Procter & Gamble Co.'s Tide with a touch of Downy laundry detergent, Unilever's Slim-Fast's Optima diet line and Anheuser-Busch Cos.' Budweiser Select beer were among the best-selling new products in 2005, according to Information Resources.
Gerald Johnston, chairman and CEO of Clorox, suffered a heart attack late Wednesday afternoon. Johnston joined the company in 1981, and became its CEO in 2003. Company operations continue as usual, Clorox said.
Nielsen BuzzMetrics, the buzz marketing company formed last week with the merger of BuzzMetrics and Intelliseek, samples hundreds of thousands of blog posts and comments daily, to provide clients with an up-to-the-minute cross-section of online consumer chatter. More and more, large companies are adding blog monitoring to their market research arsenal -- the food industry giant ConAgra, for example, got wind of the decline of the low-carb fad in part via blog comments.