Posted by Dale Buss on December 6, 2013 03:47 PM
India's sweet tooth has been growing lately to the tune of 18 percent average increases in candy sales annually, so it's no wonder that global giants including Mondelez and Hershey are targeting the sub-continent. In fact, Hershey has chosen India as the first country outside North America to launch the Jolly Rancher brand.
The first Jolly Rancher product will be lollipops, coming in three flavors: green apple, watermelon and mango. Hershey claimed in a statement that the mango variety was developed specifically for consumers in India and that, overall, the new Jolly Rancher products have been tailored "to appeal, specifically, to local palates with bold, fruity flavors that are unlike any other candy available in the market."
More than that, the company said, "The lollipops offer a long-lasting fruit-like taste experience that is distinct from the typical lollipop currently available in India." Sounds a lot like the taste-intense positioning that Jolly Ranchers has used generally.Continue reading...
Posted by Paula Oliveira on November 29, 2013 02:02 PM
One year ago, speakers at the Sustainable Brands Conference in London focused on three key themes: unified vision, collaboration and simplicity. In 2013, many speakers addressed the same themes once more. Does that mean nothing has changed? Or have we lost our imagination?
In fact, things have changed. Fewer business professionals question nowadays if sustainability (or triple bottom line, social responsibility, corporate citizenship, or whatever you want to call it) is good for business, and it is now more intrinsically linked to business strategy. More sustainability advocates are capable of proving with strong business cases that the investment pays off.
For instance, UK retailer Marks & Spencer says in its annual report that the net benefit generated by Plan A (M&S’s commitment to sustainable business) was £135 million, an increase of 29 percent over the previous year, and during the conference, Adam Elman, M&S Global Head of Delivery, said Plan A has delivered 193 percent return on investment. Not bad, is it? Another example is Kering (formerly PPR, owner of brands such as Gucci and Puma), which pioneered a methodology to value the ‘ecosystem services’ it uses to produce Puma’s sports shoes and clothes. But it's not all about costs: “At Kering, sustainability is seen as an opportunity. Sustainability creates value and stimulates innovation," said Marie-Claire Daveu, the company's Chief Sustainability Officer, who joined the business due to its CEO’s strong commitment to sustainability. “Leadership commitment is everything in this area."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 21, 2013 09:21 AM
Chrysler eyes December IPO.
LG investigates "unauthorized spying" claims.
Microsoft builds line of products, apparel around "Scroogled" marketing campaign.
Abercrombie & Fitch reports loss on weak sales.
British Airways fields billboard ads that interact with planes overhead.
CCTV grapples with ad slowdown in China.
Foursquare opens up home screen to big brands.
IKEA is investigated in France for labor issue.
McDonald's plans no national launch for McRib this year.
Mondelez invests $100 million in Czech biscuit plant and expands presence in Pakistan.Continue reading...
see you in court
Posted by Dale Buss on November 13, 2013 01:29 PM
It may be difficult to argue with both Starbucks and Kraft packaged coffee businesses at the moment: Starbucks' brand is busting out beyond the brand's own coffee houses, while Kraft is on the cusp of a potentially exciting new CPG opportunity with McDonald's McCafe brand.
The only thing is, it just cost Starbucks $2.7 billion to get to this point. That's how much an arbitrator has ordered Starbucks to pay Kraft's corporate sibling, Mondelez International, as a result of their failed CPG-coffee partnership that ended in a dispute. It'll take all of Starbucks' cash on hand plus more to make the payment to Mondelez.
Kraft first did the deal to distribute Starbucks-brand packs of coffee in 1998, and by 2010 it had grown to a $500 million-a-year business, the Wall Street Journal reported. But Starbucks accused Kraft of not doing a very good job of displaying Starbucks coffee inside stores and of otherwise doing a poor job of marketing the Starbucks brand. That critique came in spite of the sales growth and after giving Kraft credit for its "world-class" capabilities. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 30, 2013 09:22 AM
Amazon rolls out Kindle MatchBook program that bundles print books with discounted e-books.
Dell is officially private.
Twitter rolls out richer feed with videos, images.
AT&T puts Halloween twist on "It's not complicated" campaign with cute kids.
Barnes & Noble turns out new, lighter Nook Simple Touch GlowLight.
BlackBerry met with Facebook on potential bid.
British American Tobacco apoligizes for advertising e-cigarette brand in kids' app.
CBS said to be developing streaming news channel.
Chevrolet faces "B Strong" backlash.
Chrysler profits are boosted by pickups and SUVs.
Comcast's rebranded Xfinity TV Go app will stream like TV from anywhere.
Facebook reportedly offered $1 billion to buy Snapchat.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 24, 2013 08:08 PM
Mondelez International’s $400 million, 10-year commitment to improve the livelihood of more than 200,000 cocoa farmers and nearly 1 million people in cocoa farming communities world-wide is having effect.
The Cocoa Life partnership with the Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute (ICCRI) and suppliers Armajaro and Olam, promotes sustainable cocoa farming, improves cocoa bean quality and perhaps most importantly, supports the development of healthy and prosperous Indonesian cocoa communities.
“A sustainable cocoa supply begins with thriving cocoa communities, and more efficient farming improves farmers' financial security," said Cathy Pieters, director of Cocoa Life at Mondelez. “Partnering is key to creating lasting change through our Cocoa Life program. Together with the Indonesian government, our suppliers and other partners, we're empowering cocoa-farming families to create the kind of communities they want to live in, while promoting gender equality."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 23, 2013 09:17 AM
Mondelez invests $400 million in sustainability.
Facebook reverses stance on violent video.
Microsoft tests eyewear similar to Glass.
Amazon and eBay shake up shipping strategies.
American Honda settles class-action suit over oil-burning defect.
Apple targets Microsoft Office with free apps.
Caterpillar cuts 2013 forecast as mining orders drop.
Cheetos promises to TP any location in the world for new Halloween campaign.
Coach loses ground to luxury rivals.
Ford trims production of C-Max and Focus.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 16, 2013 05:39 PM
The size and speed of the decline in consumption of Pepsi and even Diet Pepsi in the US market has taken PepsiCo by surprise. Good thing the diversified global snack giant has been able to rely on sales of carbonated soft drinks and other beverages abroad and on improving performance by its Frito-Lay snack business.
Those were among the main takeaways from PepsiCo's earnings report and executive conference call with securities analysts on Wednesday, as CEO Indra Nooyi provided some color behind a mostly positive showing of a 2 percent rise in overall second-quarter revenue, a 35 percent gain in net income including some special factors, and $900 million in productivity gains.
PepsiCo posted strong growth in Asia, the Middle East and Africa across the board and in its Americas-wide snack business. "We have performed well because our portfolio of brands are extensive and strong, our products are on trend and relatedly diverse," Nooyi said on the call. "And we have a broad geographic footprint."Continue reading...