- Diet Coke is rebranding, which means the soft drink has a new ad campaign featuring a few up-and-coming actors, including Gillian Jacobs (Community). All of the spots were directed by Paul Feig, the guy behind Freaks and Geeks and Bridesmaids. DC will air its first Super Bowl commercial in more than two decades during this Sunday’s game.
- Celebrity chef and food writer Sara Moulton says she was sexually harassed by famous French chef Maurice Cazalis early in her career.
- Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, the man who had the brilliant idea to install Swedish restaurants in all of his home-goods stores, died over the weekend. He was 91.
- Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa herself, is so iconic she was the answer to a cryptic final question on last night’s game of HQ Trivia.
Of all nights for me to go out early on HQ the final question is about INA GARTEN AND HER PAST CAREER AS A CBO ANALYST— Alex Clearfield (@AlexClearfield) January 29, 2018
- McDonald’s is once again trying to satisfy fast-food customers who find the Big Mac to be either too little or too much food. After debuting larger and smaller versions of the sandwich for a limited time last year, Mickey D’s has brought back the Grand Mac and Mac Jr. There’s no word on how long they’ll be available this time around.
- Carbo-loading chain Panera Bread is recalling some items containing cream cheese due to possible Listeria contamination.
- Keurig Green Mountain, the company that revolutionized single-cup coffee drinking, is merging with Dr Pepper Snapple Inc., the company behind a soft drink that supposedly contains 23 flavors. Investment fund JAB Holding will be the controlling shareholder.
- And finally, when everyone’s poppin’ bottles in a club, that is maybe not the appropriate time to break out a 30,000 pound ($42,263) vessel of Champagne, as this fellow has discovered.