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KitKat’s Flavor Club Sweepstakes offers fans a chance to preview and taste new brand innovations

September 22, 2020

When Groucho Marx said “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member,” he might not have been considering KitKat’s Flaver Club Sweepstakes.

Launching on September 21, the club will offer 200 fans the opportunity to be one of the first to taste some of the brand’s newest flavor innovations. The sweepstakes invites fans to enter—here—at no cost, for the chance to be selected to join a limited group KitKat insiders who will receive in-development products and club member swag, delivered straight to their doorsteps. Entries will be open for submission from September 21 at 9 a.m. (EDT), and will close on September Free29 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

Sweepstakes entrants who are selected to be club members will receive three kits during the debut year, which will start now and go through Spring 2021. The brand is excited to announce that the first kit will feature the highly anticipated KitKat Duo’s  mocha + chocolate before it arrives on shelves nationwide this November.

“We listened to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from our recent KitKat flavor launches,” said Amy Minderman, a senior brand manager for the parent company, Hershey. . “It is important for us to hear feedback from our fans, so that we can continue to create flavors they love, so we are thrilled to introduce the Kit Ka.

No purchase is necessary to enter or win the sweepstakes. Entrants must be legal residents of the USA, and must be 18 years of age or older.

Research contact: @KITKAT

New Rube Goldberg challenge: Build a machine that drops a bar of soap into your hand

April 24, 2020

Engineer and cartoonist Rube Goldberg was renowned dreaming up exceptionally complex machines that went through lots of twists and turns to perform simple household tasks. Now, his granddaughter Jennifer George is inviting inventors of all ages to make their own Rube Goldberg Machines while they are at home sheltering in place, the Good News Network reports.

Although participants in this year’s Rube Goldberg Machine Contest originally were supposed to design a machine that turned on a light switch, the novel coronavirus outbreak inspired George to task participants with building a machine that drops a bar of soap into someone’s hand in just 10 to 20 steps.

“It just seemed like the right task,” George told CBC. “Everyone has got a bar of soap somewhere in their house. And Rube Goldberg machines are made from everyday objects. So you don’t have to go shopping. You don’t have to buy anything.

“You just have to figure out a fun, sort of interesting way to [take] something you’ve looked at for years, turn it upside down and see if it has inherent kinetic properties. And hopefully it does.”

The annual contest, which is free, requires participants to take a continuous video of their machine in action. Once the video is uploaded to YouTube, participants can send the links to the Rube Goldberg website.

Submissions will be accepted through May 31, after which three machine designs will be selected as the winners in mid-June. In addition to the winners being featured as the star engineers of the contest on the Rube Goldberg website, they also will receive a free swag bag from the organization.

Research contact: @goodnewsnetwork 

Craft distilleries step up to make free hand sanitizer

March 23, 2020

Responding to a new and urgent patriotic call-of-duty, craft distilleries are adding a new product to their lineup of gins, whiskeys, and rums. They are gearing up to make scads of free hand sanitizer, The New York Times reports.

Many are reporting extraordinary demand for the product, which has been hard, if not impossible, to find on store shelves. In response, distilleries are giving away hand sanitizer for free, despite losing sales of their traditional spirits because of the closing of restaurants, bars, and their own tasting rooms.

“This is not an economic lifeline for distilleries,” Brad Plummer, a spokesman for the American Distilling Institute and editor in chief of Distiller Magazine, told the Times. “We live in these communities. We know these people. We’re watching them suffer, and we have the ability to help.”

Litchfield Distillery in Litchfield, Connecticut told the news outlet that it had been inundated by hundreds of calls from people clamoring for a few of the roughly 2,000 bottles of hand sanitizer it produced this week-incorporating the very same alcohol it typically uses to make gin, bourbon, and vodka.

“Right now, we’re down to a couple hundred bottles, which will probably be gone by midmorning tomorrow,” Jack Baker, an owner of the distillery with his brothers David and Peter Baker, said on Thursday night, March 19.

He said the calls had come from health care workers, police departments, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. “And then we have people walking in with just desperation on their faces, and old people calling up, crying,” Baker said. “It’s just a mess.”

Many distillery owners said they were proud to be stepping in to fill a national need during a time of crisis and didn’t see hand sanitizer as a potential source of profit. Baker said he had been giving away the bottles he makes without charging customers.

“The community has supported us, so it’s an obligation, if you have a product that could be helpful,” he said. “It’s what you do.”

Mr. Plummer said early responses to an industry survey suggested that three-fourths of the nation’s 2,000 craft distilleries were considering making sanitizer as a way to help health care workers, law enforcement officials and the general public.

The distilleries, which had been following a recipe recommended by the World Health Organization, were having a hard time finding plastic containers to bottle the product, Plummer said. Many were asking members of the public to bring their own bottles from home.

Research contact: @nytimes