Report: PLCB pulls plug on wine kiosk program
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has halted its wine kiosk program at grocery stores, according to published reports.
PLCB said it was prompted by a financial dispute with the program’s vendor, Simple Brands LLC, which owes the state anywhere between about $800,000 to $1 million.
"I think it was a great attempt to try to do something for the convenience of our customers," PLCB CEO Joe Conti was quoted as saying. "It didn’t end up successful, but we learned a lot, we will be better for it, and listen, we had thousands of buyers who predominantly were happy with the convenience when they bought a bottle of wine through these kiosks."
As previously reported, the Pennsylvania wine kiosk program experienced several setbacks, including mechanical and technological issues, which prompted customer complaints and ultimately caused retailers, such as Wegmans, to bid the program farewell.
Coca-Cola cuts price of 7.5-oz. mini can
ATLANTA — Coca-Cola has reduced the price of its mini cans.
The new recommended pricing for an 8-pack of Coca-Cola mini cans, which are 7.5 oz. each, will reduce the average price for the package to just under $3. This makes the per can cost comparable with that of the typical price of a 12-oz. Coca-Cola can fridge pack.
"We are constantly listening to our consumers as we strive to provide them with the right Coca-Cola beverage in the right package and price point, for the right occasion," Coca-Cola North America president and general manager Katie Bayne said. "Consumers today want affordable options for their favorite beverages. And the new mini can pricing makes it even easier for consumers to enjoy the great taste of their favorite Coca-Cola beverage even when they want a little less."
Coca-Cola, UN Women enter collaboration to support economic empowerment among women
NEW YORK — Coca-Cola has teamed up with United Nation’s organization UN Women to promote women’s economic empowerment.
The partnership, which stems from UN Women’s strategic plan and Coca-Cola’s 5 By 20 initiative — which looks to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs across the Coca-Cola value chain by 2020 — will help develop and implement programs to help break down barriers for female entrepreneurs in the small businesses that the Coca-Cola system touches. In addition, the organizations will collaborate to provide increased access to business skills training, financial services and support networks of peers and mentors.
“We believe there is no better time to invest in women as engines of economic growth and sustainable development. Women are the fastest-growing economic force, and no business or economy will be able to grow without them,” Coca-Cola chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent said. “This partnership with UN Women, which leverages their extensive expertise, will greatly impact our efforts to enable the empowerment of women around the world.”