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  • 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.

  • *McDonald's warns may face China product shortfall. *Incident highlights broader China food supply chain issues. SHANGHAI, July 21- McDonald's Corp and Yum Brands Inc are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast food giants' efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets.

  • You kill it, hotels cook it: Farm-to-table perks Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 1:00 PM ET
    Marlin Watkins with wild turkeys bagged at Turkey Trot Acres.

    Farm-to-table meals have become so popular that hotels are now getting in the game by offering prepared meals using food hooked or shot by guests.

  • July 17- Yum Brands Inc's disappointing Pizza Hut and Taco Bell results, along with other data, suggested the U.S. fast-food business remained weak in the second quarter and that industry leader McDonald's Corp continues to struggle. The fast-food guys are stuck, " Investment Technology Group restaurant analyst Steve West said.

  • Wharf launches Niccolo hotel brand in China     Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 8:39 PM ET

    Stephen Ng, Deputy Chairman & MD at Wharf Holdings, introduces the firm's new luxury hotel and outlines its expansion strategy in the mainland.

  • UPDATE 1-Starbucks opens in Colombia, home of Juan Valdez Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 12:53 PM ET

    July 16- Starbucks Corp opened its first shop in Colombia on Wednesday, 43 years after the world's biggest coffee chain first started buying beans from the country famous for its premium arabica coffee named after fictional coffee farmer Juan Valdez.

  • Starbucks opens in Colombia, home of Juan Valdez Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    July 16- Starbucks Corp opened its first shop in Colombia on Wednesday, 43 years after the world's biggest coffee chain first starting buying beans from the country known for its premium arabica coffee. It and all other Starbucks stores in Colombia will be the company's first to serve only locally sourced coffee.

  • You're a bad bartender: Homemade cocktail mistakes Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    Making cocktails at home isn't a bargain if your DIY drinks aren't as good. Avoid these mistakes for a better drinkā€”and better value.

  • July 14- Layoff notices went out on Monday for roughly 1,000 employees of Atlantic City's Trump Plaza Casino Hotel, in anticipation of a Sept. 16 closure, the company said in a statement. The seashore casino is one of the poorest performers in Atlantic City, which began the year with 12 casinos but with the Trump Plaza closing could be down to eight.

  • Nude tourism: Go upscale or risk closing Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    Mom-and-pop nudist resorts are folding while larger more luxurious options are thriving, The Economist reports.

  • TGI Fridays' move could spark trend: Pro Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 4:52 PM ET
    TGI Fridays' loaded potato skins, one of the choices for "Endless Appetizers for $10."

    TGI Fridays' endless appetizer promotion may have a ripple effect across the already challenged industry, one restaurant analyst said.

  • SEEHEIM, Germany, July 9- Lufthansa may launch low-cost long-haul flights under a new brand as part of plans by the company's new boss to battle competition from Middle East carriers and no-frills airlines.

  • Crumbs shows risks of being a one-hit wonder Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 AM ET
    A selection of cupcakes is seen at Crumbs Bake Shop.

    When Crumbs shuttered its remaining stores, it seemed like an abrupt ending for a company that opened a decade ago to ride the wave of popularity of the sugary treat.

  • Business travel forecast slightly less upbeat Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Business travelers spent less money per trip in the second quarter, but it wasn't because prices went down, according to a new report.

  • Hotels are going to the dogs - for your enjoyment Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
    At the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, guests can take Mavis, a Lab/Retriever mix or Beau, a Yellow Labrador, for a walk.

    Fluffy pillows might make hotel guests feel welcome, but sometimes face time with a pet is what a road warrior might be craving.

  • July 2- Fast-food titans McDonald's, Taco Bell and KFC are conquering the globe, but they are losing to the likes of In-N-Out Burger, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Chick-fil-A in the United States, according to Consumer Reports' latest fast-food survey.

  • July 1- Buyout firm Berkshire Partners LLC is in advanced talks to acquire Portillo's Restaurant Group, the largest privately owned restaurant chain in the U.S. Berkshire Partners has outbid other private equity firms for the Chicago- based restaurant group, the sources said on Tuesday.

  • IHG's cutting edge innvoation     Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs takes a look inside the InterContinental's first "EVEN" brand hotel, focusing on health and wellness.

  • Still time to get travel bargains for July 4 Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 9:25 AM ET
    Atlantic City, New Jersey, hosts one of the largest fireworks displays in the United States.

    Hotel and air rates in many destinations are either flat or lower than 2013, but July 4 travel is up for a third year in a row.

  • HotelTonight adds keyless entry, mobile check-in Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 6:48 PM ET
    New features on the HotelTonight app include a keyless room entry option.

    An app-only booking company has added keyless room entry and mobile check-in features for hotel guests.