The ‘Sweat’ you drink: Inside the meteoric rise of Asia’s answer to Gatorade

In the 1989 US blockbuster “Back to the Future II,” time traveler Marty McFly orders a Pepsi Perfect at Hill Valley’s futuristic Cafe 80s. It was an iconic moment of product placement. But if you look very closely at a different scene showing future McFly as he video-conferences a co-worker in 2015, another brand makes…MORE

Kevin Mayer went from Disney’s king of streaming to fighting for TikTok’s life

Less than three months ago, TikTok hired top Disney executive Kevin Mayer as its CEO in a move that appeared designed to bolster the app’s American credentials and improve its standing with US regulators. But Mayer and TikTok don’t seem to be getting their fairy tale ending. On Friday, President Donald Trump said he would…MORE

5 ways the coronavirus changed how we eat fast food

From what we buy to what we drink, coronavirus has upended all aspects of our lives. It’s also apparent in what we eat, notably at the country’s top fast food chains. McDonald’s, Chipotle, Dunkin’, Starbucks and several others reported earnings in recent weeks, which encompassed the brutal spring quarter when Covid-19 was rearing its head…MORE

This is now the biggest cannabis company in the world

The pandemic has dealt a blow to corporate dealmaking, but one company that you’ve probably never heard of has been on a buying binge. ​​Curaleaf Holdings, a Massachusetts company that grows, processes and sells cannabis through dispensaries in 18 states, last week bought the Chicago cannabis cultivator and retailer Grassroots for $830 million. That makes…MORE

Coke with coffee will hit US stores next year

Coca-Cola said Friday that it will debut a new Coke with coffee drink in stores in the United States in January to broaden its beverage lineup. “Coca-Cola With Coffee” will combine regular Coke with Brazilian coffee. Three different flavors— Dark Blend, Vanilla and Caramel —will be offered in 12-ounce. cans, and the drink contains 69…MORE

Americans are on a spending spree, but the sugar rush may be wearing off

Americans have used their stimulus checks to buy lots of stuff. But the sugar rush could fade if Congress doesn’t come up with a way to get even more money into the pockets of consumers. The government’s Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Friday that personal spending rose 5.6% in June. That follows a 8.5% surge…MORE

Covering the weirdest basketball season ever from inside the NBA bubble

Shortly before Joe Vardon started covering last year’s NBA playoffs, the sports journalist took his family to Walt Disney World. Now, more than a year later, Vardon is back in Orlando, Florida — staying at the same Disney hotel, in fact — but it’s a whole new world. Everyone is wearing masks. There are temperature…MORE

Walmart used to be a haven for RV parking, but more stores won’t allow it

Walmart is known for its mammoth superstores that sell everything from groceries to treadmills. For thousands of RV travelers, though, its stores are appealing for a different reason: Spacious parking lots where people can relax and stay overnight for free. The company has allowed overnight parking for RVers in many of its 4,700 US lots…MORE

Honda is reportedly deploying accountants to the assembly line

Honda appears to be taking an unusual approach to cross-functional staff training. Managers are ordering accountants to abandon their spreadsheets and step up to the assembly line — temporarily, at least, according to a report. Because of coronavirus-related staff shortages, Honda is asking office workers at its Maryville, Ohio, plant to move to the production…MORE

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