Top 10: H-E-B's Texas roots, Red Robin's turnaround and hydroponic veggies at Whole Foods

Supermarket chain H.E. Butt has gained a national reputation and the news that it beat out Trader Joe’s to be named top US grocery retailer topped this week’s Top 10 list of most-read food-and-beverage stories among SmartBrief readers. The retailer is winning fans on a larger scale by stressing its Texas roots.

Also in grocery news, a story about vertical farming startup Plenty’s deals to supply hydroponically grown vegetables to Safeway and Whole Foods Market stores in the San Francisco market resonated with readers.

In CPG news this week, PepsiCo-owned Frito-Lay’s debut of Cheetos Popcorn in Cheddar and Flamin’ Hot flavors piqued readers’ attention, as did Kraft’s creation of a chocolate sweetener made from corn fiber.

Restaurant stories also proved popular this week, starting with CEO Paul Murphy’s plans to turn around Red Robin Gourmet Burger, which includes trimming the menu, raising the food quality and expanding a partnership with Donatos Pizza.

Taco Bell’s initiative to raise manager salaries to $100,000 in some tight labor markets and Panera Bread’s focus on wellness also made the list.

Read the entire Top 10:

  1. H-E-B is no longer flying under the radar
  2. Frito-Lay launches Cheetos Popcorn in 2 flavors
  3. Post, TreeHouse terminate cereal unit sale
  4. Kraft develops corn-fiber sweetener for chocolate
  5. SNA releases 2020 legislative priorities
  6. How H-E-B's digital hub is driving companywide change
  7. How Red Robin is working to revive the brand
  8. Taco Bell to trial $100K restaurant manager salaries
  9. Whole Foods, Safeway team with vertical farming startup
  10. How Panera aims to put a more positive spin on wellness

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