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Kraft Readies "Global Snacking Powerhouse" with Mondelez Spin-Off

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 7, 2012 02:31 PM

Time to hide the children and batten down the hatches. Kraft Foods is “ready to unleash a global snacking powerhouse,” chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld told investors and analysts in the company's presentation at the Barclays Back to School conference in Boston on Thursday.

The snacks behemoth will officially launch the Mondelez brand for the global marketplace on Oct. 3 and is hoping that consumers in China, India, and Brazil start chowing down more and more on such products as Oreo cookies (a $2 billion brand thanks to glocal versions in China), Cadbury chocolates, and Trident gum. Kraft will maintain another division under the Kraft name that will focus solely on the North American marketplace and features such grocery staples as Velveeta and Oscar Mayer.

While the CPG giant is predicting to have a 2013 profit of $2.60 per share, according to the AP, it is also expecting Mondelez to not come zooming out of the gate.Continue reading...

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In the News: Samsung, Komen, Lego and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 3, 2012 08:48 AM

In the News

It's Labor Day in the U.S., a public holiday which has become America's biggest retail sales day of the year.

Apple takes aim at Samsung's Galaxy S III in amended patent complaint, as Samsung stock takes a beating and company's culturestrategy, labor practices and PR tactics come under fire in wake of California ruling. Samsung and other Apple mobile rivals including Nokia are rushing new smartphone announcements ahead of expected Sept. 12th new iPhone reveal.

Abercrombie & Fitch brand cools, prompting store closures.

Allstate plans addressable TV campaign in U.S.

Apple offer to Amazon revealed in European e-books price-fixing inquiry.

Barack Obama plans to focus on issues at Democratic National Convention this week as jobs debate heats up this Labor Day.

BP's former CEO Tony Hayward returns to the spotlight.Continue reading...

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Why Cadbury Sponsorship Not a Stretch During London 2012 Summer Games

Posted by Dale Buss on July 24, 2012 11:01 AM

McDonald's and Coca-Cola aren't the only food and snack brands whose sponsorship of the planet's premier platform for healthy living — the Olympic Games — has been challenged by healthy living advocates. Cadbury is the official snack brand of the London 2012 Summer Games, and has been conducting a marketing blitz in the UK including hosting a free interactive pavilion in London's Hyde Park from July 27 through Aug. 12. And it may not be such a stretch to argue that some chocolate products may aid health.Continue reading...

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London 2012 Watch: McDonald's, British Airways, Nike and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 25, 2012 01:26 PM

With 32 days before the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games kick off in London....

Official sponsor McDonald's UK offers sneak peek at designer Wayne Hemingway's sustainable, Mad Men-inspired uniforms that will debut at its biggest restaurant (if for only six weeks), which is now under construction at the London Olympics Park:Continue reading...

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Red Shoe Diaries: Christian Louboutin Set Back as Zara Cleared to Use Red Soles

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 12, 2012 04:13 PM

Executives at Christian Louboutin are likely seeing red after losing a court battle against Zara over a pair of $70 red-soled shoes.

Louboutin took Zara to court in 2008 and won when the shoes hit the market saying that it alone had the rights to produce and sell red-soled shoes, but an appeals court in France has ruled in favor of Zara and is telling Louboutin it also has to fork over £2,500, or about $3,600, according to New York magazine. 

That isn’t a lot of money in the grand scheme of things, of course, but it’s an extra little face-rub in the mud for Louboutin, which has been on the warpath against counterfeiters of its signature red-soled shoes.

The ruling also doesn’t bode well for a bigger Louboutin appeal, against Yves Saint Laurent, in a case that the brand lost last summer in New York.Continue reading...

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London 2012 Watch: 50 Days and 50 Ways to Connect with the Olympics

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 7, 2012 11:02 AM

There are 50 days left until the Summer Olympics gets underway in London and organizers are promoting the fact with a hashtag on Twitter (#50DaystoGo) and a list of 50 ways for the public to engage with the Games.Continue reading...


Mondelez Approval in Hand, Kraft Thumbs Its Nose at Mockers

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 29, 2012 12:12 PM

Scoff all you want. Kraft Foods is going for it. The company is splitting into two public entities and one half of it — its global snacks business — will be known as Mondelēz International. 

The shareholder vote at the company's May 23rd annual general meeting on the name change wasn’t even close, either. More than 90 percent of those who voted gave the new name the OK, according to a press release.

The word Mondelēz, selected from an internal employee competition, is a "portmanteau" combination of the Latin word for world (“monde”) and “delez,” which is supposed to suggest deliciousness. Sticking "International" on at the tail end gives it that global feel the company is in search of.Continue reading...

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London 2012 Watch: IOC Reviews, LOCOG Defends Olympic Sponsor Strategy

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 22, 2012 11:01 AM

The way the world communicates with one another is ever-evolving as new technologies continue to appear and social media continues to introduce new avenues of expression. With that, brands are always finding new ways to touch their customers and all of the classic branding rules are being tossed out the window.

Olympic sponsorship has long been a way for major brands to reach consumers every few years, but international Olympic executives are looking to possibly shift how the model works in order to embrace this new world.

The sponsorship model now in place brings in $1 billion, according to the Financial Times, but the IOC is planning to “take a step back” and re-assess the sponsorship strategy going forward.Continue reading...

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