How YouTubers Changed the Toy Industry
Online - Streaming - Toys

Content created for children on YouTube has exploded over the last decade. In just a few short years, the power to help launch a successful toy has moved from toymakers and TV executives to 9 year-old...

Bloomberg
June 18, 2021

Burger King’s Chicken Sandwich Marks Shift Away from Promoti...
Branding - Dining

When Burger King launched the Ch’King nationwide earlier in June, it wasn’t just releasing a new chicken sandwich. It was also marking a shift in the burger chain’s menu strategy, according to ...

CNBC
June 18, 2021

How Roku Used the Netflix Playbook to Beat Bigger Players and ...
Streaming

After first meeting at a conference, Roku CEO and founder Anthony Wood pestered Hastings for months to let his company make a streaming video box for Netflix. Hastings at the time wanted to build the ...

CNBC
June 18, 2021

McDonald’s Rides BTS Wave with 2 New Merch Collections
Dining - Fashion

McDonald's collaboration with Korean band BTS has been a huge success. In response, McDonald's announced two new collections: The Saucy Collection, featuring drawings from BTS members, and The Melting...

Business Insider
June 18, 2021

Chewy Introduces Private Label Fresh Pet Food Brand
Pets

Chewy is entering the fresh and prepared pet food space with its premium proprietary brand, Tylee’s, company officials reported in a letter to shareholders. Chewy will also offer Freshpet products. ...

Pet Product News
June 18, 2021

Look into Reebok’s Refreshed Brand Creative Direction
Branding - Fashion - Retail

Reebok, over the years, has struggled to form a firm brand identity, as Adidas pivoted the one-time sports generalist to focus more on the fitness community. As it looks toward a sale by Adidas, Reebo...

RetailDive
June 18, 2021

Tamagotchi Celebrates 25th Anniversary with a New Smartwatch
Electronics

The Tamagotchi is back for its 25th anniversary -- this time as a wearable. Now you can raise your mini electronic pet right from your wrist, and use a microphone to call out to it and the touchscreen...

CNET
June 18, 2021

Brookfield Latches On to New Gaming Concept
Gaming - Retail

Electric Gamebox, a multi-player video game experience developed in the U.K., will be opening 100 locations in the U.S. in the next two years—many of them in Brookfield properties. Brookfield Asset...

CSA
June 18, 2021

Millennial Dads Bring Self-Care into the Father’s Day Giftin...
Health & Beauty - Retail

For the upcoming Father’s Day holiday on June 21, millennial-oriented DTC men’s care startups are marketing skin care and bath-and-body products as gifting options. As more DTC men’s personal ca...

Glossy
June 18, 2021

One-Quarter of U.S. TV time is Spent Watching Streaming Servic...
Streaming - Television

The majority of Americans are still spending their screen time watching network and cable television, but streaming is gaining steam, according to new data from research firm Nielsen. Nielsen, known ...

CNBC
June 18, 2021

Purina & Perch Team on Digital Interactive Pet-Food Endca...
Pets - Retail

Marketing platform Perch, which uses computer vision to create touch-responsive digital media in stores, announced Thursday (June 17) that it has partnered with Nestlé’s Purina pet care brand to cr...

Pymnts
June 18, 2021

Spotify Acquires Podcast Discovery Specialists Podz
Podcasts - Podcasts

Spotify has acquired Podz, a startup whose technology generates preview clips of podcasts, the streaming service has announced. Unlike other services podcasters can use to manually create clips, TechC...

The Verge
June 18, 2021

Hostess Launches Cr!spy Minis
CPG

Crispy, crunchy and creamy textures collide in Hostess Cr!spy Minis, the latest innovation from Hostess Brands, Inc. Featuring two layers of creamy filling between crispy wafers, the bite-size snacks...

Baking Business
June 18, 2021

Constellation Brands Invests in Bryan Cranston & Aaron Pa...
Beverages

Corona brewer Constellation Brands announced Thursday that it has taken a minority stake in Dos Hombres, the mezcal brand started by “Breaking Bad” stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. Financial ...

