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Trade war or not, China Inc already reining in American brands
無論有無貿易戰 中國公司早已壓制美國品牌

靠著中國萌芽初期的咖啡文化迅速在當地崛起的星巴克,也表示中國同一間店面在二○一八年第二季的銷售成長率已經減速到零成長的程度。星巴克提及外送咖啡服務對該公司的衝擊,實際上,他們一直都在對抗小規模但成長迅速的國內競爭者,在中國大城市中興起的新浪潮。

(台北時報章厚明譯)

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Reading Comprehension

Collgate-Palmolive

English soap and candle maker William Colgate established the William Colgate & Company in 1906 in New York after emigrating to the US. The company initially produced cakes of soap. On Colgate’s death in 1857, the company was reorganized and renamed Colgate & Company under the management of Colgate’s son, Samuel Colgate. Colgate Toothpaste, intially sold in glass jars, was released in 1873. In 1896 the company released the world’s first toothpaste in a tube, called Colgate Ribbon Dental Cream.

Another American company, the B.J. Johnson Company, began producing a soap made entirely of palm oil and olive oil in 1898. The soap was a runaway success, so much so that the company renamed itself Palmolive after its star product. Palmolive merged with another soap company, the Peet Brothers, and then purchased the Colgate Company in 1928 to become Colgate-Palmolive.

Did you know?

The world’s oldest-known formula for toothpaste was invented by the ancient Egyptians in 4 AD over 1,500 years before Colgate began marketing its toothpaste. Egyptian toothpaste was comprised of crushed rock salt, mint, dried iris flower and pepper, which were combined to create a cleaning powder surprisingly similar to today’s modern toothpastes. When the powder is mixed with saliva in the mouth it turns into a paste, and this is how ancient Egyptians used to clean their gnashers.

“You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube” is a popular English saying. It means a situation has already happened and cannot be reversed.

(Edward Jones, Taipei Times)

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