Craft soda is taking off in a big way, with bottles from small, regional producers finding a place on more grocery store shelves and restaurants concocting their own house-made syrups. Major soft drink companies are also embracing the trend. The Coca-Cola Company's craft beverage division bought the Blue Sky and Hansen's Natural brands in June, and PepsiCo launched its Stubborn line of craft sodas.
Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson's two predecessors served for a combined 85 years, but he isn't expecting to last quite that long. "I do not have a stake in the company the way they have a stake in the company," he says. "But I love the company, and I love the business, and I'm totally committed to the culture."
Both chambers of Congress have passed bills to overhaul No Child Left Behind. Officials say the law that eventually passes is likely to scale back federal involvement in public education. "It's kind of like the zombie law. It keeps on going and going like 'The Walking Dead,' but it has real-life consequences," Patrick McGuinn, a politics professor at Drew University in New Jersey, said.
Gas stations, which are seeing an increase in credit and debit card fraud, are seeking to secure transactions at the pump. Meanwhile, Visa offers a system that's helping reduce fraud at gas stations, and MasterCard soon will offer a similar service. EMV-enabled card readers aren't required at pumps until 2017.
McDonald's customers have been clamoring for years for all-day breakfast. The restaurant has finally complied, but its timing couldn't be worse because of an egg shortage. "It's going to make it harder for everyone," said Darren Tristano, executive vice president at Technomic. "It's going to lift prices across a lot of those products that use eggs."
Diabetes patients who smoked had a 55% increased overall mortality risk and 49% increased cardiovascular mortality risk, compared to those who never smoked, according to a study in the journal Circulation. Researchers also found smoking cessation reduced mortality risk, with former smokers showing an increased risk of 19% for total mortality and 15% for cardiovascular mortality.
McDonald's is using GIFs and tweets to help announce its plan to offer popular breakfast fare all day long. The chain even revived and responded to a tweet from seven years ago in which a customer suggested such a change be made.
Sears Canada aims to revive sales after years of declines by focusing on mid-priced brands, freshening the merchandise mix and expanding the retailer's discount outlets, CEO Brandon Stranzl said Wednesday. Sales of real estate boosted the bottom line in the second quarter, but revenue fell 9% and same-store sales were down 3.9%.
BlackBerry has teamed up with the National Cyber Security Alliance to bolster mobile-communication security by applying its vast technology resources to the Internet of Things. Under the partnership, BlackBerry will work with the NCSA to identify issues and promote innovations around connected-device security.
An appeals court decided Wednesday to deny Amgen's request to stop Novartis from selling Zarxio, a biosimilar version of Amgen's anti-infection drug Neupogen. The biosimilar treatment is scheduled to be released today. In July, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of Novartis' generic medications unit Sandoz in a patent infringement case filed by Amgen.
7-Eleven will allow customers in five top markets to order items from the store for delivery via their smartphones, in a new venture with DoorDash, an on-demand delivery service. DoorDash is expanding from its restaurant clientele, a move that industry observers say points to increasing consumer demand for instant and convenient delivery.
A team of geotechnical engineers and drillers 10 miles offshore in Lake Erie is taking core samples of the lake bottom to determine whether wind turbines can be installed and what type of foundation would be needed. The civil engineering department at Case Western Reserve University and other laboratories will analyze the samples.
The clean energy industry has created almost 10,000 jobs in Rhode Island, according to the state Office of Energy Resources and the Executive Office of Commerce. The industry has added 613 positions in the past year, said the report. Many of those jobs are in energy efficiency, about 11% are in renewables, like wind and solar. An offshore wind farm from Deepwater Wind and other potential offshore development will likely create even more jobs, said state Energy Commissioner Marion Gold.
Hotels must fill "mobile white space" to meet guests' desire to manage their stay from their mobile devices. This means going beyond smartphone room keys to give the guests mobile applications that control everything from check-in to room service.
The first New York City hotel to be financed and built through the help of crowdfunding will open this month. The extended-stay AKA United Nations attracted 116 backers who raised $12 million with a minimum contribution of $20,000 each. The price for the property, including renovations, was $95 million.