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January 11, 2011
Pepsi has tried to claim that it halted production in Baltimore partly because of the city's tax on bottled beverages ( "Pepsi to stop making beverages in Baltimore; 77 to lose jobs," Jan. 11). That is ridiculous. The tax has to be paid on any beverages sold in the city, regardless of where they were bottled. Moreover, most of it is certainly passed on to consumers. Pepsi is just trying to avoid taking the heat for cutting jobs in the city and is using the city government as a scapegoat.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Brian M. Reiser, a self-employed carpenter and an outdoorsman, was found dead Friday in a vacant Baltimore home. The Halethorpe resident was 47. Baltimore County police said Saturday that Mr. Reiser had been killed June 14 in his home. County police were notified that he was missing and detectives found his body Friday in the stairwell of a vacant Collins Avenue home in Baltimore. Kevin Brooks Pendergraph, 31, of Baltimore; Roy Bernard Munson,18, of Pikesville; and Eric Patrick Henry, 37, who is homeless, have been charged with first-degree murder.
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By Chicago Tribune | December 11, 1991
Is that supermodel Cindy Crawford on TV, stepping out of her red Lamborghini, heading for a vending machine, then downing a Pepsi right out of the can?Uh-huh, uh-huh.Cindy has joined Ray Charles currently touting Diet Pepsi as one of the celebrity stars who appear in commercials for Pepsi-Cola products. Cindy's 30-second spot introduces the new look of Pepsi's cans and logo. The spot will go on network TV in mid-December.Uh-huh, uh-huh.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | July 3, 2013
A health watchdog group is releasing a study today that found high levels of a cancer-causing chemical in Pepsi drinks in 10 states, including Maryland. The Center for Environmental Health commissioned Eurofins Analytical laboratory in Louisiana to analyze Coke and Pepsi products that were purchased from 10 states. The group said Coca-Cola and PepsiCo had pledged to change their products' caramel coloring as a result of a California law that requires labeling of products with cancer-causing ingredients.
NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | July 27, 1993
MANILA, Philippines -- Pepsi's advertisements, splashed for weeks all over Philippine newspapers, radio and TV, were hardly subtle: "Today, you could be a millionaire!"From her tin-roofed shack in one of Manila's more squalid slums, Victoria Angelo couldn't resist. The unemployed mother of five and her husband, Juanito, who pedals people in a three-wheeled cab for about $4 a day, began drinking Pepsi with every meal and snack. Each morning, the family prayed for a specially marked bottle cap.And then, a miracle!
SPORTS
By Gary Long and Gary Long,Knight-Ridder | July 2, 1992
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. The historic Indy adventure and a week off behind them, the stars of the NASCAR Winston Cup series got back to business today.Davey Allison, the points leader as the season reaches the halfway point, was among the favorites to claim the pole for Saturday's Pepsi 400. He will be bidding for a sweep at the 2.5-mile trioval, having scored his first Daytona 500 victory Feb. 16.Allison was among nine drivers who tested their Fords and Chevrolets...
NEWS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Staff writer | January 30, 1991
Pepsico Inc. will close its Annapolis plant April 1 to consolidate its distribution and sales operations, a company spokesman said yesterday.The West Street plant employs 85 workers, all of whom have been offered transfers to plants in Baltimore and in Montgomery, PrinceGeorge's and Charles counties, said spokesman Leigh Curtin.Pepsi officials don't know how many employees will take transfers, although jobs are available to all of them at other plants, Curtin said. Many workers live in Annapolis.
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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Jerusalem Bureau | May 15, 1992
JERUSALEM -- Western corporations may need a fine-print warning when doing business here: Caution, advertising may be hazardous to your company.For the second time in as many months, a major corporation has offended Jewish sensitivities in its advertising.The depiction of an ape trudging along the evolutionary path for "10 million years" toward a can of Pepsi-Cola provoked outrage from an ultra-Orthodox organization yesterday.The Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem does not accept evolution as the origin of man and considers creation to have occurred exactly 5,752 years ago. The court threatened to withdraw its certification that the soft drink sold here is prepared under kosher regulations.
BUSINESS
By Jim Mackinnon and Jim Mackinnon,Knight-Ridder News Service | July 6, 1992
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Did Penn State get the right one with its $14 million Pepsi deal?Consumer advocate Ralph Nader says uh-uh."Yes, soon, people may think of Penn State-Pepsi Cola University," Mr. Nader said in a sharply worded, three-page criticism of the agreement, sent recently from the Washington, D.C.-based Center for the Study of Responsive Law.Mr. Nader said the 10-year Penn State-Pepsi contract takes commercialism on campus to a new depth. He learned of the contract through nationally circulated news stories, people at the Center for the Study of Responsive Law said.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,hanah.cho@baltsun.com | March 11, 2009
Pepsi Bottling Group is demanding that Magna Entertainment Corp., which is under bankruptcy protection, return $45,485.92 worth of products the soft drink company recently sold to the Maryland racetracks and elsewhere. Bankruptcy law gives vendors a right to reclaim goods if the debtor received them while insolvent and sold within 45 days of the Chapter 11 filing. Canadian-based Magna, which owns Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, filed for bankruptcy protection last week and put its assets up for sale.
