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  • RPT-Home for the Holidays? Hold the sugar, please Thursday, 24 Dec 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 23- Bagged or boxed, brown or powdered, Americans are buying markedly less sugar this year, a trend nowhere more noticeable than during the holidays when home-baking picks up. In the biggest decline in sugar sales in at least four years, purchases have fallen 4.4 percent in the year through October, according to Nielsen data, a drop grocers attribute to...

  • Home for the Holidays? Hold the sugar, please Wednesday, 23 Dec 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 23- Bagged or boxed, brown or powdered, Americans are buying markedly less sugar this year, a trend nowhere more noticeable than during the holidays when home-baking picks up. In the biggest decline in sugar sales in at least four years, purchases have fallen 4.4 percent in the year through October, according to Nielsen data, a drop grocers attribute to...

  • U.S. meat cases awash with Christmas hams at a bargain Tuesday, 22 Dec 2015 | 5:54 PM ET

    CHICAGO, Dec 22- Shoppers preparing to feast on ham for Christmas can do so without breaking their budget, thanks to record amounts of pork as the industry rebounds from a deadly pig virus, said analysts following the government's monthly cold storage report on Tuesday. "Grocery stores are offering great ham specials right now because they've been cheap to the...

  • Yet Fairway, even with its deep wounds, is just the extreme illustration of a trend that is hurting competitors such as Whole Foods Market Inc, Sprouts Farmer's Market Inc and Natural Grocers By Vitamin Cottage Inc as well. Supermarket chain Kroger Co- whose shares are up 31 percent this year- now says that organic foods account for 10 percent of its $108 billion in...

  • *Deal with Walgreens more than replaces Philidor-Valeant CEO. Dec 15- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc on Tuesday said it reached a deal to distribute its drugs through leading pharmacy chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, boosting credibility with wary investors and sending its shares up 17 percent. The company said on Tuesday its arrangement...

  • *Deal with Walgreens more than replaces Philidor-Valeant CEO. Dec 15- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, which has been accused of price gouging, said it would sell its skin and eye products at a discount in more than 8,000 Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc's pharmacies in the United States. The 20- year deal with Walgreens, the biggest drug store-operator...

  • Dinosaurs stirring - UK's hypermarkets show signs of life Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 | 10:50 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 10- The vast out-of-town British supermarkets that were written off as millstones around the neck of the industry just 12 months ago are showing signs of coming back to life, bringing a glimmer of hope to the ailing sector. All of Britain's big four grocery chains- market leader Tesco, Sainsbury's, Wal-Mart's Asda and Morrisons- have seen sales, profits...

  • LONDON, Dec 5- A 5 pence charge levied on plastic carrier bags has resulted in a 78 percent reduction in the number taken home by shoppers in England, Tesco, Britain's biggest supermarket said on Saturday. The British government introduced the bag charge for England in October with the aim of cutting the number of plastic bags taken from shops and improving the...

  • Dec 3- Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator by store count, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as the company cut costs and its comparable sales grew. Kroger also raised its full-year earnings forecast to $2.02- $2.04 per share from $1.92- $1.98. The net income attributable to Kroger rose 18.2 percent to $428 million, or 43 cents per share,...

  • Dec 3- Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator by store count, reported an 18.2 percent rise in quarterly profit as its operating expenses fell. The net income attributable to Kroger rose to $428 million, or 43 cents per share, in the third quarter from $362 million, or 36 cents per share, a year earlier. Total sales increased 0.4 percent to $25.08 billion.

  • Chai as it might, coffee can't topple tea in India Tuesday, 1 Dec 2015 | 6:41 PM ET
    A Cafe Coffee Day store, operated by Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading Co., in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

    The rising number of coffee chains is testament to India's growing appetite for java, but what does that mean for the ancient tea industry?

  • NYC menus are changing at some restaurants Monday, 30 Nov 2015 | 9:15 AM ET
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    Pass the salt? New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week.

  • Nov 25- Bankrupt grocery chain Haggen said on Wednesday it had received court approval to sell 47 stores on the West Coast, most of which will go back to grocer powerhouse Albertsons, as part of a plan to emerge from Chapter 11.. Bellingham, Washington- based Haggen ran into debt trouble this year after a costly and ambitious expansion drive that included the...

  • Nov 20- Grocery distributor Supervalu Inc is preparing to explore an outright sale as an alternative to a spin-off of its discount grocery retail chain Save-A-Lot, according to people familiar with the matter. Eden Prairie, Minnesota based Supervalu has received interest in Save-A-Lot from several private equity firms, and has told them that it will consider...

  • You won't believe the latest Oreo food craze Friday, 20 Nov 2015 | 8:59 AM ET
    OREO Churros Creme Filled Bites

    The Oreo mashup list seems endless: cookie dough, s'mores, red velvet, birthday cake…and now new churro products.

  • $50 Thanksgiving is a new record...or is it? Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | 1:39 PM ET
    Turkey dinner, Thanksgiving dinner, cost thanksgiving

    The cost of Thanksgiving has crossed $50 for the first time, but the headlines are worse than they sound.

  • Tyson Foods has 'off-odor' problem, recalls food Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015 | 11:25 AM ET
    Tyson any'tizers recall

    Tyson Foods is recalling about 52,000 pounds of chicken wings that may be adulterated due to an 'off-odor' scent.

  • Sales at Britain's Asda fall 4.5 pct in third quarter Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015 | 7:23 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 17- Sales at food retailer Asda fell for a fifth straight quarter, the company said on Tuesday, confirming it as the worst performer of Britain's big four grocers, which are being hurt by a price war triggered by the rise of discounters. Asda, owned by Wal-Mart, said sales at stores open over a year fell 4.5 percent in the 13 weeks to Sept. 30, its fiscal third...

  • *Aldi and Lidl's UK market share passes 10 percent. LONDON, Nov 17- Industry sales figures underlined Asda's position as the weakest performer among Britain's largest supermarket groups on Tuesday, showing it remained under severe pressure from the growth of discounters Aldi and Lidl. All of Britain's big four supermarkets-- market leader Tesco, Asda, the...

  • LONDON, Nov 17- Asda's position as the worst performer among Britain's "big four" supermarkets in terms of sales was underlined on Tuesday as industry data showed it remained under pressure from the growth of discounters Aldi and Lidl and food price deflation. All of Britain's big four supermarkets- market leader Tesco, Asda, the British arm of Wal-Mart,...