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In the News: Walmart, BlackBerry, Costco and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 9, 2013 09:31 AM

In the News

Walmart greatly expands beer sales.

BlackBerry open to going private, Reuters says.

Costco hailed as "cheapest, happiest company in the world."

Apple and Samsung battle into the next round on patents.

Audi expects to top US sales goal this year.

Best Buy works to get its website up to snuff.

Cadbury uses creative defense in India tax case.

Coca-Cola plots returning Mello Yello citrus soda to national status.

Danone buys fun yogurt brand to add to US expansion.

Elizabeth Arden says orders have evaporated for celebrity perfumes.

Facebook is cautious about video advertising.Continue reading...

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In the News: Best Indian Brands, Yahoo, Facebook and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 31, 2013 09:20 AM

In the News

Tata is ranked No. 1 in Interbrand's Best Indian Brands 2013 report. 

Yahoo and NBC team up to develop cross-platform sports shows.

Facebook plans to sell TV-style ads for $2.5 million each, as it moves into mobile games publishing. 

Ford and Toby Keith ride again, as automaker announces plans to offer F-150 that rides on natural gas. 

ABC leads rival networks in summer ratings.

Accenture is in talks about acquiring Booz & Co.

Air Products & Chemicals sees activist investor Bill Ackman take nearly a 10 percent stake in company.

BP fund for Gulf spill is running out.

Candia, a French milk brand, plans to set up shop in China to take advantage of consumer concerns. 

CBS continues to court boomers.

Coach shuffles management after weak results.Continue reading...

retail watch

Retail Brands Look to India as Country Considers Pulling Back Regulations

Posted by Barry Silverstein on July 25, 2013 12:46 PM

As global retailers find a tightening competitive environment in the US and Europe, many are in search of emerging and middle-of-the-road markets to extend their brand. China has been fertile ground for the past few years, as evidenced by the growth of Western auto sales. But the next wide open opportunity for Western brands may be India, a market with a $500 billion retail potential.

The second most-populous country in the world won't be the easiest market to win over, however. For one thing, India boasts its own cadre of domestic brands in various categories. Already accepted by Indian consumers, some of these brands are positioned to effectively compete with multinational rivals, especially across food, beverage and auto. 

Of even greater significance, though, is a regulatory environment in India that, until recently, made it very difficult for companies not based in India to penetrate the market. That may be changing.Continue reading...

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Kroger's New Stripped-Down Grocery Brand Testifies that Value is the New Norm

Posted by Dale Buss on June 17, 2013 06:02 PM

If there's one thing that American CPG brands and retailers have learned over the last three years, it's that there definitely is a new normal when it comes to the attitudes of US consumers about their pocketbooks. The economy may be slowly coming back, but there doesn't appear to be much change in the recession-borne dedication of grocery shoppers to getting the absolute most out of their supermarket dollars.

That's the bottom line being addressed by food-industry brands in various ways these days. Kroger's latest move has been to open a stream of stores, mostly around the Midwest, under a new discount brand called Ruler Foods.

Part of JayC Food Stores, which Kroger purchased in 1999, Ruler Foods now has 18 locations under a test concept for the Cincinnati-based grocery giant, according to the Commercial News in Danville, Ill. Rulers sells Kroger brand food and a limited assortment of other national-brand items.Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Beer Can Cocktails, Sainsbury's Booze Brand, MillerCoors 'Craft' and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 14, 2013 06:05 PM

Red Robin Serves Up Can-Crafted Cocktails

Visitors to gourmet burger chain Red Robin’s more than 400 locations this summer can experiment with the chain’s new Can-Crafted Cocktails, mixed drinks that use beer as the base, NBC News reports

The cocktails are stirred up with either Blue Moon or Coors Light, and are served with straws and fruit slices in aluminum cups that look like beer cans. “I wanted our customers to know at first sight that they were looking at a beer cocktail, and the cans help to do just that,” Donna Ruch, master mixologist for Red Robin, told NBC. “People get it right away.”

The Coors Light cocktail also contains ginger liquor and lemonade and is topped with fresh-squeezed lemons while the Blue Moon drink mixes the wheat beer with SVEDKA Clementine Vodka, orange juice and fresh limejuice.Continue reading...


The Week in China: McDonald's Nightclub, Xi Jinping for Durex, Baijiu Woes and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on June 14, 2013 12:45 PM

China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.

This week: McDonald's owns the night... KFC woes... Middle-class spending... GM exports... Buick and Toyota recalls... Adidas fakes... GSK scandal... Volvo and Carrefour look West... Hollister brah... Givenchy... Dreamworks' Tibet Code... Durex gets spanked... and more.Continue reading...


The Week in China: Secret Luxury, Custom Nikes, McDonald's Rice Wraps and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on June 7, 2013 02:41 PM

China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.

This week: Nike WeChats... No-logo lux... BMW's Zhi Nuo... Disneyland... Gap... Xiaomi... First Lady Peng LiYuan's iPhone... Jackie Chan for Kirin... and more.Continue reading...

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In the News: Starbucks, Apple, P&G and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 3, 2013 09:32 AM

In the News

Starbucks prohibits smoking up to 25 feet from cafes.

Apple faces start of e-book antitrust trial as it's said to be pressing for internet-radio deals.

P&G cuts online display-advertising costs.

Arby's searches for new CMO.

Chrysler sales in May rose 11 percent on strong Dodge brand sales.

Dannon teams with IBM to use big data against yogurt out-of-stocks.

Infiniti shelves EV and scales back short-term expectations.

Intel looks to shed Atom brand as it moves on from netbooks.Continue reading...

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