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In the News: Hyundai, Twitter, NBC and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 16, 2013 09:17 AM

In the News

Hyundai plans to launch performance sub-brand.

Twitter chooses tech-heavy NYSE for IPO even as losses widen.

NBC holds viewer lead early in new TV season.

Advance Auto Parts plans to buy Carquest parent for $2.04 billion.

Alibaba nears Facebook sales but with double the profit. 

Alitalia faces tough conditions on refinancing from Air France, KLM and others.

Apple cuts orders of low-cost iPhone 5C as it confirms Oct. 22 iPad event. 

Burberry transition poses tough test for new CEO.

Chrysler stars Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera in latest ad.

Domino's leans on digital innovation, not just new products.Continue reading...

brand challenges

Guess Canadian, European Regulators Don't Share the World's Love for Nestle UPDATE

Posted by Dale Buss on October 14, 2013 05:12 PM

Nestle has been tussling with locals and environmentalists in Canada for a while over the water it draws out of the ground for its bottled products during drought conditions. But now the company has dropped its appeal of permit conditions that would restrict how much water it could draw.

Nestle Waters cited costs—to it and the Ontarian taxpayer—as its reasons for dropping the appeal, according to BeverageDaily.com. Meanwhile, the unit of Nestle Group also has been getting flack for the water it bottles in British Columbia, although the issue there seems to be the fact that the water is free to Nestle Waters.

In a statement to brandchannel, Nestle Waters Canada spokesman John Challinor said:Continue reading...

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In the News: Nespresso, Procter & Gamble, Ford and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 14, 2013 09:27 AM

In the News

Nespresso sees coffee pod patent revoked by European regulators.

Procter & Gamble goes high-brow in fashion collaboration.

Ford teams with University of Michigan for new battery lab. 

Alibaba plans to blow out infrastructure spending on Chinese "e-conomy."

Alitalia set for vote that may bring Italian government back in as an owner.

California Pizza Kitchen rolls out gluten-free pizza effort.

Daytona International Speedway fires up campaign.

Foursquare opens ads to all businesses.

GM opens new stamping plant in Texas.

Google+ users may see themselves crop up in new ad campaign. 

HTC eyes China for survival.

Huawei innovates with rotating CEO system.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Fiat, BlackBerry, Macy's and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 7, 2013 09:22 AM

In the News

Fiat loses momentum in US comeback.

BlackBerry discusses bids with big-name strategic buyers that would dismember brand.

Macy's rethinks web plans in China.

Allstate outflanks online rivals.

Boston Market offers promotion related to idled government workers.

Burger King sees perception gains after "Satisfries" launch.

C-Span finds interest amid government shutdown.

Chevrolet will limit supplies of new Corvette at first.

Cracker Barrel and Kraft settle trademark differences.

ESPN drops International X Games.

Frito-Lay introduces glow-in-the-dark Halloween packages.

GM prods dealers to sell cars online.

Hershey plans plant in Malaysia.Continue reading...

trademark wars

Cadbury and the Color Purple: Nearly a Century of Use Couldn't Trademark It

Posted by Dale Buss on October 4, 2013 07:23 PM

It isn't any easier to trademark the color purple than the color red, apparently. Several months after Louboutin's failed effort to trademark the color red broadly for shoe soles in the US, Cadbury has been knocked down by a UK court over its attempts to trademark the use of purple in its chocolate wrappers.

Cadbury lost its five-year court battle to Nestle over whether Cadbury could register a distinctive shade of purple as a trademark, a specific shade—defined as Pantone 2685C—that it has used on its Dairy Milk bars and other sweets since World War I.

"The mark ... lacks the required clarity, precision, self-containment, durability and objectivity to qualify for registration," one of the judges in the case said, according to The Guardian.Continue reading...

brand strategy

To Stay Fit and Nimble in Slow Market, Nestle Plans to Shed Underperforming Brands

Posted by Dale Buss on October 4, 2013 10:43 AM

Once, PowerBar was a pioneer of the nutrition-bar segment, a unique product that joined Silk soy milk and a handful of other far-sighted innovations as the harbingers of a whole new American better-for-you-food trend.

But now the brand is merely one of hundreds, nay thousands, of energy bars and other bar formats that take an entire aisle at some US supermarkets, and so Nestle has decided PowerBar isn't pulling its weight. The Swiss food giant reportedly is looking to sell PowerBar and many other "underperforming" units in a brand house cleaning that long has been urged upon it by advisers.

In many ways Nestle is a model of modern multinational brand management, having built and expanded powerful franchises in segments ranging from chocolate to water to baby food to coffee. Other industry CEOs point to Nestle as the paragon, a company they're trying to fashion theirs after.Continue reading...

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In the News: Aquafina, Amazon, Infiniti and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 1, 2013 09:21 AM

In the News

Aquafina introduce water line targeting teens.

Amazon plans to hire 40 percent more seasonal workers for this holiday.

Infiniti plans to cut inventories and raise standards for dealers.

AT&T plans ultrafast-internet system for Austin, Texas.

Adobe targets next generation of creatives.

Cardlytics debuts new visual identity and logo.

CNN and NBC scrap projects on Hillary Clinton.

Chrysler reports best September sales since 2007; all US automakers report today.

Dish Network and Walt Disney reach short-term deal to avoid blackout.

GM encounters softening sales in India.

Google closes in on deal to end European antitrust case over search.

Heineken hints at creating "high-end" home-beer machine.

JPMorgan settlement could falter over question of "wrongdoing."

Merck aims to save $2.5 billion by cutting additional 8,500 jobs, extending layoffs to 20% of workforce in shift to sales-driven R&D.

Microsoft and Nokia make inroads in Europe's lower-end smartphone market.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Best Global Brands, JetBlue, IKEA and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 30, 2013 09:22 AM

In the News

Apple named world's most valuable brand, passing Coca-Cola, on Interbrand's Best Global Brands 2013 report.

JetBlue launches premium brandMint

IKEA starts UK solar push.

AOL to start advertising on TV again. 

BlackBerry starts selling unlocked phones direct to US buyers. 

DirecTV plans to help finance indie films.

Ford sends the checks to soothe C-Max owners on fuel economy as company is said to retain CEO Alan Mulally's "absolute focus" despite reports about Microsoft job, while Ford prepares heir apparent.

GM can't keep up with demand for V-8 pickups.

Home Depot scales up Redbeacon service for small contracting jobs.

Intel invests in wearable device maker Recon. 

JCPenney remains on the brink.Continue reading...

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