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Fast Company magazine in New York named Taco Bell Corp. to its top-10 list of most innovative companies of 2015 in advertising and marketing.
Here are a couple of big OC names that make a natural marketing match: Pacific Life and filmmaker MacGillivray Freeman.
RESTAURANTS: Bucks trend of fast-casual, eyes Westminster
John’s Incredible Pizza Co. is in talks to open a restaurant in Westminster Mall as it doubles down on its long-standing family-oriented approach amid the recent popularity of fast-casual restaurants that appeal to food afficianados.
12 Photographers Will Shoot With 6K Dragons
Surfer Magazine, owned by San Clemente-based TEN: Action/Outdoor Group, has partnered with Red Digital Cinema Camera Co. in Irvine to put on REDirect Surf 2015.
APPAREL: Taps skate roots, adds divisions to reclaim energy
James Appleby has spent the past two years reclaiming the soul of etnies, one of five labels under Sole Technology Inc.’s umbrella.
Aliso Viejo-based meal delivery service Restaurants on the Run is set to be acquired by Chicago-based GrubHub, according to news reports.
Irvine-based fast food hot dog chain Wienerschnitzel said it named Doug Koegeboehn chief marketing officer.
Orange County-based automakers posted year-over-year sales gains in January, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.
Irvine-based Ruby Restaurant Group Inc. said it wants to add 20 franchises of its smaller “dinette” restaurants in 2015 as part of a bid to bring the casual dining chain into the popular fast casual trend.
ADVERTISING: Gets in game with spots on NBC Universo
Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. highlighted its increasing focus on the Latino-American market with Super Bowl ads slotted for the Spanish-language telecast of the game on NBC Universo.
RETAIL: Focus on military members active in past 2 years
Orange-based franchiser Budget Blinds Inc. said it will waive a $75,000 franchise fee for qualified recent military veterans interested in starting their own window covering business.
RESTAURANTS: ‘Tap rooms’ in works at about 50 locations
ZPizza International Inc. said it will add 50 “tap rooms” at some of its current locations and all new restaurants expected in a franchising push that comes as the 28-year-old chain responds to competition from fast-casual and build-your-own competitors that have blossomed in recent years.
Nieuport 17 Opened in ’70, Changed After 2010 Sale
The word is out: Nieuport 17 in Tustin will close at the end of March after a 45-year run.
O’Brien Puts Irish Twist Into Chain’s Test Kitchen
Late-night TV host Conan O’Brien was on a quest to make his IT guru Chris Hayes’ dreams come true with a visit to Taco Bell Corp.’s test kitchen, but he probably did the same for the Irvine-based fast-food chain’s marketing manager, Katie Gardiner.
Win-Dor Site Once Eyed For 20-Story Office Tower
Golden Road Brewing, a growing craft beer maker based in Los Angeles, has snapped up an industrial building across the street from Angel Stadium for its first Orange County location.