September 30, 2013 |
Coca-Cola fizzled in 2013, falling two spots from its ranking as the world's most valuable brand, according to a closely watched report released Monday. Coca-Cola was replaced by Apple in the 2013 report by Interbrand, a brand consulting company owned by the Omnicom Group . The report ranks companies based on a factors including financial performance and brand loyalty. The global report ranks companies that have a presence on at least three major continents. In its latest rankings, Interbrand estimated the worth of Apple's brand to be $98.3 billion, up 28% from the year before. The introduction to Apple's description reads like a gushing tech review: "Every so often, a company changes our lives, not just with its products, but also with its ethos," the report begins.
August 8, 2013
Prolifically produced for almost 40 years, "El Grande de Coca-Cola" has been directed by Alan Shearman and starred Ron House since its inception. Formerly two acts, the play has been judiciously pared to a breezy 75 minutes — and the comic momentum never flags. Wearing a hairpiece that looks like a small animal in distress, House is the linchpin of a superlative, marvelously agile cast. Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Road, Santa Monica. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays.
July 23, 2013 |
Since it was first produced in London almost 40 years ago, “El Grande de Coca Cola,” a farcical revue set in a third-rate cabaret somewhere south of the border, has been widely produced worldwide. Alan Shearman and Ron House, who share co-writer credits with Diz White and John Neville-Andrews, both starred in the hit 1973 off-Broadway run, which ran three years, and a subsequent, less successful 1986 revival. Now, Shearman and House return to their inspired folly in a reprise production at the Ruskin Group Theatre.
July 16, 2013 |
Coca-Cola Co. earnings Tuesday showed the beverage maker's key business -- soft drinks -- is fizzling as more health-conscious Americans drink less soda. The company's second-quarter volume growth came in well below expectations, showing declines in some parts of the world. Executives blamed currency exchange head winds, weak consumer confidence and wet, chilly weather. Net income for the quarter that ended June 28 fell 4% from the year-earlier quarter to $2.68 billion . Adjusted earnings came in at 63 cents a share.
July 11, 2013 |
Have the French gone crazy? Following close on the heels of Winestar 's French wine in a can - and not just plonk, but vintage red, white and rosé from such prestigious appellations as Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone Valley - a French producer is introducing cola-flavored wine. Say what? Hausmann Famille, a branch of the firm Châteaux en Bordeaux , has introduced Rouge Sucette, a red wine doused with cola flavor targeted for a younger audience. PHOTOS: 13 big, bold, juicy red wines In France, sad to say wine drinking has plummeted in recent years, particularly among the young, who are more attracted to beer and spirits.
May 26, 2013 |
Kevin Harvick pulled away from Kasey Kahne on a restart with 11 laps left to win the Coca-Cola 600 for the second time in three seasons, a race stopped for nearly 30 minutes Sunday night when a TV camera support rope snapped. Kahne led 156 laps and appeared to have the strongest machine in NASCAR's longest race, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. But Harvick took the low line following the last of 11 cautions and slowly pulled away. Kahne finished second, Kurt Busch third and polesitter Denny Hamlin was fourth in his second full race since returning from injury.