Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, which was sued last week for allegedly overstating the alcohol content of its Budweiser and other beers, hit back Monday with an advertising campaign in major U.S. newspapers.
“They must have tested one of these,” the full-page ads say, showing a can of the drinking water that the company donates to the American Red Cross for disaster relief. “We take no shortcuts and make no exceptions. Ever.”
The company was responding to federal lawsuits filed last week by consumers alleging that it routinely adds extra water to finished products to produce malt beverages with significantly less alcohol content than displayed on its labels, violating state statutes on consumer protection. The complaints were filed in New Jersey, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
The first in a chain of Polaroid-branded photo shops has opened its doors in Florida. Polaroid Fotobar is hoping to coax customers to free their pictures from smartphones, digital cameras and Facebook and put them in print.
The glistening new store took a page from Apple in its retail design. Visitors take a seat at the bar, wirelessly upload images and choose how they want them produced, from $1 prints similar to the original Polaroid to massive $2,500 slabs of acrylic housing their photos.
Fotobar plans to open additional stores across the U.S. throughout the year.
• Battery pack: Ryobi Lithium 18-volt 4Ah Battery Packs made by Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. and imported by One World Technologies Inc. They were sold at Home Depot stores and online at Homedepot.com, and at other retailers from Sept. 2012 to Dec. 2012. The battery pack can overheat and burst while on a charger, More information: One World Technologies at 800-597-9624 or www.ryobitools.com and click on Important Safety Information at the bottom of the page for more information.
• Coffee makers: Jerdon Style model CM12B one-cup coffee makers, with date code 1217. The coffee makers are black and have an oval, red indicator light above the on/off switch. They were sold from July 2012 to Jan. 2013. The coffeemaker can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. More information: Jerdon at 800-223-3571 or www.jerdonstyle.com and click on “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page for more information.
• Christmas trees: Pre-lit artificial Christmas trees made by Redwood Pacific Ltd. and imported by Balsam Hill LLC. They were sold from July 2012 through Dec. 2012. Model numbers and tree names can be found at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Balsam-Hill-Recalls-Pre-lit-Christmas-Trees/ The remote control receiver box attached to the Christmas tree can overheat and melt, posing burn and shock hazards to consumers. More information: Balsam Hill at 877-694-2752 or www.balsamhill.com and click on Recall for more information.
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