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Not to be outdone, Tyson enters plant-based meat market

Jun. 13, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

The fast-growing market for meat alternatives has a surprising new player: Tyson Foods. Tyson, one of the world's largest meat producers, will begin selling nuggets made from pea protein at grocery stores this summer. A blended burger made from beef and pea protein will follow this fall. Both will be sold under a...

Companies pushed baby formula in Peru despite ban

Jun. 10, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Nestle and other multinational companies pushed expensive baby formula to a low-income community near Peru's capital despite the country's ban against aggressive marketing of such products, a study said Monday. The report by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public...

Europe shows challenges for US regulators targeting Big Tech

Jun. 7, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — As U.S. authorities prepare to investigate Silicon Valley's digital giants, they'll look for inspiration — and warnings — from Europe, where regulators have led global efforts to rein in Big Tech with only mixed results. The European Union's executive commission has slapped...

Opioid maker agrees to pay $225M to settle federal probes

Jun. 5, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An opioid manufacturer has agreed to pay $225 million to resolve federal investigations into allegations that it paid kickbacks and used other illegal marketing tactics to sell a powerful fentanyl spray, authorities said Wednesday. The settlement stems from criminal and civil probes into...

Google's activities under scrutiny by US, Europe regulators

Jun. 1, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google, the tech giant known universally for its search engine, also has fingers in a number of other pies, like online advertising, email messaging and video. That gives U.S. antitrust enforcers, who have reportedly evinced a new interest in pursuing competition charges against Google,...

State sues e-cigarette maker, says it targets youth market

May. 30, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has sued a national retailer of electronic cigarette and vaping products, alleging the company violated state law by targeting minors for sales of its merchandise, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday. The complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court alleges that...

North Carolina sues e-cigarette maker Juul over marketing

May. 15, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's attorney general is suing a popular e-cigarette maker, asking a court to limit what flavors it can sell and ensure underage teens can't buy its vaping products. Josh Stein, the top law enforcement official in the traditionally tobacco-friendly state, said Wednesday...

Why does Facebook fail to fix itself? It's partly humans

May. 10, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The question comes up over and over, with extremist material, hate speech, election meddling and privacy invasions. Why can't Facebook just fix it? It's complicated, with reasons that include Facebook's size, its business model and technical limitations, not to mention years of...

Juul's 'switch' campaign for smokers draws new scrutiny

May. 9, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The young models and the candy-colored graphics that helped propel Juul to the top of the e-cigarette market are gone. In their place are people like Carolyn, a 54-year-old former smoker featured in new TV commercials touting Juul as an alternative for middle-age smokers. "I don't think...

Oops! Small businesses are vulnerable to marketing mistakes

May. 8, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Tom Scarda heard about a franchise opportunity called Super Supper, he fell in love with it. He was so confident that he and his business partner decided against researching the concept — a marketing mistake that led to the failure of the business. "It was great on paper but we...