• TOKYO, Oct 28- Japanese retail sales growth accelerated for the third straight month in September in an encouraging sign that consumer spending could be strong enough to absorb a second sales tax increase scheduled for next year. Rebounding consumer spending is also a welcome sign for the Bank of Japan, as it tries to guide inflation to 2 percent some time next...

  • Chiquita OKs $681M deal with 2 Brazilian bidders Monday, 27 Oct 2014 | 9:28 AM ET

    The deal comes just days after the fresh produce company's shareholders rejected plans to merge with Fyffes, another major banana producer, based in Ireland. Chiquita Brands International, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, said Monday it will be acquired by the investment firm Safra Group and the juice company Cutrale Group for $14.50 per share, a 2 percent...

  • Voters weigh expansion of bottle deposit law Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 | 8:36 AM ET

    BOSTON— Both sides in the debate over Question 2 say much has changed in the more than three decades since Massachusetts first passed a bottle deposit law. If approved, the ballot measure would expand the law by adding 5- cent deposits to most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverage containers. Groups including supermarkets and the beverage industry have...

  • Pepsico plans SodaStream test-run; SODA spikes 18% Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 11:33 AM ET
    An employee uses a forklift to prepare pallets of SodaStream products for export at the SodaStream International factory in Mishor Adumim, Israel.

    Pepsico said it's planning a 10-week test-run with at-home beverage maker SodaStream.

  • Cocktails worth a raid of your kids' Halloween candy Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    Drink up: Cocktail and spirit pairings worth a raid of your kids' Halloween candy stash.

  • Swinging into craft beer     Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 7:43 AM ET

    Graeme McDowell, professional golfer, discusses his new venture of brewing a series of craft beers.

  • Coke names new marketing chief amid struggles Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 10:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Coca-Cola is replacing its chief marketing officer as the world's biggest beverage maker fights to boost flat soda sales. The Atlanta- based company says Marcos De Quinto, a company veteran, will replace Joe Tripodi starting Jan. 1. In announcing plans to boost its marketing budget, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent has noted that "our business responds to...

  • Guinness fans may be surprised by its new offering Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 5:19 PM ET
    Guinness 1759 Limited Edition Amber Ale

    Guinness plans to offer a series of limited-edition, luxury beers. Would you pay $35 for a bottle?

  • Societe Generale downgrades Coke     Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    Soc Gen has downgraded Coca-Cola to a sell rating. FMHR traders Pete Najarian and Mike Murphy, take their positions.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1230 GMT / 8.30 AM ET Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    LONDON- European shares slip and the euro hit a one-week low as reports that at least 11 banks could fail a region-wide financial health check this weekend offset hopes of corporate bond buying by the ECB. MADRID/ VIENNA- The European Central Bank cautions against speculation over the outcome of its stress tests after a media report says at least 11 banks have...

  • *ABB, Husqvarna rally after positive results. The STOXX Europe 600 euro zone bank index recovered to trade just 0.2 percent lower, however, with Spain's economy minister saying he was confident Spanish lenders would do well in the European Central Bank's checks, and Austria's Erste Bank denying it was among those that had failed the test. Erste Bank was down 1.6...

  • Coca-Cola and Apple are big market movers Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 4:50 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. The Coca-Cola Co., down $2.61 to $40.68. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., down $45.48 to $607.55.

  • Oct 21- Coca-Cola Co on Tuesday announced new cost-cutting measures and a timeline for selling its bottling operations after its quarterly profit slumped 14 percent and the world's largest beverage maker struggles to find growth amid a soft market for soda. Coke also said that it was targeting $3 billion in cost savings by 2019, up from its announcement in...

  • Coke's long road to profits     Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    Discussing Coca-Cola's disappointing earnings and revenue miss, with Caroline Levy, CLSA beverage analyst.

  • Kentucky bourbon makes its mark on state's economy Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said Tuesday. By 2014, the number of licensed distilling companies tripled in two years from 10 to 31— the most distilleries in Kentucky since Prohibition ended, according to...

  • Cramer: Coke not well run company     Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    CNBC's Jim Cramer breaks down Coca-Cola's Q3 earnings. Cramer says he's tired of Coke's excuses and it is a poorly run company.

  • 'Drought' beer: California breweries hit dry times Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:40 AM ET

    "Beer has to have water," says the manager of one brewery, who noted that a typical can of beer is 92 percent water.

  • Oct 21- Coca-Cola Co said on Tuesday that its quarterly profit fell 14 percent as sales of carbonated beverage volumes in North America declined. The world's largest beverage maker said net income for the third quarter ended Sept. 26 declined to $2.1 billion, or 48 cents a share, from $2.4 billion, or 54 cents a share, a year earlier. Excluding charges for...

  • Coke to slash costs as soda sales remain flat Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 7:51 AM ET

    As sales of their drinks have slowed, Coca-Cola and rival PepsiCo have both sought to improve their financial performance by trimming costs. Earlier this month, PepsiCo said soda volume for the region fell 1.5 percent for the quarter, while non-carbonated drinks rose slightly. Although Coca-Cola and PepsiCo sell a variety of other drinks, both are trying to...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 14- A New York state judge ruled on Tuesday that the privately held producer of AriZona iced tea should pay about $1 billion to buy out the half of the beverage maker owned by the co-founder and his son. Driscoll's ruling followed a nonjury trial and six years of litigation between Ferolito and Vultaggio, onetime friends from Brooklyn who launched...