Coca-Cola makes most of its money from selling syrup to companies that manufacture and distribute their drinks and, as a result, it has a group dedicated to sending resources and experts to help any that are in financial trouble. This helps avoid image and logistical problems for the brand. investopedia.com/articles…
Colonel Sanders (which is a the highest honorary title in the State of Kentucky) of KFC fame sold his company in 1964 for only $2 million dollars ($17 million today). He remained as brand ambassador but complained the company had cut costs and made an inferior product than the early days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Today I learned about The Whole Shabang, a brand of chips initially only sold at prison commissary stores. The chips were so popular amongst ex inmates that it became a grey market commodity and finally was sold to the general public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Louis Vuitton burns surplus bags and products at the end of each year. This maintains exclusivity of the brand and ensures that their products are never sold at a discounted rate. marketingmind.in/reason-l…
Competitors of Gucci used to send Gucci handbags to Snooki of the Jersey Shore as a counter branding measure to avoid her being seen with their own brand’s merchandise. racked.com/2010/8/18/7790…
The face of the well-loved rum brand, Captain Morgan, was a real person. Sir Henry Morgan was a Welsh privateer who fought for the English against the Spanish in the Caribbean during the 1660s and 1670s. Capt. Henry Morgan was knighted by King Charles II, and died in Jamaica a wealthy man. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
Abercrombie & Fitch store staff used to be required to buy and wear A&F clothing. However, a California labor regulator settlement led to the store staff being allowed to wear any no-logo clothing, as long as it corresponds with the season and style of the brand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abe…
Pringles were forced to rename the product "Crisps" in the U.S. because the brand uses potato dough rather than sliced potatoes. Years later, Pringles argued in the UK even though their product says "crisps" on the container, they aren't legally crisps. They won in court but lost on appeal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
A footbag is the term for a small, round bag usually filled with plastic pellets or sand, which is kicked into the air as part of a competitive game or as a display of dexterity. "Hacky Sack" is the name of a brand of footbag popular in the 1970s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hac…
The Otis Spunkmeyer cookie brand was named by a 12-year-old girl. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oti…
The word "Walkman" became so popular in the German language as a generic term for a personal stereo that in 2002 the Austrian Supreme Court ruled that any brand, not just Sony, could use that word to describe such a device. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Nike fabricated a story about the Air Jordan 1 shoes being banned by the NBA and Jordan being fined every time he wore the shoes on the court which created a tale of defiance and "brazen charisma" that came to define the Air Jordan brand. epic.cpacamp.com/evolutio…
A county in China, to increase tax revenues, ordered its employees to collectively smoke 23,000 packs of cigarettes per year. Officials were fined for missing their targets or if they were caught smoking brands from other provinces. reuters.com/article/idUSP…
The 1980s crime series Miami Vice initially used a fake Ferrari Daytona; it wasn't until Enzo Ferrari expressed dismay over its use that in 1986, in the show's third season, he gave the series producers two brand-new Testarossas in exchange for destroying the faux Daytona hollywoodreporter.com/new…
Alchemist Hennig Brand believed that he could distill gold from human urine. After stockpiling 1,500 gallons of urine and boiling it, he discovered phosphorus. npr.org/sections/health-s…
The modern-day hoodie was invented in the 1930s by Knickerbocker Knitting Company, which eventually became the brand 'Champion' frankandoak.com/handbook/…
Today I learned of the fiasco that ensued when Coca Cola launched its 'Dasani' brand of 'pure' bottled water in the UK in 2004. A trade magazine revealed that the source was ordinary tap water. The resulting press outcry led to an investigation and a contaminated batch was found. The brand was withdrawn in UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
The Palmolive brand name comes from the B.J. Johnson Soap Company Palmolive soap that was made with palm and olive oils. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
"Jet Ski" is a brand name owned and trademarked by Kawasaki. The more correct term is personal watercraft (PWC), water scooter or comically, a boatercycle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
The zipper brand, YKK, makes everything they use in their production processes, in-house. From the machines they use to make their zippers, to smelting their own brass - they even make the boxes they ship their zippers in. slate.com/business/2012/0…
That, true to brand, The Flagship Store of Spirit Halloween is in an old Circuit City. spirit-halloween.fandom.c…
Velcro is the brand name for a product called "hook and loop" youtube.com/watch?v=rRi8L…
In 1967, the small town of Picoaza in Ecuador successfully elected popular foot powder brand Pulvapies as a write in candidate for Mayor historycollection.com/tim…
Alchemist Hennig Brand is thought to have used upwards of 1500 gallons of human urine in his quest to make gold. After he evaporated, boiled and distilled it multiple times, it started to glow in the dark and burst into flames. He had instead discovered the element phosphorus. gizmodo.com/how-one-man-s…
