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• The Coca-Cola Co. is unveiling a new global ad campaign around the theme “Open Happiness,” replacing ‘The Coke Side of Life.” It is hoped, according to the Wall Street Journal, that it will “appeal to consumers' longing for comfort and optimism at a time when the weakening economy is sapping soft-drink sales.”

• Starbucks said this week that it is urging customers to donate five hours of their time to community service, for which it will reward them with a free coffee. The promotion is timed to coincide with next week’s inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States.

• Detroit-based Hiller’s Markets, a seven-store upscale independent, said this week that it will stop selling tobacco products. CEO Jim Hiller said that his personal beliefs about the dangers of smoking – including second-hand smoke - prompted him to make the decision.

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