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 Dale Buss on December 6, 2013 02:47 PM
Maybe the glum economic view in Europe is souring the perspectives of CPG-company CEOs there. Or maybe they're the ones most looking at the global economy without rose-colored glasses these days. In any event, both Unilever and Nestle have announced significant new moves that will bring about big new skinbacks in their portfolios—and marketing.
Unilever stunned followers of the company by announcing that it aims to cut the number of individual products it sells by a whopping 30 percent by the end of next year so that it can become more efficient and navigate a global economic slowdown that it admits it was slow to confront, according to Reuters.
As a result, the Anglo-Dutch maker of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Lipton tea, Knorr soups and Dove personal-care products—among many other brands—is cutting about 2,000 jobs, including about 800 alone in marketing, and will continue to adjust its portfolio.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 6, 2013 01:29 PM
Rolling Stone is taking a page from Donny & Marie Osmond. The publication that has covered and helped create rock music as we know it will debut a website next year that is all about country music.
The site, Rolling Stone Country, will be open for the public at some point in the second quarter. To get things started, Rolling Stone’s owner, Wenner Media, is opening an office in Nashville that will have 10 or 15 editorial staffers, Ad Age reports. And to help promote the site, Rolling Stone will publish its first-ever country-themed issue.
The venture is being pushed by Gus Wenner, the director of RollingStone.com and the son of Jann Wenner, the man who borrowed $7,500 from his family and his soon-to-be wife’s family in order to launch Rolling Stone back in 1967. "There's a really big void in the digital coverage of country music as far as giving it the serious attention it deserves," the younger Wenner said, according to Ad Age. "I saw some similarities (to NASCAR) and thought it could be an opportunity for Rolling Stone."Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on December 6, 2013 12:38 PM
China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.
This week: The Year of the Horse commemorative products... Bitcoin vs. China... Ford brings Mustang to China... L'Oreal gets Fan Bingbing... Carrefour grows... Volvo up... Suzuki gets "Authentic"... Toyota signals an end of Japan automaker woes... Qoros sells "made in China"... Arnie sees the sights... and more.Continue reading...
sports in the spotlight
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 6, 2013 11:28 AM
Soccer fever is running high across the globe as FIFA officials gather in Brazil today to draw names from a series of pots to decide what teams will face eachother in the first round of next summer’s World Cup.
The 32 teams that have earned a berth will not only find out how skilled their opponents are but also discover the schedule and locations of their first-round games. As the New York Times points out, Brazil could fit the four countries that have hosted the last three World Cups—South Africa, Japan, South Korea, and Germany—inside its borders, which means that some teams are going to be traveling far distances between games and playing in very different environments while others will get the lucky draw of playing all their first-round games in a much smaller area. England coach Roy Hodgson predicts that the travel for some teams could be more difficult than the actual opponents on the field.
When the names start getting pulled out of the pots to decide the eight groups of four, expect all of the World Cup official partners—Adidas, Coca-Cola, Hyundai/Kia, Emirates Air, Sony, Visa—to be on high alert.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on December 6, 2013 10:13 AM
Nelson Mandela's legacy was on full display within an hour of his death.
In its ferocity, speed and uniformity, the outpouring of grief over the passing of 95-year-old Mandela felt like the grieving of a world that suspects it will never have another figure so unifying—not because the world will never be given another person as heroic as Mandela, but because the world has changed too much to ever embrace one.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 6, 2013 09:14 AM
Sears files to spin off Lands' End as company's struggles disenchant investors.
Nike features Man-U's Wayne Rooney in ads for new soccer ball as spokesman LeBron James hinders efforts to market his own new shoe.
Spotify introduces free mobile music service.
Dell offers employee buyouts to cut costs.
Electronic Arts refocuses to fix Battlefield bugs.
Ford pulls off lavish global launch of new Mustang and promises a convertible too, while company scion says CEO Alan Mulally isn't leaving next year.
GM may pull production out of Australia soon.
Hershey introduces Jolly Rancher in India.
Honda uses dealer cash incentives to push for better December than last year.
JCPenney discloses SEC peek into its finances.
Jaguar Land Rover plans Brazil output beginning in 2016.
NBC surveys feedback on The Sound of Music live telecast that featured tight integration with Walmart ads.
Nestle continues streamlining with sale of 10-percent stake in Givaudan flavor house.
Nissan crafts promotional car-design experience based on digital goggles.
Quiznos slows into a financial crisis.
Tesla dodges bullet aimed at its plan to sell in Ohio.
Unilever plans to cut SKUs by up to 30 percent and slash marketing headcount by 12 percent.
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 5, 2013 07:41 PM
Kanye West and Nike recently split ways after having some creative differences (of the monetary type, of course). West took his act to Adidas (for $10 million and a bit of royalties), but the Swoosh didn’t bat an eye. Tuesday night, famed rapper Drake took the stage during his Would Like a Tour? tour in Nike’s birthplace of Portland, Oregon, and told fans that he had partnered up with Nike’s Jordan Brand.
"Today also happens to be one of the best days of my life," Drake told the crowd. "Growing up, I'm sure we all idolized this guy, he goes by the name of Michael Jordan. So today, I came to Portland and officially became inducted into the Team Jordan family." Enjoy it now, Drake. West was pretty excited when his first Air Jeezy came out back in 2009, too.
Drake and Nike jumped in with both feet. He immediately posted pics of two new pairs of sneakers on his Instagram, which feature the Jordan Jumpman logo next to Drake’s October Very Own (OVO) label, GQ reports.Continue reading...