Top 10: Changes on track at Nestle, Kroger, Papa John's

As 2017 closes out, many SmartBrief food and beverage readers were drawn to news about topics that will impact the industry in 2018. Nestle’s plan to sell its US confectionery unit during the first quarter of the new year was the week’s most-read story, followed by news about how Kroger will bring handheld, cashier-less scanning technology to 400 locations in 2018.

Restaurant stories also ranked high with readers, who were interested in the news that Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter will step down from his role at the company’s helm, as well as two stories about celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain.

Rounding out the top ten were stories that covered acquisitions, new launches, marketing changes and other topics from Conagra, KFC, General Mills, Albertsons and UberEats.

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

  1. "Robust sale process" in progress for Nestle's confectionery unit
  2. Kroger to roll out handheld scanning in 400 stores
  3. Schnatter to step down as Papa John's CEO
  4. Anthony Bourdain pulls plug on NYC pier food hall concept
  5. Bourdain tells next generation of chefs to cultivate positive kitchens
  6. Conagra acquiring frozen food firm Sandwich Bros. of Wisconsin
  7. General Mills to launch 4 new cereals next month
  8. KFC hires "common man's Colonel" for TV ads
  9. Albertsons tests new convenience store format
  10. Food delivery is big business for Uber

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