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Keurig Pressured on Sustainability as Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper Adopt Pods

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 5, 2015 11:55 AM

Almost one in three American homes has a pod-based coffee machine. Last year alone, K-Cups, king of the single-serve, brought in $4.7 billion for its maker, Keurig Green Mountain.

Another eye-popping stat: John Sylvan, father of the K-Cup, estimates that Keurig single-cup brewing machines produce 10 times more solid waste than a single-cup serving made in a drip machine.

That dilemma—consumers love them, explosive growth and the cost to the environment—is putting massive pressure on Keurig, especially as it's opening its doors to other brands including Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper Snapple brands, and making a move in the coming year into the at-home pod system market. Continue reading...

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Brand News: iPhone 6, Alibaba, Oracle and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 19, 2014 09:44 AM


Alibaba goes public in record-breaking IPO at $92.70/share, overtaking Amazon as most valued online retailer as Yahoo sees a windfall.

Apple’s bigger iPhone 6 series attracts worldwide long lines (and McDonald's) and black market sales in China as iOS 8 update frustrates users and Apple TV updates UI. A Reuters/Ipsos poll, meanwhile, finds that Android edges out Apple for "cool" factr.

Home Depot says data breach outstrips Target's after it received security warnings for months.

Oracle see Larry Ellison move from CEO to chairman and CTO as JetBlue and Clorox also confirm CEO exits.

UK government and businesses rejoice as Scotland votes to stay in the UK.


Bill Blass brand prepares for a comeback under new leadership.

BlackBerry reveals $2,127 Porsche-designed smartphone.

Cadillac plans to build unnamed "top end" car at Detroit plant.

Coca-Cola Life London pop-up opens with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Cracker Barrel cooks up growth.

Crumbs Bake Shop pushes ahead with relaunch.Continue reading...

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In the News: CVS, Nationwide, Home Depot and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 3, 2014 09:09 AM


CVS Caremark rebrands to CVS Health and launches smoke-enders program as it quits tobacco a month early.

Nationwide unifies brand and debuts new logo in Peyton Manning campaign.

Home Depot investigates potential breach of customer data.

Apple denies iCloud breach in celebrity hack and reportedly signs Nordstrom to new payments platform.

Burger King downplays tax-inversion motive for Tim Hortons deal.


Audi sees strong sales growth despite slowdown in Russia and emerging markets.

BuyPartisan app lets shoppers suss out politics behind brands and products.

Chrysler sees August sales rise 20 percent, led by Jeep.

Coca-Cola partners with Keurig Green Mountain on Honest Tea K-Cup packs.

Darden Restaurants shakes up its board with concessions to Starboard.

Dior rolls out new campaign starring a golden Charlize Theron.Continue reading...

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5 Questions with Seth Goldman, TeaEO of Honest Tea

Posted by Dale Buss on June 23, 2014 10:40 AM

It took 10 years for Honest Tea to sell its first 112 million beverages as a savvy but slowly growing startup out of Bethesda, Md. But since Coca-Cola purchased its first interest in the organic-tea innovator in 2008, Honest Tea has sold 888 million units.

That totals one billion bottles, and co-founder and TeaEO Seth Goldman and his crew celebrated the landmark sale this week.

Many of those were sold last year alone, when Honest Tea achieved $112 million in sales. Along with rapidly accelerated sales—thanks to a vastly expanded distribution footprint and retail presence around the United States—there have been lots of other changes at Honest Tea since Coke took a minor share and, especially, after the beverage giant acquired the company in 2011 as part of its continuing experimentation with healthy-beverage segments.

Goldman still runs the company, and Honest Tea is sticking to its tried-and-true formula of low-calorie, organic teas and other beverages with authentic ingredients. But now he’s got the resources to stretch the brand into segments and categories where it couldn’t manage to go until it came under Coke’s ownership—and even a little cushion to fail occasionally.Continue reading...

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In the News: IKEA, Walgreens, Microsoft and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 22, 2013 09:14 AM

In the News

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...

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In the News: Microsoft, QVC, Yahoo and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 23, 2013 09:33 AM

In the News

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says he will retire within 12 months. 

QVC debuts second channel, QVC Plus.

Yahoo courts Katie Couric for video series. 

Airbnb seeks to create "movie" entirely with Vine.

Al-Jazeera America makes debut with few national advertisers.

American Airlines and US Airways get states' support in merger bid.

Audi reveals new A8 family.

BMW will unveil X5 plug-in hybrid, featuring all-wheel drive, at Frankfurt show.

CBS cuts carriage deal with Verizon.

Coca-Cola hired private eye to snoop in Honest Tea trademark case.Continue reading...

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Honest Tea's Index Results Might Not Surprise You, but It Gets You Thinking—About Honest Tea

Posted by Dale Buss on July 23, 2013 07:26 PM

Honest Tea has spread research for its National Honesty Index from sea to shining sea this year, and some of the results will surprise no one: Washington, D.C., was the "least honest" in the measurement, while laid-back Alabama and Hawaii tied for "most honest."

How was "honesty" measured? As in earlier versions of the annual test, Honest Tea set up unattended kiosks stocked with its beverages and offered them for $1 on the honor system. For 10 days in July, Honest Tea tested 61 total locations throughout the country and collected data on how many people paid for the beverages—as well as, curiously, participants' characteristics such as gender, hair color, and whether they were wearing hats.

Only 80 percent of D.C. residents paid for their beverage. "The results are what they are," Seth Goldman, "TeaEO" of Honest Tea, told brandchannel, acknowledging that company headquarters in Bethesda, Md., is guilty of being in the Beltway. "There's no spin to them. We're sharing them."Continue reading...

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In the News: KFC, Honest Tea, Myspace and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 13, 2013 09:16 AM

In the News

KFC drags down May results for Yum! Brands in China.

Honest Tea predicts over $100 million in sales in 2013.

Myspace runs first TV ad in revival bid.

Airbus takeoff of A350 pressures Boeing.

Amazon's Kindle debuts in India

Apollo Tyres of India buys Cooper Tires for $2.5 billion.

Audi develops "road frustration index" as it sees new sedan variant becoming best-selling version of its A3.

BMW is sued by US over criminal background checks in hiring.

Burger King faces PR mess in razor-blade mishap.

Cosi CEO resigns.

ESPN pulls plug on 3-D channel.Continue reading...

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