DS Waters is acquiring the home and office bottled water delivery business of Splash Water. This latest move follows DS Water's announcement last month that it plans to buy Gold Springs Premium Spring Water Co. and its purchase this summer of Cascade Coffee Inc. following DS Water's own acquisition by funds managed by Crestview Partners.
The bulk of Twitter's users are based outside the U.S., but they provided only 26% of the company's revenue in the third quarter. Even though that is higher than last year's 17%, industry observers say the company has a long way to go to persuade foreign companies to invest in the network. It may still have an advantage over other social networks that have yet to adapt to mobile because it is a natural fit for small screens, according to a global marketer.
Consumers are looking for recycling information on packaging, according to a Carton Council of North America survey. More than 85% expect manufacturers to actively help increase recycling of their packages, and more than three-quarters look to see if packaging is recyclable. Almost half said their brand loyalty would be affected by the company's activity in environmental causes.
Chobani is planing to double the size of the menu at its NYC cafe to include flavors like the already-popular smoked salmon and pumpkin cranberry to inspire customers to see yogurt in a new way and try it as an ingredient in home cooking. The company also plans to add more cafes and publish a cookbook.
Starbucks first Teavana tea shop in New York City has a different feel than the company's coffee shops, and it has introduced new cups tailored to tea. The cup is designed to mimic porcelain china with double walled insulation to eliminate the cardboard sleeves and a lid with a wider spout for easier sipping. "Even though today's life forces most of us to be on the go, drinking tea is a traditional ritual," said Daniele Monti, Starbucks' creative director for emerging brands.