CNBC
June 18, 2021

Kroger Sees Strong Private Label, Digital Sales Even as Pandem...
Retail

Kroger saw identical-store and overall sales decline during the first quarter of 2021 compared with the same period in 2020, the supermarket chain announced Thursday. Same-store sales excluding fuel f...

GroceryDive
June 18, 2021

Walmart Invests in Drone Provider
Electronics - Retail - Tech

Walmart is showing clear confidence in the future of drone delivery. The discount giant is following up on a pilot it ran with nationwide drone services provider DroneUp in fall 2020 to deliver at-ho...

CSA
June 18, 2021

Last Disney Park Reopens Amid Pandemic
Attractions - Live Entertainment

For the first time in 17 months, all of Disney's theme parks are open worldwide. Disneyland Paris was the latest to reopen, welcoming guests back Thursday, just over a week after France reopened to v...

USA Today
June 18, 2021

Why Streamers Crash Before Popular Finales
Streaming

Showtime, HBO Max and Disney+ all had service outages ahead of season finales or live events, but user volume isn't always to blame. In the streaming era, consumers have become accustomed to accessing...

Hollywood Reporter
June 18, 2021

Dove’s Men+Care Initiative Supports Dads’ Mental W...
CPG - Household

According to new research, practicing a holistic care regime, that takes care of both physical and mental health, helps men hold more effective relationships. That was one of the findings of research ...

Adweek
June 18, 2021

Americans Head Back to Gyms as Interest in Home Workouts Wanes
Health & Beauty - Household

As Covid restrictions ease across the country, vaccines are jabbed into arms and fitness centers revoke mask-wearing policies, more people are heading back to the gym, new research shows. Jefferies h...

CNBC
June 18, 2021

Xbox Design Lab Returns with Series X Customizable Controllers
Gaming

Microsoft is bringing back its Xbox Design Lab with a new controller option for the Xbox Series X controller. The Xbox Design Lab closed in October ahead of the Xbox Series X release. Open once again ...

Polygon
June 18, 2021

Roku Originals Draw More Viewing In 2 Weeks Than Quibi Did In ...
Streaming

Roku has revealed viewership data for its original programming, much of which was powered by the acquisition of Quibi’s library last January. Roku Originals launched on May 20, with a lineup of abo...

Deadline
June 18, 2021

Pharrell & Chanel Launch Mentorship Program for Black �...
Fashion - Music

THE WHAT? Pharrell Williams has teamed up with fashion house Chanel via his equity-focused initiative Black Ambition to launch a two-part mentorship program for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs. THE DE...

Global Cosmetics News
June 18, 2021

Podcasts are Coming to Facebook
Online - Podcasts - Podcasts

Facebook is planning to start rolling out its podcast product next week, on June 22nd, and, eventually, add a feature that’ll allow listeners to create clips from their favorite shows. According to...

The Verge
June 17, 2021

‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Soundtrack Recruits John...
Music - Streaming - Theatrical

Space Jam has A New Legacy and a new soundtrack to match. On Wednesday (June 16), Republic Records and Warner Bros. Pictures announced details of the official soundtrack for Space Jam: A New Legacy, t...

Billboard
June 17, 2021

Tripadvisor Rolls Out Subscription Service
Travel

As tourism recovers around the world, Tripadvisor is offering customers in the U.S. a new subscription service. Announced Wednesday (June 16), the $99-per-year Tripadvisor Plus gives users discounts ...

Pymnts
June 17, 2021

Wag! Begins Accepting Bitpay, Including Dogecoin
Finance - Pets

The pet services platform Wag! announced on Wednesday (June 16) that it has begun accepting cryptocurrency through BitPay, including — fittingly enough — Dogecoin. Pet parents can use cryptocurre...

