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  • No fry zone: Brace for fast-food strikes Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 7:04 PM ET
    Fast-food workers demand higher pay at a protest outside a Wendy's in New York in July.

    You want fries with that? It might not matter Thursday — fast-food workers are planning to strike in protest of their low wages.

  • Done right, wheat-free businesses offer lots of dough Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 12:03 PM ET

    More people want gluten-free products. Manufacturers and restaurants have taken note, but there's still space in this quickly growing market for entrepreneurs.

  • Bag ban: New York's future may not be in plastics Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 5:52 PM ET

    At least nine City Council members back legislation to require most retailers to charge customers 10 cents for each bag.

  • Can frozen yogurt and ice cream coexist? Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 7:13 AM ET

    It is a question that has plagued many great thinkers for a number of years: does the rise of "healthy" frozen yogurts signal the death knell for the indulgent ice cream?

  • Wake up and smell the coffee – market may perk up Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 8:58 AM ET

    The global coffee market has been rather decaffeinated for the past couple of years, with prices falling to less than half their 2011 peak and the bean becoming the worst-performing soft commodity last year.

  • Less than bubbly over Postal's alcohol delivery plan Sunday, 11 Aug 2013 | 11:00 AM ET

    If U.S. law is changed to allow the Post Office to deliver beer, wine and spirits, it could help the cash-strapped agency and drive alcohol sales. But other challenges linger.

  • Boosting the craft beer biz, a beer geek at a time Saturday, 10 Aug 2013 | 3:00 PM ET
    Drew Curtis, Will Wheaton, and Greg Koch

    "Homebrewing has always been a fundamental element of the craft brewing culture," Stone Brewing's Greg Koch said, reflecting on how the beer geek culture helps feed the industry.

  • Watch: Is this the hypermarket of the future? Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 5:39 AM ET

    Tesco has unveiled a brand new concept store in the UK in Watford. Tesco Extra is the latest experiment in transforming the supermarket into a retail destination.

  • Food stocks at record highs, can still go up: Pros Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 10:37 AM ET

    Although shares of many packaged food companies are hitting all-time highs, there is still room at the table for new investors to join the food stock feast.

  • Hail to the beef: Americana on the rise in London Sunday, 4 Aug 2013 | 9:28 PM ET
    A freshly prepared cheeseburger sits on a kitchen counter at the first U.K. outlet of U.S. burger restaurant chain Five Guys in London, U.K.

    The introduction of Five Guys and Shake Shack in London last month is part of a growing trend of American culture seeping into British food and drink.

  • Younger drinkers tire of the taste of light beer Saturday, 3 Aug 2013 | 3:00 PM ET

    Bad spring weather and a sluggish economy were cited by brewers for the recent poor sales of some of their light beer brands. But a couple of new surveys suggest consumers may just be growing tired of the taste of light beer and moving on.

  • Tom Gearing, former Apprentice runner-up and co-director of Cult Wines, tells CNBC that threats by China to impose tariffs on European wine exports has not affected the industry.

  • Most popular supermarket? Hint: Not the biggest Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | 4:03 PM ET

    In a survey of U.S. and Canadian grocery shoppers, Trader Joe's, Publix Supermarkets and Whole Foods earned some of the highest marks.

  • Cook hot dogs, add champagne, and make money Friday, 19 Jul 2013 | 1:02 AM ET
    A hot dog from Bubbledogs, which serves gourmet hot dogs with fine champagne

    As London becomes more accustomed to American quality fast-food, the Brits can't help but add a bit of class: champagne goes really well with hot dogs.

  • Panera Bread finds free food can be a tricky sell Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | 9:25 AM ET
    Panera Cares nonprofit cafés operate in five cities.

    Panera Bread this week removed its pay-what-you-can turkey chili from the menus at the 48 St. Louis locations where it was testing a program to help end hunger.

  • Supersize this: McD's alums go big on healthy food Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | 6:00 AM ET
    LYFE Kitchen nine grain pilaf.

    No strangers to food in the fast lane, a handful of former McDonald's executives, are trying to crack the code on providing food on the go that tastes good and is good for you.

  • San Francisco's battle over bacon eatery Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 1:41 PM ET

    A restaurant with a menu built around bacon has been temporarily shut down due to complaints from neighbors about the aroma, but its supporters are fighting back.

  • Manufacturing Slump Not in the Mix for Vitamix Saturday, 6 Jul 2013 | 3:00 PM ET
    Vitamix blender

    Amid a slow-growth environment for US manufacturing, one American company is bucking the trend as Americans embrace juicing, which has driven sales higher.

  • The Secret New Drink Starbucks Is Testing Tuesday, 2 Jul 2013 | 5:16 PM ET

    Never one to rest on its caffeinated laurels, Starbucks is testing out some new drinks. Here's where you can get them.

  • Vodka Reigns Supreme as 'Mad Men' Effect Fades Friday, 28 Jun 2013 | 8:12 AM ET
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    If you couldn't be Don Draper on "Mad Men," you could at least drink like him, but now vodka is back as America's favorite.