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Top 10: M&M’s new look, Lucky’s Market store closures and top cookbooks for 2020

News that Mars Wrigley will produce four varieties of M&M's in new limited-edition packaging was the most-clicked story this week among SmartBrief food and beverage readers. The packaging, which debuted Jan. 20, features 36 different messages, such as "You make mama proud" and "Congrats on that thing you did." Product launches from Jelly Belly and Pepperidge Farm also made headlines this week. The candy company will release a line of gummies in May that mirror the shape and flavors of its iconic jelly beans. New products from Pepperidge Farm include the brand's first gluten-free line -- Farmhouse Thin & Crispy cookies. 

In grocery retail news, reports that Colorado-based Lucky's Market plans to shut down 32 of its 39 stores grabbed readers' attention this week. Also on readers' radar: a new look for Whole Foods' 365 private label brand, and rumors that Amazon is planning to open a small grocer in Washington, D.C. 

P.F. Chang's announcement that the chain will expand its takeout- and delivery-focused To Go units in four US markets caught the eye of foodservice professionals this week. A feature from The New York Times that tapped cookbook authors to recommend their must-have cookbooks for 2020 also proved popular.

Check out this week's full Top 10:

  1. M&M's debuts new look with on-packaging messages

  2. Reports: Lucky's Market to shutter most of its stores

  3. Jelly Belly launching into gummies

  4. Pepperidge Farm goes gluten-free, other product debuts

  5. Cookbook authors share their must-have titles for 2020

  6. Report: Whole Foods' 365 brand is getting a refresh

  7. Why restaurant chains are investing in manager retention

  8. P.F. Chang's plans To Go units in 4 US markets

  9. Soaring sales boost Beyond Meat

  10. Is Amazon building a small grocer in D.C.?

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