Posted by Dale Buss on November 22, 2013 09:14 AM
IKEA under investigation in France for snooping on workers.
Walgreens opens nation's first energy-net-zero retail store.
Microsoft heats up gaming-console wars with debut of Xbox One.
Air New Zealand launches "Middle Earth" campaign tied to release of The Hobbit movie.
Acer brings back founder without pay to help struggling PC maker.
Amazon amps up for winning holiday as executive predicts quantum leap in online alcohol sales.
Apple wins a patent retrial against Samsung.
Bauer Media launches digital brand aimed at wealthy young women.
Beam and Cinnabon to introduce co-branded vodka.
Caterpillar is probed for possibly dumping parts in the ocean.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 29, 2013 09:28 AM
Verizon Wireless may soon buy out Vodafone stake.
Coca-Cola sees public-health battle over soda consumption flare in Mexico.
Renault sees operating chief quit amid speculation he may head for Detroit.
Amazon adds to server-market woes with its push to the cloud.
American Airlines and US Airways open to deal on antitrust concerns.
BlackBerry sees "savior" keyboard-equipped Q10 fall flat.
Carrefour's cost-cutting begins to bear fruit.
Chrysler strikes deal with Rush to promote its SRT performance brand.
Cinnabon outlines growth strategy.
GM tries to revive sales by boosting mileage of 2014 Chevrolet Malibu.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 26, 2013 09:33 AM
Samsung reports soaring profits on smartphone sales.
GlaxoSmithKline names new chief in China amid bribery probe.
Apple still tops consumer brands.
A&P goes on auction block.
Activision Blizzard buys back most of Vivendi controlling stake in company.
Acura and Porsche lead in evaluation of websites.
Amazon swings to loss as expenses grow.
American Airlines and US Airways offer antitrust concessions.
AT&T nabs naming rights for Cowboys Stadium.
Daimler takes 5 percent stake in Aston Martin in technical partnership as CEO Dieter Zetsche faces pressure to catch Audi and BMW.
Facebook sees share price come within striking distance of disappointing IPO price.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 12, 2012 09:02 AM
HSBC hopes to minimize brand damage from $1.9 billion U.S. fine.
Avon leaves South Korea and Vietnam in $400M cost-cutting move.
FedEx is accused of overcharging.
Amazon strikes sales-tax deal with Massachusetts.
Apple tests new TV designs.
Audi launches driving tech simulation game for Sony PlayStation.
Bausch & Lomb explores selling itself.
Bentley opens boutique at brand HQ.
Cinnabon reaches 1,000th bakery milestone.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 27, 2012 09:03 AM
BMW recalls SUVs that could roll away when parked.
Callaway Golf launches Las Vegas stunt promotion.
Caterpillar voices optimism about global economy and earnings.
Cold Stone Creamery gets sued by franchisees.
Eastman buys specialty-chemical peer Solutia.
Ener1 files for bankruptcy.
Ford is nicked by European losses.
Google spent $2 billion on acquisitions in 2011.Continue reading...
brand vs. brand
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 24, 2012 10:01 AM
Taco Bell has been marketing itself for a long time as an inexpensive place to eat rather than as a quality eating experience and now it turns out that those who went the other direction, such as Chipotle, are actually winning the consumer dollars. Motley Fool reports that Taco Bell has closed down 1,000 of its locations since 2000. Even with that, the restaurant makes up 60% of restaurant behemoth Yum! Brands’ profits in the United States.
Yum!’s attentions are focused on expanding Pizza Hut and KFC in China, but concern for Taco Bell has some trying to figure out how it can rebrand. One of the main reasons it needs to refresh its image is because the restaurant is still reeling from a lawsuit that alleged that the restaurant used meat that was only 35% beef, even though the accusations were later withdrawn, as Taco Bell president Greg Creed announced on YouTube.
While Taco Bell — with hopes high for a Super Bowl bump — has been suffering, rivals like Chipotle are booming.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 21, 2011 09:02 AM
BlackBerry owner RIM challenged on BBX name.
Buffalo Wild Wings succeeds with strong attachment to football-watching.
Capital One targets small businesses with Spark credit-card program.
Chipotle growth beats expectations.
Cinnabon makes TV advertising debut.
DirecTV threatens to pull Fox networks amid carriage dispute.
Facebook royalty Randi Zuckerberg breaks out on her own.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Dale Buss on September 20, 2010 10:00 AM
B&G Foods obviously doesn’t understand that whole childhood-obesity-as-national-security threat argument: The company keeps trying to make its products taste better.
So the Parsippany, N.J.-based company has launched Cream of Wheat Cinnabon instant hot cereal. Now instead of sprinkling some store-bought cinnamon on your Cream of Wheat, you can tap into “the unmistakable crave appeal and aroma of Cinnabon’s legendary cinnamon rolls,” as the company says.
Cream of Wheat is one of those iconic brands with, shall we say, a staid reputation. But its latest flavor offering may be changing all of that.Continue reading...