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  • Starbucks shareholders weigh in on race   Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
    Starbucks shareholders weigh in on race

    Outside the Starbucks annual meeting, shareholders like Mary Melalson, Evie Scribner and Steve Nussbaum react to the company's new "Race Together" initiative, and baristas Harrison Deatherage and Tyler Wright prepare to write those words on coffee cups.

  • Customers outside first Starbucks on 'race together'   Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
    Customers outside first Starbucks on 'race together'

    Customers lined up out the door outside Starbucks' very first store in Seattle have mixed reactions to the company's new "Race Together" initiative.

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Liquor producer Brown-Forman Corp. is putting a descendant of its founder in charge of its original whiskey, the latest sign that it intends to rejuvenate the long-struggling Old Forester bourbon brand. Campbell Brown— a fifth-generation descendant of company founder George Garvin Brown— is being promoted to the new position of president of...

  • Sláinte! Irish whiskey sales soar   Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 6:53 AM ET
    Sláinte! Irish whiskey sales soar

    Stephen Teeling, Teeling Whiskey Company, discusses the growing popularity of craft spirits as Dublin opens its first new distillery in more than a hundred years.

  • LINCOLN, Calif.— One measure of how heated the environmental battle has become over coffee giant Keurig Green Mountain's $5 billion- a-year, single-serve plastic pods is how often the company's opponents resort to galactic comparisons. "We're under siege," said Jon Rogers, patriarch of a California- based family coffee company whose soy and corn byproduct-based...

  • In battle of the beers, this brand is tops Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 11:36 AM ET
    Samuel Adams lager

    When it comes to generating a positive perception among consumers, this brand is still the beer to beat.

  • No bans on NZ dairy products after poison threat -govt Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 2:41 AM ET

    Countries including China, the biggest buyer of New Zealand dairy products, were not closing the door on shipments, a top official from the ministry told Reuters, as police track down the sender of letters to dairy giant Fonterra and the national farmers' group which were accompanied by infant formula laced with the pesticide 1080.. Following the announcement...

  • The fizzy future of champagne   Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 12:50 PM ET
    The fizzy future of champagne

    Francoise Peretti, director of the UK Champagne Bureau, discusses why the champagne business is still booming.

  • WELLINGTON/ SHANGHAI, March 11- Chinese demand for New Zealand infant formula has fallen after a threat by suspected environmental activists to contaminate the product with an agricultural poison, the head of an exporter group said on Wednesday. Following the announcement, China said it would increase scrutiny of milk powder imports from New Zealand, which...

  • SHANGHAI, March 11- China will increase scrutiny on milk powder imports from New Zealand, its quality control watchdog said late on Tuesday, after suspected environmental activists threatened to contaminate infant formula in the top global dairy exporter. New Zealand police said on Tuesday letters were sent to the national farmers' group and dairy giant...

  • WELLINGTON, March 10- Suspected environmental activists have threatened to contaminate infant formula in New Zealand, the world's largest dairy exporter, in an attempt to halt the use of an agricultural poison on pests such as rats and possums. New Zealand police said on Tuesday letters were sent to the national farmers' group and dairy giant Fonterra in...

  • WELLINGTON, March 10- Suspected environmental activists have threatened to contaminate infant formula in New Zealand, the world's largest dairy exporter, in an attempt to halt use of an agricultural poison on pests such as rats and possums. New Zealand police said on Tuesday several letters were sent to the national farmers' group and dairy giant Fonterra in...

  • *LDB is Senegal's only processing firm using milk from local herd. RICHARD TOLL, Senegal, March 9- Bagore Bathily was working as a vet to Senegal's pastoralist farmers when he was struck by an absurdity: 3 million cows roam the country but no dairy company processes their milk. Demand for dairy products was growing among Senegal's middle class but consumer choice...

  • A business person's guide to Munich: Beer included Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 3- Jim Koch considers Munich a beer-lover's paradise. Koch, 65, is drawn to Munich because beer drinking is a way of life there, and the trips connect him with his family's German roots. Power breakfast: " The Charles Hotel has one of the top restaurants in Munich- and they serve breakfast.

  • It's back! The most loved beer label contest! Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 12:53 PM ET
    Beer

    We're looking for the most loved beer labels from 2014. Here's how to cast your vote for the best.

  • PepsiCo to close Russian juice plant Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 9:13 AM ET

    MOSCOW, March 2- PepsiCo Inc said on Monday it would close a juice plant outside Moscow as demand in Russia falls due to an economic slump and the Ukraine crisis. PepsiCo, the biggest fruit juice producer in Russia, said it would close a plant in the town of Ramenskoye which employs 400 staff and has more than 10 production lines. "From June 2015, juice production will be...

  • *Bavaria NV to face rivals, Heineken, Diageo in Ethiopia. ADDIS ABABA, March 2- Ethiopian greenfield brewer Habesha, majority-owned by Dutch brewer Bavaria NV, said it plans to start selling beer in the second quarter of this year to tap rising domestic demand that has attracted global brands. Bavaria NV is the latest beer maker lured by Ethiopia's expanding middle...

  • NEW YORK/ MANAGUA, March 1- Venezuela, once a proud exporter of premium coffee, has been reduced to swapping crude oil for growing volumes of Nicaraguan coffee beans to make sure worsening economic turmoil does not prevent people from getting their caffeine fix. Falling coffee production and near-record demand has forced it to buy more higher-priced foreign...

  • Is beer the new wine?   Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 8:28 AM ET
    Beer and tap

    Craft beer is having a bit of a renaissance and some experts say, it's actually better to pair food with beer than with wine. CNBC investigates.

  • Feb 26- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc said on Thursday that its Dunkin' K-Cups will be available online and across retail stores in North America, a move that expands the doughnut chain's brand in the single-serve coffee market amid growing competition. Dunkin' K-Cups are available at present only in Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the United States.