Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Nina Lentini, April 20, 2011, 10:16 AM
  • With Focus On Bar, Appetizers, Bd's Eyes Sales Growth Nation’s Restaurant News

    Bd's Mongolian Grill CEO Rodger Head discusses how he plans to get customers to think of the brand as more than a stir-fry concept. The stir-fry chain, which has 34 locations in 13 states, primarily in the Midwest, finished 2010 with a 3% drop in same-store sales. Those losses year-to-date have narrowed to 2.4%, and the average check has inched up 40 cents. He is optimistic the chain can open as many as five restaurants this year and achieve a 1% gain in same-store sales. Read the whole story...

  • Office Depot, Still Minus CEO, Settles On Agency Retailing Today

    Boca Raton, Fla.-based Office Depot has chosen Fort Lauderdale-based Zimmerman Advertising as its agency. It has been a rough couple of years for Office Depot, as a weak economy took a toll of sales and profits. Last fall amid deteriorating results, the company announced the departure of Steve Odland as chairman and CEO and a search for a replacement is now in its six month. Read the whole story...

  • MillerCoors' Sales Down 2.6% In Fiscal Year Crain’s Chicago Business

    Domestic sales of MillerCoors fell 2.6% in the last fiscal year, including a 1.4% decrease in the fourth quarter, endingt March 31. MillerCoors is the Chicago-based joint venture of London-based SABMiller PLC and Denver-based MolsonCoors LLC. SABMiller's global volume grew 2% for the full year, helped by 3% growth in the fourth quarter. Read the whole story...

  • New Ford Taurus Could Leave Rivals In Dust USA Today

    Ford Motor has significantly modified its big Taurus sedan, the brand's flagship, only three years into the slow-selling current model's life. The revised car is due out early next year as a 2013 model, and the most dramatic feature is the speed at which Ford has changed the engine lineup, suspension, front and rear styling, power steering, brakes and trim. The car will be unveiled today at the New York International Auto Show. Read the whole story...

  • Catalina Marketing Puts Coupons Online New York Times

    It is introducing Coupon Network by Catalina at Couponnetwork.com. Advertisers with offers on the Web site include Campbell Soup, General Mills, Kellogg, Kraft Foods, Nestlé, Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever. Coupon Network is an addition to the decades-old businesses that Catalina calls shopper-driven marketing, intended to help advertisers more efficiently and effectively reach target audiences. Catalina estimates that it distributes more than $6.5 billion in coupons to shoppers each year through its printers at store checkout counters, writes Stuart Elliott. Read the whole story...