Kraft Cuts Mac-and-Cheese Dyes, Putting It On Trend with 'Natural' in CPGs

Posted by Dale Buss on November 6, 2013 05:42 PM

Kraft's Macaroni & Cheese long ago was identified by critics as a paragon of junk food wrapped in the guise of a comfort food. Sure, it was the favorite, filling and inexpensive lunch of many Americans—but it was rife with fat, sodium and artificial dyes.

Well, now Kraft can feel a bit better about its iconic mac-and-cheese offerings for at least a couple of reasons, one of its own doing and the other an outside endorsement. And considering both of them, Kraft now is sitting closer to the edge of a new dynamic in the CPG business in which brands let "natural" products speak for themselves.

Turns out that Kraft Mac & Cheese, apple slices and Nestle bottled water, a combination offered by Arby's, was deemed the healthiest lunch for kids by researchers in an update of a Yale study of childhood obesity. There's some confusion, MarketingDaily said, about whether such a combination actually is offered at any Arby's. But in any event, Mac & Cheese came out looking pretty good. (The worst combination meal, meanwhile, was a McDouble with french fries and Hi-C Orange Lavaburst from McDonald's.)Continue reading...

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In the News: Chrysler, Disney World, Arby's and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 24, 2013 09:36 AM

In the News

Chrysler files for IPO in valuation feud with UAW as company chokes on launch of new Jeep Cherokee

Disney World and Disneyland cut line-cutting privileges for disabled after abuse. 

Arby's names new CMO.

ADM plans to move top execs from Illinois plains to larger city.  

Bugatti plans to sell handbags to broaden appeal of luxury car brand. 

China will unblock Facebook, Twitter and the New York Times inside Shanghai Free Trade Zone. 

Citigroup cuts mortgage jobs as refinancing boom wanes.

Domino's upgrades online ordering.

Foxconn deals with large-scale worker fight on China campus.

Kraft Foods leverages Corn Nuts content in display ads.

Macy's campaign explains localization strategy.Continue reading...

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In the News: Microsoft, Amtrak, YouTube and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 14, 2013 09:18 AM

In the News

Microsoft and Best Buy plan mini "Windows Stores."

Amtrak hires esteemed chefs to ramp up its train food.

YouTube becomes overwhelming platform for fan-made branded content.

US Supreme Court strikes down gene patents.

Airbus lifts A350 to maiden flight ahead of schedule even as it copes with losses from aircraft's predecessor model.

Arby's franchisees helped get CMO ousted.

Audi is top choice of marriage cheaters in UK, survey says.

BMI sues Pandora over fees.

Bloomberg sees reporters' practices become critical issue for company.

Cadillac boosts sticker on new CTS by whopping $6,000.

Chevrolet believes racing on Sunday still sells on Monday.

Chrysler recalls sprinkling of trucks, Darts.Continue reading...

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In the News: Starbucks, Apple, P&G and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 3, 2013 09:32 AM

In the News

Starbucks prohibits smoking up to 25 feet from cafes.

Apple faces start of e-book antitrust trial as it's said to be pressing for internet-radio deals.

P&G cuts online display-advertising costs.

Arby's searches for new CMO.

Chrysler sales in May rose 11 percent on strong Dodge brand sales.

Dannon teams with IBM to use big data against yogurt out-of-stocks.

Infiniti shelves EV and scales back short-term expectations.

Intel looks to shed Atom brand as it moves on from netbooks.Continue reading...

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In the News; AB InBev, GE, PepsiCo and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 8, 2013 09:02 AM

In the News

AB InBev reachedtentative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice over its disputed $20.1 billion acquisition of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, which faces inquiry over Mexico worker deaths.

GE to buy Lufkin for $3 billion in oil-and-gas-industry play.

PepsiCo seeks to patent novel high-protein nutrition beverages.

Adidas stops controversial sale of t-shirts around injured Louisville player Kevin Ware.

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong to be honored for pro-women Makers series.

Apple's former advisor to Steve Jobs admits brand screwed up iPhone naming system.Continue reading...

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In the News: JCPenney, McDonald's, Disney and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 8, 2013 09:03 AM

In the News

JCPenney cuts an additional 2,200 jobs and delays stocking Martha Stewart products as judge suggests mediation with Macy's.

McDonald's U.S. sales slip, but less than anticipated.

Disney welcomes new movie-studio chief and big plans for Star Wars franchise.

Adidas is hot on heels of Nike in sportswear in China.

Amazon logs rising revenue from servicing cloud's server needs.

Arby's targets "modern day traditionalists."

Cablevision claims coercion led to deal with Viacom.

Caribou Coffee launches new branding campaign.

Citi passes stress tests.Continue reading...

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In the News: Disney, Dell, USPS and more

Posted by Dale Buss on February 6, 2013 09:06 AM

In the News

Disney sees higher TV ad revenues drive quarter and considers ESPN exit from U.K. sports coverage.

Dell seeks to transform brand, going private in $24 billion buyout under founder Michael Dell, as Microsoft gambles on involvement.

U.S. Postal Service plans to cut Saturday mail as Hallmark fights the cuts.

Apple loses right to iPhone brand in Brazil.

Arby's launches "fan of the week" promo via Facebook.

Lance Armstrong reportedly under investigation for obstruction and other serious crimes.

BP is hit by new $34 billion claim from U.S. state governments over Gulf spill.Continue reading...

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But Will It Be a Hit? Recording Industry Bible Billboard Rolls Out a New Look

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 25, 2013 04:53 PM

Print publications have been cutting back in various ways in recent years, including employing smaller staffs and printing on smaller paper sizes. Now the 119-year-old Billboard is unveiling a total redesign that involves its own chopping down.

In the redesign, which debuts Saturday, the brand’s iconic capital “B” loses a bit of ink and be lowercased. Business Insider points out it follows a recent design trend that's seen brands like Arby’s, Weight Watchers, Lifetime and the brand formerly known as as J.C. Penney’s, jcp

The longstanding colors inside Billboard’s lettering will disappear on the print publication to give it a more grownup feel, but remain mostly the same on the brand’s website (though the blue in the “a” is lighter and now the “b” will get a touch of green). Each letter will also be much thicker.Continue reading...

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