Posted by Dale Buss on September 16, 2014 09:07 AM
AB InBev explores financing to buy SABMiller.
Apple sets sights on TV as regulators set sights on Apple Pay and fans spot the iPhone 6's hidden bulge—while U2 iTunes freebie is defended despite backlash.
McDonald's gives away coffee for the next two weeks and brings McCafe to Canadian grocers as it considers expanding its build-your-own-burger test.
NFL faces crisis as domestic violence issue ambushes Cover Girl campaign and Radisson Hotels pulls Vikings sponsorship after Adrian Peterson allegations, but teams keep fans.
Sears secures $400-million lifeline via CEO Lampert's hedge fund.
MORE BRAND NEWS
Alibaba ups IPO share price to $66-to-$68 range.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos partners with Boeing and Lockheed on rocket engine.
America Movil said to seek AT&T bid for $17.5 billion of assets in Mexico.
AstraZeneca finds partner in Eli Lilly for experimental Alzheimer's drug.
Burger King notches North American same-store sales increase.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on October 16, 2013 03:02 PM
In little more than a year, some retail shelves may actually be able to identify consumers who are most likely to purchase certain snacks, thanks to Mondelez International. The $35 billion global foods giant, which spun off from Kraft Foods just over a year ago with a name intended to evoke "delicious world," markets such snack brands as Cadbury, Certs, Oreo, and Trident.
In 2015, the company plans to introduce "smart shelves" with sensors designed to detect the age and sex of consumers. Then, advanced analytics will associate the right type of snack product with each consumer, and a video display will target consumers with appropriate ads and promotions.
Mondelez wants to place its smart shelves as close as possible to the point of sale—right near the checkout aisles to track and possibly encourage last-minute impulse buys. Mark Dajani, the CIO of Mondelez, told the Wall Street Journal, "When people walk by, it's a missed opportunity. We must know how the consumer behaves in the store. ...Knowing that a consumer is showing interest in the product gives us the opportunity to engage with them in real-time."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 24, 2013 09:36 AM
Chrysler files for IPO in valuation feud with UAW as company chokes on launch of new Jeep Cherokee.
Disney World and Disneyland cut line-cutting privileges for disabled after abuse.
Arby's names new CMO.
ADM plans to move top execs from Illinois plains to larger city.
Bugatti plans to sell handbags to broaden appeal of luxury car brand.
China will unblock Facebook, Twitter and the New York Times inside Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
Citigroup cuts mortgage jobs as refinancing boom wanes.
Domino's upgrades online ordering.
Foxconn deals with large-scale worker fight on China campus.
Kraft Foods leverages Corn Nuts content in display ads.
Macy's campaign explains localization strategy.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 25, 2013 06:33 PM
The year-old split between Kraft Foods and Mondelez International is working out about as financial and marketing engineers had promised, with the latter attacking emerging global snack markets with zest and Kraft trying to squeeze everything it can out of more mature North American markets.
The latest evidence that the split strategy is taking hold as planned: Kraft Foods is boosting US marketing spending significantly and has retained traction as one of the biggest advertisers in the American market, while Mondelez's spending on US advertising has dwindled—even though Mondelez retains domestic control of iconic brands such as Oreo.
Kraft Foods plans to pump more than $100 million into brand-building in the second half of this year as it aims to differentiate its classic brands in commodity categories such as cheese from private-label players, while also launching new US products such as Fresh Take, a meal kit that combines fresh cheeses, spices and breadcrumbs, according to Advertising Age.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 24, 2013 09:31 AM
Kraft Foods plans major second-half investment in brand building.
Taco Bell hints at next Doritos Locos Tacos flavor via social media.
Hostess brand snacks will be back on shelves July 15.
Boston Market adds ribs to permanent menu.
Carrefour explores sale of China and Taiwan businesses.
Darden Restaurants see major sales turnaround.
Five Guys and Shake Shack bring burger war to London.
GM barnstorms Texas in major campaign for launch of new pickups and intensifies efforts to make Chevrolet a global brand.
Google sees Glass used during a surgery.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 14, 2013 01:46 PM
Continuing its full-on assault to gain share in the US retail market, Kraft Foods’ Gevalia coffee is counting on spokesman “Johan” to open the java-gates as the brand tries its best to convince consumers to pick up its coffee over Starbucks.
The brand has launched a new web series, "Cup of Knowledge," as another outlet to help the brand market the results of an independent taste test commissioned by the brand, which reportedly showed that 59.7 percent of coffee drinkers preferred the taste of Gevalia's House Blend over Starbucks Breakfast Blend. This isn't the first time the brands have battled on the taste test front.
Back in February, the U.S. National Advertising Division ordered Kraft Foods to discontinue its marketing claims that Gevalia tastes like Starbucks, with marketing copy like, "New! If you like Starbucks Breakfast Blend, try this!"Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 7, 2013 12:38 PM
If love is the universal language, snacks may be the universal food. And that's one reason the spinoff of Mondelez International from Kraft Foods last year looks more and more like a good move, at least for Mondelez and its shareholders.
Mondelez's portfolio of global snack brands—ranging from Oreo to Cadbury to Trident—relies on emerging markets for about 40 percent of its revenue right now, and by 2020 the company projects that 110 million households in India, Russia and Brazil will move into the middle class, the socioeconomic stratum where serious snacking begins in most markets because consumers have achieved the economic wherewithal for recreational eating.
"As they do, we believe they'll step up their chocolate consumption by about three times," Bharat Puri, Mondelez's senior vice president of global chocolate, told analysts recently, according to Advertising Age.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 29, 2013 07:02 PM
Kraft Food Group’s Crystal Light is open for business online as the brand launches its first e-commerce platform, Shop.CrystalLight.com. As more consumers shop online, niche brands like Crystal Light are establishing beachheads for easy access, mindshare and money.
"For years we have heard for some of our most loyal fans that they want easier access to the flavors they love, especially Crystal Light Pure," said Adam Butler, Senior Brand Manager for Crystal Light in a release. "This new e-commerce platform enables us to make a wide variety of unique flavors and varieties readily available to fans anywhere in the country."Continue reading...