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Hershey Lawsuit Prohibits Importer From Bringing British-Made Cadbury Chocolates Into the United States

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Cadbury Bubbly

The disappointing settlement of a trademark infringement suit between The Hershey Company and the New Jersey-based import company Let’s Buy British (LBB) has disallowed LBB from bringing British-made chocolates into the United States. Hershey claimed that the British made chocolate confections too closely visually resembled their own brands.

It is important for Hershey to protect its trademark rights and to prevent consumers from being confused or misled when they see a product name or product package that is confusingly similar to a Hershey name or trade dress. Our iconic brands are among our company’s most important assets. We have spent decades investing in building these brands with consumers so that they stand for an assurance of high quality, consistency and great taste. Given the immeasurable value of our brands, we work hard to protect these important intellectual assets and defend them against infringement.

Perhaps the products resemble each other visually, but the ingredients and taste differ greatly, a fact to which Scott and I can personally attest.

Chocolate in Britain has a higher fat content; the first ingredient listed on a British Cadbury’s Dairy Milk (plain milk chocolate) is milk. In an American-made Cadbury’s bar, the first ingredient is sugar. American Cadbury bars also include PGPR and soy lecithin, both emulsifiers that reduce the viscosity of chocolate, giving it a longer shelf life. British Cadbury bars used vegetable fats and different emulsifiers.

Cadbury Starbar

Cadbury Crunchie

Cadbury Flyte

Cadbury Mini Eggs

photos by Scott Beale

via The New York Times

Perspectives

Joe Franklin (1926-2015), Pioneering New York City Radio and Television Talk Show Host

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Joe Franklin

Joe Franklin (born Joseph Fortgang), the pioneering radio and television talk show host who earned a Guinness World Record for being the “longest running continuous on-air TV talk show host”, logging over 21,000 episodes of his late night talk show between 1950 and 1993, died in Manhattan after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 88 years old.

Rest in peace Mr. Franklin. You will be missed.

image via New York Daily News

via The New York Times

Perspectives Pop Culture

This Instagrammer Turns Starbucks Coffee Sleeves Into Art

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There are so many artists creating art on Starbucks cups that the artist behind @Sleevebucks decided to take a different route, drawing popular movie and pop culture characters on the sleeves that come with the cups (ostensibly handing the cups to a throng of waiting artists like John Hara and Soo Min Kim).

The drawings are even better because of the little puns sprinkled throughout, so take a look!

More info: Instagram | Tumblr (h/t: designtaxi)

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