Posted by Dale Buss on December 6, 2013 02:47 PM
Maybe the glum economic view in Europe is souring the perspectives of CPG-company CEOs there. Or maybe they're the ones most looking at the global economy without rose-colored glasses these days. In any event, both Unilever and Nestle have announced significant new moves that will bring about big new skinbacks in their portfolios—and marketing.
Unilever stunned followers of the company by announcing that it aims to cut the number of individual products it sells by a whopping 30 percent by the end of next year so that it can become more efficient and navigate a global economic slowdown that it admits it was slow to confront, according to Reuters.
As a result, the Anglo-Dutch maker of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Lipton tea, Knorr soups and Dove personal-care products—among many other brands—is cutting about 2,000 jobs, including about 800 alone in marketing, and will continue to adjust its portfolio.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Dale Buss on November 7, 2013 03:39 PM
Nestle already has put PowerBar on the block in its strategic overhaul of its brand portfolio to thin underperforming ones. Now it's Jenny Craig's turn to leave the Swiss nest amid continued tumult in the weight-management business.
In a move signaled a couple of weeks ago, the global food giant struck a deal to sell the struggling "Jenny" business to North Castle Partners, likely for significantly less than the $600 millon Nestle paid for the business in 2006, according to the Wall Street Journal. The equity firm's buyout fund only has $100 million to spare.
North Castle plans to combine Jenny Craig and its current 600 weight-management centers in the US and elsewhere with Curve International, the female-oriented fitness-club franchiser that it purchased last year, the newspaper said.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 7, 2013 08:20 AM
Twitter prices IPO at $26 for today's launch.
Abercrombie & Fitch will increase styles, sizing to improve sales.
Nestle sells Jenny Craig.
Amazon offers olive branch to independent bookstores.
Bitcoin hits all-time high.
Facebook debuts new like and share buttons.
Fiat says Italy car market shows no signs of recovery.
Rob Ford, Toronto mayor, admits to using crack cocaine—while wearing an NFL neck tie.
GM expands online Shop-Click-Drive program nationwide.
Google is ordered to remove sex images by French court.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 4, 2013 10:43 AM
Once, PowerBar was a pioneer of the nutrition-bar segment, a unique product that joined Silk soy milk and a handful of other far-sighted innovations as the harbingers of a whole new American better-for-you-food trend.
But now the brand is merely one of hundreds, nay thousands, of energy bars and other bar formats that take an entire aisle at some US supermarkets, and so Nestle has decided PowerBar isn't pulling its weight. The Swiss food giant reportedly is looking to sell PowerBar and many other "underperforming" units in a brand house cleaning that long has been urged upon it by advisers.
In many ways Nestle is a model of modern multinational brand management, having built and expanded powerful franchises in segments ranging from chocolate to water to baby food to coffee. Other industry CEOs point to Nestle as the paragon, a company they're trying to fashion theirs after.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 3, 2013 10:51 AM
Digital do-it-yourself diet plans have shaken up the weight-loss business, but Nutrisystem is trying to shake off the impact—and shape up itself.
Dawn Zier, the CEO who came last year from Reader's Digest Association, believes that new retail and digital initiatives, as well as more discipline in its core home-delivery business, are beginning to turn around Nutrisystem. The company posted about a 20 percent drop in revenues for the second quarter, but Zier told brandchannel that Nutrisystem's biggest-yet retail initiative, at Walmart, and fledgling efforts in the online realm are starting to deliver results.
"Our turnaround is on track in terms of the things I said we need to do: return to direct-marketing fundamentals, focus on costs, and product and program innovation," she said. "And choose a handful of growth initiatives, not too many—focus on areas where we can expand and grow."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 12, 2013 07:02 PM
It might not be book retailing or advertising, but the weight loss industry is one of many that have been completely disrupted by the internet and mobile market. Traditional leaders such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig have been struggling to adapt to a new era of do-it-yourself digital dieting and apps, while MyFitnessPal and other upstarts in that genre are taking off.
Jenny Craig, for example, has sworn off celebrity weight-losers in its new advertising campaign that hatched today, a major departure for an industry where most of the players have relied on celebrities for decades. No more Valerie Bertinelli, Mariah Carey or Jason Alexander in ads for the Nestle-owned marketer, as Advertising Age has pointed out. Now, Craig is hatching animated ads that promote its menu of portion-controlled foods and one-on-one online support.
"It's a change for the category, to actually say what we do," Leesa Eichberger, the new CMO for Jenny Craig, told the publication, rather than "go down that same cliched path that is out there."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 12, 2013 09:35 AM
Apple will debut next iPhone on September 10, report says.
Kraft launches comeback plan for Jell-O.
Tesco set to withdraw brand from China.
AOL pushes to make Patch profitable.
Amazon may expand grocery service to New York, report says.
BlackBerry weighs selling itself.
Crocs tussles with Wall Street.
Daimler plans to expand Smart brand in China.
Ford steps up training of assembly workers in wake of shaky launches.
Fox talks with NBC about doing Hillary Clinton miniseries.
GM plans to scale back Korea operations in wake of higher costs, stronger unionism, report says.
Honda tries to save American drive-ins.Continue reading...
movers and shakers
Posted by Shirley Brady on April 5, 2013 07:08 PM
Coca-Cola appoints SVP of integrated marketing Wendy Clark (right) to new role as SVP of its newly created a Global Sparkling Brand Center, combining its global brand and integrated marketing teams under her leadership.
AccuWeather named Jim Candor as chief strategy officer, Steven Smith as chief digital officer, and John Dokes as chief marketing officer.
Conde Nast promoted CMO Louis Cona to president and chief revenue officer of the media group.
Crocs hired Andy Sackmann as CMO.
Dockers hired Adrienne Lofton Shaw as vice president and CMO.Continue reading...