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  • The Six Pack: Beer Buzz of the Week Friday, 4 May 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    Here's the latest "Six Pack," a look at six news items that have consumers buzzing in the world of beer, wine and spirits, as we head into the weekend. This week, a look at Dos Equis food trucks, Sam Adams earnings, and more.

  • Jim Beam Gets a Boost From Flavored Bourbon Thursday, 3 May 2012 | 2:07 PM ET
    Red Stag

    Flavored versions of vodkas have been popular for years, but now flavored whiskies are gaining ground. The trend also helped Jim Beam, who has gotten a boost from its Jim Beam Red Stag brand. Beam posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday.

  • A slider is a very small hamburger, meant for frenzied consumption in multiple quantities. You don’t order one, or even three --- you order ten and devour all of them in less than three minutes, preferably while you’re still in your car at the franchise’s parking lot. In the summer of1987, Burger King introduced their own sliders, Burger Bundles, and they did a booming business, particularly among teenagers and late night customers. Despite the Burger Bundles’ popularity, preparing them was more

    McDonald's is a sponsor for the London Olympics—and a British doctors' group says that's sending the wrong message in a country with ballooning obesity.

  • Cramer's Top Dividend Stocks 2012 Monday, 30 Apr 2012 | 9:27 AM ET
    Whether or not the stock market continues to rally, Jim Cramer recommends investors seek the protection of stocks with serious dividends. After all, if the stock market falls and the economy worsens, dividend-paying stocks will pay investors to wait until things get better. The "Mad Money" host especially likes “accidental high-yielders” — the stocks with small payouts that wouldn’t ordinarily offer high yields. Because of downward pressure in the markets, which has hurt their share prices, thos

    We pulled together a list of Cramer's favorite dividend plays. Read on and pick one or two for your portfolio. They could offer just the kind of defense that you need.

  • The Six Pack: Beer Buzz of the Week Friday, 27 Apr 2012 | 3:53 PM ET

    Introducing Consumer Nation “Six Pack” — a look at six news items that have consumers buzzing in the world of beer, wine and spirits, as we head into the weekend.

  • Pouring Over PepsiCo's Q1 Earnings Beat     Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 | 7:14 AM ET

    Hugh Johnston, PepsiCo CFO breaks down PEP's Q1 numbers, including EPS of $0.69 vs. $0.67 est on revenues of $12.42B vs. $12.36 est. and discusses the company's profit and product outlook for 2012.

  • Coca-Cola Earnings: Flat or Fizzing? Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 7:01 PM ET

    The soft drink maker had every reason to report a less than stellar quarter.

  • Distillery Hopes 4/20 Celebrants Pass the Hemp Vodka Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 11:41 AM ET
    Alaska Distillery’s Hemp Seed Spirits Vodka

    On Friday, Alaska Distillery seeks to capitalize on the cannabis celebrations as it officially launches the country’s first hemp-seed vodka.

  • Recession-Proof Industries Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:51 PM ET
    Starting a small business is a risky proposition even in the best financial times. If you’re thinking about starting one but are worried about how it will fare during a downturn, you might want to consider an industry that can be described as “recession-proof.”A recession-proof industry caters to an ongoing demand. If a business provides goods or services fitting this profile, its odds of weathering economic storms are better than those that don’t. This is why medical and diagnostic laboratories

    If you're worried about how yours might fare during a downturn, consider a recession-proof industry, which caters to ongoing demands.

  • More Women are Making — and Enjoying — Beer Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 11:14 AM ET

    From the rise of female brew masters to the growth of women's tasting groups, women are becoming much more than a pint-sized part of the brewing world.

  • Outrageous American Bars Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 10:42 AM ET
    Most successful bars rely on a constant stream of regulars, who enjoy a place where they can count on the same familiar bartenders, drinks and clientele each time they go in.But for some patrons, it’s the thrill of a new experience or adventurous night on the town that draws them to a bar. For them, theme bars offer not just a place to sit and have a drink, but something akin to going to the theater, where patrons get to be a part of the play.These bars are defined by décor, the food and drink,

    Grab your wallet and your ID, we’re about to try something a little different. Here are nine of the most outrageous bars across the U.S.

  • PB&J Vodka? Unusual Flavors Launched to Boost Sales Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 3:25 PM ET
    Bakon Vodka

    With such whimsical flavors as cookie dough, smoked salmon and whipped cream, today’s vodka aisle is getting adventurous as companies seek to draw consumers and generate attention for their brands.

  • 10 Unusual Vodka Flavors Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 3:01 PM ET
    Stir in one part candy store, one part alcohol and a splash of cocktail risk taking. For many vodka producers, this is a recipe for success as they seek to capture the American consumer and draw attention to their brand through creative new flavors. Flavored vodka accounts for approximately 27 percent of leading brand vodka volume and continues to grow in popularity as total vodka sales also increase, according to market research firm Technomic. In 2011, David Ozgo, senior vice president of econ

    With such whimsical flavors as cookie dough, smoked salmon, and whipped cream, today’s vodka aisle is getting adventurous as companies seek to draw consumers and generate attention for their brands.

  • Coca-Cola Beats Top & Bottom Line     Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 7:50 AM ET

    Breaking down KO's first quarter numbers, reporting revenues of $11.14B vs. $10.8B est, with Mark Swartzberg, Stifel Nicolaus beverage analyst.

  • Cramer: 5 Earnings to Watch Tuesday Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | 3:55 PM ET

    The "Mad Money" host reveals which earnings reports he plans to monitor.

  • 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.

  • North Carolina Crafts a New Beer City, USA Friday, 6 Apr 2012 | 2:32 PM ET

    Move over Milwaukee and step aside St. Louis! There’s a new Beer City, USA, that's the hottest spot in the brewing world. Pull up a barstool and we'll tell you where it is!

  • Daniel Craig and Sean Connery as James Bond

    James Bond will be reaching for a Heineken, not his signature martini — shaken, not stirred — in the upcoming Bond flick, Skyfall, as part of in a six-figure cross-promotion deal, reported by Ad Age.

  • Brewing Profits: Cider Takes on Beer Wednesday, 4 Apr 2012 | 3:39 AM ET

    As the beverage industry gears up for the Summer Olympics and warmer weather, Barry Dixon, head of Davy Research, told investors that C&C is the stock to watch as cider meets the U.S.

  • What’s in a Name? Bulgari Family Enters Wine Business Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | 2:16 PM ET

    Starting this week, sharp-eyed wine consumers might notice the Bulgari name in an unexpected place, a wine label, as the Bulgari family slowly enters the wine business.