March 7, 2013 |
The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on text message spam, announcing Thursday it has filed eight complaints against 29 defendants in courts around the U.S. The agency said the defendants bombarded consumers with more than 180 million text messages that often promised "free" $1,000 gift cards to popular retailers but then required consumers to pay for a subscription to a service, apply for credit or enter sensitive personal information before...
February 28, 2013 |
Brace yourself. This is going to get weird. Brought back from the crypt by the website io9 , here is what is quite possibly the most disturbing commercial ever filmed. For breakfast food. And not just because of the nutritional implications. Any coulrophobics out there? Avert your gaze. Sugar Rice Krinkles seem to have been Post's competitor to Rice Krispies, except with a sugar coating, like Frosted Flakes. ALSO: Roy Choi [hearts] Spam David Lebovitz is scared Asks Europe: What to do with horse meat?
February 28, 2013 |
Call it jumping the shark, or does Roy Choi love Spam enough to team with the brand and its "first ever spokescharacter" Sir-Can-a-Lot? Choi, he of the-food-truck-movement fame, is partnering with ham-in-a-can Spam for its latest social media promotional campaign, along with Sir-Can-a-Lot. Choi and Sir-Can-a-Lot will be featured in a Spam blitz on YouTube , Twitter and Facebook . Choi's Kogi BBQ was what Newsweek called "the first viral eatery," using Twitter to help customers track the food truck's location.
January 3, 2013 |
Lunch meat purveyor Hormel Foods is making a run at the supermarket's middle aisles, buying the Skippy peanut butter brand for about $700 million. The Austin, Minn., company, also known for its Spam canned ham, is acquiring Skippy from Unilever's U.S. operation, which also owns brands such as Vaseline and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Hormel, whose main strength is its domestic sales of Jennie-O, Farmer John and other lunch meats, is trying to expand its portfolio of products and boost its presence overseas.
January 3, 2013 |
Skippy, meet Spam. Hormel Foods, the maker of Spam canned ham, is buying the brand Skippy peanut butter from consumer products giant Unilever for about $700 million. The move comes as Austin, Minn.-based Hormel is beefing up (heh) its portfolio of meats such as Farmer John sausage and Jennie-O turkey and boosting its presence overseas, according to a Los Angeles Times report . The sale includes Skippy factories in Little Rock, Ark., and Shandong Province in China , CNN says . Hormel Chief Executive Jeffrey M. Ettinger told analysts in a conference call that he expected Skippy to become one of the company's biggest brands.
December 31, 2012 |
New Year's Eve is typically rung in with a Champagne toast and hors d'oeuvres trays, but during Monday morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter, our participants proved they really know how to have a good time. From burgers with Spam to spiny lobsters and rootbeer floats, here's a taste of what everyone's eating to welcome the new year. On the sweet side, Shulie Madnick of the blog FoodWanderings.com shared her recipe for polenta citrus sable cookie snaps; Olga Berman from Mango & Tomato shared her Russian sour cream cake recipe ; Jean from the blog Delightful Repast shared a recipe for gluten-free pancakes and syrup; and Geeky Foodie, aka @CharlieLima79 on Twitter shared a photo of a deep-fried pear filled with red bean paste.
November 14, 2012 |
Papa John's Pizza is facing a $250-million lawsuit from customers who claim that the fast-food chain illegally sent them 500,000 promotional text messages in 2010. The lawsuit was granted class-action status by a U.S. District Court judge in Seattle late last week, according to a statement from the Heyrich Kalish McGuigan law firm. Participants are seeking $500 for each unwanted text, which they say Papa John's sent without their permission. The complaint alleges that some of the chain's franchisees used the marketing company OnTime4U to send a flood of messages about pizza deals to a database of customers who had previously ordered from Papa John's.
September 26, 2012 |
Voters in Virginia are the latest to get a taste of an increasingly popular type of political attack: the anonymous text message. "Tim Kaine calls for radical new tax on all Americans," reads a text message attacking the Democratic candidate in the hotly contested Virginia Senate race. Aside from being false -- Politifact recently debunked a similar claim by Kaine's Republican opponent, George Allen -- the message came from an email address that used portions of Kaine's name, giving the appearance that the message might have come from Kaine himself.
August 3, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senatehas paid tribute to National Chess Day. Now it's Sen. Jim DeMint's move. The South Carolina Republican and several of his Senate colleagues have introduced legislation that would require senators to pay for such commemorative resolutions out of their office budgets rather than from the U.S. Treasury. The money comes from the taxpayers in either case, but DeMint says the printing of symbolic resolutions has "gotten out of hand. " His fellow senators are likely to be more judicious about introducing such resolutions if they have to dip into their office budgets to pay the printing costs, he says.
July 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Who better to pay tribute to ham, or rather a form of it, than a member of Congress? Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) was on the House floor Wednesday, declaring "Happy 75th birthday, Spam!" He proudly held up the familiar blue-and-yellow tin of the long-ridiculed, but iconic, blend of spiced pork shoulder and ham, manufactured by Hormel Foods Corp. in his district. "Spam is an important part of our American history," Walz said. "It played an essential role in feeding Allied troops during World War II, has worked to create local jobs and, with over 7 billion cans sold worldwide, has truly become an iconic American product.