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  • Cyr: Food Inflation Squeezing Juice Business Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 10:44 AM ET
    SunnyD

    Consumers have been squeezed – and it shows in their purchasing behavior. In our business, each 1% increase in price typically reduces consumption by 1%.

  • Smoking Out the Hot Tobacco Stocks Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 3:28 PM ET

    With interest rates so low, the story of 2011 was the hunt for yield. As a result, a tremendous amount of money flowed into tobacco stocks. But 2012 is a different story — at least with U.S.-based brands.

  • Barman pulling a pint of stout

    Regional distribution for many craft brewers is limited, the demand is not. The category continues to show consistent growth year after year and the question facing many brewers is how to best meet increased demand.

  • 6 Companies Battling for Americans’ Grocery Money Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 12:53 PM ET

    Consumer-staples retailers are undergoing abrupt changes to their industry. The latest example is the battle over Americans' grocery purchases being waged by traditional supermarkets, dollar-discount stores, big-box department stores and wholesale clubs.

  • Wayfair

    Retailers may want to take a hard look at Pinterest if they aren't already doing so. Evidence continues to suggest the social media website is a good way to generate customer leads. That's certainly the experience Wayfair, an ecommerce company that sells home furnishings, is having.

  • Frozen Yogurt Franchise Surge: Still Room for Dessert? Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | 10:27 AM ET
    Red Mango yogurt

    Forecasts for an increasingly crowded and competitive market have not deterred “fro-yo” companies from embarking on ambitious expansion plans to capture an increasingly health-conscious U.S. consumer.

  • National Grocers Stop Buying 'Pink Slime' Beef Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 3:57 PM ET

    Two supermarket chains said Thursday they will join the growing list of stores that will no longer sell beef that includes an additive with the unappetizing moniker "pink slime."

  • Thank You Easter Bunny! Easter Spending to Rise 11% Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 9:59 AM ET
    Easter Eggs

    Retailers will likely have a Happy Easter as Americans are expected to spend more on candy, flowers and little trinkets to celebrate the holiday, according to the results of a recent survey.

  • The pace of the decline in soda sales quickened in 2011, despite growth in the overall beverage market.

  • Unique Neighborhood Coffee Shops Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:36 AM ET
    Whether dark roast, light roast, with milk or black, no matter how you take your morning cup, you are part of a worldwide community of java drinkers that have made coffee one of the world’s top-traded agricultural commodities.For as many coffee drinkers as there are in the country, it seems there are just as many coffee shops, from international chains to the coffee house on the corner. It’s those neighborhood Coffee appliance maker Krups created its Best Brew Awards in 2011 to honor the best sm

    This year, voters chose 10 shops from across the country to receive the Best Brew Award. Find out who the winners are.

  • Are Cupcakes Still a Sweet Spot for Business? Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
    Hummingbird cupcake

    A handful of big-name players within the cupcake industry are betting that America’s cupcake obsession will continue as they embark upon ambitious expansion plans.

  • The Proper Way to Enjoy a Guinness     Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 7:50 AM ET

    The proper way to pour and enjoy a Guinness, with Fergal Murray, Guinness Beer master brewer.

  • Fat Profits in Fried Food?     Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 2:42 PM ET

    Elliott Schlang, Great Lakes Review, identifies several deep-fried stocks that could help make you money.

  • A Healthier Hotel? It’s More Than Adding a Gym Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 9:58 AM ET

    If the idea of a health and wellness hotel brand seems odd, think again.

  • SmashBurger CEO on Jobs Market     Friday, 9 Mar 2012 | 11:45 AM ET

    Insight on SmashBurger's expansion and plans to create over 1200 jobs, with Dave Prokupek, Smashburger CEO, who says the company is seeing a big shift in consumption.

  • Beer Companies Looking Beyond Beer for Growth Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 | 3:13 PM ET

    It appears the fastest way to growth for many beer companies is to look beyond beer. The latest example came Tuesday when Molson Coors Brewing announced it is launching Coors Light Iced Tea in Canada next month, with a possible U.S rollout at a later date.

  • Business Climate, Travel Improving: Loews Exec Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 4:43 PM ET
    Service bell at hotel reception

    The U.S. business economy is improving and with it business travel, said Jonathan Tisch, co-chairman of Loews.

  • Gilt Focused on Raising Margins Ahead of IPO: CEO Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | 4:50 PM ET
    Apple iPad

    Online retailer Gilt Groupe is working on becoming more profitable ahead of going public, which will likely be next year, CEO Susan Lyne told CNBC Thursday.

  • According to this year's “How America Shops” survey, conducted by WSL/Strategic Retail, it now takes an income of more than $150,000 to be able to afford the basics, the extras and to save too.

  • Retailers Expected to Post Robust Sales in February Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012 | 3:46 PM ET
    Two women walking to car after shopping

    The Thomson Reuters Same Store Sales Index, which tracks the companies that will report monthly sales late Wednesday and early Thursday, is expected to rise 4.8 percent in February. That's on top of last February's 4.0 percent gain.