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In the News: HP, BP, BMW and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 5, 2013 09:01 AM

In the NewsHP board shakeup and chairman exit gives CEO Meg Whitman a chance to shake off troubles.

BP faults Deepwater Horizon claims overseer, launches first brand-wide fuel loyalty program.

BMW prepares X4 crossover for U.S. market, makes vehicles greener with fewer cylinders, less gasoline.

Al Jazeera America hires CNN's Ali Velshi as anchor.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos leads $5 million investment round in Henry Blodget's Business Insider.

Apple reportedly signs music labels for streaming service as Google's YouTube clinches deal with Universal Music.

Best Buy may have turned the tide on showrooming Amazon.Continue reading...

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In the News: Frommer's, Facebook, Apple and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 4, 2013 09:37 AM

In the News

Arthur Frommer buys back travel book brand from Google, which acquired it with big plans last August.

Facebook readies for rumored phone event today.

Apple's futuristic campus project runs late and $2 billion overbudget.

BlackBerry turns mobile website into "test drive" of new Z10 phone, kills off BBM music service.

CVS and Rite-Aid target allergy season.

ConAgra boosts ad spending as commodity costs drop.

Detroit Electric launches Tesla rival.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: Reuters, McKee Foods, Chevy and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 15, 2013 09:14 AM

In the News

Reuters editor faces charges of helping "Anonymous" hack site when he was with Tribune.

McKee Foods picks up Drakes brand from Hostess.

Chevy chooses McCann for global advertising account.

Boeing strongly defends Dreamliner.

Center for Science in the Public Interest blasts Nickelodeon for airing junk food ads.

Coke seeks world peace via vending machines.

Disney develops unique approach to India.Continue reading...

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McDonald's Debuts Healthier Egg White McMuffin

Posted by Dale Buss on March 14, 2013 07:38 PM

McDonald's may have just tanked its apple walnut salad and Chicken Selects, but that doesn't mean the world's largest and most closely watched fast-food chain is giving up on better-for-you fare. Far from it.

The latest exhibit: McDonald's is launching a yolk-free-egg version of the classic Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich. The "Egg White Delight" will be available nationally on April 22 and register at 250 calories compared with 300 calories for the regular sandwich.

The new item will be made with a whole-grain muffin, Canadian bacon and, apparently just to make sure there's no hint of yellow in the sandwich, white cheddar cheese. McDonald's said the egg whites will be cooked on the grill with a spatula, according to the Associated Press. Customers can request egg whites on other sandwiches, but it wasn't clear whether extra pricing would apply.Continue reading...

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In the News: FTC, Reader's Digest, Samsung and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 13, 2013 09:39 AM

In the News

FTC clarifies rules for social and mobile advertising.

Reader's Digest reports big gains among advertisers and readers.

Samsung deals with high expectations for Galaxy S IV as it outspends Apple on marketing.

BBC World News launches global marketing campaign.

Boeing gets FAA initial approval of battery fix for Dreamliner and wins $15 billion order from Ryanair for current 737 plane, report says.

Cadbury's Silk undergoing brand "renovation."

Chevrolet accelerates dealer infotainment training.Continue reading...

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Why Fast Food Brands Like Keeping Secrets From Customers

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 12, 2013 02:11 PM

The secret speakeasies of the Prohibition Era hold a certain mystique. There’s something cool about knowing the password that will get you in somewhere.

Fast food joints across America are taking advantage of people’s desire to feel like insiders by offering secret menus—food that doesn’t appear on the lit-up boards behind the cashier.Continue reading...

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Yum! Brands, KFC See Unexpected Rebound in Chinese Market

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 12, 2013 12:27 PM

Fried chicken lovers in China took a brief break from visiting KFC’s there after news broke in December of last year that the fast-food chain was using chicken suppliers that had violated drug rules in order to fatten up their birds. 

That wasn’t good news for consumers or for a brand that had more than 4,000 outlets in the company and brought in more than 40 percent of its overall revenue from the country. In anticipation of a hefty backlash, Yum! Brands, the owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, readjusted its yearly expectations downward. However, it appears that Chinese chicken consumers have short memories.Continue reading...

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