Author Archives: Evan Hanson

Beer Taps

Anheuser-Busch Waters Down Its Credibility

Spirits maker Beam faced an onslaught of outrage from drinkers after it announced it was going to water down its iconic Maker's Mark bourbon to stretch volume, lowering its alcohol content from 45% to 42%. ...
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bread

Panera Bread Makes a Clean Break Toward Sustainability

Is it just coincidence the leaders in the fast casual dining segment, virtually the only segment of the restaurant industry showing consistently high growth, are also the ones that seemingly ...
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airplane

Southwest, American Airlines Passenger Traffic Gains Altitude

Both Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) saw year-over-year improvement in passenger revenue metrics for May, with American Airlines today reporting revenue passenger miles grew 2.1% while Southwest reported a 0.6% ...
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gaming, gamers

Look Out PlayStation, Microsoft’s Xbox One Just Got Cheaper

Gamers are now able to purchase Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) latest video game console, the Xbox One, for $399 -- the console originally debuted last November for $499. This new, cheaper ...
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Prius-V-2013

Have Consumers Given Up on Hybrids?

Here are two numbers that tell an interesting story:  As a group, gas-electric hybrid vehicles had a 3% share of the U.S. market in the first quarter. That’s down from ...
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Pentagon, defense

Pentagon Awards $409 Million in Defense Contracts

The Department of Defense awarded 10 defense contracts totaling $408.9 million in its Friday evening announcement of contract awards. Among the publicly traded companies winning contracts: Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ) ...
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sports

Will Sports Fans Ever Prefer Video Highlights to Written Content Online?

The latest “Know the Fan” report from Sporting News, Kantar Media and SportBusiness is full of interesting tidbits. Among them is the idea that online, sports fans prefer written content ...
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Google

Google’s Chromebooks Get a Major Offline Feature

Owners of Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Chromebooks can now watch videos offline. Movies and TV shows purchased through Google Play, Google’s online media store, can be downloaded to a Chromebook for ...
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Is Apple About to Conquer the Video Game Industry? Look out Microsoft

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) may be about to make a formal entrance into the video game console market. Metal, the new graphics API Apple unveiled on Monday, strongly suggests that the iPhone-maker ...
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Lobster

McDonald’s, Darden Restaurants Could Be Testing New Lows Soon

While it was easy for restaurant operators to blame the lousy weather for slack sales during the harsh winter we just went through, now that temperatures have warmed up we ...
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electronics

RadioShack Labs: More Ideas Like This and the Company Just Might Survive

Radio Shack (NYSE: RSH), it seemed, was determined to dig itself into an ever deeper hole. It was following the same tired path that nearly brought Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) ...
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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Why Chrysler’s Ram Is Outpacing Ford and GM

It’s no surprise that Ford (NYSE: F) leads the U.S. pickup market. Its F-Series line has been the market leader for decades, and Ford has invested a massive amount of ...
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tyrant

FX Looking to Summer Trio to Win Drama Crown: “The Bridge,” “Tyrant,” and “The Strain”

Fox (NASDAQ: FOXA) subsidiary FX’s business model remains the same no matter the season…darker, edgier, grittier. It’s always had a toe in the summer waters with such iconic network staples ...
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Is the Charlotte Bobcats-to-Hornets Rebrand Good for Business?

The Charlotte Hornets arguably have the best retro gear of any NBA team. Remember the purple-and-teal color combination? Nothing screams “early ’90s” quite like that. And don’t even get me ...
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F-35 stealth fighter

Who Will Build Canada’s Fighter Jets for the Next 60 Years?

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) investors are looking north his month as Canada decides whether to buy the F-35 stealth fighter, in what would be one of the Canadian military's biggest ...
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