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  • Food-label measure in Colorado sparks big spending Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:11 AM ET

    DENVER— Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses. But farmers and agriculture groups are just bit players in the $11 million campaign to defeat Proposition 105. The real money is coming from...

  • Corporate giants funding state ballot initiatives Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    Many of the messages are tailored to defend or expand the business interests of companies such as Coca-Cola, Monsanto and ExxonMobil, yet few have their names in the ads. Through Oct. 20, TV ad spending on ballot issues totaled roughly $119 million, according to an analysis conducted by the Washington- based Center for Public Integrity, based on preliminary data...

  • *China, HK fees account for 55 pct of AsiaPac region in 2014. HONG KONG, Oct 23- Private firms have overtaken state-owned companies this year for the first time as the biggest drivers of investment banking revenues in China- a sign of how Beijing's reforms are transforming private capital's role in the world's second-largest economy. Private firms are also...

  • LAGOS DE MORENO, Mexico, Oct 22- Nestle has no plans to close any of its eight factories or curb output in cocoa and coffee-rich West and Central Africa because of Ebola, but is ready to adapt if it spreads, the Chief Executive of the world's largest food company said on Wednesday. Nestle's factories in the region including both Ghana and Ivory Coast produce...

  • Six Flags and Yahoo are big market movers Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 4:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., up $4.40 to $38.90. Unisys Corp., up $4.24 to $23.62.

  • UPDATE 3-Brazil's JBS Foods to delay IPO Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    SAO PAULO, Oct 21- JBS SA received regulatory approval to delay an initial public offering of its JBS Foods unit in Brazil, according to a securities filing on Tuesday, putting off a plan to raise 4 billion reais for a few more weeks or until next year. The request to make JBS Foods a public company was removed from securities industry watchdog CVM's website, but the...

  • B&G Foods posts 3Q loss Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 4:54 PM ET

    PARSIPPANY, N.J. _ B&G Foods Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $4.4 million in its third quarter. B&G Foods expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.54 to $1.60 per share. B&G Foods shares have dropped 13 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Oct 21- McDonald's Corp Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson owned up to some corporate image problems on Tuesday after it posted a nearly one-third drop in quarterly profit and warned that its global restaurant sales would fall again this month. Stock in the fast-food chain, which Thompson conceded is sometimes seen as little more than "a manufacturing plant,"...

  • America says no to cappuccino potato chips Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Frito-Lay announces the winner of its second annual Do Us A Flavor promotion.

  • Sales at restaurants open at least 13 months, a closely watched gauge of performance, fell a steeper-than-expected 3.3 percent in the United States, where resurgent fast-food rivals and more upscale brands like Chipotle Mexican Grill are taking a bite out of market share. Europe, which just edges out the United States as McDonald's top revenue market, is...

  • Oct 21- McDonald's Corp reported a 30 percent fall in quarterly profit due to a food scandal in China and tough competition in the United States, and the world's largest restaurant chain said these factors were expected to hurt current-quarter results. McDonald's business in Europe, its biggest market, was hurt by issues in Russia and Germany.

  • McDonald's quarterly profit falls 30 pct Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:11 AM ET

    Oct 21- McDonald's Corp reported a 30 percent fall in quarterly profit, hurt by a food scandal in China and intense competition in the United States. The company's net income fell to $1.07 billion, or $1.09 per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from $1.52 billion, or $1.52 per share, a year earlier. Total revenue at the world's largest restaurant chain fell 4.6...

  • GENEVA/ WASHINGTON, Oct 20- The United States faces potential trade sanctions from Canada and Mexico after the World Trade Organization ruled on Monday it had failed to bring its meat labeling regulations fully in line with international fair trading rules. Canada and Mexico called on the United States to repeal the rules and said they were prepared to...

  • Since 1997, FDA has operated under a proposed rule that allows food manufacturers to get new food additives onto the market by notifying FDA that they are generally recognized as safe. In February, the non-profit Center for Food Safety sued FDA, alleging that the agency failed to follow legal rulemaking requirements. "For more than 17 years, FDA has imposed a lax...

  • Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 4:06 PM ET

    **Platform Specialty Products Corp said it would buy Arysta LifeScience Ltd for about $3.51 billion, Platform's third acquisition this year as the company looks to strengthen its agrichemicals business. **The top two lawmakers on the Senate's antitrust panel have urged regulators to scrutinize food distributor Sysco Corp's planned purchase of rival U.S....

  • GENEVA/ WASHINGTON, Oct 20- The United States faces potential trade sanctions from Canada and Mexico after the World Trade Organization ruled on Monday it had failed to bring its meat labeling laws fully into line with international fair trading rules. The WTO said the United States had not done enough to change its labeling laws, requiring retailers such as...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- The top two lawmakers on the Senate's antitrust panel have urged regulators to scrutinize food distributor Sysco Corp's planned purchase of rival U.S. Foods for $3.5 billion. Sysco and U.S. Foods are the only companies with the geographic reach to offer nationwide contracts to deliver a wide variety of goods from napkins to eggs to cleaning...

  • No time to cook? Maybe a cyber sous chef can help Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    "The idea came out of a need my co-founders and I had in our own lives," says Matt Salzberg, co-founder and CEO of Blue Apron, a 2- year-old New York startup that delivers high-end, pre-measured ingredients to your doorstep. Supermarkets and even online giants such as Amazon and Google deliver groceries. "All these companies make the promise, whether explicit or not, of...

  • *Organic sales growth 4.5 pct, misses expectations. *Question mark on full-year outlook, shares slide. VEVEY, Switzerland, Oct 16- Nestle toned down expectations for full-year sales after slower third quarter growth showed the impact of softening demand in Asia and falling prices in Europe on the world's largest food company.

  • Putin cheered in Serbia, seeks pipeline backing Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 6:52 AM ET

    BELGRADE, Serbia— Greeted by enthusiastic chants of "Putin! , "Russian President Vladimir Putin attended a military parade Thursday in Slavic ally Serbia, where he held talks on economic issues, including on the South Stream gas pipeline opposed by the European Union. Putin's visit came as Serbia finds itself caught in the middle of Moscow's dispute with the West...