Orlando-based Barnie's Coffee Kitchen aims to shift its reputation from plain old coffee company to cool java joint, with remodeled stores, a new name and an extensive line of "pour-over" coffees and lattes. The 25-store chain may face a tough road as it seeks to expand in a market dominated by big players including Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts, says Technomic's David Henkes.
For a limited time, Dunkin' Donuts will once again sell lattes for 99 cents at participating New York, New Jersey and Connecticut locations. The deal applies to hot or iced lattes in any flavor, including the new White Chocolate.
Everyone is still talking about PepsiCo's new logo and optimism-based campaign. The president of Pepsi-Cola North America made an appearance at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, saying the company's research shows that young Americans are optimistic, even though times are tough.
New York Health Commissioner Richard Daines discusses Gov. David Paterson's health care plans. Regarding the beverage tax: "Daines said some people have asked, 'Why not Twinkies?' He responded that much of the obesity problem has been tied to soda. Sizes of drinks have gotten bigger, and children are consuming more."
At the joint meeting of the New York Senate Finance Committee and Assembly Ways and Means Committee, ABA's Maureen Storey contended that "the association between sugar-sweetened soft drinks and obesity, if it exists at all, is so weak that total abstinence from soda drinking will have no impact on public health."