Posted by Dale Buss on January 21, 2014 09:08 AM
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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Posted by Dale Buss on January 17, 2014 04:49 PM
As Hershey and its Reese's Peanut Butter Cup franchise brace for a Super Bowl marketing push for the new Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup from Nestle, it's not like Hershey is just standing still bracing for the impact. The venerable chocolate brand created a new brand for China, for example.
And now Hershey is trying to harness one of the hottest digital technologies, 3D printing. Three-dimensional printing, of course, involves the layered deposition—or "printing"—of just about any material following a digital pattern of minuscule detail.
There's no reason food can't be printed like anything else in this technology. NASA, for instance has spent $125,000 funding a 3D pizza printer that could potentially be used to prepare space food, according to Fast Company.Continue reading...
The Big Game
Posted by Dale Buss on January 16, 2014 07:12 PM
With GoDaddy.com and Axe forgoing their recent Big Game titillations this year in favor of more serious outreaches to their respective demographic targets, a perhaps-unlikely CPG brand apparently will be coming to the aid of Super Bowl viewers who count on some adverteasing along with their football.
Nestle-owned Butterfinger will air its first-ever Super Bowl spot on February 2 for its new Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups, and its teaser suggests that the ad will be what USA Today called "racy." The video online now shows a couple—peanut butter and chocolate—seeking couples counseling for their relational woes.
Among other snippets, the previous patients, cheese and crackers, are seen emerging from the therapist's office fondling a salami and snickering. The therapist jokes with the sweet and salty couple, "Don't you think it would be nice to try something new—and crunchy?"Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 16, 2014 09:22 AM
Apple settles FTC complaint over app charges on kids with deal to refund $32.5 million, while China Mobile eyes iPhone sales bonanza, with more than 1 million pre-orders ahead of Friday's launch.
Microsoft may pay $2.6 billion to Samsung and others to make Windows phones as rumors cite Ericsson CEO to replace Steve Ballmer.
JCPenney plans to close 33 stores and slash 2,000 jobs.
AOL unloads most of Patch to private equity firm.
AT&T ends long-running American Idol sponsorship.
Axe features Kim Jong-Un lookalike in Super Bowl spot.
Best Buy reports holiday sales decline.
Charter is talking with Comcast about new bid for Time Warner Cable, report says.
Citi replaces debit cards after Target data breach.
Facebook revamps ads to compete with Google.Continue reading...
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Posted by Dale Buss on January 9, 2014 02:58 PM
Apparently you're damned if you do, and you're damned if you don't—at least if you're a consumer packaged goods company. That's one of the big lessons of the reaction to this week's announcement that CPG companies have more than quadrupled the goal in their pledge to reduce the total calories contained in their products over the last five years.
Critics quickly wondered whether the companies should be getting credit, or just American consumers who've been making "better" eating choices. But more on that later.
The total calories in products sold by 16 of the nation's largest food and beverage companies—ranging from Coca-Cola to PepsiCo, General Miils to Kellogg, Kraft to Nestle —dropped by 6.4 trillion from 2007 through 2012, according to an independent evaluation funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 8, 2014 09:23 AM
Yahoo overhauls its advertising platforms as Mayer puts on a show at CES.
Alibaba integrates its payment service with China's Sina Weibo.
McDonald's looks to use sustainable beef by 2016.
Airbus names new US chief.
Amazon makes it difficult for new hires to stick.
Barnes & Noble promotes Nook head to CEO.
Bentley sees steady luxury sales in 2014.
BlackBerry renews its vows to the smartphone keyboard.
Boeing must slash costs of building Dreamliner.
Comcast halts erosion in video subscribers.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Dale Buss on December 23, 2013 10:42 AM
The traditional weight-loss business is struggling, which may have created a new opportunity for a non-traditional participant. Balance Bar has launched an "anti-resolutions pledge" campaign for would-be dieters that asks them to skip their annual strenuous and demanding January promises that so often end in failure.
Owned by NBTY since last year, the nutrition-bar brand—one of the creators and original major players in the segment—is touting The Balance Bar Pledge, which it calls "an anti-resolutions pledge that encourages people to skip the tradition of setting overly ambitious and sometimes-unachievable goals and instead make one small step each month that supports their health, wellness and overall happiness."
Of course one of those presumed steps is to buy and eat the 20 varieties of Balance Bar's nutrition energy bars. But the brand also offers advice from "lifestyle expert Laurel House, kown as TheQuickieChick," such as taking May to "surround yourself with motivating people" and "taking care of your body" in August.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 12, 2013 09:20 AM
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...