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Top 10: Hershey unveils Whozeewhatzit, Kroger store to go all-in on self-checkout, report forecasts restaurant growth

Valentine’s Day is still two weeks away, but stories about chocolate made a big showing on this week’s most clicked list. News from The Hershey Company that it will release a new candy bar called the Whozeewhatzit was this week’s top story. The bar, which is Hershey's first extension of the Whatchamacallit candy bar line in a decade, comprises rice crisps, a peanut butter creme layer and a chocolate candy coating. The treat’s moniker is the result of a naming contest that drew 43,000 entries, and winner Lisa M. from Framingham, Mass., will receive a year’s supply of the bars.

Hershey was in the news again this past week when Chief Growth Officer Kristen Riggs discussed insights the company gleaned from virtual focus groups conducted in the early days of the pandemic.

Godiva, Ferrero and Flipz also made headlines. Godiva announced it will close all of its 128 North American retail shops and focus on selling through its retail partners. Ferrero and Flipz both dropped new product announcements -- the former for its lineup of Valentine’s Day candy and the latter for new varieties that include stuffed pretzel nuggets.

In food retail news, Kroger announced that it will test out a self-checkout only model at one of its stores in Dallas starting on Feb. 17.

Restaurant industry readers showed interest in the National Restaurant Association's State of the Industry Report, which found that US restaurant and bar sales are on track to grow 10.2% to $548.3 billion this year, following a 19.2% decline last year.

A position paper published by the School Nutrition Association grabbed the attention of school foodservice professionals this week. The association called for universal, free school meals, which it said are "integral" to students' education.

Read the entire Top 10 list:

  1. Hershey reveals winning name for new candy bar
  2. Biden plan could offer clarity, funding to restaurants
  3. Kroger store in Dallas to try full self-checkout format
  4. How Hershey gained consumer insight during the pandemic
  5. Ferrero unveils Valentine's Day lineup
  6. SNA: Students need universal, free school meals
  7. Report predicts 10.2% growth in US restaurant sales
  8. Godiva stores in US, Canada to close
  9. N.C. district adopts classroom meal delivery model
  10. Flipz portfolio set to expand

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