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Seattle PD Plays to Stoners' Cravings with Ultimate Public Health Initiative

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 20, 2013 11:49 AM

The Seattle Police Department may just be the most clever—and coolest—bunch of law enforcers out there. The rain-soaked city recently celebrated Hempfest, the largest marijuana festival in the world, and instead of raining on the parade with pot-safety pamphlets and a hard-as-nails attitude, the department cooked up a pretty awesome, stoner-approved plan.

Dubbed #OperationOrangeFingers, the department handed out snack bags of Doritos adorned with stickers that featured a short list of reminders for marijuana enthusiasts, including: "Don't drive while high"; "Don't give, sell, or shotgun weed to people under 21"; and "Do listen to Dark Side of the Moon at a reasonable volume." The sticker also included a URL with information on the state's new laws regarding recreational marijuana use.Continue reading...

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Taco Bell Spices Up Doritos Locos Tacos Franchise with New Fiery DLT

Posted by Dale Buss on August 14, 2013 03:37 PM

Has Taco Bell played out the Doritos Locos Tacos space? The Yum! Brands fast-feeder will soon see as it has just announced the third installment in its wildly successful co-branded campaign. 

Taco Bell announced that its Fiery "DLT" will be officially available nationwide next Thursday, with a marketing campaign following soon. It's the next step in the company's campaign to build on the huge success of the first flavor of the popular Doritos Locos Taco when it came out last year, Nacho Cheese, and the Cool Ranch flavor that Taco Bell revealed earlier this year. The brand will be offering taste tests through social media, and will make the new taco available early on August 19—a move that didn't go so well during the Cool Ranch launch. 

The chain already has sold more than 500 million DLTs in total, almost single-handedly energizing its results over the last 17 months, so the next flavor will be crucial. And for the first time, Taco Bell chose not to borrow an exact flavor profile and product name directly from a chip already marketed by PepsiCo's Doritos brand.Continue reading...

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PepsiCo Snacks Win, Beverages Lose in US as Peltz's Merger Proposal Looms

Posted by Dale Buss on July 25, 2013 01:39 PM

PepsiCo is riding high on snacks and trying not to be brought low by its soft-drink business. But that doesn't mean the company is accepting the logic behind activist investor Nelson Peltz's attempts to get PepsiCo to spin off beverages and buy snack-happy Mondelez International.

Second-quarter food revenue in the Americas grew by 5 percent for PepsiCo while beverage revenues slumped by another 2 percent. Brands including Doritos and Tostitos, by Frito-Lay, drove PepsiCo's overall domestic growth, while its European business only chugged along and revenues in Asia, Africa and the Middle East combined, both beverages and food, grew by 6 percent.

Also, more evidence surfaced this week to bolster concerns recently expressed by PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi about the future of artificial sweeteners in beverages. Larry Young, CEO of Dr Pepper Snapple, agreed in a conference call that consumers "have concerns about artificial sweeteners." His company has lowered its sales outlook for the year.Continue reading...

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Could a Mondelez Merger Be in PepsiCo's Future? Nelson Peltz Hopes So

Posted by Dale Buss on July 22, 2013 12:49 PM

Oreos, Fritos, Doritos, Cadbury, Trident and Sunchips all on the same truck as they head to the supermarket? That's a vision of a highly symbiotic, cost-efficient brand and product portfolio and distribution scheme, if you ask Nelson Peltz. He'll be happy to see some other distributor getting the Pepsi into the beverage aisle and the Naked Juice into the refrigerators in the produce department.

That's part of the scenario being sketched by activist investor Nelson Peltz as he presses PepsiCo to spin off its uneven drinks business, then purchase Mondelez International so the two snack giants can combine their stables of diverse and powerful brands both in the US and international arenas. Such a global snack giant would have $70 billion in combined revenue and 17 snack brands that each has more than $1 billion in retail sales.

Peltz said at a recent conference that PepsiCo is at "a crossroads" with a beverage business that was losing market share in soft drinks to CocaCola and to which PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has only recently—and seemingly grudgingly—given more marketing support.Continue reading...

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Mondelez Sees Huge Growth Potential in Snack-Happy Emerging Markets

Posted by Dale Buss on May 7, 2013 12:38 PM

If love is the universal language, snacks may be the universal food. And that's one reason the spinoff of Mondelez International from Kraft Foods last year looks more and more like a good move, at least for Mondelez and its shareholders.

Mondelez's portfolio of global snack brands—ranging from Oreo to Cadbury to Trident—relies on emerging markets for about 40 percent of its revenue right now, and by 2020 the company projects that 110 million households in India, Russia and Brazil will move into the middle class, the socioeconomic stratum where serious snacking begins in most markets because consumers have achieved the economic wherewithal for recreational eating.

"As they do, we believe they'll step up their chocolate consumption by about three times," Bharat Puri, Mondelez's senior vice president of global chocolate, told analysts recently, according to Advertising Age.Continue reading...

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Pepsi Continues to Bask in Branded Content Glory with Top YouTube Views

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 8, 2013 06:37 PM

Pepsi took YouTube by storm last month according to Google’s YouTube Ads leaderboard. The brand is benefitting from its latest viral branded content hit "Test Drive", which has over 33 million views. 

The video, which is the brand's second attempt on a spoof video, garnered more plays than any of 2012's leaderboard ads, earning 13 million more views than 2012's top performer, Nike's "My Time Is Now."

Samsung made the chart twice in March with its Galaxy S4 launch, while newcomers EA Sports, Adidas, ConAgra, ESPN, Doritos and the Anti-Defamation League’s "Imagine a World Without Hate" video, (the first non-profit to be so feted) all made it as well.Continue reading...

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Doritos Launching Doritos Locos Tacos Chips in Latest Brand Collaboration

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 27, 2013 01:13 PM

A little over a year ago, Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Tacos hit the market. There was no way to predict that the new menu item would become a phenomenon of sorts—selling one million per day last year. Neither Taco Bell or FritoLay, Doritos' parent company, could let the potential of massive sales slip from their fingers, so they did it again, launching a Cool Ranch version earlier this month to much fanfare. 

The launch created a nationwide spectacle as ravenous consumers scoured local Taco Bell locations for the updated version, which the company teased with an 'early release' (which ended up backfiring). Unaffected, the actual launch went off without a hitch, with millions of customers walking away finger-licking happy. "Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos have been one of the most anticipated new menu items we've launched, and will be the biggest in our company history," says Rob Poetsch, a Taco Bell spokesman, in an email to MSN. "We're pleased with the overwhelmingly positive reaction from our fans, in fact, we've seen twice as many social media conversations in the first few days we launched."Continue reading...

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In The News: Walmart, CBS, Southwest Airlines and more

Posted by Alicia Ciccone on March 27, 2013 09:38 AM

In the News

Walmart will test in-store lockers for online deliveries a la Amazon

CBS aquires 50 percent of TV Guide Network for $100 million.

Southwest Airlines becomes the official airline of golf.

California shoe company sues Under Armour for trademark infringement.

Facebook and TiVo continue to battle over thumbs-up symbol.

After weeks of rumors and potential leaks, the Miami Dolphins will unveil their new logo on April 25.

Doritos officially launches new global campaign and redesigned packaging.

Human Rights Campaign's red equal sign logo for gay marriage goes viral on social media.Continue reading...

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