• High Times For Colorado Pot Tourists, But Can They Handle It?
    Marijuana legalization has spawned a tourism industry that guarantees real buzz: Pot without penalty is bringing in marijuana enthusiasts from other states. Nearly half of visitors polled in surveys commissioned by the Colorado Tourism Office said legal access to weed influenced their decision to travel to the state, the "Denver Post" reports. ER visits by pot consumers have doubled, as well. But that may be because stagger-in patients are free to disclose that they got high.
  • Virgin Galactic Is Beautiful, But Is It Safe Enough?
    Virgin Galactic's new SpaceShipTwo, unveiled this week, is the first real (near) space program for paying tourists. But casting a shadow is the devastating Virgin Galactic test flight accident last year that took the life of Virgin Galactic co-pilot Michael Alsbury. No doubt VG will have learned from the tragedy, and the new space plane will be the better for it, but how will the company sustain that level of safety? Don't count on federal regulations. The responsibility is with the engineers.
  • Be Brave In The Attempt: Special Olympics Grand Sports Marketer Of The Year
    The Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles successfully hosted from July 25 to Aug. 2, 2015, some 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, 30,000 volunteers and an estimated 500,000 spectators. Organizers called it the "single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games." Partners included AEG, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, ESPN, Mattel, Microsoft, the NFL, P&G, Toyota, Toys R Us, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney Co. and WWE. For these and other reasons, Special Olympics has been named as the Grand Sports Marketer of the Year based on votes cast among the more than …
  • Whole Foods Goes Truckin' In Austin
    Whole Foods Market wants to experiment with new culinary concepts and evaluate collaborations with chefs and supplier partners. That screams "food truck." The company will do just that: a food truck test kitchen at its flagship store in Austin, Texas. Developed by the retailer's recently hired VP of culinary and hospitality, Tien Ho, the initial concept will launch March 10 as Tartinette, which will serve open-faced sandwiches and salads from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Whole Foods said it plans to change the concept, menu and name of the truck every two months.
  • New York City Salt Law A Setback For Chains
    The National Restaurant Association is castigating the New York State Supreme Court's decision to uphold a New York City regulation requiring restaurant chains to label menu items containing more than the recommended daily allowance for salt. "Yesterday's decision was a setback for the men and women that own and operate New York's chain restaurants," wrote Christin Fernandez, NRA director for media relations and public affairs, in an email. "The association advocated for a federal menu labeling standard so consumers could have access to uniform nutritional information whether they're dining out in Portland, Maine, or Portland, Ore."
  • Hasbro Turns Its Sights On Girls
    Having captivated boys with its Star Wars figures, Hasbro Inc is turning to Disney Princesses and the launch of its first animated movie to arrest a five-quarter slump in sales of its toys for girls. The second-biggest U.S. toymaker has begun selling dolls from the popular Disney movies "Frozen" and "Cinderella" after wresting the lucrative license from its larger rival, Mattel Inc.
  • Beard Awards And Burgers? In The Same Breath?
    The upscale burger officially happened in the 1990s with Chef Daniel Boulud's db Burger of short rib and foie gras. Finally, another step forward: the inclusion of Superiority Burger on The James Beard Foundation's list of semi-finalists for Best New Restaurant. A burger, and a veggie burger at that. The Superiority Burger patty is a mashup of beans, nuts and grain (with Muenster cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomato and a dill pickle). It helps that the restaurant is down the street - figuratively - from the Beard Foundation itself.
  • Acura Set To Debut 2017 MDX At NY Auto Show
    After giving us a tease of its new styling direction with the Precision Concept at the Detroit Auto Show last month, Acura is about to show us what that actually will translate into. The first new model to pick up on the new design language will be the 2017 Acura MDX making its debut at the New York International Auto Show next month. The MDX isn't due for a complete makeover until around 2020, but the ute scheduled for a Big Apple unveiling appears to be more than the typical, mid-cycle makeover, picking up a number of design details first …
  • Famous Dave's Gets Famous Dave
    Dave Anderson is back at Minneapolis-based Famous Dave's, the chain he founded there in 1994. Over the past six months, the company has made numerous changes under newly appointed CEO Adam Wright. That includes a COO, Abe Ruiz, and a franchisee to its board of directors in Anand Gala. And, more recently, it named a new CMO in former Caribou Coffee executive Alfredo Martel. But bringing back the fame is the capstone.
  • Instagram Gets Over 200,000 Advertisers Post-Expansion
    Last June, Instagram had just a few hundred advertisers. Than it announced it would roll out a new suite of tools, and lift restrictions on who could advertise. At the end of 2015 the company pushed "seamless" integration with sister company Facebook. Now it says it has over 200,000 brands using it to advertise each month, with some 75% of the app's active advertisers located outside of the US. In terms of active advertisers, Twitter reported just over 130,000 during its last earnings call at the start of February.
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