Dunkin' is trying to undercut what Starbucks charges for espresso. Revamped lattes, cappuccinos and Americanos are the biggest change to Dunkin’s drinks menu since it started serving espresso 15 years ago from simpler machines. The company wants customers to see it as cheaper than Starbucks and just as good. “There’s no reason to go to Starbucks anymore,” said Tony Weisman, Dunkin’s marketing chief, according to the WSJ. The price of a 16-ounce hot latte at a Dunkin’ is $3.59, compared with $4.19 for the same-sized drink at a nearby Starbucks.
Could it be its color, which is, well, milky white? PETA is getting knocked after tweeting the cow-sourced beverage “has long been a symbol used by white supremacists. One more reason to #DitchDairy.” The tweet links to an article on the advocacy group’s website detailing why it is making the claim, including “the dairy industry inflicts extreme violence on other living beings.” The group was called out on social media for its extreme position.
Harley-Davidson reported higher quarterly earnings, but its U.S. motorcycle sales continued to plunge. The company has struggled to attract younger customers who haven’t shown interest in motorcycling like past generations. “Baby boomers, earlier a boost to Harley's sales as they hit some of their best income-earning years, are now aging out of riding,” according to USA Today.
Amazon and Amex unveiled a co-branded card for small businesses. Cardholders with an Amazon Prime membership will be able to choose between an interest-free loan for 90 days or 5% back on purchases made at Amazon.com, Amazon Business, Amazon Web Services and Whole Foods Market, the companies said in a statement. The no-fee card will also offer 2% back on purchases at U.S. restaurants and gas stations and on mobile-phone services, according to Bloomberg.
Pop culture company Funko is selling a limited-production Golden Girls-inspired cereal exclusively at select Targets across the nation. Each $7.99 box includes a collectible toy of one of the four iconic cast members. The cereal is already selling out in some stores, with some of those lucky enough to grab their own box putting it up for sale on eBay, where a box recently sold for $30.50. Some shoppers who found boxes in stores have been posting their findings on social media.
Brian Smith has been appointed president of Coca-Cola. Smith, currently head of the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa group, will also take on the role of chief operating officer starting Jan. 1. Smith’s appointment will allow CEO James Quincey to concentrate on strategy and broader company goals, including a marketing effort to attract new customers through rebranding of its existing products and introducing new flavors and packaging, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Huawei is working on a foldable smartphone with 5G capabilities, possibly for a 2019 debut. It will take on the Samsung Galaxy X, also with a foldable screen. “Huawei has spoken about the potential of foldable handsets and its plans for 5G phones in the past. However, this is first time the Chinese phone maker has publicly linked the two in a concrete way,” according to Tech Radar.
“Built Ford Proud” TV spots debuted Saturday. They included the voice and face of Emmy-winning actor Bryan Cranston.The ads will feature key vehicles, including the Explorer SUV, F-150 full-size pickup and Mustang. The campaign is from the Wieden + Kennedy creative team behind “Just Do It” for Nike, “Imported from Detroit” for Chrysler and “LiveStrong” for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. BBDO was recently named lead creative shop, but Wieden is getting project work.
The tagline for Nebraska's new tourism campaign -- “Nebraska: Honestly, it’s not for everyone” -- is "a concession — said with quirky, self-effacing charm — that Nebraska promoters hope will highlight what the state does provide to potential vacationers: Outdoor recreation, natural beauty, an escape from the city and a connection to the West," according to the Kansas City Star. Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article220207365.html#storylink=cpy
A Manhattan condo called "Trump Place" is "the latest in a string of properties that have distanced themselves from the Trump brand since Election Day 2016." Its residents just voted to remove signage with the president’s name from the tower’s facade, according to the Washington Post. Signs with Trump's name have already been removed from three Trump Place buildings in the same Riverside Boulevard complex.