Posted by Dale Buss on February 20, 2014 09:20 AM
Facebook sees growth anxieties drive WhatsApp purchase.
Sbarro closes 155 company-owned units.
Walmart offers weak forecast and plans to accelerate rollout of small stores.
Aereo suffers a defeat in court.
Audi gives TT Roadster a fresh look.
Budweiser unveils World Cup teaser.
ConAgra seeks to revitalize Healthy Choice brand.
Fiat gives buyers an iconic track experience.
Ford splits with TV pitchman Mike Rowe.
FCC plans to overhaul rules to rescue net neutrality.
Gap announces voluntary minimum wage boost.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Dale Buss on November 8, 2013 07:47 PM
Brands have been fleeing artery-clogging trans fats since a FDA labeling requirement for the stuff in 2006, but now the federal agency likely will finish off hold-out trans-fat products with a preliminary ruling this week that the primary source of the fats are no longer "GRAS."
GRAS means "generally recognized as safe," and it is the sine qua non for any ingredient that is going into a regulated food and beverage sold in the United States. The new FDA ruling made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils—the primary diet source of artificial trans fat in processed foods—no longer are GRAS for use in food. As Advertising Age noted, the next step is to find out from food makers how long it would take them to reformulate foods that contain extra trans fats if the ruling is finalized.
Trans fats have some inimitable qualities that help in food taste and texture, manufacturers say, including helping crisp french fries. Holdout brands have ranged from Pillsbury Grand! cinnamon rolls to Marie Callender pies from ConAgra to Diamond Foods' Pop Secret pocorn. So even though General Mills said that more than 90 percent of its US retail products already are retailed as zero grams trans fat, it called the ruling a "major development."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 15, 2013 09:03 AM
Charlie Ergen's Dish Network offers to buy Sprint for $25.5 billion in a bid to one up SoftBank.
ConAgra, Heinz and Nestle lead frozen food battle to reverse negative image.
Nike seeks to regain its edge with fewer ads following Tiger Woods stumble.
Dannon uses Greek-style to leapfrog Yoplait to top of U.S. yogurt business.
Apple clearly enters post-Jobs era.
Justin Bieber sparks controversy with Anne Frank comment.
Boeing sees new inspection order on its 737s.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 8, 2013 06:37 PM
Pepsi took YouTube by storm last month according to Google’s YouTube Ads leaderboard. The brand is benefitting from its latest viral branded content hit "Test Drive", which has over 33 million views.
The video, which is the brand's second attempt on a spoof video, garnered more plays than any of 2012's leaderboard ads, earning 13 million more views than 2012's top performer, Nike's "My Time Is Now."
Samsung made the chart twice in March with its Galaxy S4 launch, while newcomers EA Sports, Adidas, ConAgra, ESPN, Doritos and the Anti-Defamation League’s "Imagine a World Without Hate" video, (the first non-profit to be so feted) all made it as well.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 4, 2013 09:37 AM
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...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 27, 2012 02:54 PM
ConAgra Foods has finally bagged its long-sought corporate prey, announcing today its agreement to acquire Ralcorp Holdings for about $5 billion.
The companies' union — which ConAgra CEO Gary Rodkin has been trying to consummate for 20 months — will create one of the largest packaged-food companies in North America, with total combined sales of about $18 billion.
But more important, it expands ConAgra's penetration in the growing private-label market at the same time that it offers more hope for retail growth by ConAgra brands — including Chef Boyardee, Hunt's, Healthy Choice, Orville Redenbacher's and Banquet — that, while well known, tend to be second- and third-tier marques. As ConAgra's FAQ on the deal notes,
The acquisition of Ralcorp will add to ConAgra Foods’ existing $950 million private label business to create the largest private label business in North America, with approximately $4.5 billion in combined private label sales, and a strong platform for sustainable, profitable growth over the long term. The two companies’ portfolios are a complementary fit, with very little overlap in terms of offerings. Ralcorp’s leading private label offerings include cereal, pasta, crackers, jellies and jams, syrups, frozen waffles, and more.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 27, 2012 09:06 AM
Aston Martin draws bids.
ConAgra to buy Ralcorp in huge packaged-foods deal.
Nintendo sells out Wii U in first week in US.
Adidas features celebs including Snoop Lion, other celebrities in Ebenezer Scrooge holiday campaign.
Airbus jabs Boeing with "Pinocchio nose" in ad campaign.
Barnes & Noble updates holiday wish lists via Nook campaign.
Bombardier signs largest-ever deal, with VistaJet.
Ericsson files patent claim against Samsung.
Mario Batali expands restaurant empire to Boston.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 31, 2012 09:01 AM
GM has new CMO tout Chevy relationship with Manchester United, after changing the terms, as pundits make recommendations on GM's way forward.
Chick-fil-A brand perception drops in wake of LGBT controversy.
Anheuser-Busch InBev sees North American drag on results.
Apple gets knocked for new "Genius Bar" Mac TV campaign as company mulls uses for corporate cash hoard.
BP posts weak earnings.
Chobani celebrates success that led to Team USA sponsorship.
Chrysler earnings leap on U.S. gains.Continue reading...