Category Archives: Guilty Pleasures & Affordable Luxury

Beer and Spirits company Constellation Brands invests big in cannabis 

Beer and Spirits company Constellation Brands invests big in cannabis 

We are seeing soft drink companies bring new products to market to market due to shifting consumer preferences that are in tune with our Clean Living investing theme. A different side of consumer tastes is moving away from beer to wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks, which explains why Anheuser-Busch InBev and Budweiser keep rolling out […]

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Diabetes solutions tapping our Disruptive Innovators and Digital Lifestyle investing themes

Diabetes solutions tapping our Disruptive Innovators and Digital Lifestyle investing themes

When it comes to the market that is diabetes — it affects some 30 million Americans, more than 9% of the population, according to the CDC and rates of those diagnosed with diabetes rises with age, to 25% of those 65 and older — we are seeing a number of new products and services that […]

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Starbucks, not Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay, is the most popular mobile payment system in the U.S.

Starbucks, not Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay, is the most popular mobile payment system in the U.S.

  Just because you build it and offer it doesn’t mean consumers will use it. We’ve heard that before and it also applies to mobile payment platforms given that Samsung Pay is the most widely available among Apple Pay (AAPL) and Google Pay (GOOGL), but it’s the least used of the three. The most popular […]

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Is Diet Coke diluting and deluding itself with its latest move?

Given falling sales of soda, both the regular “sugary” kind as well as diet, Coca-Cola is once again trying to entice consumers with a new round of Diet Coke-branded beverages that will be available in the coming weeks. We’ve not tried them, and while we’re somewhat skeptical our preference for first-hand research means giving them a […]

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There is how much sugar in the Christmas Tree Frappuccino from Starbucks?

A friend of mine once said if you don’t put on a few pounds during the holiday season, you’re probably not enjoying yourself. I’ve “suffered” from this most years, but in 2017 Starbucks is making it even easier to do so with its Christmas Frappuccino. The limited edition beverage packs a whopping 420 calories and 50 […]

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Weekly Issue: Black Friday, Tax Reform and Boosted Dividends in Time for the Holidays

Weekly Issue: Black Friday, Tax Reform and Boosted Dividends in Time for the Holidays

In this week’s issue, we once again boost our Amazon (AMZN) price target and offer several updates alongside yet another annual dividend increase from McCormick & Company

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After 20 years, Hershey introduces its first new candy bar

After 20 years, Hershey introduces its first new candy bar

In 2005, The Hershey Food Company renamed itself “The Hershey Company” and many saw this as indicating product changes to come following Apple Computer renaming itself simply Apple. Since then we’ve seen Hershey expand its offering into gum, mints and other candy categories, but also into jerky to catch a ride in our Food with […]

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