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The Bitter Secret of Sugar

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

As global demand for sweets increases, so does the rush for land to grow sugarcane. Companies that produce and supply sugar to Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and other food and beverage giants are kicking poor farmers off their land and violating their rights.

Naked Juice Coughs Up $9 Million In Class Action Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business

If you purchased a Naked Juice product between Sept. 27, 2007 and Aug. 19, 2013, listen up. As part of a class action lawsuit over the brand's alleged...

Top 10 Least Respected Brands In America

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 08.21.2013 | Business

Delta is America's least respected brand, according to a new ranking of 100 of the most well-known companies. Brand consulting firm CoreBrand surv...

PepsiCo Introduces New Premium Water

AP | Posted 07.29.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- PepsiCo plans to jump into the premium bottled water market with a drink called Om, following the popularity of Coca-Cola's Smartwater. T...

More Bad News For Soda Industry

AP | CANDICE CHOI | Posted 09.23.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- It seems that not even Beyonce or new, lower-calorie options can convince Americans to drink more soda. Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and D...

Sharknado and the Tide of Activist Investors

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld | Posted 09.22.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

Moving from beaches to boardrooms another form of sharks are the prominent, often successful financial sharks of forty years ago -- now recast as activist investors.

Rapper J. Cole Apologizes For Autism Lyric

AP | By CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 09.20.2013 | Entertainment

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rapper J. Cole is apologizing to those with autism and their families for an offensive lyric. Cole says in a blog po...

Billionaire Shareholder Urges PepsiCo To Spin Off Pepsi

AP | CANDICE CHOI | Posted 07.18.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- Activist investor Nelson Peltz says he wants soda-and-snack food giant PepsiCo to buy Oreo cookie maker Mondelez and jettison its own unde...

Is Hip Hop Bad For Business? | Posted 05.08.2013 | Black Voices

In hip-hop, as in all things, you get what you pay for, even if you don’t read the fine print. Three times in recent weeks large companies have l...

Tyler Responds To Racist Commercial Criticism

Posted 05.15.2013 | Black Voices

Earlier this week Mountain Dew faced a hailstorm of criticism stemming from their new commercial, developed by rapper Tyler, The Creator, which many d...

Pepsi Pulls Racist Commercial

AP | CANDICE CHOI | Posted 07.01.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- PepsiCo is once again learning the risks of celebrity partnerships after an ad for Mountain Dew was criticized for portraying racial stere...

Kim Bhasin

WTF Happened To Cracker Jack? | Kim Bhasin | Posted 05.01.2013 | Business

PepsiCo's Frito-Lay is attempting to reinvent Cracker Jack, hoping that a new name and more intense flavors will attract a younger audience to the 105...

PepsiCo Investors Push Company To Break Up With... Pepsi

Quartz | Gina Chon | Posted 04.19.2013 | Business

Quartz: Did Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi throw activist investors a bone yesterday? During the call to discuss the company’s latest earnings, Nooyi sa...

An Interview with Melanie Warner of Pandora's Lunchbox

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 06.15.2013 | Books
Bettina Elias Siegel

"On occasions when they ask why they can't have Cheetos, Froot Loops or yogurt in a tube I tell them it's because these things aren't real food. They taste good, but they don't help their bodies grow strong or give them big muscles."

Doritos Locos Doritos Coming Soon?!

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 03.28.2013 | Business

American capitalist culture reached its logical conclusion this week when snack giant PepsiCo revealed that Doritos Locos Doritos -- that is, Doritos ...

Major Changes For Pepsi CEO

AP | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- PepsiCo gave CEO Indra Nooyi a pay package worth $12.6 million last year, down 11 percent from the previous year, as the soda-and-snack fo...

Pepsi Makes Big Change

AP | Posted 05.21.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- Pepsi is rolling out a new shape for its 20-ounce bottle for the first time in about 17 years. The new bottle has a contoured bottom ha...

On Being Beyonce: Can 'Bow Down' Take Down America's Newest Sweetheart?

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 05.19.2013 | Black Voices
C. Nicole Mason

Beyonce can claim it all: fame, fortune, a doting husband, beautiful daughter and the world at her fingertips. The question is why she would compromise it all by releasing a song like "Bow Down"?

International Corporate Volunteering: Rapidly Growing Trend to Advance People, Planet, Profits

Alice Korngold | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Alice Korngold

The best way for companies to design and implement global pro bono programs that maximize the benefits of their ICV programs is through partnerships and collaboration.

Behind the Brands

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

The system is poised for change. Now is the time for all of us to show companies that it is in their interests to lead. No brand is too big not to listen to its customers, and if enough of us urge the "Big 10" to do what is right, they will have no choice but to listen.

Taco Bell-Flavored Doritos?!

AP | CANDICE CHOI | Posted 04.02.2013 | Food

NEW YORK — Frito-Lay wants a bigger bite of Taco Bell's popular Doritos Locos Tacos. The snack food giant plans to roll out its Doritos in a "T...

New Report: Big Food Co-Opts Nutrition Group's Message

Kristin Wartman | Posted 03.30.2013 | Food
Kristin Wartman

It's no surprise that Americans are confused about nutrition. Various industries co-opt the word "nutrition" and change its meaning, and Big Food companies also recruit America's nutrition professionals to spread their gospel

Gatorade To Remove Controversial Ingredient

AP | CANDICE CHOI | Posted 03.27.2013 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. is removing a controversial ingredient from its Gatorade sports drink in response to customer complaints. ...

Why I Won't Listen to Beyonce

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 03.23.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

You would have to be living in a bubble to have missed the news that Beyonce cut a reported $50 million deal with PepsiCo. Although the deal may meet Beyonce's and Pepsi's mutually-beneficial marketing needs, it does not serve the best interests of the U.S. public.

Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2012

Andrew Winston | Posted 02.22.2013 | Green
Andrew Winston

We may not be keeping pace with these pressures, but leading companies continue to evolve more sustainable strategies and tactics. Let's look at some top macro- and company-level stories.