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Posted by Dale Buss on November 21, 2013 03:55 PM
Green Mountain wants to reap the full benefits of the US single-cup coffee brewing phenomenon that it started. So the maker of Keurig brewing systems and K-Cup portion packs plans to leapfrog the increasingly problematic copycat crowd with a new "Keurig 2.0" system with "interactive readability" that won't work with copycat pods.
Competition in single-serve pods is getting fiercer, with new players such as Panera continuing to enter the hot marketplace. Yet Green Mountain has continued to dominate the industry. And at least Panera and other brands like Starbucks are coming into the segment under licensing arrangements with Green Mountain and makers of pod systems.
A far bigger problem for Green Mountain has been the fact that patents on its K-Cups ran out in 2012. Unlicensed copycats rushed in, and they've already grabbed 8 percent of the Keurig platform, CEO Brian Kelley told financial analysts this week, with a record penetration of 12 percent by end of Green Mountain's just-completed fiscal fourth quarter. Copycats' price points are as much as 25 percent lower than official K-Cups.Continue reading...
sip on this
Posted by Dale Buss on November 7, 2013 12:45 PM
Facing broadening competition from Starbucks, Panera, and even Dairy Queen and McDonald's, Jamba Juice needs to find a way to squeeze more sales out of its stores and initiatives such as self-serve smoothie kiosks.
The company reported a 3 percent decline in same-store sales for the third quarter, ending a two-year string of better results. And CEO James White told analysts on a conference call this week to expect some more short-term struggles as Jamba continues to tweak its new fresh-juice platform and faces more attention by rivals to a smoothie segment that used to be much more exclusive to the better-for-you retailer.
"Sliding comps in this climate suggest that Jamba's losing some of its focus as it tries to keep up with Starbucks and McDonald's," Rick Munarriz at The Motley Fool wrote.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 July 25, 2013 09:27 AM
Google makes another TV push with $35 Chromecast device, as it gifts free WiFi to 31 San Francisco parks.
Facebook turns in big quarter as mobile ads drive growth.
PepsiCo squashes idea of acquiring Mondelez as "too risky" as profit pops on snack results.
Beats by Dre redesigns signature headphones, adds chargeable battery.
BMW moves North America CMO to US regional post.
Boeing is tempered by concerns over defense-spending cuts.
CW leverages birth of royal baby George in marketing for Reign.
Campbell Soup eyes 200 new products.
Cargill becomes industry's first to deliver sustainable cocoa from Brazil.
Chrysler extends production lives of some key models.
Coach leans heavily on outlet stores.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Dale Buss on July 18, 2013 02:39 PM
The original hallmarks of the Kentucky Fried Chicken brand—the smiling caricature of Col. Harland Sanders, and Original Recipe chicken on the bone—have disappeared in a test-location of a new concept KFC eatery called "KFC eleven" near the headquarters of the Yum! Brands-owned chain in Louisville, Ky.
The name of the outpost is homage to the "11 herbs and spices" in the Original Recipe, but little else about the test outpost is reminiscent of the original KFC. The menu is based on fresh salads, rice bowls, flatbread sandwiches, garlic mashed potatoes, waffle fries and other items not available or not highlighted at KFC's current locations.
Perhaps the biggest departure is that fact that the featured chicken will be KFC's recently launched boneless variety, an easier-to-eat alternative to its traditional on-the-bone breast, thigh and drumstick pieces—and the way that chicken mainly has been consumed by Millennials who grew up on chicken nuggets and tenders at fast-food places.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 11, 2013 09:15 AM
Walmart scraps D.C. store plans after "living wage" passes.
BlackBerry loses two more executives.
Panera suspends "pay-as-you-can" item.
Chevron foresees lower output.
Dodge borrows Pitbull to pitch Dart to Gen Y.
GE makes short films in tiny towns about big data.
GM continues to battle labor unrest in South Korea.
GlaxoSmithKline bribed doctors and hospitals, Chinese officials say.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 7, 2013 09:17 AM
Facebook drops "sponsored stories" as it pares down ad formats.
Samsung is hit by concerns that Galaxy S4 isn't selling well.
Google under fire for allowing ads selling illegal drugs, judge says.
Airbus builds sales momentum for new A350.
Chevron and golf's US Open seek new young scientists.
Constellation takes its crown by gaining rights to Corona beer.
Hallmark nabs the rights to Duck Dynasty brand for greeting cards.
Huawei dismisses security concerns.
Microsoft unveils trade-in rights for games on Xbox One.
Panera faces new test for pay-as-you-can.
R.J. Reynolds returns to TV advertising to promte new e-cigarette.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 24, 2013 09:30 AM
Apple posts first profit drop in a decade.
AP Twitter hack results in brief panic on Wall Street.
Coach prepares for change as Creative Director announces exit.
Lance Armstrong is accused of defrauding US in lawsuit.
BlackBerry brings back keyboard phone as part of rebirth.
Coke launches 61 unique websites for new teen-focused campaign as company's board also undergoes youth movement.
Dell approves executive-retention bonuses.
FedEx fends off rivals for US Postal contract.
Ford sees profits rise to North American record, offsetting losses in Europe.Continue reading...