Coke dropping half its drink brands
Coca-Cola on Thursday said it is dropping half its drink brands, most of them sold outside the United States.All told, the 200 brands slated to be discontinued account for only about 1% of the company’s profits. They consume too much attention and resources, Coke leaders said.Meanwhile, the Atlanta-based beverage giant reported continued financial pain from the pandemic. The company’s chief executive said that’s easing, but warned “the world is in a fragile state.”Coca-Cola previously announced eliminations of Tab, the company’s first diet soda, as well as Zico coconut water, Odwalla juices, C...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Peeling back the mystery of onions
Pity the poor onion. Always the culinary bridesmaid. Never the bride.You don’t sit down to a nice bowl of onions for dinner. No one makes onion-flavored soft drinks, or if they do, I don’t want to know about it.Even the lowly garlic bulb is the sole focus of at least two restaurants in California. But onions? Nada.Onions are the supporting players in a dish — important as a flavoring, but used only to make the star attraction taste better. When served a plate of carbonnades a la flamande, no one ever says, “the beef was good, but those onions were really spectacular.”But the time has come to g...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dunkin' premieres its first-ever spicy donut, the Spicy Ghost Pepper variety
Dunkin’ has spiced things up.The sweets and coffee company introduced its first-ever spicy donut Wednesday as part of its spooky season lineup, CNN Business reported Wednesday.The Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut, made from a classic yeast dough, has a strawberry icing laced with a cayenne and ghost pepper blend.The ghost pepper is one of the world’s hottest chili peppers.The timely new creation will be available through December at U.S. Dunkin’ locations.Krispy Kreme, rival to the Massachusetts-based chain, recently introduced items timed to Halloween as well, with monster-themed donuts like Dracula ...
New York Daily News
Coca-Cola eliminates TaB, its original diet soft drink
ATLANTA — TaB, Coca-Cola Co.’s original diet soft drink, is going down the drain.Born in 1963 in an era of full-sugar drinks and originally aimed just at women, TaB became a pop culture touchstone. But sometimes even pop culture relics have to pay their way, especially in the midst of a pandemic that has hammered the finances of many companies, including Coke.The Atlanta-based company on Friday said it’s eliminating TaB as part of broader, sped-up efforts to drop underperforming products so it can focus on more promising ones.Saccharine-sweetened TaB’s stature grew in the 1980s. But it never g...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Starbucks sets ambitious goals for corporate diversity — and ties it to executive pay
SEATTLE — Starbucks plans to significantly boost racial diversity among its workforce — and it’s making that goal a factor in the pay of its senior executives.By 2025, the Seattle coffee giant wants people of color represented in at least 30% of roles in corporate operations and 40% of retail and manufacturing roles, CEO Kevin Johnson told employees Wednesday. The goals, part of an ongoing effort to encourage diversity, reflect the company’s obligation “to build bridges and create environments where all are welcome,” Johnson said.Starting in 2021, the compensation of Johnson and 42 other senio...
The Seattle Times
Consuming Sugary Beverages While Breastfeeding Affects Cognitive Development In Children
Time to watch the juice and drinks with added sugar.A diet high in sugar during adulthood is associated with weight gain, and has also been linked to risk of type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and heart disease.Home Remedy Alert! PROBLEM: Worried about blood sugar? Try: onionsFlood threatens N60bn sugar investments in NigerNew research shows that when consumed by moms during the breastfeeding period, a high sugar diet can also impact developmental outcomes during infancy.Michael I. Goran, PhD, Program Director for Diabetes and Obesity at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has studied how sugar...
Glass fire engulfs over 60,000 acres of Wine Country, chars more homes
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Firefighters stood guard outside some of the country’s most renowned vineyards and the homes that surround them Friday as the Glass fire continued to encroach on the communities of Calistoga and St. Helena — the heart of California’s famed Wine Country.The blaze has engulfed more than 60,000 acres, burning most actively in the hills north of Calistoga and east of St. Helena. As a layer of hot, dry air helped to fuel the flames overnight, the blaze caught onto any fuel it could touch, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday. But the wind stayed c...
The Mercury News
Column: Let's toast the architecture of Chicago's beer buildings, even if this isn't happy hour for some of them
Raise a glass to Chicago’s architecturally alluring beer buildings. Their ornate brickwork, fanciful turrets and other decorative flourishes make them a savory alternative to less-is-more design sobriety.From the mansions of brewing magnates to former taverns built by marquee brands like Schlitz, beer buildings brighten nearly every corner of the city. They provide a visible link to the immigrants from Germany, Ireland, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe who poured into the city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. And whether they still sell beer or have switched to coffee, some still funct...
GoFundMe a go-to for struggling businesses, families, pet owners
SAN DIEGO — Some are to help laid-off restaurant workers or struggling breweries. Others are to keep dance studios open. Several are for smaller, personal expenses such as veterinarian bills.But the online fundraisers all have one thing in common. Each of the GoFundMe posts are from a person, business or organization hurting financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.Hundreds of local relief efforts related to COVID-19 can be found on GoFundMe by searching “San Diego COVID” or “San Diego coronavirus,” and most appear to be aimed at helping small businesses such as restaurants and shops strugglin...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Wildfire, climate, virus pose triple-threat to key California tourism, wine industries
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In San Diego, tourism industry watchers are bracing for a bleak fall after a shut-in summer that has crushed that city’s businesses. Up the coast in Monterey County, once-optimistic wine growers now must contend with the smoky fallout of nearby wildfires and its effect on that county’s multi-million dollar industry.And in the desert resorts of Southern California’s Coachella Valley, researchers say climate change will devastate that region’s lucrative tourist industry in the decades to come.Across California, two of the state’s signature industries — tourism and wine — are...
The Sacramento Bee