Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing

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Commerce Committee Votes To Make Minivans Build A Better Bumper

The Senate Commerce Committee voted Thursday to bump up the safety standards of auto and minivan bumpers.

Sen. John C. Danforth, R-Mo., who sponsored the bumper-safety bill, said it would set minimum safety standards for minivan bumpers for the first time. It would also raise the standards for other vehicles and give consumers more information on bumper tests.

"Minivans should meet the same standards as passenger cars," Danforth said. He cited recent tests conducted on seven minivan models by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which found that bumper collisions at 5 mph resulted in damage ranging from $1,862 to $7,643.

Similar tests on nine other auto models (not minivans) found a range of damage from $1,771 to $4,418. A dozen years ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lowered safety standards on auto bumpers; no federal standards have been set for minivans.

"The 12-year experiment with weaker bumper standards has failed," Danforth said. "Despite having the technology to build zero-damage (at 5 mph) bumpers, most manufacturers have not done so." Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau

***** They Got Together Over Coffee

Pepsi-Cola Co. and Starbucks Corp. have formed a regular coffee klatch - a partnership to bottle and sell coffee-based drinks.

The 50-50 venture, called the Pepsi/Starbucks Coffee Partnership, will create premium-positioned drinks for sale in the same outlets as Pepsi-Cola soft drinks.

Both cold and hot refreshments will be developed for distribution by Pepsi-Cola bottlers. Test marketing will begin next year.

Starbucks, based in Seattle, sells premium coffees and coffee-making equipment, as well as pastries and confections through a catalog and 361 stores. Reuters

***** Coffee Creations, Part II: P&G To Test `Ultra' Folgers

Procter & Gamble Co. …

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