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  • Branson, whose investment in the airline is restricted by U.S. foreign investment rules, owns a 22 percent stake in Virgin America through the Virgin Group and a hedge fund.

  • Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, Apple Inc and PepsiCo have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S.

  • El Pollo Loco shares rise 32 pct in debut Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 10:32 AM ET

    July 25- Shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc rose as much as 32 percent in their trading debut, valuing the restaurant chain at more than $700 million. The company raised $107.1 million after its initial public offering of 7.1 million shares were priced at $15 each, at the higher end of the range.

  • UPDATE 3-Dunkin' Brands cuts 2014 forecast; shares fall Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    July 24- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc cut its 2014 outlook on Thursday as its U.S. doughnut shops battled fast-food rivals like McDonald's Corp and high milk prices softened profits from its international Baskin-Robbins ice cream business. The company also cited weakness in its Baskin-Robbins joint venture in Japan for the reduction in its 2014 forecast.

  • Europe cruises account for 22 percent of the capacity in the company, whose cruise lines include Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruise. Royal Caribbean, which in April warned of pressure in its biggest market, the Caribbean, said the environment in the region remained "promotional".

  • July 24- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc cut its full-year forecasts on Thursday, as its U.S. Dunkin' Donuts shops battled fierce competition from fast-food rivals like McDonald's Corp and as high milk prices softened profits from its international Baskin-Robbins ice cream business.

  • July 24- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, the world's second-largest cruise operator, reported a big jump in quarterly profit as demand for its European cruises rose and passengers spent more onboard.

  • July 24- Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as an increase in global business travel drove occupancy and room rates. The operator of the Sheraton and Westin chain of hotels also raised its full-year profit forecast to $2.78- $2.85 per share from $2.76- $2.83.

  • *China food regulator visits 581 food-related businesses. Shanghai police detained five people on Wednesday, including the head and the quality chief of Shanghai Husi Food, a supplier to foreign fast-food brands including KFC, McDonald's Corp and coffee chain Starbucks Corp over allegations it supplied out-of-date meat.

  • Starwood profit rises as occupancy, room rates rise Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    July 24- Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc, owner of the Sheraton and Westin brands, reported an 11 percent rise in quarterly profit as occupancy and room rates increased. The company's net income rose to $153 million, or 80 cents per share, for second quarter ended June 30, from $138 million, or 71 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • SHANGHAI, July 24- China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors as it investigates a fast-spreading food safety scare that has dragged in a number of global brands and hit food outlets as far away as Japan.

  • SHANGHAI, July 24- China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors, the watchdog said in a statement, in an investigation into a fast-spreading food safety scare. The safety scare has already dragged in U.S. chains McDonald's Corp, KFC-parent Yum Brands Inc and coffee giant Starbucks Corp..

  • Meat supplier in China food scandal grew with McDonald's Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:32 PM ET

    July 23- Eight months ago in front of a crowd of food industry executives gathered at a fancy Chicago hotel, a top McDonald's Corp executive lauded the boss of meat supplier OSI Group for his dedication to the fast-food giant's "McFamily".

  • CHICAGO, July 23- OSI Group, the U.S.-based meat supplier at the center of a new food safety scandal in China, on Wednesday admitted to problems at a plant in Shanghai that have cost the company business with top fast-food chain Yum Brands Inc..

  • Starbucks seeks to expand in cafe-clogged Vietnam Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    This week, U.S. coffee chain Starbucks is opening three of them. Vietnam's entrenched coffee culture means Starbucks is delving deeper into what could be one of its most challenging markets yet.

  • SHANGHAI, July 23- Shanghai police said on Wednesday they detained five people in an investigation into a Chinese-based supplier of foreign fast-food brands, including KFC, McDonald's Corp and coffee chain Starbucks Corp, over allegations the firm supplied old and rotten meat.

  • *Starbucks, Burger King, Dicos pull products from Shanghai Husi. SHANGHAI, July 22- A toxic food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in U.S. coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others, as well as McDonald's products as far away as Japan.

  • *Starbucks says has pulled chicken products from Shanghai Husi. SHANGHAI, July 22- A toxic food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in U.S. coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others, as well as products of McDonald's Corp as far away as Japan.

  • July 21- Burrito chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc last quarter achieved what many of its rivals could only dream of: It raised prices, yet attracted more diners during a period of sluggish economic growth. Rival Panera Bread Co was on a similar trajectory until last year, when "operational friction" caused it to stumble on speed.

  • It once owned a handful of stores in New York City, Seattle and Philadelphia but closed most, including one in Times Square, in 2010.. At the same time Starbucks Corp last week opened its first store in Colombia 43 years after the world's biggest coffee chain began buying beans from the country famous for its premium arabica coffee.