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Amazon to enter hotel industry, will launch travel service featuring hotel booking

E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly all set to break into the travel industry with its own travel service that will allow users to book hotels and resorts through the retail giant’s website. Skift, a global travel industry intelligence platform, first broke the news of Amazon Travel, the title of the new web-based travel service. Skift said that it [...]

Cola Drink

Marketers of sugary drinks still aggressively target U.S. children, report finds

Even though Beverage companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have pledged to advertise less to children, they still continued to remain a key target for marketers through various other means such as product placement and social media, according to a report released on Wednesday. The study, conducted by researchers at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy [...]

Foodini 3D Printer

Natural Machines Launches Foodini, A 3D Printer That Prints Edible Food

Barcelona-based startup Natural Machines may just revolutionize the food industry. The company has developed a consumer-friendly food printer called the Foodini that churns out a variety of food items including pizza, cheese burgers, spaghetti and intricately decorated cakes. The Foodini printer is not much different from other 3D printers on the market. While other 3D [...]

Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Hotel guests use smartphones as room keys

Hotel guests will not be required to linger at the front desk or even stop by at all. New applications are helping speed up the check-in approach for busy travelers, or in at least one case, letting them go directly to their rooms by making use of their smartphone to unlock doors. Hotels today are [...]

Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Marriott Fined $600000 for Deliberately Blocking Its Customers’ Wi-Fi

Marriott International Inc. has agreed to pay a $600,000 civil penalty for blocking visitors from utilizing personal Wi-Fi networks at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, one of the biggest hotel and convention centers in the eastern U.S. The Federal Communications Commission announced a settlement with Marriott on Friday, which bans Marriott from utilizing [...]

Pepsi True will be sold in 24-packs of 7.5-ounce cans that will contain 60 calories each.

PepsiCo launches stevia-sweetened Pepsi True, to be sold exclusively on Amazon

The battle between the world’s leading soft drink companies, PepsiCo and the Coca-Cola Company isn’t about to die yet. PepsiCo Inc. announced on Wednesday that it will be launching its own stevia-sweetened cola called Pepsi True that is less in calories and will initially be launched on Amazon later this month before hitting stores. The new stevia-sweetened fizzy drink will [...]

Earlier this year, Sazaby approached Starbucks about offering its proprietorship stake in Starbucks Japan, Starbucks said in an announcement.

To the Last Drop: Starbucks to Buy Out its Partners in Japan for $913.5Mn

Starbucks Corp on Tuesday unveiled plans to take full ownership of the remaining 60.5 percent stake of Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd valued at about $913.5 million, in a move to further expand into its second largest market on the planet. “The acquisition positions Starbucks to accelerate growth across multiple channels in Japan, including the potential [...]

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. headquarters in Tokyo

A Deal Done: Mitsubishi Bids $1.4bn for Norwegian fish farmer Cermaq

Japanese conglomerate, Mitsubishi Corp., proposed a $1.4 billion bid to buy Norwegian fishery Cermaq in a strategic move to expand its food business. The offer made is 14 percent more than Cermaq’s closing price on Sept. 19, with its headquarters to remain in Norway, Mitsubishi said in a statement today. Mitsubishi is following various Japanese [...]

Revel Casino Hotel, Atlantic City

Investor Offers to Buy Gambling Mecca’s Revel Casino for $90M

As the gambling Mecca – Atlantic City, continues to batter from the recent string of casino closures and bankruptcies, several investors have lined up to make a bid in hopes to restore the image of the city, including a Florida developer who has made a $90 million bid for one. Court papers recorded on Wednesday [...]

In 1984 he created the Winshape Foundation to help "shape winners" through youth support programs and scholarships.

S. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A founder Dies at 93

S. Truett Cathy, the founder of U.S. fast food chain Chick-fil-A that is not only notoriously famous for being closed on Sundays but also for the protests it drew on opposing same-sex marriage in recent years, died early Monday aged 93, the company said on its website. Chick-fil-A spokesperson Mark Baldwin told The Associated Press [...]

The financial particulars of the deal haven’t been disclosed yet, however, the agreement is pending regulatory approval and is expected to be finalized by the end of 2014.