Pymnts
June 17, 2021

Behind Victoria’s Secret’s Extreme Brand Turnaroun...
Fashion - Health & Beauty - Retail

The Victoria’s Secret Angels, those avatars of Barbie bodies and playboy reverie, are gone. Their wings, fluttery confections of rhinestones and feathers that could weigh almost 30 pounds, are gathe...

The New York Times
June 17, 2021

Ubisoft’s E3 Announcements Include New ‘Just Dance...
Gaming

During today’s Ubisoft Forward event, we got our first look at Massive’s Avatar game and learned more about Rainbow Six Extraction. The event was also filled with a bunch of trailers and new gamep...

Kotaku
June 17, 2021

Dunkin’, Sonic, & Vera Wang Want Your Summer to be Extr...
Beverages - Dining - Fashion

Dunkin’ is offering up a fun sensory experience on your tongue with Popping Bubbles, the chain’s new strawberry bubbles. This is not the chain’s first Pop Rocks-ish offering. In 2018, there was...

Fast Company
June 17, 2021

Fred Segal: Opportunities for Retail Activations & Partne...
CPG - Electronics - Fashion - Health & Beauty - Influencers

Fred Segal has brought its "L.A. Cool" to brands for over 60 years, enabling partners to capture the optimism, inclusion and love that makes it a unique staple in the retail world. The brand's Road...

Faisal Hussain
June 17, 2021

Popeyes Launches Their First Loyalty Program
Dining

Today, Popeyes unveils its first-ever loyalty program, Popeyes Rewards, to give their devoted loyal fans another reason to love that chicken from Popeyes. As a brand rooted in Southern hospitality and...

BusinessWire
June 17, 2021

Disney Plus’ Series Will Now Release on Wednesdays, Not ...
Streaming

From July, all of Disney Plus’ global original series will be released on Wednesdays rather than Fridays, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The change has reportedly been made to give the service...

The Verge
June 17, 2021

UK Government Calls On Netflix & Amazon To Disclose Viewi...
Streaming

The British government has called on streaming giants including Netflix and Amazon to disclose viewing data for shows originated by UK public service broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, a...

Deadline
June 17, 2021

Carnation & Kellogg’s Reveal Nutritional Drinks Bas...
Beverages - CPG

Carnation Breakfast Essentials®, a leading brand in nutritional drinks, has collaborated with some of our favorite cereal brands to introduce new flavors that look to punch up our quotient of healthy...

Foodbeast
June 17, 2021

Instagram Reels Now Has Ads
Influencers

Get ready to start seeing ads in Instagram Reels. The app’s video feed / TikTok clone will start including ads today across the globe. They’ll look just like any other Reel — full-screen, loopin...

The Verge
June 17, 2021

Mattel Drives into NFTs with Hot Wheels
Toys

Mattel is gearing up to launch its first non-fungible tokens (NFTs). They’ll take the form of three exclusive digital Hot Wheels cars that will be offered up at auction on the Mattel Creations e-com...

Kidscreen
June 17, 2021

Mountain Dew Releases Room Spray Collection, New Flavors, Merc...
Beverages

This summer, MTN DEW® answers pleas from fans everywhere with a surge of tropical Baja goodness, including two new flavors and a chance at daily rewards and a grand prize giveaway, keeping the party ...

PR Newswire
June 17, 2021

Peter Jackson’s Beatles Documentary to Hit Disney+ Over ...
Music - Streaming

The Beatles’ forthcoming film “Get Back” — a Peter Jackson-directed documentary culled from the footage from the 1970 “Let It Be” film — will premiere as a Disney Plus original documenta...

Variety
June 17, 2021

Carnation Releases a Cinnabon Protein Drink
Beverages - Dining

Prepare to crave a cinnamon bun, because we have some Cinnabon news for you. The bakery restaurant is expanding in stores yet again, but this time it’s the beverage category. The Cinnabon Bakery Ins...

Yahoo
June 17, 2021

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