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  • *Blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 set to rise 5 pct by end-2015. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index, home of bellwethers such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, and LVMH, the world's No.1 luxury goods maker, is expected to rise nearly 5 percent by the end of 2015, reaching 3,900 points. "For the euro zone, which is the biggest exporting region in the...

  • That's the plan for economic development in this otherwise sleepy town of Trimble, tucked away among the corn and soybean fields of northwestern Tennessee. Ballard, the proprietor of the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, South Dakota, wants to bring the biker party vibe back to his Tennessee home town by catering to hot rods, custom motorcycles and live concerts...

  • Who knew? Cows are dominating beer label contest! Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 12:37 PM ET
    Newburgh Brewing Co. Cream Ale

    In CNBC's Most Loved Label contest, these beer brands are learning that every vote counts.

  • Old Bay seasoning works on crabs...and beer too! Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 1:06 PM ET

    Flying Dog Brewery is bringing back its Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale after having trouble keeping it in stock during its debut.

  • Report: Soda sales dropped again in 2014 Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 7:17 PM ET
    Diet Coke

    The total volume of carbonated soft drinks sold slid 0.9 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to a report.

  • CNBC most loved beer labels: Round one results Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 3:11 PM ET
    Beer Label Madness 2015 - South - Yule Shoot Your Eye Out

    As voting gets underway in Round Two of CNBC's most loved beer label contest, here's a look at those that prevailed in Round One.

  • Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 spot Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 1:16 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Americans bought less soda for the tenth straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday. He also noted that Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple Group have improved marketing for their soda brands. The American Beverage Association, which represents Coke, Pepsi and...

  • NEW YORK— PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi was given a pay package worth $19.1 million in 2014 after the snack-and-beverage maker said it met or beat its own financial targets for the year. PepsiCo Inc., based in Purchase, N.Y., makes products including Frito-Lay snacks, Gatorade sports drinks, Mountain Dew soda and Quaker oatmeal. When stripping out the impact of currency...

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK, March 26- Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, is close to proposing JAB Holding Chief Executive Olivier Goudet as its next chairman, according to four sources familiar with the matter. Goudet, born in 1964, has served as chief financial officer of US confectionery giant Mars Inc. Since June 2012, he has been partner and CEO of JAB...

  • Craft beer exports near $100 million Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 3:18 PM ET
    Inside the Brooklyn Brewery, maker of Brooklyn beers.

    Craft beer is growing by double digits at home and it’s picking up momentum overseas as well, with exports rising 35.7 percent last year.

  • Heinz Co, backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc and Brazilian private equity firm 3 G Capital, will combine with Kraft Foods Group Inc to create the third-largest North American food company, executives said on Wednesday. The deal deepens Buffett's hold on leading U.S. food brands, as well as that of 3 G founder Jorge Paulo Lemann, Brazil's richest man.

  • Heinz Co, owned by 3 G Capital and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, is acquiring a majority stake in Kraft Foods Group Inc to create the third-largest North American food company, executives said on Wednesday. Shares of Kraft were up more than 38 percent near $85 in morning trading. The deal would provide Heinz with access to Kraft brands, which it says are...

  • March 25- Kraft Foods Group Inc, the maker of Velveeta cheese and Oscar Mayer meats, will merge with ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co, owned by 3 G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway Inc, to form North America's third-largest food and beverage company. Brazilian private equity firm 3 G Capital and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway acquired Heinz for $23.2 billion in...

  • March 25- Kraft Foods Group Inc, the maker of Velveeta cheese and Oscar Mayer meats, will merge with ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co, owned by 3 G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway Inc, to form the world's fifth-largest food and beverage company. The combined company will have eight brands worth more than $1 billion each and five worth $500 million- $1 billion each, the...

  • Kraft Foods to merge with ketchup maker Heinz Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 6:09 AM ET

    March 25- Kraft Foods Group Inc said it would merge with ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co, owned by 3 G Capital and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, to form the third-largest food and beverage company in North America. Kraft shareholders will receive stock in the combined company and a special cash dividend of $16.50 per share, which will be funded by Berkshire...

  • Most loved beer label contest: Underdogs to watch Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 1:01 PM ET
    Prairie Artisan Ales Chrismas Bomb.

    CNBC's beer label contest is all about having the right flair. Here are three potential Cinderella labels that could make some noise in the brackets.

  • Most loved beer label? Here are 4 brews to watch Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 10:29 AM ET
    Troegs Bros. Hop Knife Harvest Ale

    CNBC is once again setting out to find the most loved beer label. This year's vote begins Tuesday.

  • For two years, Napa Valley, California- based Mira Winery has been submerging bottles of wine in the harbor in Charleston, South Carolina, where its president lives, to determine the effects of water, motion, light and temperature on aging. But last week the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issued an advisory saying water pressure could cause...

  • NEW YORK— PepsiCo Co.' s board of directors elected Richard W. Fisher, former CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, as a member of the Pepsi board. Fisher served as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2005 to March 2015, and as a Deputy U.S. The former chairman and CEO of H.J. Heinz is an advisory partner to activist investor Nelson Peltz's...

  • SHANGHAI, March 23- China's largest food and beverage maker Tingyi Holding Corp said net profit fell 2 percent in 2014, while a slowing economy and fierce competition dragged sales down for the first time in almost two decades. Hong Kong- listed Tingyi, owner of the Master Kong brand and a partner with PepsiCo Inc and Starbucks Corp in China, said on Monday profit...