Heineken to Sell Mexican Packaging Unit for $1.2 Bln Cash

Dutch Brewing Company, Heineken NV, which currently ranks as the third largest brewer in the world, revealed in an official announcement today that it has agreed to sell its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. The financial particulars of the deal haven’t been disclosed yet, however, the agreement is pending regulatory approval and [...]

The American fast-food chain is now offering online “music experiences” i.e. music and entertainment offerings to consumers integrated along with its new online food-ordering app.

McDonalds Plots Global Digital Overhaul with Online Music and Entertainment

McDonalds is set to launch a new digital manifesto in a bid to expand its digital presence, modernize the brand and drive customers. The American fast-food chain is now offering online “music experiences” i.e. music and entertainment offerings to consumers integrated along with its new online food-ordering app. According to reports, McDonalds is developing a [...]

A takeover of Tim Hortons would help the coffee and doughnut chain to leverage on Burger King’s know-how in global development and help boost its international growth.

Burger King Ditches American Citizenship over Canadian Coffee-and-Doughnuts

Burger King Worldwide Inc is negotiating to buy Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc., in a tax-inversion deal that would move the Miami-based hamburger seller’s domicile to Canada. The deal would create world’s third largest QSR provider with a market capitalization of roughly $18 billion (Tim Hortons has a market capitalization of $8.4 billion; Burger [...]

Brunei's offer is a leading bid among a handful of potential tycoons interested in buying the properties

Sultan of Brunei makes $2B Bid for New York’s Plaza, London’s Grosvenor House

The Sultan of Brunei has made an offer for New York’s Plaza Hotel, Dream Hotel and London’s Grosvenor House hotel; it was accounted for last week, referring to individuals acquainted with the matter. According to the reports, a venture firm which has been affiliated with Brunei has offered to pay $2 billion for the three [...]

A.L.O doesn't acknowledge money as tips, rather, it requests tweets.

Silicon Valley Hotel Hires Robot Butler that accepts Tweets as Tips

An Aloft Hotel in Cupertino, Calif., confirmed an exceptional hire: SaviOne – a robotic butler! A.L.O. as the robot is known as, reported to his first day at work on Aug 20. The robotic butler is 3 feet tall, weighs roughly 45 kilograms. The robot has been given a sleek love, with a very simply [...]

Exports of consumable goods were worth to Russia were worth €12.2bn (£9.7bn) last year

Russia Bans Western Food Imports over Ukraine Crisis

Dmitry Medvedev, Russian prime minister announced in a legislature meeting on Thursday that it has prohibited fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from the United States and the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway. Medvedev said the boycott was effective immediately and will continue for a year, over the Ukrainian crisis, according to [...]

Daniel Rose at Spring

It’s Spring Time in Paris!

Daniel Rose, age 36, is the owner of Spring in Paris, a 40 seat modish French restaurant that mixes classic French cuisine with fresh and seasonal menu that is constantly reinvented.  Spring, is booked in advance and takes the impossibility of making reservations to a whole new level. What’s even more alluring is the journey [...]

law enforcement authorities have arrested affiliates of a criminal gang that is blamed for installation of data-swiping programs in PCs on various hotel hot work areas in the Dallas/Fort Worth region.

Secret Service Warns of Infected PCs at Hotels in USA

In a discreet advisory distributed by the US Secret Service, owners of various hotel businesses have been quietly cautioned of the on-going incidents of malware slingers that are progressively focusing on PCs in hotel business centers in order to gather sensitive information. In a secret, non-public advisory, which was issued last Thursday and publicized by [...]

Lindt seems, by all accounts, to be challenging the predominating pattern in the chocolate business, which has been to push upmarket.

‘Lindt: Acquired a taste for Russell Stover candies’

Swiss candymaker Lindt & Sprüngli AG is currently in negotiation phase to procure Russell Stover, the U.S. boxed-chocolate maker, a deal close to $1.5 billion, as indicated by individuals acquainted with the matter. Lindt was among numerous chocolate companies that placed bids for Russell Stover in recent months. Chocolate companies are currently seeking after deal [...]