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  • CARACAS, May 2- President Nicolas Maduro is introducing a controversial shopping card intended to combat Venezuela's food shortages but decried by critics as a Cuban-style policy illustrating the failure of his socialist policies.

  • *PEDv killed millions of piglets in North America, Asia. PARIS, May 2- France will ban imports of live pigs, pork-based byproducts and pig sperm from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan to protect against a virus that has killed millions of piglets in North America and Asia, a farm ministry official said on Friday.

  • Rush to list stocks stirs memories of tech bubble Friday, 2 May 2014 | 10:47 AM ET

    *Big inflows fail to rouse equity markets; IPOs absorb cash. LONDON, May 2- Firms are queuing up to list on equity indexes, sucking cash from existing listed stocks and fuelling worries that these high flotation volumes could be signalling an impending market fall.

  • PARIS, May 2- France will ban imports of live pigs, pig byproducts and pig sperm from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan to combat a virus that has killed millions of piglets in North America and Asia, a farm ministry official said.

  • Europe not prepared for U.S. pig virus threat Thursday, 1 May 2014 | 10:26 AM ET

    LONDON, May 1- There are fears that a virus that has killed millions of piglets in North America and sent retail pork prices to record highs could reach Europe in the coming months, and little has been done to try to prevent its arrival, industry sources said.

  • LAGOS, April 30- Nestle Nigeria will invest $70 million to grow its food business this year and plans to expand its distribution network with up to 2,000 low-cost vans to tap into the mass consumer market of Africa's biggest economy, its CEO said. Nestle has set a target to triple annual sales in Nigeria to 350 billion naira over the next ten years.

  • *First-quarter earnings $1.01/ shr vs est $0.97/ shr. *Net sales fall 3.1 pct to $3.74 bln vs est $3.81 bln. May 1- Kellogg Co reported a bigger-than-expected fall in quarterly revenue as competition from private-label brands and alternative breakfast items ate into cereal sales in the United States.

  • Food bill rising? At least you’re not French Thursday, 1 May 2014 | 7:11 AM ET

    Americans devote a smaller portion of their overall budget to groceries than most other countries, experts say.

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK/ PARIS, May 1- Publicis and Omnicom have lost more than $1.5 billion of client work in recent weeks and face a fight to retain billions more, including a huge Samsung contract, just as the two advertising firms struggle to keep their merger on track.

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- U.S. hog prices could rise by 15 percent to 25 percent and consumer prices for pork by 10 percent to 12 percent as a result of a virus that has killed some 7 million piglets in the United States, the National Pork Producers Council said on Wednesday.

  • U.S. pork group sees consumer prices up 10-12 pct on PEDv Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    April 30- U.S. hog prices could rise by 15 to 25 percent and consumer prices for pork by 10 to 12 percent as a result of a virus that has killed some 7 million piglets in the United States, the National Pork Producers Council said on Wednesday.

  • NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL SAYS IMPACT OF PEDV COULD PUSH U.S.

  • Taco Bell's waffle taco.

    The breakfast battle is on between McDonald's and Taco Bell. The two companies have invested in the market where billions of dollars are at stake.

  • CHICAGO, April 27- John Goihl, a hog nutritionist in Shakopee, Minnesota, knows a farmer in his state who lost 7,500 piglets just after they were born. In Sampson County, North Carolina, 12,000 of Henry Moore's piglets died in three weeks.

  • KHABAROVSK, Russia, April 25- As Washington and its European allies discuss extending sanctions against Moscow for its actions in Ukraine, Russia's Agriculture Minister told reporters on Friday that higher food imports from other countries would make up for any EU cuts.

  • HONG KONG, April 25- On the face of it, an IPO for WH Group, the world's biggest pork company, should have been an easy sell.

  • April 24- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins ice cream stores, on Thursday reported lower-than-expected quarterly results as extreme cold weather put a chill on U.S. customer visits.

  • The Vermont House of Representative passed the bill 114-30. Last week, the Vermont Senate, by a vote of 28-2, approved the measure, which requires foods containing GMOs sold at retail outlets to be labeled as having been produced or partially produced with "genetic engineering."

  • Vermont lawmakers send GMO food-labeling law to governor Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 3:51 PM ET

    April 23- A law that would make Vermont the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, received final approval from state lawmakers on Wednesday and now heads to the governor's desk.

  • Extra crispy: French fry truck catches fire Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 2:12 PM ET
    Truck fire in the Wal-Mart parking lot, Waterville, Maine.

    A tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of french fries caught fire in a Wal-Mart parking lot in the Maine city of Waterville.