Although taking a long term view may be difficult for entrepreneurs living in "Internet time," understanding the cyclical nature of the economy will be critical to success in 2001, according to corporate and securities attorneys with Foley & Lardner.

The "Ten Brands to Watch in 2001" have been named by Brand Marketing magazine and are published in its current (January) issue. The list includes Nokia, AOL, Napster, Extreme Football League,, AT&T, Firestone, Onstar, Revlon, and Hillary Clinton.

Fleming announced Joe Villarreal has been named to the position of Vice President of Ethnic Procurement, effective immediately.

Villarreal reports to Phil Murphy, Senior Vice President, Procurement.

A new forum facility has been launched at, enabling readers to have their say about burning issues affecting the drinks industry.

American brewer Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. announced its purchase of approximately 14 percent of Chilean-based Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A., a diversified beverage company operating principally in Chile and Argentina.

Food manufacturers should prepare for the impending boom in processed snacks in Latin America, says a new study from strategic consulting firm Promar International.

Each of the Yankee Group's research groups has taken stock of its predictions for 2000, assessed its accuracy, and forecasted their trends for 2001.

Puerto Rico's retail establishments sold $17.1 billion worth of goods
and employed 154,000 people at 14,582 locations in 1997, the Commerce Department's Census Bureau reported.

Mass retailers posted solid sales gains for 2000, according to the International Mass Retail Association. Even with a slower-than-anticipated holiday season, they reported some steady increases in sales for the full year.

Disney Interactive announced that it will enter the Hispanic market, launching for the first time Spanish-language interactive entertainment products in the United States and Puerto Rico. le desea a usted y a su familia un feliz Día De Los Reyes Magos.

As its successful 50th Anniversary celebration comes to a close, Whataburger, Inc. begins a new era in the company's history with a new Chair Emeritus, Chairman/CEO and President/COO.

The technology, media and communications sectors are moving fast. Industry leaders are changing their agendas constantly to keep up with the rapid pace of this dynamic market.

Sirius Satellite Radio announced that in-orbit testing of its third satellite has been completed. Payload and signal testing showed all systems performing to specification. The satellite was launched on November 30, marking the completion of Sirius' three-satellite constellation.

ACNielsen Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which VNU N.V. will acquire all of the common stock of ACNielsen for $36.75 per share in cash. The aggregate value of the transaction will be approximately $2.3 billion.