The 7 things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 10.13.2015

Brewery mega-merger is on; Democrats debate tonight; Starbucks tests delivery service; Dutch authorities to release MH 17 report; Former Blue Bell staffers blow whistle on factory conditions; Playboy covers up; Brady bashes sugary foods.

Sixth time’s the charm for brewery merger
SABMiller has agreed to a takeover offer, the sixth, from rival Anheuser-Busch InBev in what would be the largest-ever takeover of a UK-based company. The final offer was $106 billion. It followed a mega-merger in the technology sector, with Dell reaching terms to buy EMC for about $67 billion on Monday.

What to watch during tonight’s debate
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders lead the pack as the Democratic candidates for president take the stage tonight in the first Democratic debate from Las Vegas. Vice President Joe Biden won’t be there, but half of Democrats want him to run, according to a new poll.

Starbucks delivers in New York
Coffee giant Starbucks is testing its delivery service to office employees at the Empire State Building in New York beginning on Tuesday. It recently rolled out technology that allows customers to order via their smartphones and skip the line.

Authorities release MH 17 report
The Dutch Safety Board is set to release its final report on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17, shot down over Ukraine in July 2014, on Tuesday. Early reports said it implicates a Russian-made missile. One Russian executive said the report is wrong.

CBS gets scoop on Blue Bell factory conditions
Former Blue Bell Ice Cream employees dished to CBS News about unsanitary conditions at a Texas factory that was linked to a listeria outbreak connected to 10 people falling ill and three deaths. After shutting down amid the crisis, Blue Bell returned to shelves in late August.


Playboy starts to cover up
Girlie magazine Playboy will no longer publish all-nude photographs of women, though it will continue to show models in provocative poses. It’s part of what the magazine is calling a "top-to-bottom" redesign as the Internet continues to usurp its business.

Brady bashes soda, sugary cereals
The soft-drink business has a new opponent in Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady. The most recent Super Bowl MVP said on a Boston radio show on Monday that soda is "poison," adding that Americans have been duped into thinking "Frosted Flakes is a food."

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