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  • Chef Boyardee owner names new CEO, cuts forecasts Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 5:13 PM ET
    Cans of Chef Boyardee

    ConAgra Foods shares fell after it announced changes in management and cut its full year 2015 earnings forecasts.

  • Feb 12- Kellogg Co, the world's largest maker of breakfast cereals, cut its forecast for long-term annual revenue growth as consumers shift away from cereals and snacks to cheaper private label foods and cook more at home. Cereals and other processed foods from Kellogg, ConAgra Foods Inc and General Mills Inc are facing stiff competition from breakfast options...

  • Feb 12- Kellogg Co, the world's largest maker of breakfast cereals, reported lower-than-expected quarterly sales as weak demand in Europe and Asia Pacific overshadowed a revival in U.S. sales. Processed food makers such as Kellogg, ConAgra Foods Inc and General Mills Inc are facing stiff competition from breakfast options such as yogurt and frozen egg...

  • Nestle takes on Hershey's in non-chocolate wars Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 3:09 PM ET
    Red licorice

    For years, Hershey-owned Twizzlers have twisted the licorice market to its own desires. Now, Nestle wants a bite of that action.

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 11- Brazilians are hoarding water in their apartments, drilling homemade wells and taking other emergency measures to prepare for forced rationing that appears likely and could leave taps dry for up to five days a week because of a drought. Other cities in Brazil's heavily populated southeast such as Rio de Janeiro face less dire shortages but...

  • Forget V-Day, we buy chocolate all year Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 10:17 AM ET
    Valentine's Day chocolate sales

    Chocolate purchases are consistent all year, and don't move dramatically for Valentine's Day, according to data.

  • Feb 11- Mondelez International Inc, the maker of Cadbury chocolate and Oreo cookies, reported a better-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit and said it expects cost cuts to boost full-year adjusted operating margin this year. Like other companies in the food industry, Mondelez has faced sluggish markets in some of its key categories.

  • *India's broiler output seen at fresh record high this year. India, a key exporter of the grain to Asia, has struggled to find takers for its relatively expensive corn after global benchmark prices hit five-year lows late last year on record production in the United States and South America. India's broiler production will hit a fresh all-time high of 3.9 million...

  • *Ketchup maker Kagome sets first price hike in 25 years. *Kagome worried that consumers not ready to pay more. TOKYO, Feb 10- For Tokyo- based condiments maker Kagome, and perhaps for Japan's government, the challenge of breaking with a decade and a half of deflation boils down to the price of a bottle of ketchup.

  • *Qualcomm up, nears deal with China on antitrust dispute. "China is a negative and Greece is a negative, certainly Greece is something investors have lived with for a while and it's not a huge surprise," said Rick Meckler, president of investment firm LibertyView Capital Management in Jersey City, New Jersey. On Monday, European Commission President Jean-Claude...

  • Feb 9- McDonald's Corp on Monday reported a steeper-than-expected drop in January sales at established restaurants and pinned a big portion of the blame on the after-effects of food safety scandals in China and Japan. January marked the eighth straight month of worldwide same-restaurant sales declines at McDonald's, which is replacing Chief Executive Don...

  • *Qualcomm near deal with China on antitrust dispute, shares climb. On Monday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Greeks should not expect the euro zone to accept the latest terms proposed by Greece. "We are seeing heightened nervousness over the Greek elections and the policies that could make or break its EU membership," said Andre Bakhos,...

  • Feb 9- McDonald's Corp's worldwide same-restaurant sales fell a steeper-than-expected 1.8 percent in January, as the company struggles to shake off the after-effects of food scandals in China and Japan. January marked the eighth straight month of worldwide same-restaurant sales declines at McDonald's, which is also battling changing consumer tastes,...

  • *Qualcomm near deal with China on antitrust dispute. NEW YORK, Feb 9- U.S. stocks were poised for a lower open on Monday, on the heels of disappointing economic data out of China and signs of rising tensions surrounding Greek debt negotiations. "We are seeing heightened nervousness over the Greek elections and the policies that could make or break its EU membership,"...

  • Feb 9- McDonald's Corp's worldwide same-restaurant sales fell a steeper-than-expected 1.8 percent in January, as the company fights to win back diners around the world and shake off the after-effects of a supplier scandal in China. The company said sales at U.S. restaurants open at least 13 months rose 0.4 percent in the month. Analysts on average had expected a...

  • Upscale Godiva aims for 'everyday' options Sunday, 8 Feb 2015 | 3:30 PM ET
    Godiva soft serve ice cream cone.

    For most men, Valentine's Day isn't on the radar just yet. That's a boom for Godiva, which is trying to be more accessible.

  • 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.