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GASTRO-NOMICS

In just a few short years, the chain behind the Beefy 5-Layer Burrito has managed to become an obsession of vegans and vegetarians

A photo illustration with Taco Bell’s cheesy potato soft taco floating above a white column. The column has the letter “G” embossed and is surrounded by streaks of purple and yellow.
A photo illustration with Taco Bell’s cheesy potato soft taco floating above a white column. The column has the letter “G” embossed and is surrounded by streaks of purple and yellow.
Photo Illustration: Save As/Medium; Source: Taco Bell


Off Brand

Brands rush in to help end the pandemic with vaccine doughnuts and other marketing stunts

A promotional graphic with a partially eaten Krispy Kreme doughnut above a Covid-19 vaccination card, next to the text “Show your Vaccination Card, get a FREE Original Glaze Doughnut”
A promotional graphic with a partially eaten Krispy Kreme doughnut above a Covid-19 vaccination card, next to the text “Show your Vaccination Card, get a FREE Original Glaze Doughnut”
Photo: Krispy Kreme/Business Wire


Trend Mill

The fast-food giant’s revamped packaging shows it’s still too timid to fully adapt to the times

Image credit: McDonald’s


Comment of the Week

Marker readers weigh in on the explosion of corporate merch drops

Image: Tim Robberts/Getty Images


Off Brand

An angsty public is turning the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines into a dangerous brand battleground

A photo illustration featuring a shopping basket filled with vials of Covid-19 vaccines and shots.
A photo illustration featuring a shopping basket filled with vials of Covid-19 vaccines and shots.
Photo Illustration: Save As/Medium; Source: Getty Images


Why are massive brands and startups selling Tesla shorts, McDonald’s chicken nugget pillows, and Stouffer’s hoodies?

Illustration by James Clapham for Marker


Off Brand

Why one of the most important technological objects in a democracy — now at the center of every conspiracy theory — has been such a sleepy industry

A photo collage of a man driving a horse-pulled cart, with a voting booth on the cart.
A photo collage of a man driving a horse-pulled cart, with a voting booth on the cart.
Illustration: Julia Moburg/Medium


Comment of the Week

What Marker readers have to say about the marketing tactics that make it near impossible to buy limited-release Nikes

Photo: GOAT


Off Brand

The chain continues to deliver in hurricanes, pandemics — and now energy grid disasters

H-E-B Grocery Store and parker cars in front, Texas
H-E-B Grocery Store and parker cars in front, Texas
Photo: Tony Webster via flickr/CC BY 2.0


Internet Nostalgia

Burger King’s surreal ad campaign circa 2004 transformed how we thought about viral online marketing

Photo: Diane Bondareff/Burger King/Getty Images

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