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  • Feb 9- Coca-Cola Co said it would refranchise all its North America bottling operations, including its 39 cold-fill production factories, three years earlier than expected, as the soda maker looks to cut costs. The company said in April it would refranchise only two-thirds of its bottling operations in North America by 2017, with all bottling operations in the...

  • *India, Philippines, Indonesia consider tax on sugary drinks. *British lawmakers debate issue, follows sugar tax in Mexico. Scandinavian countries have had such taxes, with varying degrees of success, for many years, and in 2012, France and Hungary joined the list, followed by Mexico in 2014..

  • Feb 5- Greek-yogurt maker Chobani LLC, founded by billionaire Hamdi Ulukaya, said on Friday it had rejected offers from beverage giant PepsiCo Inc and other investors. Chobani worked with Goldman Sachs Group Inc to explore the sale after being approached by several parties in 2015.. The decision to reject the offer was due in part to the terms, Chobani said in an...

  • TORONTO, Feb 5- Canada's main stock index fell on Friday in a broad retreat after a weak jobs report and as falling oil prices weighed on energy stocks. At 9:49 a.m. EST, the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was down 96.03 points, or 0.75 percent, at 12,678.47. Canada's jobless rate hit a two-year high in January as the oil-producing province of...

  • PepsiCo's game day bet Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 10:52 AM ET
    PepsiCo gears up for Superbowl

    PepsiCo is sponsoring the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Seth Kaufman, PepsiCo chief marketing officer, and Ram Krishnan, Frito-Lay chief marketing officer, discuss the exciting opportunity for the company's brands, and rumors about Bruno Mars in the show.

  • In Colorado, fears about InBev's entry into craft beer Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 11:58 AM ET

    DENVER— In a former bakery south of downtown Denver, Matthew Fuerst makes beer flavored with ingredients like Hatch green chiles that he chops by hand. Fuerst worries InBev could use its distribution leverage and buying power to squeeze other craft beers out of liquor store shelves, discount its own craft beer line and buy up raw materials after its purchase...

  • Sake-flavored KitKat released in Japan Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 8:10 AM ET
    Sake-flavored KitKat released in Japan

    Sake lovers in Japan can now try out the new white chocolate KitKat bars featuring sake powder.

  • FRANKFORT, Ky.— Producers of Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey are toasting another year of strong sales and revenue growth, led by consumers increasingly ordering high-priced, super-premium brands. Combined U.S. revenues for bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and rye whiskey shot up 7.8 percent to $2.9 billion in 2015, up $210 million from the prior year, the...

  • TEGUCIGALPA, Feb 1- Coffee exports from Honduras rose 1.9 percent in January compared to the same month last year, national coffee institute IHCAFE said on Monday, despite a new report of smuggling large quantities of beans to both Guatemala and Mexico. The country's coffee exporters association, ADECAFEH, estimated on Monday that some 345,000 bags during the...

  • LONDON, Feb 2- Coffee shops, burger bars and clothes stores are among the foreign businesses in China that say they are thriving despite the economic slowdown that is hurting the manufacturing sector. A Reuters examination of comments or recent statements from 34 large publicly-traded foreign companies that updated investors on their China operations...

  • Honduras coffee exports up nearly 2 pct in Jan Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 6:12 PM ET

    TEGUCIGALPA, Feb 1- Coffee exports from Honduras rose 1.9 percent in January compared to the same month last year, national coffee institute IHCAFE said on Monday. Coffee shipments from Honduras, Central America's biggest producer, totaled 535,628 60- kg bags in January. During the first four months of the current 2015/ 2016 season, Honduras shipped 958,678 bags,...

  • PARIS, Feb 1- France agreed on Monday to convert half of Cuba's debt arrears to Paris into investment projects during a visit by Cuban President Raul Castro to the French capital to forge closer ties. As relations between Washington and Havana warm, France has been eager to build closer financial and commercial ties with Cuba. France and other Paris Club...

  • SAN JOSE, Feb 1- Costa Rico's coffee exports fell 19.7 percent in January compared with the same month a year earlier, the country's national coffee institute ICAFE said on Monday. During the first four months of the 2015/ 2016 season, Costa Rica shipped 168,849 bags, down about 19 percent compared with the same four-month period during the previous 2014/ 2015...

  • SAN JOSE, Feb 1- Costa Rico's coffee exports fell 19.7 percent in January, the country's national coffee institute ICAFE said on Monday. During the first four months of the 2015/ 2016 season, Costa Rica shipped 168,849 bags, down about 19 percent compared with the same four-month period during the previous 2014/ 2015 season. The coffee season in Central America and...

  • MILAN, Feb 1- Italy's Lavazza will seal the purchase of French coffee brand Carte Noire in the next few weeks in a deal worth about 750 million euros, two sources close to the matter told Reuters. The acquisition will make Lavazza the market leader for coffee in France, a country which is the second largest coffee market in Europe and the fourth biggest in the world.

  • Coke takes minority stake in Nigerian drink, snack maker Saturday, 30 Jan 2016 | 12:16 PM ET

    The world's biggest beverage maker says the agreement will allow it to increase its ownership of Chi Ltd to 100 percent within three years, pending regulatory approvals. Coke and Chi's parent company, Tropical General Investments Group, have also agreed to explore other opportunities in the region. The deal is part of Coca-Cola Co.' s plans to boost investment...

  • LAGOS, Jan 30- Coca-Cola has bought a 40 percent stake in Nigerian juice and snack producer Chi Ltd, it said on Saturday, as it continues to expand in Africa to tap a young and fast-growing population. It already has a significant presence in Nigeria selling its fizzy drinks. Lagos- based Chi Ltd, whose owners had been considering a sale for some time, produces mostly...

  • Molson Coors selling stock Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 9:49 AM ET
    Molson Coors selling stock

    Molson Coors is selling stock and plans to issue more debt amid consolidation among beer brands.

  • PARIS, Jan 29- Pernod Ricard, the world's second-largest spirits group, plans to buy a majority stake in super premium German gin maker Monkey 47 from parent Black Forest Distillers GmbH to tap growing global demand for craft spirits, it said on Friday. "Monkey 47 is a jewel, perfectly matching the rising worldwide demand for craft gin with strong local roots," Pernod...

  • *China slowdown hits dairy prices, farmers pile up debt. WELLINGTON, Jan 28- The global curse of too-low inflation struck again on Thursday when the Reserve Bank of New Zealand kept its official cash rate on hold and reopened the door to rate cuts just a month after all but slamming it shut. Su-Lin Ong, a senior economist at RBC Capital Markets, expects cuts in both...