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Best of the Blogs, Consumer: An Oreo Inspires a Rainbow of Controversy


Plus, the world's largest McDonald's is set to open (and close) in London.

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary for consumers from around the Web every Wednesday.

Investor Place
Link: Kraft's 'Gay Oreo' Causes Cookie Controversy

"Kraft's (KFT) popular brand Oreo - best known for being 'Milk's favorite cookie' - might now be the Internet's most controversial cookie.

"On Monday, the company followed the lead of fellow 'gay-friendly' Fortune 500 companies by uploading a picture of a gay pride Oreo on its Facebook (FB) page. The Oreo featured six layers of frosting in the colors of the rainbow flag and was posted with the status, 'Proudly support love!'"

Link: McDonald's to Play Games with Hearts by Opening and Immediately Destroying the World's Largest McDonald's

"It's an open secret that the city of London's Olympic bid was nothing more than a brazen attempt to lure America's most popular fast food corporations to open up franchises in that dusty, far flung corner of the world. Now The Guardian reports London is finally getting what it craves: its very first fifty-first McDonald's (MCD)."

The Consumerist
Link: Beer Giant Anheuser-Busch Set To Gorge Itself With Expected Takeover Of Grupo Modelo

"Do you prefer a Corona Extra over a good ol' Bud? Soon those two very different beers could be brethren under the giant umbrella of Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), as the company is reportedly close to buying the half of Grupo Modelo (GMODELOC.MX) it doesn't own already. One big beery family."

Link: Is This The Dumbest Fast Food Sandwich Ever?

"KFC (YUM) has quite literally topped itself in the dumb sandwich department with the introduction of its latest napkin industry tie-in, the Cheese Top Burger."

The Land Online
Link: Report: Cereal Makers Spend $156 Million to Get Kids Hooked on Sugar

"Whether it be the perpetual candy commercials during kids' programming, or ads upon ads of sugary drinks being advertised, children are extremely tempted by the foods they see on TV.

"Among the biggest marketing campaigns towards children food products is cereal. Obviously not the bran, oat, or corn flakes varieties, but those pre-sweetened cereals like, Cocoa Puffs (GIS), Froot Loops (K), or Honey Smacks."
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