Top 10: Amazon Go adds locations, Hershey debuts Halloween candy, Uber buys Postmates
SmartBrief’s most-clicked food and beverage news this week included Amazon’s decision to open two more stores for its Go grocery chain. The new cashier-free locations will be in Redmond, Wash., and Washington, D.C, with more conventional stores planned for the future in Los Angeles and the Chicago area. Walmart is also trialing checkout experiences without cashiers. The retailer is piloting self-service kiosks at one of its Arkansas stores, but workers will still be available near the stations to give help to customers as needed.
New product rollouts by consumer packaged goods companies took the top spot on this week’s list. A trending flavor among the debuts was s’mores with the limited-edition flavor being available from both Hostess CupCakes and Hershey’s One Brands. Other launches included Kraft Heinz’s new line of Creative Roots coconut waters and Nestle’s range of Gerber fruit-infused waters, both created with kids in mind. Hershey also revealed four new varieties of Halloween candies and is likely to promote the new offerings early for a holiday that will likely be dominated by online sales due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Readers were also interested in several CPG companies’ inclusion on a Harris Poll list of 100 companies deemed essential during the pandemic. The ranking was determined through a survey that asked respondents to rate the corporate responses of US companies. Some of the top food and beverage manufacturers listed are Coca-Cola, Kraft Heinz, Hershey and General Mills.
Uber announced it will buy 3rd-party delivery service Postmates for $2.65 billion in stock, which is anticipated to be official in early 2021. The deal will still allow Postmates to operate as an independent app, according to Uber.
The most-clicked list also included the closure of 450 Dunkin’ sites within Speedway gas stations. The doughnut and coffee chain announced the plan earlier in 2020, and the company expects all 450 locations to be shuttered by the end of the year.
In other foodservice news, a Florida county has mandated restaurants to close again following an area spike in COVID-19 patients. Local establishments can continue to provide takeout and delivery services.
Check out the complete list of this week’s top 10 most-clicked stories in SmartBrief's food and beverage briefs:
- CPG brands debut drinks for kids, s'mores-flavored snacks
- Hershey unveils 4 new Halloween-themed treats
- Amazon to open Go stores amid grocery expansion
- Miami-Dade to reclose restaurant dining rooms
- Kroger announces changes in the C-suite
- CPG firms rank high on list of essential companies
- Walmart's self-checkout trial features roaming associates
- Dunkin' to shutter 450 Speedway gas station units
- Uber acquiring Postmates in $2.65B deal
- Get a virtual glimpse of the Sweets & Snacks Expo
- Restaurant reopenings require balance between reassuring diners, reinforcing rules
- Driving restaurant traffic in a post-COVID world
- What’s next for third-party delivery services?
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