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  • CHICAGO, Feb 8- For decades, Chuck Souder relied on corn and soybeans to keep his 400- acre Iowa farm running, but with corn selling for half its price two years ago and soybeans slumping, Souder has shifted to what he hopes will be a more profitable crop: Pigs. Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois and other states are seeing a similar surge, said state agriculture officials.

  • How to make money by charging for reservations Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    The Presto restaurant tablet.

    Competition to snag a reservation at hot eateries borders on cutthroat. Enter Resy, a new app that can get you a table, but at a price.

  • British tastebuds caught in crossfire of chocolate war Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 | 1:55 AM ET

    Brits living in the U.S. now have to settle for American versions of chocolate after the confectionery giant Hershey forced two companies to stop importing UK-made versions. The FT reports.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 6- Russian farming conglomerate Rusagro Group said on Friday its fourth-quarter sales rose 25 percent to 21.55 billion roubles after a 68 percent jump in the previous quarter. The pork and sugar producer said earlier it planned to post the highest annual net income in its history in 2014, boosted by Russia's ban on Western meat imports.

  • Dunkin' stock is a hold for now: Motley Fool   Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 10:31 PM ET
    Dunkin' stock is a hold for now: Motley Fool

    Asit Sharma, Contributing Analyst at The Motley Fool, expects the company to perform well financially in 2015.

  • TOKYO, Feb 5- The Japanese unit of McDonald's Corp booked its first annual operating loss since going public in 2001 and its January sales plunged by a record 39 percent as food safety scandals drove customers away. The problems are an added distraction for McDonald's Corp, the world's largest restaurant chain by sales, which last month replaced its CEO with...

  • Why Yum earnings are a 'non-event'   Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 5:35 PM ET
    Why Yum earnings are a 'non-event'

    Junheng Li, Head of Research at JL Warren Capital, says earnings are largely expected to be in line with management's pre-announcement in December.

  • Feb 4- Yum Brands Inc, owner of KFC and Pizza Hut, said on Wednesday that sales at established restaurants in its biggest market China fell less than feared in the fourth quarter as it fights to recover from a food scandal involving a minor supplier, and its shares jumped 2.1 percent. Same-restaurant sales in China, Yum's No. 1 market for revenue and profit, fell 16...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 4- Any revival in initial public offerings in Brazil seems to hinge on whether new Finance Minister Joaquim Levy can clean up public finances and get the country's economy back on track. Strengthening the market for new listings depends increasingly on how much leeway President Dilma Rousseff will give the University of Chicago-trained...

  • Feb 3- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Tuesday reported sales growth at established restaurants slowed in the fourth quarter and slightly missed Wall Street's estimate, sending shares down more than 6 percent in after-hours trade. Its stock trades at a rich valuation and is harshly punished when it fails to exceed Wall Street's lofty expectations.

  • Feb 3- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Tuesday reported that the growth of sales at established restaurants decelerated from prior quarters and slightly missed Wall Street's estimate, sending shares down more than 6 percent in after-hours trade. It trades at a rich valuation and, as a result, is harshly punished when it fails to exceed Wall Street's lofty...

  • Feb 3- J M Smucker Co, the maker of Folgers coffee, said it would buy pet food maker Big Heart Pet Brands, known for brands such as Meow Mix and Milk-Bone, for $3.2 billion to enter the pet food market. Big Heart, formerly Del Monte Corp, changed its name following the sale of its fruit, vegetable, and other consumer foods business in February last year.

  • WELLINGTON, Feb 4- Supersized U.S. demand for burgers is a godsend for New Zealand farmers who have been struggling with weak dairy prices but are now earning good money for cows sent to slaughter for beef. New Zealand is the third-largest exporter of the meat to the United States, helping satisfy a surge in demand for ground beef from both long-established...

  • *Sale to generate $400 mln- $475 mln in pretax proceeds. *Forecasts 2015 adj profit of $0.33- $0.35/ shr vs est $0.39. Feb 3- Wendy's Co, the No. 3 U.S. hamburger chain by sales, said it would sell about 500 restaurants to franchisees and reduce company ownership of its outlets to about 5 percent by mid-2016.

  • Feb 3- Wendy's Co, the No. 3 U.S. hamburger chain by sales, said it would sell about 500 restaurants to franchisees and reduce company ownership of its outlets to about 5 percent by mid-2016. Wendy's, like market leader McDonald's Corp, has been struggling in an increasingly competitive fast-food market, losing out to casual dining restaurants such as Chipotle...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 3- The Russian government is discussing the introduction of price caps for essential food products, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich was quoted as saying on Tuesday. A slump in the rouble and a ban on the import of some Western food products last year have led to a surge in inflation, hitting consumers. Dvorkovich's comments follow a series of...

  • Feb 2- Food distributor Sysco Corp said it would sell 11 distribution centers run by takeover target US Foods Inc to Performance Food Group to satisfy antitrust concerns. Sysco's $3.5 billion offer for US Foods is awaiting approval from the Federal Trade Commission as the deal would combine the two largest U.S. food distributors. Sysco and US Foods are the only...

  • Feb 2- Food distributor Sysco Corp said it would sell 11 distribution centers run by takeover target US Foods Inc to Performance Food Group to satisfy antitrust concerns. The centers generated $4.6 billion in revenue in US Foods' most recent fiscal year, Sysco said on Monday. Sysco announced its agreement to buy US Foods for $3.5 billion in December 2013.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 30- Food distributor Sysco Corp and its biggest rival, US Foods Inc, have offered to sell a smaller competitor 11 facilities in order to convince skeptical antitrust regulators to approve their $3.5 billion merger, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters. The deal, proposed in December 2013, is seen as problematic because Sysco and US Foods are...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 30- Food distributor Sysco Corp and its biggest rival, US Foods Inc, have offered to sell a smaller competitor 11 facilities in order to convince skeptical antitrust regulators to approve their $3.5 billion merger, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters. To overcome Federal Trade Commission concerns, the companies have offered to sell 11...