In June of this year, POM Wonderful won "a round in a food fight with Coca-Cola"
in the case about how a fruit juice blend is labeled
. It's a case of commercial speech
, to which John Oliver opined that "in Coke's defense, they only mislead us about what was in their juice. For years, POM Wonderful has mislead us about what is in pomegranates"
. Generally speaking, as long as the labeling isn't incorrect or harmful, it can make bold claims, to a point
. For instance, you can't claim your cereal could improve kids' attentiveness and memory when it doesn't
. Whatever you do, you shouldn't add new labeling to existing
, even if it is to clarify that the product sucks less
, or is asbestos-free
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 1, 2014 -
This "intellectual beverage" and temperance drink (after they took the alcohol out) contains the valuable tonic and nerve stimulant properties of the Coca plant and cola (or Kola) nuts. Or it used to, until they took the cocaine out. But why did they do that
? Not because it was illegal--that didn't happen until eleven years later.
posted by Obscure Reference
on Feb 10, 2013 -
have become ubiquitous around the world. Everywhere you go, you are more likely than not going to see them being sold at stores, food carts and roadside stands. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Feb 1, 2010 -
In late November Costco began a price dispute
with Coca-Cola and very publicly announced that Costco would no longer carry
Coke products at the current prices. Costco went so far as to stack pallets of Pepsi products near the entrance to warehouses with signs explaining the decision. The dispute has been settled
with Coke products reappearing
on Costco shelves at a new, lower, price.
posted by ericales
on Dec 15, 2009 -
Swedish artist Thomas Broomé's series "Modern Mantra
" is a collection of 14 New Yorkeresque ink illustrations of scenes using the names of the objects being drawn as the illustration technique itself; it's complicated to describe
, but the results
are pretty compelling
. Another exhibit worth checking out at the artist's homepage
is the Coca-Locust gallery
, a series of locusts made from Coca-Cola product logos worldwide.
posted by jonson
on Dec 29, 2006 -
pop vs. soda
what might the "other" terms be? you are from the far north of minnesota or south central new mexico - what do they call "pop" or "soda" in your neck of the woods?
posted by specialk420
on May 27, 2004 -
Sprite Is Good Food "We have obtained a rare Sprite commercial rejected by the big wigs at the Coca-Cola Company. I believe it captures just what the Sprite consumer wants to see, epecially in the targeted demographic of 5-80 year olds...it's just too bad we had to delete the scenes with the hyenas on the salad bar."
Well, it certainly made me thirsty. (Requires RealPlayer!)
posted by mcsweetie
on Jan 18, 2003 -
The truth is out there... but is it The Real Thing?
An example of 'victim' mentality in action. Big Bubba attempts to mug a coke machine, and it squashes him like a bug. Rather than accept the fact their son died a lunkhead's death, his parents declare he was the victim of a conspiracy.
"Why did the Sherbrooke Police play at tilting the machine themselves to see if they could tip it? Is not that the role of experts?"
I want to be an expert soda-machine tipper...
posted by Perigee
on Oct 19, 2001 -
Coca Cola vs. H2O:
Common dreams republishes documents from CocaCola's website describing their ongoing war against tap water in resturaunts. The bottom line? Tap water doesn't make money for CocaCola, but drinking bottled tap water such as Dasani does.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Sep 2, 2001 -
Bob Kolody vs. Coca-Cola
"Throughout the late 1950’s and early 60’s the CIA began expanding its operations. In order to effectively fight the Cold War on a global scale, it needed to establish bases in every major country. This meant that agents would need a plausible cover in order to penetrate the borders of international frontiers. They couldn’t just show up with CIA stamped on their passport ... As a solution to the problem the CIA was able to convince Coca-Cola, one of the first truly globalized companies with product distribution operations in virtually every corner of the world, to be used as a cover for the U.S. intelligence agency."
posted by bytecode
on Jun 21, 2001 -
perhaps, maybe intentional commentary. So the New York Times writes an article about the relationship between globalization and commercial messages, particularly the insertion of globalization itself into the commercials and advertisements. The headline: "Globalization on Film: Message in a Coca-Cola Can." Guess what was in the advertisement to the right of the story. Right: a Diet Coke advert. The ad rotates on re-load, so here's
a screenshot, 36k.
posted by Mo Nickels
on Mar 23, 2001 -
Coca-Cola on tap at home?
New recipies that include "2 cups of Coca-Cola"? Taking this a step further makes it interesting, with all manner of juices being available on-call.
posted by pnevares
on Mar 19, 2001 -
Age of the Customer
: John Ellis articulates the current business climate of customer empowerment and highlights some companies (Coke and Time-Warner) who Just Don't Get It.
posted by wiremommy
on May 15, 2000 -