PepsiCo will test a new fountain machine that lets people create flavor combinations such as strawberry Mountain Dew. The test follows Coca-Cola’s introduction in 2009 of its Freestyle machine, which also lets customers touch a screen to pick flavor combinations. PepsiCo’s test is set to begin at five Denver restaurants next week. PepsiCo spokeswoman Gina Anderson said the “Touch Tower” machines let people add up to four flavor shots — lemon, cherry, strawberry or vanilla — to eight varieties of drinks.
Angus burger out at McDonald’s
McDonald’s Corp. is dropping the $4 Angus Third Pound burger from its U.S. lineup as its hard-hit customers throng to the company’s Dollar Menu. New items are being added, In the past year, the chain has also focused on adding healthier options to its menu. Last month, it introduced an egg-white breakfast sandwich with 250 calories.
Dollar tops 100 yen; 1st time since 2009
The dollar soared above 100 yen for the first time in more than four years Friday, driven by aggressive credit-easing aimed at reviving Japan’s sluggish economy and improved U.S. economic figures. The U.S. dollar rose as high as 101.30 yen, the first time since April 2009 that it has traded above 100 yen. The move lifted Japanese stocks to their highest level in more than five years. Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock average jumped 2.9 percent to 14,607.54, its highest close since January 2008. The weaker yen is a boon to Japan’s major auto and electronics exporters.
Icahn challenges Dell takeover plan
One of the biggest critics of Michael Dell’s plan to take the company he founded private has launched a fresh challenge to that $24.4 billion bid. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has teamed with Dell’s largest independent shareholder, Southeastern Asset Management, to pitch a deal that would let Dell shareholders keep their stake in the company and give them either $12 per share in cash or additional shares.