November 12, 1990 |
Can one letter be worth a thousand lawsuits? Environmental activist Fred Krupp is pondering the possibility. "We may be entering a new era of environmental problem-solving by negotiation," he says. Krupp is executive director of the powerful Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), which was launched in 1967 with citizen lawsuits that led to banning of the pesticide DDT.
October 21, 2009 |
The Food and Drug Administration announced plans Tuesday to clamp down on food labeling that it says may mislead consumers into thinking products are more nutritious than they are. In particular, the FDA will target the front panels of packages bearing logos or language suggesting that the product is more healthful than the actual ingredients justify, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said. "There's a growing proliferation" of symbols purporting to indicate healthfulness, and "some nutritionists have questioned whether this information is more marketing-oriented than health-oriented.
September 17, 1990 |
Japanese and American tofu manufacturers, eager to put more tofu on American tables, have increased marketing campaigns aimed at boosting sales of the soy curd. They are aligning themselves with cookbook writers, health food publications and even the weightlifting trainers at Gold's Gym. But the aggressive approach taken by Tokyo-based Morinaga Milk Industry Ltd., one of Japan's largest dairy companies, has angered many U.S. tofu makers.
July 11, 1991 |
What Scott Bruce did for lunch boxes, he intends to do for cereal. Namely, make cereal boxes hot collectibles. So what if the bright, goofy packages lack the snob appeal of czarist furniture or Sevres porcelain. Bruce isn't in it for aesthetics. He sees a market, pure and simple, and he's tapping into it. In 1985 Bruce paid $1 for a steel Jetsons lunch box made in 1963 and set out to corner the market on this one commodity. It worked. In 1988 the Cambridge, Mass.
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August 29, 2009 |
Berle Adams, a onetime big-band booking agent who co-founded Mercury Records in the 1940s and later became a senior executive at MCA before launching his own successful business as an international television program sales representative and distributor, has died. He was 92. Adams, who had been ailing during the last year, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said Ken Kleinberg, his son-in-law. "One of the things that's exciting and fortuitous about his life is he rose to great stature during a period when the music business was young and the television business was young," said Kleinberg, an entertainment lawyer.
August 29, 1991 |
Against a backdrop of growing controversy over the packaging of consumer goods, the attorneys general of 10 states--including California--reached an agreement Wednesday with the two U.S. manufacturers of juice boxes in a dispute over the containers' environmental soundness. The handy boxes, especially popular with the parents of younger children, were promoted in two newspaper ads last year as being "as easy to recycle as your daily newspaper."
June 7, 1993 |
Hawaii has gone "pog" wild. Grandparents and children both scramble for pogs. Nearly every other store is hawking them. Politicians push them. Pogs have even infiltrated a cherished Hawaiian custom. The most fashionable lei these days is made not of fragrant blossoms but of small disks of cardboard. That's right, cardboard. A pog, more properly known as a "milk cover" or "milk cap," is nothing more than a circle of paperboard roughly the size of a poker chip.