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Coca-Cola refuted a Wall Street Journal article that the company is in talks to buy energy drink company Corona, Calif.-based Monster Beverage Corp. "At this time, we are not in discussions to acquire the Monster Beverage Corp," Coke said in a statement.

Top beverage brands

There is a drink for every occasion-whether resting at home, working out at the gym, or enjoying a night on the town, and the 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend study takes stock of America's thirst quenchers to find out which beverage brands bubble to the top.

Desire to kick the salt habit

Consumers are interested in healthy eating more than ever, and a survey of 2,000 U.S. respondents by Mintel reveals that approximately half (52 percent) of American adults are currently "watching" their diet. And while 60 percent say they are dieting because they want to lose weight, some 15 percent of...

Digital Natives versus Digital Immigrants

If you wonder why your kids drive you crazy, here is a clue. Time Inc. a division of Time Warner, commissioned Innerscope Research to do a study "A Biometric Day in the Life" to show how the proliferation of digital devices and platforms would affect the media consumption habits of...

A Kiss isn't just a kiss

Americans have a sweet tooth and proclaim chocolate candies as their favorite indulgence, according to the just released 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend (EQ), annual study of brand equity of more than 1,500 brands, conducted by Harris Interactive. The study, conducted online from Jan. 31 through Feb.

Hey baby, Nestlé to acquire Pfizer Nutrition

In a strategic move to enhance its position in global infant nutrition, Vevey-based Nestlé has agreed to acquire Pfizer Nutrition for $11.85 billion, subject to regulatory approval.

Rattle those pots and pans

U.S. consumers are cooking more often, experimenting with food and using time in their kitchen to help save money and eat healthier, according to the Be Cook Aware survey of 1,000 consumers in March 2012 by the DuPont Teflon brand, conducted to understand how the past year's trends have impacted...

Now I've heard everything

Whenever it plays, a Dunkin' Donuts radio ad in South Korea emits the aroma of coffee, reports QSR. The campaign, named Flavor Radio, which was installed on commuter buses in Seoul, uses a unique technology to release the scent through sound recognition, and boosted sales 29 percent.

And the winner is … General Mills

After a year where two 1990s Internet darlings took home the top places in Reputation Institute studies -- Amazon in the U.S. and Google, globally -- food & beverage and consumer product companies roared back to the top of the reputation heap.

Catching up on the news

Kraft Foods Inc. is discontinuing its Athenos line of Greek yogurt, exiting the fast-growing U.S. Greek yogurt market, reports the Chicago Tribune/Reuters. "Although we had a loyal following of Athenos Greek yogurt fans, we have decided to refocus our efforts on innovating new products for the Athenos brand," a Kraft...