NEWS
April 6, 2013
Amid all the self-congratulation at the University of Maryland over a corporate financed modest boost in mental health services for students, I'd like to demur ("UM adds funding for mental health," April 3). In the article, we're told how happy everyone is that Pepsico, which "holds lucrative vending contracts with the university," is giving $500,000 a year for 10 years to allow hiring three new psychologists and 1.5 campus health center jobs to deal with a 23 percent increase in requests for help over the last few years and a tragic recent off-campus fatal shooting.
NEWS
By Nikki Highsmith Vernick | February 3, 2013
The Ravens and 49ers will be the main attractions for today's Super Bowl. But many of us will also eagerly take in the clever, witty, emotional or otherwise notable commercials on what is the biggest advertising day of the year. And we can be sure that in between the on-field hits, our television screens will pummel us with commercials advertising unhealthy products. Two of the most prominent Super Bowl advertisers are Coca-Cola and Pepsi, and both will be well represented this year.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2012
Ocean City is sending Pepsi packing. Come spring, Coca-Cola will be the official soft drink of the Maryland resort town. Officials entered into a five-year exclusive agreement with the beverage company, guaranteeing that only Coke products will be served at town-owned properties and town-operated events. Obviously, you can still purchase Pepsi in Ocean City, but you won't be able to get it at some of the city's signature events, like SunFest.  As part of the contract, which takes effect April 2, Ocean City receives a $65,000 cash payment, commission on product sales, advertising and marketing support and, of course, free soft drinks. The contract also designates Coca-Cola as the "official soft drink of Ocean City.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2011
PepsiCo has signed a deal that allows employees and dependents across the nation to get certain surgeries at Johns Hopkins Hospital — a cutting-edge arrangement that could grow in popularity as companies look to provide better health care and contain costs. The world's second-largest soda company will pay for workers and their dependents — about 250,000 people — to travel to Baltimore for cardiac or complex joint surgeries, such as correcting problems in a previous knee replacement.
NEWS
January 14, 2011
The Baltimore Sun editorial "Pepsi Challenge" (Jan. 13) gets it wrong. The Sun makes the assumption that City Council actions have no impact on decisions made by companies. You cannot tax local manufacturing companies, add to operating costs, make their products less competitive and think it doesn't matter! Just a few months back Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fought hard to institute a $5 million-plus tax on soft drink, water and beer containers to help fund city government operations.
NEWS
January 13, 2011
Is there a person in Baltimore who honestly believes that Pepsi is closing its manufacturing plant in Hampden because of the city's 2-cent tax on beverage containers? If so, they're clearly drinking something a lot stronger than Mountain Dew. Pepsi's decision to halt production in Baltimore for good this week isn't welcome news. It means 77 people have lost their jobs — although several hundred other Pepsi employees will continue to sell and distribute soft drinks from that location.
NEWS
October 20, 2002
Russell Harr, a retired Pepsi-Cola merchandising manager who served in the Army and Marine Corps, died of cancer Monday at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 72. Mr. Harr, a longtime Essex resident who moved to Crofton in 1997, was born in Woodman, Ky. He was raised in Rarden, Ohio, where he attended public schools. He worked as a farmhand before enlisting in the Army in 1947. He served in Korea as a military policeman before being discharged in 1950 with the rank of corporal. His decorations included the Army of Occupation Medal and Korean Service Medal with bronze service stars.
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By Mike Bowler vTC and Mike Bowler vTC,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Marego Athans contributed to this article | December 6, 1997
PepsiCo Inc. has won the latest skirmish in the Great Cola Wars, wrapping up a 15-year contract with the University of Maryland, College Park, that gives the cola giant exclusive rights to do business and show its name on the sprawling campus.The university's Board of Regents approved a contract yesterday authorizing Pepsi to sell its products -- including the snack foods of its Frito-Lay subsidiary -- on campus until 2013.In return, the university gets an immediate payment of $8 million, and $260,000 a year in commissions, plus other benefits.
NEWS
January 13, 2011
It took me several days to fully realize that the assertions made by Pepsi are absurd ("Failing the Pepsi challenge," Jan. 13). They are not closing their Baltimore City bottling plant in part due to the $0.02 tax. Has Pepsi provided any evidence that sales of Pepsi products are down? I for one doubt there has been any significant decrease in the sales of Pepsi products within Baltimore City. But assuming there has been a decrease, I'd be willing to bet there was a like increase in sales in Baltimore County as a result of all of us city folk who are now driving to Baltimore County to buy our sodas in order to save 2 cents.
NEWS
January 11, 2011
Pepsi has tried to claim that it halted production in Baltimore partly because of the city's tax on bottled beverages ( "Pepsi to stop making beverages in Baltimore; 77 to lose jobs," Jan. 11). That is ridiculous. The tax has to be paid on any beverages sold in the city, regardless of where they were bottled. Moreover, most of it is certainly passed on to consumers. Pepsi is just trying to avoid taking the heat for cutting jobs in the city and is using the city government as a scapegoat.
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