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Chicago Tribune Offers Staff Buyouts

CHICAGO, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Chicago Tribune management says editorial staff members will be offered voluntary severance packages in an operating cost-trimming move. “We begin the year with a need to reduce costs as we face the continued financial pressures from a weak economy and structural changes in our industry,” Senior Vice President Gerry Kern […]

The Biggest Brewers Slipped In 2011

NEW YORK, Jan. 16 (UPI) — A regional brewer from Pennsylvania saw big improvements in shipping in 2011, while giants of the industry saw shipments fall, a trade newsletter said. The behemoths of Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors and Heineken USA all saw shipments fall in 2011. Anheuser-Busch saw a 2.9 percent drop in shipments, while MillerCoors saw […]

Burger King Testing Delivery Service

MIAMI, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Burger King said it would expand on an experiment of delivering burgers and fries to customers, which it began at four restaurants in Washington, D.C. As of next week, Burger King said it would expand the pilot program to 16 stores, The Los Angeles Times reported Monday. The company is […]

Kraft To Lay Off 1,600 In 2012

NORTHFIELD, Ill., Jan. 17 (UPI) — Kraft Foods said Tuesday it would lay off 1,600 workers in in North America in 2012 to position the company for splitting up its grocery and snack operations. The layoffs are scheduled “to help ensure its North America-based snacks and grocery businesses are well-positioned to become two independent public […]

Read The Seeds: Braille On Hamburger Buns

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan. 17 (UPI) — A restaurant chain in South Africa is offering blind customers a chance to read the seeds on their hamburger buns, a YouTube video announces. The video shows sesame seeds being placed on a hamburger bun before it is baked. The sesame seeds unusual gesture? They spell out words […]

Prediction: Magazine, TV Ads On Way Out

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 15 (UPI) — Traditional advertising for products — magazine ads and 30-second television commercials — may go the way of the rotary phone, a U.S. researcher predicts. Seethu Seetharaman of Washington University in St. Louis said so-called crowdsourcing, viral Internet campaigns, product placements and guerrilla promotions will dominate the marketing and advertising […]

Hackers Hit Zappos.com

HENDERSON, Nev., Jan. 16 (UPI) — A cyberattack forced online U.S. shoe and apparel retailer Zappos.com to notify its 24 million customers about the serious security breach. In a notice to company employees posted on its Web site Sunday night, Zappos.com Chief Executive Officer Tony Hsieh said customers would need to create new passwords to […]

Millennials, A Dilemma For Automakers

DETROIT, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Young adults are pushing U.S. automakers to think very differently about how to make and sell an automobile to a tech-savvy audience, experts said. As 18-24-year-olds — the group known as millennials — enter the workforce they present a new dilemma to automakers, The Detroit News reported Monday. This is […]

In Britain, A Day For Feeling Blue

LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Britain tipped its hat to the blues Monday, declaring it the gloomiest day of the year amidst a still-sour economy. Call it Ebeneezer Scrooge’s birthday or maybe Eeyore’s. The third Monday in January is called Blue Monday, because the weather is often dismal, holiday parties are over and everyone who […]

Irish Billionaire Bankrupt, Court Says

DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Sean Quinn, once considered Ireland’s wealthiest man, was declared bankrupt in a Dublin court Monday. The 64-year-old businessman who headed the Quinn Group and whose personal wealth Forbes magazine had estimated at $6 billion four years ago, had judgments of more than 2 billion Euros ($2.52 billion) against him, […]

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