Posted by Shirley Brady on June 18, 2012 08:50 AM
Microsoft will announce Monday a plan to sell tablets under its own brand, in a challenge to Apple's iPad, while Amazon reportedly plans to launch cloud music service in July to rival iTunes.
Kirin Holdings agreed to pay $200.9 million Australian dollars (US$203.4 million) for the shares it doesn't already own in Australian boutique brewer Little World Beverages, as Japanese companies expand offshore to combat flagging domestic demand.
Dr Martens owners seeks up to £200m from potential buyers.
AirAsia plans to follow Virgin model with brand extensions.
Android relaunches user interface.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on June 13, 2012 05:05 PM
It's no secret that Adam Sandler movies are product placement productions. We have noted the comedian's mastery of the form numerous times on Brandchannel and even gave him one of our Brandcameo Product Placement Awards for his Dunkin' Donuts inclusion in Jack & Jill.
But his latest film, That's My Boy, is far and away his boldest brandstravaganza to date. One might even call it a revolution in Hollywood's relationship with product placement, because Sandler has basically made a 114 minute long commercial for Budweiser.
To demonstrate just how unbelievably pervasive Budweiser is in Sandler's new film, one need look no further than the trailer (top). Below, a few screenshots from the trailer to better capture the King of Beers Product Placement. (Warning: A few images potentially NSFW):Continue reading...
sip on this
Posted by Dale Buss on February 14, 2012 11:54 AM
Many argue that Coca-Cola overpaid substantially for a better-for-you beverage line when it bought Glaceau, and its Vitaminwater brand, for $4 billion in 2007. Yet the share of the bottled-water market enjoyed by Vitaminwater and its siblling Smartwater brand continues to grow in a category that has flattened out.
Coke would probably settle for a similar outcome as it moves to exercise its option to acquire a majority stake in Zico, the no. 2 brand of coconut water in the United States by sales, after purchasing a minority holding in the start-up for less than $15 million in 2009. Coke won't disclose the price of the option, but it probably isn't $4 billion.
Coconut water is emerging as another important front in the "cola wars" between PepsiCo and Coke, because just as Coke is moving in on Zico, PepsiCo is rolling out nationwide distribution of the No. 3 brand, O.N.E., after taking a majority stake in the brand in 2010.
Vita Coco, the No. 1-selling U.S. coconut water brand, has attracted celebrity endorsements by Rihanna, Madonna and the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez. It's controlled by founder Michael Kirban and Verlinvest, a Belgian investment firm, and more than doubled its revenue last year to nearly $100 million. That figure indicates a continued acceleration in growth of coconut-water sales because near the middle of that high-growth year, for the 52 weeks ended September 3rd, sales for the entire coconut-water segment in the U.S. were about $110 million — more than double the year-earlier figure of $54 million — according to SPINS, which provides sales data on nutritional and better-for-you foods.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Dale Buss on May 16, 2011 01:00 PM
Huge and privately held, Minnesota-based Cargill used to be one of the biggest companies you’d never heard of.
The $108-billion grain-processing giant has its finger in food commodities all over the world, It’s a huge presence in ingredients for better-for-you foods and beverages, and it occasionally ticks off environmentalists over sustainability issues. But Cargill wasn’t known for building consumer brands.
Until now. With some practice on its Coro Wise sterols that are an ingredient in cholesterol-lowering foods such as Minute Maid Heart Wise orange juice, Cargill has hit a brand-building home run as a rookie at the practice.
Its Truvia “natural” sweetener, made from the stevia bush native to South America, has surpassed venerable Sweet ‘N Low as the No. 2 sugar substitute in the country, according to AC Nielsen.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 27, 2011 09:00 AM
Air Canada launches new regional brand to replace Jazz.
Amazon vs. Apple "app store" spat continues, while Apple moves to trademark "startup."
Apple iPad 2 finally goes on sale in Japan this week, plus 11 other countries.
Barclay's posts disappointing results.
BP's Russian saga continues as net profit rises, Gulf clean-up costs continue.
Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf ace crash tests.Continue reading...
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Posted by Dale Buss on March 21, 2011 06:00 PM
Joining Pepsi as another staple PepsiCo brand in need of renewal, Propel hopes to benefit from a zero-calorie reformulation and a new advertising campaign (starring Cindy Crawford, above) that launches today.
Just like sibling brand Pepsi, Propel enhanced water lost US market share last year – down three percentage points to 16%, according to Beverage Digest. That was the case even though Propel arguably invented the enhanced-water segment a few years ago.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on January 24, 2011 01:00 PM
The emotional strings evoked in the film's title may not be attached. But there are certainly a lot of products attached to No Strings Attached. Booze. Cars. And of course, Apple. Bushels of Apple.
No Strings Attached is filled with products — nearly 30 by our count. It shouldn't come as a surprise.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on January 18, 2011 06:30 PM
Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal is approved (with one FCC commissioner, Michael Copps, opposed). Conditions for the deal, expected to close by Feb. 1, include that Comcast must give up its management role at Hulu, and abide by anti-favoritism clause — a victory for Bloomberg TV and other networks that compete with Comcast and NBCU's channels. Comcast, separately, just invested $10M in Snagfilms, an ad-supported documentary site that owns INDIEwire, and led a $9M financing round in e-publishing consultancy Perfect Market.
Apple announces record quarterly earnings of $6B, with 7 million iPads sold during the Christmas quarter. The iPhone is now the UK's "most desirable" brand.
Citigroup "disappoints" despite quarterly profit of $1.3 billion.Continue reading...