Category Archives: Guilty Pleasures & Affordable Luxury

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 […]

read more »

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 […]

read more »

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 […]

read more »
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

read more »
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 […]

read more »
Amazon (AMZN) — the many thematic tailwinds pushing it forward

Amazon (AMZN) — the many thematic tailwinds pushing it forward

  Amazon.com Inc plans to meet on Wednesday with a dozen U.S. ranchers, seeking to expand distribution of organic and grass-fed meats as it takes over Whole Foods Market Inc, according to the meeting’s organizer.Analysts and investors have speculated that Amazon is aiming to combine its expertise in order fulfillment with the grocer’s facilities to […]

read more »