot among grocery readers were stories from Ahold Delhaize and Whole Foods.

Restaurant readers were interested in a story how foods and drinks infused with cannabidiol will be among this year’s top menu trends. Also ranking high was the news that P.F. Chang’s will sell to equity firms for $700 million. Check out the full list of this week's 10 most popular food and beverage stories from SmartBrief:

  1. Bush's, Bob's Red Mill enter new product categories
  2. Trader Joe's, Costco top consumer grocery survey
  3. Coca-Cola launches Bar None beverage brand
  4. CBD will be 2019's hottest menu trend, chefs say
  5. Ahold Delhaize deploying Marty the robot in 500 stores
  6. Hershey, Reese's skillet kits hit Target shelves
  7. Amazon ends expansion of Whole Foods 365 concept
  8. Frito-Lay debuts Doritos Flamin' Hot Nacho
  9. Equity firms to pay $700M for P.F. Chang's
  10. How Kraft Heinz's CIO integrates disruptive technologies

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