Jimmy Buffett makes Vanity Fair 100 List

Jimmy Buffett made Vanity Fair’s list of the world’s 100 most powerful and influential people (“The New Establishment” – October 2008 issue). He comes in at number 97.

SPHERE OF INFLUENCE: In the past year, the hardest-working slacker in show business published his seventh book, Swine Not?, released a live-concert DVD, partnered in an Atlantic City casino, and continued the nonstop touring that keeps the margarita money flowing in—an estimated $35 million.

(thanks to Mike for passing that along to us)

Harrahs Slows Plans for Biloxi Margaritaville

From the SunHerald: “Don’t worry. Margaritaville will be built. Work just slowing down

The credit crunch has squeezed even the world’s largest casino company and Harrah’s put an end to rumors about the Margaritaville building site in East Biloxi by releasing details.

“Over the next few weeks, residents of Biloxi will notice less activity and fewer workers at the Margaritaville work site,” vice president of communications Marybel Batjer said in an e-mailed statement. “Rest assured that Harrah’s is not canceling the project. We still believe in the Margaritaville concept, and we remain committed to our vision for the property. This is a project that we studied extensively, and we believe that it still has a great potential to benefit the Biloxi market and our company.

You can hear it on the Coconut Telegraph

The Key West Citizen has an article “Attorney: Buffett didn’t coin phrase

Jimmy Buffett didn’t coin the phrase “Coconut Telegraph” after all, an attorney for the singer/songwriter’s Margaritaville Enterprises now says.

Buffett attorney Jeffrey Smith wrote a letter Sunday to Denise Malefyt, whose Prestige Publishing produces the 8,000 circulation Conch Republic Coconut Telegraph, recanting an earlier statement.

“We sent you a letter on April 30, 2008, regarding your company’s violations of Margaritaville trademark rights. In that letter, we stated that Jimmy Buffett coined the phrase “coconut telegraph” in 1981. … Based on your feedback and our further investigation, this information appears to be incorrect. We are therefore retracting that statement.”

Margaritaville Salsa Line Coming Soon

The Detroit Free Press has an article about the new Margaritaville Salsa line: Margaritaville joins the mix – Ferndale firm branches out with Buffett’s line of food

As Jimmy Buffett hits the stage tonight at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, a new line of his Margaritaville salsa is hitting stores.

Garden Fresh Gourmet in Ferndale signed a deal in December to be the exclusive producer and distributor of Buffett’s Margaritaville Foods’ new line of salsa, guacamole, hummus, tortilla chips and dips.

The company will produce 17 Margaritaville products, including four varieties of salsa. The company produces 22 types of Garden Fresh salsa.

Margaritaville is a $440-million brand, Zilko said. Margaritaville Foods was launched four years ago as the consumer and packaged goods division of Margaritaville Enterprise LLC, based in Orlando. Inspired by the Buffett song of the same name, Margaritaville Foods also sells frozen seafood, beer, tequila and margarita mix.

Buffett’s Honolulu Restaurant to Open in November

The Honolulu Advertiser has an article on the one year anniversary of Don Ho’s death: “Hawaii marks year after Don Ho’s death … Singer’s widow, children at odds; showroom, restaurant change, too

Since Don Ho’s death, one year ago tomorrow, his showroom has gone dark, and soon will become home to a new venue named for another celebrity. His former crew at the Hoku Hale has scattered. Family members have split over the future of his estate, and a court case is pending.

The Ho showroom space, called the Hoku Hale, on the lobby level of the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel, is being transformed and incorporated into Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber, a new restaurant and club scheduled to open in November. The 22,000-square-foot restaurant also will take over the space once occupied by a “Blue Hawai’i” Elvis impersonator show next door and a lobby restaurant. Continuing in Ho’s tradition, there will be entertainment with the food service.

Jimmy Buffett announced on Radio Margaritaville during the Glendale show that he will be ending this year’s tour in Honolulu (probably around the same time that the new restaurant will be opening).

Corona Sales Decline for First Time in 16 Years

From Advertising Age: "Other Brews May Have Corona Singing Blues"

Corona has long been miles away from the ordinary — and the competition. But for the first time in 16 years, the seemingly unstoppable Mexican import is actually seeing sales decline.

Wall Street analysts and some of Corona’s rivals point to a frothing head of new or reinvigorated brands that appeal to traditional Mexican import drinkers — including Dos Equis, Miller Chill, the forthcoming Bud Light Lime and even Corona’s resurgent sibling Modelo Especial — as creating a more difficult competitive environment than the No. 1 import has previously faced.

A-B last year also launched Landshark Lager, a niche brand that swiped Corona’s longtime Jimmy Buffet tour sponsorship and nosed its way into Mr. Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant chain.