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.

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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.

A new report by leading beverage industry consultants Canadean, summarized at http://just-drinks.com/features-detail.asp?art=340, shows that US consumption of packaged water leapt by nearly 20% to 9.2bn litres in 1999.

Despite recent struggles in the business-to-business sector, companies are not wavering in their confidence in the future of digital marketplaces, according to a survey released by Arthur Andersen at the eBusiness Conference and Expo in New York, Dec. 12-14.

A study prepared by Santa Clara University and the University of Missouri, released by the Federal Communications Commission this week, prompted new FCC recommendations to make it easier for women and minorities to acquire licenses for small wireless and broadcast businesses.

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