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Brand News: NASCAR, Microsoft, GSK and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 11, 2014 09:16 AM

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Amazon halts some movie preorders in dispute with Disney.

GlaxoSmithKline nears clinical trial of ebola vaccine.

McDonald's reported worst monthly sales results in more than a decade as China meat scare whacks results.

Microsoft reignites Mac vs. PC debate in new Surface Pro 3 ad campaign.

NASCAR and sponsors grapple with Tony Stewart weekend tragedy.

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adidas faces uphill battle for cool with Nike, which sees Rory McIlroy build acclaim (and justify brand's $200 million bet) with thrilling PGA Open win.

Alibaba cleans up "gray market" for brand-owners including Kering.

Annie's is energized by frozen-food launches.

Apple's Apple University design academy revealed in rare profile.

Aunt Jemima heirs file $2 billion suit against PepsiCo and Quaker Oats.

Bear Grylls backs down in trademark tussle with knife-maker.Continue reading...

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Frozen-Food Brands Latch Onto Freshness in New Collective Campaign

Posted by Dale Buss on May 14, 2014 12:13 PM

Growth in the US grocery business is mostly coming from fresh foods, some of them organic and “natural,” many of them “locally” produced and “clean-label” or as unprocessed as possible. However, that's is not the perceived profile of the typical frozen food.

America’s big frozen-food brands have faced sales stagnation. So, many of the brands and companies—ConAgra, General Mills, Heinz, Hillshire, Kellogg’s, Nestle, Pinnacle and Schwan’s—are getting together in a new, $30 million advertising campaign meant to persuade American consumers that frozen fare is the next best thing to fresh.

In fact, the three-year effort is called “Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh.” It seeks to portray freezing “as nature’s pause button,” inspired in part by Wendy’s tagline, “Fresh, Never Frozen.” The similarly beleaguered US canning industry is also attempting a comeback.Continue reading...

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ConAgra, P&G Put Rivalries Aside To Fight Childhood Hunger

Posted by Dale Buss on March 12, 2014 11:47 AM

ConAgra and Procter & Gamble are setting down the longtime rivalries of the companies and their brands these days for a special campaign aimed at fighting the surprising and stubborn prevalence of childhood hunger in America.

In the Childhood Hunger Ends Here campaign, the CPG giants are joining forces to support a campaign that ConAgra began in 2010 to highlight the problem of the nearly 16 million children who are said to be living in "food-insecure" households in America. The effort will donate up to 7 million meals.

"We can make joint calls on retailers, and that helps retailers look at it as a bigger, more powerful program," Brett Groom, senior vice president for content integration and activation at ConAgra, told the New York Times. "We certainly hope to build this into a multi-year relationship."Continue reading...

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In the News: Audi, McDonald's, P&G and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 11, 2014 09:28 AM

In the News

Audi passes BMW in global luxury-auto sales race and predicts record sales.

McDonald's introduces Bacon Clubhouse Sandwich as US same-store sales decline for fourth month.

P&G and ConAgra sideline rivalry to promote end to childhood hunger.

Birds Eye touts its recipe-readiness.

Bud Light extends Super Bowl promo to March Madness.

Chobani may file for IPO, report says.

Draftfcb rebrands for integrated future, will just be called FCB. 

eBay rejects Carl Icahn's board nominees.

GM faces congressional hearings over ignition-switch recall.

Google discloses $9.5 million in top-exec bonuses.Continue reading...

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In the News: Facebook, Sbarro, Walmart and more

Posted by Dale Buss on February 20, 2014 09:20 AM

In the News

Facebook sees growth anxieties drive WhatsApp purchase.

Sbarro closes 155 company-owned units.

Walmart offers weak forecast and plans to accelerate rollout of small stores.

Aereo suffers a defeat in court.

Audi gives TT Roadster a fresh look.

Budweiser unveils World Cup teaser.

ConAgra seeks to revitalize Healthy Choice brand.

Fiat gives buyers an iconic track experience.

Ford splits with TV pitchman Mike Rowe.

FCC plans to overhaul rules to rescue net neutrality. 

Gap announces voluntary minimum wage boost.Continue reading...

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FDA Seeks to Vanquish Trans-Fats by Giving Them 'Non-GRAS' Status

Posted by Dale Buss on November 8, 2013 07:47 PM

Brands have been fleeing artery-clogging trans fats since a FDA labeling requirement for the stuff in 2006, but now the federal agency likely will finish off hold-out trans-fat products with a preliminary ruling this week that the primary source of the fats are no longer "GRAS."

GRAS means "generally recognized as safe," and it is the sine qua non for any ingredient that is going into a regulated food and beverage sold in the United States. The new FDA ruling made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils—the primary diet source of artificial trans fat in processed foods—no longer are GRAS for use in food. As Advertising Age noted, the next step is to find out from food makers how long it would take them to reformulate foods that contain extra trans fats if the ruling is finalized.

Trans fats have some inimitable qualities that help in food taste and texture, manufacturers say, including helping crisp french fries. Holdout brands have ranged from Pillsbury Grand! cinnamon rolls to Marie Callender pies from ConAgra to Diamond Foods' Pop Secret pocorn. So even though General Mills said that more than 90 percent of its US retail products already are retailed as zero grams trans fat, it called the ruling a "major development."Continue reading...

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In the News: Sprint, ConAgra, Nike and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 15, 2013 09:03 AM

In the News

Charlie Ergen's Dish Network offers to buy Sprint for $25.5 billion in a bid to one up SoftBank.

ConAgra, Heinz and Nestle lead frozen food battle to reverse negative image.

Nike seeks to regain its edge with fewer ads following Tiger Woods stumble.

Dannon uses Greek-style to leapfrog Yoplait to top of U.S. yogurt business.

Apple clearly enters post-Jobs era.

Justin Bieber sparks controversy with Anne Frank comment.

Boeing sees new inspection order on its 737s.Continue reading...

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Pepsi Continues to Bask in Branded Content Glory with Top YouTube Views

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 8, 2013 06:37 PM

Pepsi took YouTube by storm last month according to Google’s YouTube Ads leaderboard. The brand is benefitting from its latest viral branded content hit "Test Drive", which has over 33 million views. 

The video, which is the brand's second attempt on a spoof video, garnered more plays than any of 2012's leaderboard ads, earning 13 million more views than 2012's top performer, Nike's "My Time Is Now."

Samsung made the chart twice in March with its Galaxy S4 launch, while newcomers EA Sports, Adidas, ConAgra, ESPN, Doritos and the Anti-Defamation League’s "Imagine a World Without Hate" video, (the first non-profit to be so feted) all made it as well.Continue reading...

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