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  • Bloomberg Bans Soda!     Thursday, 31 May 2012 | 7:45 PM ET

    Rick Berman, Center for Consumer Freedom, weighs in on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on all sugared drinks that measure larger than 16 ounces.

  • New York Plans to Ban Sale of Big Sizes of Fizzy Drinks Thursday, 31 May 2012 | 3:54 AM ET
    Soda

    New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity, the New York Times reports.

  • Building a Beer Brand, One 'Like' at a Time Monday, 21 May 2012 | 12:33 PM ET
    Heineken

    “Got craft beer?” The phrase may seem like a laughable spoof of the famous “got milk?” campaign, but not long ago the need for a similar style campaign was being discussed in craft beer circles. It turns out they didn’t need one. Social media created a new platform for craft brewers to get the word out about their brands.

  • The Six Pack: Beer Buzz of the Week Friday, 18 May 2012 | 12:49 PM 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, Yuengling takes top honors, Guinness rolls out the QR Code pint glass and Breckenridge brews special Comic-Con beer.

  • Outrageous Drinks Monday, 14 May 2012 | 4:54 PM ET
    The latest entry into the flavored vodka arena: While that might not be the vodka of choice for your next Bloody Mary, you have to admit you’re curious. That’s what marketers are counting on. Unusual flavors and packaging are helping companies in the alcoholic beverage market stand out in a saturated – so to speak – market. According to the latest data from the USDA Economic Research Service, consumers spent nearly  on alcoholic beverages in the U.S. in 2010.So, with a little creative packaging

    With a little creative packaging and a lot of innovation, spirits manufacturers are expanding the market. Check out some of the most unusual ways businesses are innovating in the world of alcohol.

  • Investing in restaurants has a bad name. But plenty of people find ways to run restaurants profitably and make a good deal of money from the enterprise.

  • Skinny Tax, Silly Tax     Friday, 11 May 2012 | 7:50 PM ET

    Jared Bernstein, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities and Steve Moore, Wall Street Journal senior economic writer, debate the merits of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

  • Cramer's Options Play on Monster Beverage Friday, 11 May 2012 | 7:34 PM ET

    The "Mad Money" host explains his deep-in-the-money call options play on this beverages maker.

  • Cramer's Option Play on Monster Beverage     Friday, 11 May 2012 | 6:25 PM ET

    Mad Money's Jim Cramer explains why buying deep-in- the-money call options on Monster Beverage are a more conservative trade than buying the company's stock.

  • The Six Pack: Beer Buzz of the Week Friday, 11 May 2012 | 11:28 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, Beam's Maker's Mark wins a trademark case for its red wax seal, Anheuser-Bush rolls out a cider, and Andrea Bocelli launches a wine line.

  • Diageo's Craft Beer Black Eye: Brewdog Claims Blackmail Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 2:37 PM ET

    Diageo was forced to apologize after it became known that the company allegedly pressured an industry association to award it a prize originally intended for Scottish craft brewer BrewDog.

  • Dunkin' Goes Back, Back to Cali, Cali     Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 11:43 AM ET

    The Golden State is getting a taste of what U.S. East Coasters have already come to love, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Patron Tequila

    Cinco de Mayo festivities may begin tomorrow, but super-premium tequila producers have plenty of reasons to celebrate year-round.

  • 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.