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  • FRANKFORT, Ky.— The alleged head of a bourbon theft ring recruited a security guard and paid her $800 to look the other way as thieves spirited away thousands of dollars' worth of whiskey from a Kentucky distillery, prosecutors said Tuesday. Leslie Wright, 34, described by prosecutors as a former security guard at Buffalo Trace Distillery, was indicted on a charge...

  • Bacardi has U.S. rights to " Havana Club" name. Pernod's Havana Club will have to change its name to "Havanista" for U.S. customers, because Bacardi International, now Bermuda- based after its founders fled the communist island in the 1960 s, has the U.S. rights to the " Havana Club" name. "If the embargo is lifted, we could gain access to an enormous market and a substantial...

  • HONG KONG— For Americans, there are cheaper vacations in Europe and lower-priced imports. A Chinese factory is selling fewer goods in Europe. In Europe, many exporters have benefited because a stronger dollar tends to make their products cheaper in the United States.

  • Weaker commodity stocks push FTSE lower at the close Friday, 15 May 2015 | 11:55 AM ET

    *Blue-chip FTSE 100 index ends 0.2 pct lower. LONDON, May 15- Britain's top share index slipped on Friday, with energy and mining sectors falling the most on U.S. economic growth concerns and after prices of key commodities dropped. Shares in Anglo American, Glencore and Fresnillo were down 1.2 to 1.8 percent.

  • 'Keurig Kold' system gets an icy reception   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    'Keurig Kold' system gets an icy reception

    Keurig's planned 'Keurig Kold' system received a cool response after the company unveiled new details.

  • Dairy Queen pulling soda from kids' menu   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Dairy Queen pulling soda from kids' menu

    Dairy Queen said it will pull sodas from its kids' menu in September.

  • May 13- Owens-Illinois Inc, which makes bottles for Corona and Pepsi, is to buy Mexico's Vitro SAB's glass container business for about $2.15 billion to strengthen its operations in a country that houses numerous distilleries and bottlers. Mexico houses operations for Diageo, Heineken, Corona maker Constellation Brands Inc as well as bottling operations for...

  • May 13- Owens-Illinois Inc, which makes bottles for Corona and Pepsi, said it would buy Mexico's Vitro SAB's food and beverage glass container business for about $2.15 billion, as it looks to expand in Latin America. The company's other large customers include Anheuser-Busch InBev, Diageo, Heineken, Nestle and SABMiller. Deutsche Bank served is O-I's financial...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— A jury in North Carolina ruled Monday that Starbucks is not liable for damages after a Raleigh police officer said he suffered third-degree burns from a cup of coffee spilling in his lap three years ago. Matt Kohr had sought damages of up to $750,000 from the coffee company, but the jury decided 10-2 that Starbucks owed him nothing.

  • Craft beer controversy   Monday, 11 May 2015 | 10:30 AM ET
    Craft beer controversy

    The craft beer industry celebrates solid growth with "American Craft Beer Week" amid growing controversy about the definition of "craft."

  • Asian stocks retreat as Greek cash crunch intensifies Monday, 11 May 2015 | 10:11 AM ET

    Exxon Mobil lost 1.7 percent, the most in the Dow Jones industrial average. Benchmark U.S. crude fell 14 cents to close at $59.25 a barrel in New York. "It's a day of digestion after big news and a big move on Friday," said Eric Wiegand, a senior portfolio manager at U.S.

  • LOS ANGELES, May 8- Starbucks Corp on Friday said it would stop sourcing water for its Ethos Water brand in California, which is in the fourth year of a serious drought that has prompted the governor to order the state's first-ever mandatory cuts in water use by 25 percent. Starbucks bought privately held Ethos Brands LLC for $8 million in April 2005.

  • LOS ANGELES, May 8- Starbucks Corp on Friday said it would stop sourcing water for its Ethos Water brand in California, which is in the fourth year of a serious drought that has prompted the governor to order the state's first-ever mandatory water use cuts of 25 percent. Starbucks bought privately held Ethos Brands LLC for $8 million in April.

  • Strong U.S. dollar pressures jobs at exporters Friday, 8 May 2015 | 10:28 AM ET

    The appreciation in the currency weighed on first quarter profits across corporate America, including at soft drink giant PepsiCo Inc and toothpaste producer Colgate-Palmolive. Steel, the rise in the value of the dollar reduced profits from its sales to Europe, while also making steel from South Korea more competitive abroad, helping to force layoffs of...

  • SYDNEY, May 8- Murray Goulburn will proceed with its A $500 million public listing after members of the cooperative voted to approve the move on Friday, Australia's largest dairy producer said. The fund-raising will test investor appetite for a sector that expects strong long-term growth as Asia develops a taste for dairy products, but which has been battling...

  • BRUSSELS, May 7- Heineken plans to replicate its most successful sales techniques across the world as the beer industry battles for the third of drinkers who only chose a product after arriving at a bar or store. New chief commercial officer Jan Derck van Karnebeek told Reuters the world's No.3 brewer by volume-- like its rivals-- already had common practices...

  • May 7- MillerCoors LLC, the U.S. operations of brewers Molson Coors Brewing Co and SABMiller Plc, reported a 1 percent fall in quarterly net sales, hurt by lower demand for its Coors Light beer and some of its more expensive beer brands. Net income attributable to the company rose to $304.6 million in the first quarter ended March 31 from $291.2 million a year earlier.

  • SYDNEY, May 7- A A $500 million public listing by Australia's largest dairy producer, Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co Ltd, is on track for July, with cooperative members expected to give the go-ahead for the plan on Friday. "I have voted for it," said Stuart Crosthwaite, owner of North East Murray Dairy, one of the cooperative's 2,500 members. Those investors would be...

  • European shares end lower on poor U.S. data, firmer euro Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 12:40 PM ET

    LONDON, May 6- European shares ended lower on Wednesday, surrendering early gains as a rally in the euro and a fall on Wall Street prompted investors to trim their trading positions. "The euro is strengthening and that has taken some of the earlier tailwinds away from the market," Gerhard Schwarz, head of equity strategy at Baader Bank, said, noting a stronger currency...

  • AB InBev profits from Brazil prices Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 11:11 AM ET
    A Budweiser bartender serves up samples of Brewmaster's Project Twelve.

    Anheuser-Busch InBev increased profit by more than expected as it lifted prices and sold more premium lagers in Brazil and China.