- US Airways announced that it will no longer serve complimentary little bags of pretzels on its flights – a move that it says will save the company $1 million a year, and allow to compete more effectively with low-fare airlines.
The move is part of as broader trend. Aboard transcontinental flights, the airline sells chips, candy and beef jerky for $3, and sandwiches on flights that last at least 2 1/2 hours.
And on Northwest Airlines, the company now sells trail mix for $1 instead of giving away free pretzels.
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Coca-Cola will introduce a low calorie version of its Powerade sports drink this month, hoping to make inroads against Pepsi’s Gatorade and Gatorade Propel.
Powerade Option will have 10 calories per 8-ounce serving and come in three flavors: strawberry, black cherry and lemon.
- Target reportedly will begin offering an online music download service similar to that offered by Apple’s iTunes service. However, rather than selling songs individually, there are published reports that Target instead will sell monthly subscriptions.
- The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the opening of a new Dominick’s flagship store planned for the Grand Pier complex there has been delayed until mid-autumn because of unspecified infrastructure and environmental issues.