Brand News: Krispy Kreme, Amazon, Facebook and More

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IN THE NEWS:

Krispy Kreme is sold to owner of Keurig for $1.35 billion, which will take it private, while Friendly’s ice cream chain and brand are sold to Dean Foods Company.

Amazon to end discrimination in same-day delivery to all US urban neighborhoods.

Facebook wins trademark case in China as image-testing will be tested in California trial and social media giant responds to accusation of suppressing Conservative news.

Disney/Marvel Entertainment‘s Captain America: Civil War dominates box office.

L’Oréal Luxe’s Biotherm Homme collaborates with David Beckham on grooming line.

Biotherm Homme x David Beckham

IN OTHER BRAND NEWS:

Amazon‘s Jeff Bezos helps Robin Hood Foundation raise $61 million.

American Apparel extends “Made in America” push to accessory-makers.

Apple Music sells one million copies of Drake’s new album in five days.

Budweiser looks to add “America” to packaging in patriotic move.

Chevrolet introduces predictive analytics to the driving experience and small car website.

Comcast acquires French ad tech startup.

Denny’s sees biggest growth in a decade.

Facebook‘s “Rise & Shine” morning news show rattles media publishers.

Ford signs product placement deal to integrate Escape in NBC series.

Gap Inc. shares plummet after comeback plan fails to revive earnings and sales growth.

Instagram attracts more brands than Snapchat.

Kitewheel study finds brands getting savvier about embracing customer journeys.

Kroger grocery chain and Trader Joe’s stores hit by Listeria concerns.

MTV, returning to music, partners with Aloft hotels for performance series.

The New Yorker releases first augmented reality cover with Qualcomm‘s help.

PayPal thinks that crowdfunding project you backed will fail.

Samsung releases a smart refrigerator, Wi-Fi range and a “sliding seat” for sports fans.

Scoop NYC luxury retail chain may be on the brink of collapse.

Spotify expands further into video with original slate of shows (and thanks customers personally).

Stanford study finds CEO scandals harm company reputations for years.

Synchrony Financial CMO shares lessons from brand relaunch.

Uber and Lyft pull out of Austin, TX, after locals vote against self-regulation.

Viacom replaces Comedy Central president with programming head in wake of ratings slump.

CAMPAIGNS:

Ellen Tracy launches #MyOtherLove 360-degree video campaign on Facebook.

Gap‘s 1969 ad criticized for getting history wrong.

Gap 1960 NASA rocket

HelloFlo and SheKnows partners with Kimberly-Clark‘s Poise brand at ad sales upfront.

KitKat UK sponsors real-life Crossy Road with YouTube stars.

McDonald’s taps Angry Birds Movie fever.

Mike’s Hard Lemonade gets racy with new Mike’s Harder digital ads.

Shock Top launches a summer camp contest for adults.

Camp Shock Top

Simmons signs Tom Brady for new mattress campaign.

Smashbox gives YouTuber Lilly Singh (aka iiSuperwomanii) her own cosmetics line.

Lilly Singh x Smashbox

& Syoss creates a “car wash for hair” in Zurich.

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