There was a lot to notice during this week’s inauguration, from the peaceful transition of power to Lady Gaga’s show-stopping broach, to the debut of a new national voice. And while we watched as captivated citizens, one news item made our market research ears perk up, news that President Joe Biden is locked in a struggle with the Secret Service and State Department about his exercise bike.
My man and I reached new levels of yuppy recently, gifting each other a smart home for Christmas, complete with Apple TV, two HomePod Minis, and a whole host of smart devices like lightbulbs, plugs, and door locks. Now, when we walk into the house, the lights turn on, when we tell Siri it’s bedtime, the lights turn off, and when we tell her it’s feeling dry, the humidifier resumes its steady vapor cloud. Sure, it’s all very cool and convenient, though I will confide I occasionally find myself in an embarrassingly protracted argument with a speaker (“Hey Siri! Stop talking, OMG, let me finish a sentence!”) and that I have come to feel like an early version of the human population in WALL-E.
Just as Coke announced it’s getting into the hard seltzer business, rival Pepsi recently announced its newest product, a functional beverage stress reliever and sleep aid called Driftwell. The product will be available Direct-to-Customer (DTC) via digital channels starting in December, and will be sold at the retail level within the first quarter of 2021.
We aren’t the type to bury a lede around here, so let’s just get it out: Coca-Cola is gonna start selling booze. No, that doesn’t mean that they are selling Coke cans with the rum already inside of them or anything, (but my lips to your ears, Coke, seriously). Instead, they are getting into the spiked seltzer game, releasing Topo Chico Hard Seltzer sometime in early 20201, they announced this week. Topo Chico, dear readers may recall, is the upstart sparkling water brand Coke acquired in 2017--it has some hipster street credibility, particularly in the US southwest, and Coke feels it has more synergies with the spiked seltzer market than their flagship products.
In our current coronavirus crisis, everybody has complaints about face masks and your humble blogger is no exception: They fog my glasses in the night air, they irritate my beard, they tug on my ears, they make my face look enormous, they’ve somehow become political statements...