Posted by Alicia Ciccone on November 27, 2013 09:23 AM
NHL makes NFL play with more unscripted programming, outdoor games—and concussion lawsuits.
Boston Market expects to see biggest Thanksgiving sales yet.
Burberry appeals China ban on trademark pattern.
Atlanta Braves see council approve $300 million, move to suburbs.
BlackBerry rolls out BBM social network.
Burger King expands presence in France.
Facebook tries to find balance with onslaught of sponsored posts.
Instagram is now publishing a new ad almost every day.
L'Oreal names new global CMO.
Louis Vuitton stunt in Moscow's Red Square doesn't go over well.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 15, 2013 08:07 PM
Patagonia Toasts Itself with Organic Brew
Outdoor clothing company Patagonia is turning 40 and in perfect mid-life crisis fashion, it's adopting some new hobbies. The eco-friendly outfitter is actually brewing its own brand of beer.
Created in partnership with New Belgium Brewing, the limited-edition organic beer will be known as California Route Lager and only sold in 12-ounce cans, according to the Huffington Post. But the lager won’t be around for long. “This is just a promotional, one-time special collaboration," Patagonia spokesperson Jess Clayton told Bloomberg Businessweek. "Patagonia is not getting into the beer-business in a permanent way.”
The name comes “from the California route on Patagonia's Mount Fitz Roy, first climbed in 1968 by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and friends,” according to the company’s press release.
We'll drink to that!Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 12, 2013 09:24 AM
Samsung launches major soccer-based campaign for Galaxy 11 as new phase of its trial against Apple begins.
MillerCoors cans lime-flavored Miller Chill after poor sales.
Motorola plans lower-cost phone.
Anheuser-Busch endorses consumer reach of Facebook.
Coca-Cola vows to engage suppliers on "land grabbing."
Google relents on YouTube ad measurement and expands Glass features into music.
Kellogg runs into trouble with "distasteful tweet" in UK.
McDonald's plans broad attack on CPG coffee aisle.
Merck launches pet-diabetes campaign.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 25, 2013 07:17 PM
Jack Daniel’s Launches Bottle Battle with Little Whiskey Brand
When liquor buyers go looking for a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, they know what they’re looking for: a squared-off chunk of glass with the black label and the trusty No. 7. The famed distiller, though, is a bit concerned that shoppers are going to be confused by a new whiskey on the shelf: Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey.
Sutton’s originally marketed its whiskey in Mason jars in honor of the moonshiner who created it, but the brand switched its packaging recently to a bottle that is “square shaped with angled shoulders and beveled corners, with white-on-black labeling color schemes,” the Associated Press reports. The lawyers at Jack Daniel’s have taken notice and filed suit, claiming they've cornered the market on square whiskey.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 2, 2013 09:25 AM
Apple is pressed for $150-billion buyback by Carl Icahn as the new #1 Best Global Brand is estimated to be sitting on top of 10% of all US corporate cash.
Volkswagen plans to use augmented reality to service cars.
Google is accused of wiretapping in Gmail scans.
Intel commits to women's digital education.
BlackBerry reveals even more doom in restructuring.
Bravo signs four major new brand partners to integrate in Top Chef.
Campbell Soup sells European simple-meals business.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 23, 2013 06:03 PM
Diageo Wins Packaging Battle for Parrot Bay
The American Beverage Corporation (ABC) and Pouch Pac Innovations have been trying to stop Diageo from distributing its frozen Parrot Bay ready-to-drink cocktail line, but the court system has declared Parrot Bay the winner. The brand could face a jury trial next year, though, related to its packaging, according to Beverage Daily.
ABC felt that Parrot Bay too closely parroted its own Daily Cocktails. “With the introduction of these frozen cocktail pouches, Daily's essentially created and built an extremely successful frozen cocktail market,” ABC said earlier this year. That concern apparently didn’t bother the courts.
ABC is now in the process of deciding if it wants to get dragged through a jury trial.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 19, 2013 09:21 AM
Penguin Random House diversifies to TV.
Harley-Davidson launches biggest new product initiative.
Toyota lets dealers drop sagging Scion brand.
AB InBev and MillerCoors bet on boozier brews.
Al Jazeera America vows sober look at news when it debuts Tuesday.
American Airlines and US Airways are left in lurch by US over merger.
Coca-Cola begins marketing herbal drink in Thailand.
Cosi admits its service stinks.
Eight O'Clock Coffee ups marketing to refresh brand.
Eli Lilly enters unusual patent dispute.
Five Star Feature Films finds a flop in Jobs.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 16, 2013 05:12 PM
Coors Light Draws Complaints Over 'Superior' Can Can
Coors Light is catching some grief for claims it has made about its new cans that debuted in May. The company says that it's "the world's most refreshing can" and gives "a smoother, more refreshing pour.”
AB-InBev complained to the National Advertising Division, but MillerCoors wouldn’t voluntarily take part in a review, so the complaint has been passed along to the Federal Trade Commission, a move AB-InBev applauds, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.
MillerCoors spokesman Jonathan Stern told AdAge that any statements about the can either "clearly are intended as acceptable marketing puffery" or have been borne out through testing. Despite that, the ads will be off the air by the end of September. Will that be enough to satisfy the world’s largest brewer after a summer of hearing that its cans weren’t the best in the world? It doesn’t look like it.Continue reading...