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Posted by Dale Buss on March 13, 2013 06:03 PM
Bottled water has gone from a fringe product for suspicious purists to one of the most popular drinks in America, while soda's frailties as a beverage finally seem to be catching up with it.
These trends were formally recognized this week when Beverage Digest reported that Americans now drink an average of about 58 gallons of water per year, an increase of 38 percent from 1998. 15 years ago, U.S. consumption of soft drinks peaked, according to the publication, at 54 gallons of soda per year; consumption since then has dropped by 17 percent, to 44 gallons of soda per year.
All of that is welcome news to nutritionists who've been—successfully, it seems—telling the public about the empty calories in soft drinks and castigating Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper and the like as one of the (if you believe a certain mayor) biggest villains in the nation's war on obesity. There's a reason that Mike Bloomberg has targeted soft drinks for his big-sugary-beverage ban in the Big Apple, even though many disagree with his tactics.Continue reading...
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Posted by Dale Buss on March 1, 2013 06:12 PM
With soda volume down globally, most brands like Coke are pushing amped-up waters, juices and tea beverages in hopes to keep its increasingly health-conscious consumer in its court. Dr Pepper Snapple Group, however, is swerving heavily back in the direction of that most American of beverages: a can of soda. The company is counting on its new Ten platform—all the taste, just 10 calories—to become the vehicle for a reconnection with soft-drink fans that will stun the industry.
In rolling out 7Up Ten, A&W Ten, Sunkist Ten, Canada Dry Ten and RC Ten, in addition to its existing Dr Pepper Ten, company CEO Larry Young is insisting that Dr Pepper Snapple will not be cowed by increasingly aggressive attacks on the effects of soft-drink consumption on the American diet.
"You have to step up to the plate and take a big swing, so I think it's a necessary action," he said on a conference call recently. "We're not going to sit back and let [attacks] bring our volumes down and affect us. We're behind this."
Meaning, of course, the company is getting behind its rollout of the Ten platform across the variety of its soft-drink platforms, which comprise a stable of iconic brands that Dr Pepper Snapple has assembled over the years. The company plans a $30 million marketing outlay this year to launch 12-ounce-serving versions of the drinks across the U.S. in 2013.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 15, 2013 06:29 PM
It's the dance trend that will not die. Watch Lululemon's Harlem Shake (yoga-style) version above, and below, Pepsi's two Harlem Shake videos and other brands shaking their thang worldwide, from Australia to Israel:Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 14, 2012 09:03 AM
Acer postpones launch of Alibaba-powered phone.
Apple fights to keep iPhone cool in China as larger screen of iPhone 5 sparks developer rush and NFC omission puzzles observers.
Beef Products faces high hurdle in "pink slime" lawsuit against ABC News.
Brand USA tourism push sets sights on India.
Burger Lounge and Counter Burger offer non-traditional meats.
Disney takes film write-down.
Dr Pepper gets flack on Facebook after posting evolutionary graphic.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on March 30, 2012 12:05 PM
Here's the commercial for Madonna's new "Truth or Dare" fragrance deemed too racy by Disney's ABC TV censors.
Below, enjoy some bacontastic branding mmmoves, and more:Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 13, 2012 08:45 AM
Apple balks at Proview's iPad trademark demands; held cross-licensing talks with Motorola, EU reveals.
AT&T expands 4G LTE rollout.
Audi said to be in talks to buy Ducati.
BabyBjorn gets a boost from Beyonce, while New York Times logo gets boosted by Jay-Z in Amex-sponsored show at SXSW.
Bob Lutz defends the Chevy Volt.
China promotes its homegrown brands.
Coca-Cola lobbyists spend millions to defeat soda taxes, hires Jean-Paul Gaultier as Diet Coke's European creative director.
Facebook sued by Yahoo for allegedly infringing patents, while Timeline apps inspire developers.
Friendly's ice cream chain expands ordering and loyalty online.
Intel reportedly eyes web TV service.
Jeremy Lin may endorse Volvo in China.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on January 13, 2012 06:32 PM
Google taps David Beckham to promote Google+ as company grapples with social search fallout, and apologizes for Kenyan flub.
Apple's iPad 3 expected to go on sale in March with HD screen and faster chip. Apple also joined the Fair Labor Association, opening suppliers' doors to labor rights watchdog in transparency response to Foxconn fears — the first tech brand to do so.
Bentley courts Maybach fans including Jay-Z — who has just signed on as the face of (and an investor in) Duracell.
British films to be pitched as a global brand.
BT will offer free Wi-Fi at London Olympic Games.
Disney Studios quickly fills CMO position.
Dr Pepper brand name is removed from Texas town.
Easyjet fined for barring disabled passengers.
Excedrin recall expands to Canada.
Olivia Munn strips off for PETA.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 10, 2012 09:01 AM
At CES, Samsung announces content for each screen.
Apple CEO Tim Cook could end up being America's highest-paid CEO for 2011.
Coors Light blasts by Bud to become No. 2 brew.
Dr Pepper releases "I'm one of a kind" ad campaign.
Ford is on the cusp of a true financial comeback; makes 100% sustainable interior.
Myspace reinvents itself as an entertainment experience, brings Justin Timberlake to CES.
Olympus sues execs over scandal.
Suze Orman puts her name on pre-paid credit card.
Smoothie King launches campaign to help customers get fit.
Toyota and Honda plan to fight back with new product reveals at NAIAS, which saw 27 new vehicle unveilings yesterday.Continue reading...