Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 30, 2011 04:00 PM
What do Cheetos, Froot Loops, Pop-Tarts, Hostess Twinkies, Jell-O, Lucky Charms, M&M’s and Minute Maid Lemonade have in common?
They may soon be carrying warnings that their bright artificial colorings may be worsening behavioral problems such as hyperactivity in kids.
The US FDA has asked a panel of experts to sort through new evidence on possible health risks and other adverse effects in two days of hearings beginning today and make recommendations on potential policy changes, include warning labels.
Consumer advocates are welcoming the inquiry, as it has taken three years to get to this week's hearings. A petition was filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest in 2008 asking regulators to ban Red 40, Yellow 5 and six other colorings, according to the Associated Press.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 2, 2011 06:00 PM
Apple's iPad 2 smart cover also comes in (RED).
BSkyB/News Corp. deal is set to close next week.
Cablevision brings on demand cable TV programming to the iPad.
Charlie Sheen's Twitter intro was fast-tracked with Ad.ly.
Discovery Channel introduces free iPad app.
Ford recalls an additional 35,000 vehicles in North America.
Lady Gaga previews new song as walks the runway for Mugler, invites fans to apply to blog for Virgin Mobile.
Morgan Spurlock's EMC-sponsored TED talk sells out.
PayPal and MasterCard reinstate payments to WikiLeaks — this time for Julian Assange's legal defense fund.
Whole Foods launches baby photo contest on Facebook.
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Posted by Shirley Brady on January 27, 2011 04:00 PM
NBC's Today Show takes a look at "Supermarkets Inc: Inside a $500 Billion Money Machine," a special debuting tonight on CNBC.
Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 20, 2011 11:00 AM
Americans shop, on average, 2.5 times weekly for groceries and once a month for drug items. Naturally, drugstores and big-box outlets, ever savvy to shifting consumer habits, are adding more groceries to their shelves.
Target, Walmart, Walgreens and CVS are leading the charge. Walmart has 33% of the market, Target has about 3%, and Kroger, Safeway and Supervalu range from 4-9%, according to Janney Capital Markets. That makes Walmart not only the nation's biggest retailer, but America's biggest grocer, too.
Wal-Mart corporate is determined to get even more of the market, with a five-year commitment unveiled today to make its own-brand food healthier, and pressure its suppliers to follow suit.
In addition to releasing a video, above, featuring "Walmart moms" (execs Andrea Thomas, SVP of sustainability, and corporate nutritionist Megan Diaz), the announcement won the support of one high-profile mom: the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, who co-presented the news at a press conference in Washington, D.C.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 3, 2010 09:00 AM
Amazon invests $175 million in LivingSocial.
California Pizza Kitchen debuts brand in China.
Ford edges out GM in government fleet orders.
Gawker paid $12,000 for Brett Favre scoop.
Google vows to get tougher on web piracy, launches "Earth Engine" to map climate change.
LeBron James overcomes booing Cleveland fans as his Miami Heat down the Cavaliers.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 22, 2010 04:25 PM
With such Korean non-food brands as Hyundai, Kia, LG and Samsung riding high in the American market, the South Korean government sees a juicy opportunity to promote another native product: Korean pears.
And in creating an appetite for its pears among American consumers searching for new taste sensations, Korea may already have won over two significant allies: Both Costco and Whole Foods Markets are reportedly interested in stocking the fruit in some of their stores.
Korean pears tend to be larger and rounder than Western pears. But like all pears, they are high in water and fiber, quenching thirst and aiding in digestion. The pear marketers are touting them as great products for innovative restaurant chefs as well.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on October 7, 2010 06:00 PM
Coca-Cola prepares Sokenbicha tea for Whole Foods, and plans national rollout of Mexican Coke as Sierra Mist drops high-fructose corn syrup and 7Up gets reformulated.
Adobe shares soar on rumors of Microsoft bid.
Amazon is preparing an Android app store.
BP's disaster report is being questioned, reports WSJ.
Chanel and YSL designer departure rumors swirl at Paris Fashion Week.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks up groups feature.
Gap logo flap inspires "crap logo" app as fake Twitter feed speaks.
Hyundai reveals details of new Sonata, just ranked highest for safety with BMW 5 series.
Levi's opens its second photo-centric workshop tonight in New York.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 19, 2010 06:30 PM
Warner Brothers' Harry Potter 3D film is hoped to revive flagging cinema industry.
GM named Hyundai executive Chris Perry the new head of marketing for Chevy.
Apple is closing its Quattro ad network to focus on iAds.
Chrysler released teaser photos of the 2011 Jeep Wrangler online.
Dollar General, a US discount chain, will start selling beer and wine.
Google is coming to the big screen, joining Facebook and Twitter movies in the works.Continue reading...