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  • Super Bowl Wings Will Be Spicy and Pricey This Year Friday, 25 Jan 2013 | 11:25 AM ET

    Last summer's drought has driven up the price of those Super Bowl party chicken wings. Chicken prices were up 6 percent in December, versus a year earlier - that's more than triple overall food prices.

  • A Budweiser Heir's Crafty Investment Friday, 18 Jan 2013 | 2:50 PM ET
    Flying Fish Brewery's new brew entitled FU Sandy (Forever Unloved).

    Six things that have consumers buzzing in the world of beer, wine and spirits this week including FU Sandy beer, an Anheuser-Busch heir's latest investment and the New Hampshire beer tax battle.

  • ER Visits Tied to Energy Drinks Double Since 2007 Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    The number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drink industry has surged in popularity.

  • Six news stories that have consumers buzzing in the world of beer, wine and spirits this week, including a pricey bid for the White House brew.

  • Brewery Hopes Its Local Focus Will Bring It Far Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 11:19 AM ET
    Hangar 24's Polycot, the brew that helped launch the Field Series, a collection of beer that relies on locally sourced ingredients. In this case, it's apricots.

    In a beer industry over flowing with competition, it can be difficult for a brewer to stand out. But one Southern California-based brewery, Hangar 24, is hoping that brewing distinct beers grounded in its geographic roots will eventually bring its beer to faraway places.

  • New Budweiser Brew Follows Familiar Playbook Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 1:06 PM ET
    Black Crown

    Budweiser is rolling out Budweiser Crown Black to retailers on Jan. 21, in advance of a big promotional push that will include a thirty-second spot during Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3. Can lightning strike twice?

  • How Target Is Taking Aim at Online Retailers Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 11:11 AM ET

    Target is pledging to match prices of select online rivals year round. The promise began as a holiday promotion, but it will now be extended. But is this a race to the bottom for retailers?

  • It sounds like a setup for a joke: Hey, did you hear the one about the high school swim champ who got Taco Bell to make him a customized Speedo? It's not a hoax, though — more of a lesson in the power of social media marketing and teenage chutzpah.

  • Anheuser-Busch Debuts Beck’s Sapphire Beer Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 1:07 PM ET

    Anheuser-Busch InBev is stealing a page from its own playbook with Beck's Sapphire, a pilsner-style brew that woos younger adults with is upscale image.

  • Starbucks will use its ubiquitous coffee cups to tell U.S. lawmakers to come up with a deal to avoid going over the "fiscal cliff'' and triggering automatic tax hikes and spending cuts.

  • ConAgra Plans More Acquisitions After Ralcorp: CEO Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 6:33 PM ET
    ConAgra Foods products

    ConAgra will continue to make acquisitions a key to its growth strategy even after the Ralcorp deal, CEO Gary Rodkin told CBNC on Thursday.

  • After high food inflation sapped demand for Cheerios and other General Mills foods in 2012, CEO Ken Powell told CNBC on Tuesday he's expecting a pick up in sales volumes next year.

  • Why an Epic 12-12-12 Party Is on Tap at Stone Brewing Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 10:26 AM ET

    Dec. 12, 2012, will see the final release of The Stone Brewing Company Vertical Epic Ale series, one of the longest running undertakings in craft beer.

  • Samuel Adams Chocolate Box

    Six news stories that have consumers buzzing in the world of beer, wine and spirits this week.

  • How Wal-Mart Stores Got a Foothold in India's Market Wednesday, 5 Dec 2012 | 3:45 AM ET
    Wal-Mart signage is seen in the parking lot of the store in Mexico City, Mexico.

    Wal-Mart entered India's supermarket sector in 2010 with a $100 million bet on a consultancy with no employees, no profits, and a scant $14,000 in revenue.

  • Tesco Launches Strategic Review of US Chain Wednesday, 5 Dec 2012 | 2:35 AM ET

    Britain's Tesco, the world's No. 3 retailer, has launched a strategic review of its loss-making United States chain Fresh & Easy.

  • Beer Lovers Fear an Unequal Tax Bite in Wine Country Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 5:44 AM ET

    Simon Thillou likes to think of La Cave à Bulles, his shop here devoted only to beer, as a place where beer lovers can gather to taste new brews and, of course, discuss the state of the world. But this was one controversy he never saw coming, and wishes he never had: a proposed 160 percent increase in the tax on beer.

  • Online Sales Jump on Cyber Monday, eBay Shines Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 2:16 AM ET

    Online sales jumped on Cyber Monday, sending e-commerce retailers' shares higher and suggesting strong growth from earlier in the holiday shopping season is continuing for now.

  • ‘Pet Parents’ to Spend Big This Holiday Season Monday, 26 Nov 2012 | 5:47 PM ET

    Despite the uncertain state of the economy there is a standout group of big spenders this holiday season: pet owners.

  • Holiday Shopping For Your Pet?     Monday, 26 Nov 2012 | 4:44 PM ET

    Americans will spend nearly $53 billion on their cats and dogs this year. PetSmart CEO Robert Moran, offers insight. Pets are now being looked at as "members of the family," he says, discussing just how much is spent on pets during the holiday season.