Posted by Dale Buss on August 2, 2013 09:17 AM
Walgreens opens training center for young workers with autism.
AT&T seeks warmer shopping experience at its stores.
Taco Bell tries building buzz by holding back on third Doritos Locos Tacos flavor.
American Express launches 13th "Unstaged" concert.
Apple still searches for new head of retail stores as ITC delays ruling in its import case against Samsung.
Avon says feds rejected its settlement offer in bribery probe.
Baxter found expense violations in China as Sanofi and AstraZeneca report new government scrutiny there.
Chick-fil-A surpasses KFC as top chicken QSR in US.Continue reading...
brands under fire
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 29, 2013 05:32 PM
And the wage wars continue. Hundreds of workers at fast food chain outlets across New York City took to the streets Monday to strike for higher wages, demanding the standard wage be raised to $15 per hour, more than twice the $7.25 minimum wage that fast food employees currently earn.
Organizers from New York-based Fast Food Forward said the strike affected around 60 restaurants operated by McDonald's, Wendy's, KFC and Burger King. "A lot of the workers are living in poverty, not able to put food on the table or take the train to work. They are striking because they can't continue to maintain their families on the wages they're being paid in the fast food industry, said director Jonathan Westin, according to AFP.
Protests are scheduled to take place this week in Chicago, Detroit, Flint, Mich., Kansas City, Milwaukee and St. Louis. "It will be by far one of the biggest actions (in the sector) this country has seen so far," Westin predicted.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Dale Buss on July 23, 2013 01:47 PM
Maybe we should have seen it coming when, in its most recent Super Bowl commercial, Taco Bell celebrated a bunch of old geezers' night on the town. Or maybe it was evident in the brand's years and years of incessant messaging to teenage males.
In any event, it's hardly a surprise that Taco Bell is dumping its kids' meals so that it can focus even more on the maws and fast-food needs of the vital Millennial demographic. It's actually a bit more jarring that other QSR brands are undercutting their own kids'-marketing efforts by sending their well-known mascots—including the Colonel—the way of the dinosaur.
Yum! Brands-owned Taco Bell plans to drop kids meals and toys at all of its US restaurants by around January, USA Today reported. "The future of Taco Bell is not about kids' meals," Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed told the newspaper. "This is about positioning the brand for Millennials."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 23, 2013 09:14 AM
Taco Bell eliminates kids' meals.
JCPenney names former Kraft marketing exec Debra Berman as VP brand strategy.
Netflix sees subscriber growth fall short of expectations.
Al-Jazeera taps ABC veteran to run editorial operations in US.
Bentley invests heavily to boost UK car industry.
Chevrolet aims new Silverado ad at women, who buy 15 percent of pickups.
Cisco to buy cybersecurity firm Sourcefire for $2.7 billion.
Dell founder presses shareholders on his proposed buyout.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 26, 2013 09:17 AM
Carnival CEO to step down.
Barnes & Noble pulls back after losses in tablet wars.
Square takes on PayPal online.
Daimler outsources development of driver-assistance software.
Paula Deen's awkward TODAY interview furthers PR nightmare.
Dow Jones plans to eliminate some newsroom staff as it unifies newswires and Wall Street Journal.
Fiat adds seven-seat minivan to 500 range in Europe.
Ford ushers great-great grandchildren of founder into management.
Google gets boost in EU privacy case.
Heineken says it is "absolutely on top" of issue of fake beer in emerging markets.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Dale Buss on June 25, 2013 10:35 AM
American consumers do seem to be loosening their pocketbooks a little when it comes to the time-honored tradition of eating at quick-serve restaurants. But QSR brands are taking no chances as they continue to roll out new products aimed at gaining at least a temporarily greater share of stomach.
The major chains spent much of the last few years padding their "value menus" and searching for price points that financially stretched Americans would determine they can afford. Wendy's latest gambit was to launch a long-awaited Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, and Taco Bell now is dropping hints about the next flavor of its Doritos Locos Tacos, which will be the third installment in the popular sub-franchise.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 24, 2013 09:31 AM
Kraft Foods plans major second-half investment in brand building.
Taco Bell hints at next Doritos Locos Tacos flavor via social media.
Hostess brand snacks will be back on shelves July 15.
Boston Market adds ribs to permanent menu.
Carrefour explores sale of China and Taiwan businesses.
Darden Restaurants see major sales turnaround.
Five Guys and Shake Shack bring burger war to London.
GM barnstorms Texas in major campaign for launch of new pickups and intensifies efforts to make Chevrolet a global brand.
Google sees Glass used during a surgery.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Dale Buss on June 19, 2013 06:42 PM
"Meat" may be out in some quarters, but protein certainly is in. Taco Bell is testing a new "Power Protein" menu this summer in another move signaling its interest in offering healthier fare.
The preponderance of beef and chicken on Taco Bell's menu has been one of its main attractions for young males (along with low prices) for decades, but the Yum! Brands chain now is offering a new interpretation that it presumes is more in keeping with the times.
Millennials are seeking items that have more protein but also less fat, Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed told reporters this week, according to Advertising Age, adding that the new items are a step to become a better and more relevant Taco Bell to that core demographic.Continue reading...