These famous international chocolate brands: Milka (German), CΓ΄te d'Or (Belgian), Toblerone (Swiss), Cadbury/Frys/Green & Black's (all British), Freia (Norwegian) and Marabou (Swedish) are all owned by US food giant Mondelez en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
When in the 80s cheaper brands were lowering Intel's market share, the brand didn't know how to convince users to buy Intel-based PCs. But one retailer told them it would be enough to just tell people computers had Intel chips - and their idea, "Intel Inside" campaign, was a big sales success. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
"Fry's Chocolate Cream is the first mass-produced chocolate bar and is the world's oldest chocolate bar brand" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fry…
Cleveland Steamers are actually a brand of steamers used in restaurant kitchens clevelandrange.com/Produc…
Buick is the oldest surviving American car brand, founded in 1899. partsgeek.com/mmparts/a_t…
Companies don't follow the existing standard for the sizing of women's clothes. In 1937 a woman with a 32" bust would wear a size 14. In 1967 it was an 8. Then in 2011, it was a size 0. More expensive brands of women's pants tend to be smaller than those from cheaper brands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
Regulator Clocks and the associated "regulator" logo etched on many glass clock pendulum encasements refers to an old mechanism (the "regulator"), and is not actually a brand of clock. Also, despite the logo, most clocks displaying the logo are quartz regulated, not mechanically with a pendulum woodmagazine.com/woodwork…
Dunlop tires actually come from four different companies - depending on the market, the brand is owned by either Goodyear, Sumitomo, Continental or Ruia Group. In fact, in North America Goodyear makes Dunlop car tires, while Sumitomo makes the motorcycle ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dun…
Diners started using orange handle coffee pots for decaf because the colour orange was associated with the orange coloured label on Sanka, a once popular brand of instant decaf coffee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Game designer Sid Meier has a 33/33/33 rule of sequel design, 33% of the game should keep established systems, 33% should feature improved systems, 33% brand-new mechanics gamasutra.com/view/news/2…
The company LMVH owns all these "luxirious" brands: Kenzo, Louis Vuiton, Bvlgari, Dior, Guerlain, Givenchi, Dom PΓ©rignon, MoΓ«t & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Hennesy, Sephora, Le Parisien and many more... lvmh.com/houses/
Actor Armie Hammer's real name is Armand D. Hammer-named after his great-gfather oil tycoon, Armand Hammer. The oil tycoon was asked many times if he was the namesake for brand Arm & Hammer that he sought to buy the company. Though unsuccessful, he bought enough shares to be one of the BOD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
The famous Birkin bag was created following the random encounter of actress Jane Birkin and HermΓ¨s creator Dumas on a plane : she complained about the impracticality of her daily bag without knowing who he was and he then made her a brand new black leather bag that became a fashion symbol en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
The Singular Word for "Spaghetti" is Spaghetto. Not to be confused with the Campbell's brand SpaghettiO bonappetit.com/story/spag…
"blue raspberry" is simply artificial raspberry flavoring, and its widespread use of being colored blue is credited to the ICEE brand who wanted their signature flavors (the other being red cherry) to match their logo. bonappetit.com/entertaini…
Wolf Brand Chili was founded in 1921, and it's marketing campaign aincluded Model T Ford trucks with cabs shaped like chili cans and painted to resemble the Wolf Brand label as well as a live wolf caged in the back of each truck. whatscookingamerica.net/H…
Having had seven long haul aircraft and 1,500 of their passengers diverted to Canada during the 9/11 attacks, the German airline Lufthansa christened a brand new aircraft 'Gander/Halifax' as symbol of gratitude. The Mayors of both towns attended the ceremony. breakingtravelnews.com/ne…
In East Germany a used car cost more than the same model cost brand new. dw.com/en/go-trabi-go-eas…
In 1989 a Martini commercial helped the sales of a different brand - Roberts Radio experienced a revival in consumer interest when one of their radios apperared in the ad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The brand name 'Linoleum' is considered the first product name to become a generic term, which happened only 14 years after it was invented. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
John Delorean, creator of the DeLorean car, invented the first muscle car when he, against the wishes/policies of GM who were trying to distance their brand from racing, put a v8 engine into the Pontiac Tempest wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontia…
No ingredient in Hawaiian Pizza originated from Hawaii. The pizza's creation was credited to Sam Panopoulos, a Greek-Canadian who named his invention "Hawaiian" after the brand of canned pineapple he used for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
The owner of a brand name can lost their legal protection for it if people started using it as the common or generic name for a type of product or service. This is what happened to Cellophane, Escalator, Flip Phone, Frisbee, Hovercraft, Kerosene, Sellotape, Trampoline, and Videotape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
All three cars with the highest Consumer Reports test scores are BMWs. The only other brands with cars in their Top 5 are Tesla and Kia. consumerreports.org/cars-…
Dexter Holland, the frontman of the american rock band The Offspring, has his own brand of hot sauce called "Gringo Bandito" gringobandito.com/
In India you can buy a "Hitler" brand ice cream cone hindustantimes.com/india/…

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