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Posted by Dale Buss on October 24, 2013 07:12 PM
Chili's is being challenged like other full-service restaurants by the reticence of American consumers to spend big on eating out. But brand executives this week discussed a passel of new initiatives designed to work past the slump and make Chili's a place that can't be bypassed.
"We will drive relevance with our guests by innovating and renovating our menu" and taking other measures, Wyman Roberts, CEO of Brinker International, Chili's parent, told participants in a conference call, according to FoodBusinessNews.net.
Chili's third quarter was utterly forgetable, hurt by a decline in same-store sales of the sorts that are hitting other full-service chains such as Darden's Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants. "The malaise we have seen in the category didn't let up this quarter," Roberts said, according to Reuters.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 8, 2013 09:21 AM
Nielsen formally unviels plans to track TV-related conversations on Twitter.
HBO brings a la carte programming to Google Play.
Juicy Couture brand is sold for $195 million.
ACE bandage brand partners with LL Cool J for promotion.
Alcatel-Lucent sheds 10,000 jobs.
Amazon defeats IBM in CIA cloud dispute.
Burt's Bees tweaks literary classics in Vine, Instagram campaign.
Dollar General opens 11,000th store.
Dunkin' Donuts adds SoCal units.
Google puts support behind program to create affordable internet.
JCPenney sees bottoming-out.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 26, 2013 06:37 PM
Besides poor sales this year that are resulting in layoffs, Darden Restaurant Group now is getting more pressure over its pay, similar to the "living wage" critique that lately has been leveled against the fast-food industry.
Only in the case of Darden and its Olive Garden and Red Lobster brands, critics are pointing out that operators can pay sub-minimum wages in many states because of tipping laws. That concern was the main subject of an opinion piece, titled "Why Your Waiter Hasn't Gotten a Raise in 22 Years," that received wide circulation recently.
Sub-minimum wages "hel[p] large restaurant corporations and their CEOs pad their bottom lines while trapping millions of American workers in economic insecurity," argued Scott Klinger of the Institute for Policy Studies.Continue reading...
Posted by Alicia Ciccone on June 21, 2013 09:16 AM
Nike brand president Charlie Denson to retire.
Tesla unveils 90-second battery pack swap.
Cooking Light Magazine rolls out food line.
Apple wins suit against Samsung over screen effects.
Darden Restaurants sees better quarter on expanded Olive Garden, Red Lobster menus.
Electrolux introduces vacuum that plays music.
HTC hires Robert Downey Jr. for $12 million ad campaign.
Carl Icahn joins Twitter, saying 'I like it almost as much as I like Dell."
Mozilla moves ahead with cookie-blocking browser.
Phoenix Suns debut new look for next season.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 26, 2013 11:35 AM
Morton’s Steakhouse is at the top of a list it likely doesn’t want to publicize: It’s been rated the favorite place in the US for adulterous couples to go for dinner by AshleyMadison.com, the dating website that fosters affairs.
Visitors to Ruth’s Chris, P.F. Chang’s, Outback Steakhouse, Chili’s, Houston’s, Red Lobster, Del Frisco’s, Fleming’s and The Cheescake Factory might want to take an extra look around to see if any of their pals are hiding behind menus. The lucky chains rounded out the top 10 after more than 42,000 Ashley Madison members were polled.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 18, 2013 09:08 AM
Apple loses throne to Exxon as world's biggest company as its slowdown threatens a $30-billion global supplier web.
Twitter launches music app for iOs devices today.
Burberry sales rise as China growth recovers.
BlackBerry says Alicia Keyes delivers its PowerPoint presentations.
CNN deals with aftermath of erroneous reporting in Boston Marathon investigation.
Carnival plans to spend up to $700 million to upgrade fleet.
Chevrolet says its new Cruze diesel outdoes Volkswagen Jetta diesel in mileage.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 8, 2013 05:33 PM
A Ford ad ties into the NBC series The Smash. So far, the show has brought lackluster ratings.
The Middle, Smash and Portlandia offer three examples of the growing seamlessness between product/brand placement and the creative content of TV series.
On ABC's The Middle this week, the episode was practically an ode to two brands: iPad and Red Lobster. The youngest child in the Heck family, Brick, pines and pesters for an iPad until his parents, Frankie (played by Patricia Heaton) and Mike, finally relent and buy him a restored model on eBay. Until they do, a huge chunk of the script is devoted to Brick's description of the wonders of the iPad.
Much of the rest of the story depicts the family at a Red Lobster, naming the restaurant repeatedly and including a shot of a juicy lobster. (A Red Lobster ad also aired during the episode — though there was no commercial for iPad.)Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 23, 2013 09:07 AM
Apple continues to demonstrate brand cachet but faces worry about budget-conscious iPhone buyers and iPad rival in China.
Boeing's largest plane buyer praises its communications during Dreamliner safety crisis as battery woes put FAA on hot seat.
Google stems ad-price drop but keeps struggling with mobile.
Acer defies PC industry downturn.
Allergan plans to buy MAP for $958 million.
Air New Zealand launches "blind gate" promotion.
Beam sells off value brands to focus on premium as Global Brands shakes up drinks portfolio.Continue reading...