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In the News: Nestle, PepsiCo, Twitter and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 21, 2014 09:08 AM

In the News

Nestle opens world's first Kit Kat boutique in Tokyo as Cadbury keeps fighting candy bar's trademark shape in UK.

PepsiCo axes stevia-sweetened Gatorade products as Mtn. Dew plans big spending boost behind Kickstart and Diet Dew.

Twitter makes racial diversity an ad-selling point.

AT&T plans to take orders this week for new flexible-screen smartphone from LG.

Build-a-Bear appoints new CMO and "brand bear."

Burger King wins free primetime Super Bowl radio ads in UK.

Facebook sees leveling off of decline in teens.

Ford embarks on quality push in time to improve before important '14 product launches.

Infiniti eyes bolder sub-brand.

Intel sells under-developed online-TV line to Verizon.

Jeep eyes 37 percent sales boost this year as feds end controversial recall investigation of Grand Cherokee and Liberty models.Continue reading...

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DreamWorks Teams Up with Fuhu for Kid-Friendly Tablet Debut at CES

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 3, 2014 06:51 PM

What do you get when you pair Fuhu’s Nabi with DreamWorks? DreamTab, a tablet for kids for under $300, available this spring chock-full of original content. The new tablet, which will feature animated characters from studio hits including Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon and Kung-fu Panda, will debut at next week's CES 2014 conference in Las Vegas.

Thanks to programming and content from DreamWorks, the 8-inch by 12-inch device will allow kids to stream movies, TV shows and play games with various innovative parental controls and educational tools, according to Fuhu's press release.

The Google Android-powered tablet computer (using the new 4.4 Kit Kat Android based operating system) will be programmed like a cable channel. “We could push out a new character moment every day of the year,” Jim Mainard, the studio's head of digital strategy and new business development, told the New York Times.

“The moments will include stuff like drawing lessons from DreamWorks animators and more, SlashGear notes. “The tablet is also tipped to get tech allowing it to work with DreamWorks toys... and will also have the ability to send instant messages and email.”Continue reading...

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In the News: Hilton, Green Mountain, A&E and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 12, 2013 09:20 AM

In the News

Hilton raises more than $2.3 billion in biggest-ever hotel IPO.

Green Mountain introduces college-branded K-Cup brewers.

A&E rebrands Bio as Lifestyle Network FYI.

American Airlines signs big jet deals with Bombardier and Embraer.

Aramark prices IPO at high end.

Avon halts rollout of new order-management system.

Barnes & Noble sees chairman book $40 million loss on company stock sale.

Boeing gets new offer from machinists in Washington on 777X factory.

ExxonMobil presses to be able to export US oil.

Ford board is said to want answers from CEO Alan Mulally about his future.Continue reading...

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In the News: Lululemon, Apple, Avon and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 3, 2013 09:15 AM

In the News

Lululemon sued by shareholder over sheer pants debacle. 

Apple poaches YSL CEO Paul Deneve to run special projects. 

Avon sells jewelry business at big loss.

Obamacare employer-penalty requirement is delayed for a year.

Audi tops premium auto brands in China satisfaction survey.

Auntie Anne's expands breakfast rollout.

BMW trims Mercedes-Benz sales lead in US.

CNN enjoys ratings boost.

Coca-Cola promotes Mexican soccer team in new campaign.

Dell sees pressure build on founder to contribute more of his wealth to buyout.Continue reading...

afternoon snack

Mars Takes a Cue from Rival Hershey with Unwrapped Snacks

Posted by Dale Buss on July 1, 2013 04:58 PM

Mars candies, including Snickers and Milky Way are now available in unwrapped minis, a move propelled by the lazy snacking habits of today's younger generations—and the strategies of Mars' biggest competitor, Hershey. 

Mars has begun earnestly copying the strategy of its archrival Hershey by introducing bite-size versions of its iconic candy bars in unwrapped forms and then throwing a bunch of them in a resealable pouch. The format has proven very popular for Hershey treats such as Kit Kat, Rolo's and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups over the last two years, so Mars has begun to roll out its own version, with Milky Way Bites debuting in May and Snickers Bites this week.Continue reading...

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In the News: T-Mobile, Blockbuster, W Hotels and more

Posted by Alicia Ciccone on March 25, 2013 09:46 AM

In the News

T-Mobile kills off wireless contract, readies to launch LTE network.

Gordon Brothers Europe agrees to buy struggling Blockbuster UK, saving 2,000 jobs and brand. 

W Hotels plans to double Asia presence over the next five years.

AstraZeneca settles Crestor patent suit.

Apple, Microsoft defend pricing policies in Australia.

Britain's BAE Systems wins five-year, $780 million US military contract.

BMW looks to Mini Paceman to challenge growing Fiat market.

Bridgestone launches new tire line to reignite Firestone brand.Continue reading...

brand strategy

Hershey's Counts On Global Sweet Tooth To Bolster Five-Year Plan

Posted by Dale Buss on March 8, 2013 01:18 PM

Given that it mainly peddles sugar and calorie-laden products deemed junk food and held dubious by everyone from the mayor of New York to the family pediatrician, how does the Hershey Company plan to nearly double its global revenues over the next five years?

Well, Hershey plans to leverage strategic innovation, global expansion, "impulsivity" and something called "hand-to-mouth platforms" to become a $10 billion company by 2017 (after posting revenues of $6.6 billion last year) despite the increasing encroachments of better-for-you products and nutritional cautions in the U.S. and other key markets.

"Our plan builds off the insights-driven, consumer-centric business approach we built in 2008 but takes it to the next level," Michele Buck, senior vice president and growth officer of Hershey, said at a recent analyst confab in New York, according to Food Business News. The strategy relies largely on global expansion of core brands: Hershey's, Reese's, the Kisses brand, Jolly Rancher's and Ice Breakers as well as "selectively build[ing] out our portfolio in other on-trend segments."

Continue reading...

brand vs. brand

Them's The Breaks: Cadbury Loses Kit Kat Kase

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 4, 2013 01:03 PM

Candy and chocolate generally bring happiness to most folks, but they also are keeping a few law firms working overtime.

The latest ruling finds Nestle winning a case that Cadbury had brought against it to try and stop the trademarking of the shape of its Kit Kat bars. Cadbury had taken offense at Nestlé’s 2006 trademarking of Kit Kat as “four trapezoidal bars aligned on a rectangular base.”

After all, as TheHindu.com notes, Cadbury has its own similar chocolate bar, the Crispello, which has a “creamy centre, wrapped in a delicate crispy shell, covered with a delicious layer of Cadbury chocolate.”

But sorry, Cadbury. This time, you lose. Cadbury’s legal team will just have to remember how sweet it felt to beat Nestle recently in a battle over the color purple.Continue reading...

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