The latest trend in supermarket goods is reviving retro packaging in an effort to appeal to consumers' yearning for the past. So it comes as no surprise that, on the season finale of The Celebrity Apprentice, 7Up revealed two new nostalgia-themed cans inspired by the colorful decades of the '70s and '80s. But lovers of the limited-edition bling take note: it's only available for the next three months. What do you think of it?
For Halloween, Pepsi released a special limited-edition costumed can. Instead of the typical jack-o'-lanterns or orange and black theme, however, the soda company simply printed Halloween-related words like boo and ghost on the cans. Have you seen them in stores? What do you think of the design?
This news might come as a surprise to Anheuser-Busch, but Bud Light lovers aren't the only ones who like to get it in the can. So do Corona drinkers. Crown Imports, the importer and distributor for the popular Mexican beer, plans to roll out 24-ounce, single-serving cans of Corona and Corona Light. The cans — which contain twice the amount of beer as a typical bottle — make their debut in 26 initial markets this month, with Corona Light following soon. Considering Coca-Cola recently publicized plans to offer soft drinks in smaller can sizes, I'm surprised Corona has decided to venture in the opposite direction by scaling its sizes up. Even though Corona's one of my go-to beer brands, I wonder if a 24-ounce can will fall flat before I finish it. Would you buy Corona in a 24-ounce can?
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For the first time ever, Coca-Cola will release a line of special cans that celebrate Summer. On the collector's cans, the signature logo is incorporated into fun images of Summer that include a surfboard, barbecue, and aviator sunglasses. Since Summer is my favorite time of year, I'm loving these cans. How about you?
Want to get drunk in public? Or perhaps you want to hide the fact that you're drinking diet soda? If you're interested in doing either of those things then check out these Beer Can Wraps ($5.89 for 4). These vinyl wraps go around cans so you can hide whatever it is you're drinking. So what do you think? Would you ever use these wraps?
On today's date in 1935, the first beer can was introduced to the American market. At first many people were skeptical of the new type of packaging and argued that it would never replace the more reliable bottle. However time has shown that canned beer is here to stay. To acknowledge the day, I found a bunch of images of beer cans. Can you identify the beer cans' countries of origin? Find out now when you take the quiz!Take the Quiz
If you walk down the canned food aisle at your local supermarket you'll find canned fish, canned peas, canned beans and even canned meat. But what if I told you that you might find canned bread?? The B&M company's been making a canned brown bread (with or without raisins) for ages, however folks in Japan have stepped it up a notch. In Japan you can actually purchase several different kinds of canned bread — chocolate chip, coffee, fruit and nuts, and raisin and fruit, not just "brown" flavor. The cans were originally intended to be used as emergency rations, however they are now available in vending machines throughout Japan. Perfect for when that 3am carb attack hits.
What do you guys think? Would you try it?
Source: Tokyo Times
Good or bad, recalls are all the rage these days.
So get ready to check your goods -- Here's what's being recalled now:
- Sara Lee Corp is recalling bread sold under EarthGrains, Sara Lee Delightful Wheat and several other brands because the loaves may contain small pieces of metal. Visit FDA.gov for a complete list. The bread being recalled is sold in Mississippi and Alabama, most of Arkansas, far southeastern Missouri, western Georgia, southwestern Tennessee, southeastern Louisiana and the panhandle of Florida. The packages are stamped with "best if purchased by" dates of July 25, 2007 through August 7, 2007 and include the code "222." Call Sara Lee's consumer line at consumer line at (800) 683-3466 for more information.
- Cans of recalled food from Castleberry's Food Co. are exploding, swollen with bacteria that cause botulism. More reason to get them out of your house or tell store owners still carrying the products to remove them immediately.
- Pottery Barn is recalling 31,000 Matelassé crib bumpers, which include decorative edge stitching that can come lose and pose an entanglement hazard to infants. The product, made in Portugal, was sold online and at Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide from February 2003 through June 2007 for about $90. Consumers are urged to stop using the bumpers immediately and to contact Pottery Barn Kids for a refund. The toll-free number is 877-800-9720.
I don't drink a lot of soda, but every now and then, the crisp bubbly beverage sounds great. Last week I broke down and decided to get one from the kitchen, my gal FabSugar was doing the same thing and we ended up chatting about sodas and straws. That's when Fab did something that totally blew my mind. When she opened up her soda, she pushed the tab forward and shoved the straw through the top tab opening. Voila! Instant straw holder. Although I love to use straws (especially with soda), I hate the way that they bob around, and sort of float when in a soda can. Well, with this ridiculous "gee, why didn't I think of that before?" trick, I don't have to worry about that anymore. I was so excited by it, that I rushed out of the kitchen and shared it with everyone who would listen. A few others (well mostly just geeksugar) were super excited too, and I figured hey if a few of us were interested in this tip, maybe a few of you might be too. So enjoy and pass it on!
Think you've got a keen eye for design? Then head over to Pepsi's new website where you can design your own can. Submissions are shown on the Pepsi website where five finalists will be chosen and then voted on by users. You've got until May 10 to get your design in, so get cracking! And don't worry; if you don't know what to do with an .eps file or don't have the tools to do it at home, they've got a way to design your own online. So no excuses! Besides, the winner could receive $10,000 and who wouldn't want that?
To promote this contest, Pepsi has asked Pharrell Williams, The All-American Rejects, and Big & Rich to design their own cans. Interestingly enough, Pepsi has only changed its can 10 times in its 109-year lifetime, however this year it will change more than 35 times.
“This is part of our global brand restyle,” said James Miller, Pepsi's marketing director, referring to a campaign to change Pepsi can graphics every few weeks. “Every time a consumer buys a Pepsi, they're getting a new experience.”