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  • Soda tax stakes high as Bay Area preps for showdown Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 10:42 AM ET
    A man drinks out of a coffee cup as he walks under a sign opposed to taxes on sugary drinks posted in the window of Casa Thai Market in San Francisco, July 7, 2014.

    As the Bay Area considers a soda tax, opponents and proponents are prepared for a showdown.

  • Early Glance: Supermarkets companies Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    Kroger fell$. 53 or 1.1 percent, to $48.94. Safeway fell$. 07 or. 2 percent, to $34.25. Whole Foods Market Inc. fell$. 44 or 1.1 percent, to $38.32.

  • *Amazon expected to expand food sales at home and abroad. BERLIN, July 8- Big retailers are taking a calculated hit to margins to invest in online grocery operations, in the hope they can persuade consumers to add more profitable items like clothes and computers to their orders of fruit and vegetables.

  • M&S clothing has to 'find its place': Pro     Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    Tony Shiret, retail analyst at Espirito Santo, says Marks & Spencer's clothing range needs to "find its place" in the market.

  • Cupcake shop Crumbs shuttering all its stores Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 4:07 AM ET
    A selection of cupcakes is seen at Crumbs Bake Shop.

    Crumbs says it is shuttering all its stores, a week after the struggling cupcake shop operator was delisted from the Nasdaq.

  • Pressure on M&S CEO Bolland ahead of AGM     Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 1:15 AM ET

    CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi discusses the problems facing Marks and Spencer and the pressure on CEO Marc Bolland to turn the company around.

  • BERLIN, July 7- Aldi and Lidl have a new weapon in their battle to be Germany's discount grocery number one: Coca-Cola. Both are still expanding abroad- particularly in Britain and the United States. There are now six times as many Aldi or Lidl stores per person in Germany as there are Wal-Marts per person in the United States.

  • Consumers flock to new takes on fried chicken Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | 1:57 PM ET
    The "Boxcar" fried chicken sandwich from Boxcar Betty's in Charleston, S.C.

    Fried chicken is seeing servings rise in small chains and independents while overall consumption, mostly in chains, falls.

  • Final Glance: Supermarkets companies Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 5:15 PM ET

    Kroger rose$. 23 or. 5 percent, to $49.66. Safeway fell$. 06 or. 2 percent, to $34.01. Supervalu rose$. 10 or 1.2 percent, to $8.25.

  • Midday Glance: Supermarkets companies Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    Kroger rose$. 56 or 1.1 percent, to $49.99. Safeway fell$. 12 or. 4 percent, to $33.95. Supervalu rose$. 10 or 1.2 percent, to $8.25.

  • Early Glance: Supermarkets companies Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    Kroger rose$. 33 or. 7 percent, to $49.76. Safeway rose$. 03 or. 1 percent, to $34.10. Supervalu rose$. 13 or 1.5 percent, to $8.28.

  • Hang on to your tongs—BBQ prices are climbing Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 11:29 AM ET
    Beef cattle from Peine Farms in Cannon Falls, MN.

    In what may be a good indication of the nascent economic recovery, this year's Fourth of July barbecue is shaping up to be the most expensive ever.

  • July 2- Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, said it would buy online grocery and nutrition products retailer Vitacost.com Inc for about $280 million to strengthen its online retailing business. Kroger said it would use Vitacost to enter new markets and new channels, along with its Harris Teeter's online order and pick-up service.

  • McDonald's burgers named worst in America Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 8:22 AM ET
    Big Mac burger at a McDonald's.

    Fast food titans like McDonald's are conquering the globe, but are losing in the U.S., according to Consumer Reports.

  • Kroger to buy online retailer Vitacost for $280 mln Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    July 2- Kroger Co said it would buy online retailer Vitacost.com Inc for about $280 million in a bid to expand its online presence. The biggest U.S. supermarket operator's $8 per share offer repre4sents a 27.3 percent premium to Vitacost shares' Tuesday closing of $6.28 on the Nasdaq.

  • Chicago hot dog chain to sell for $1B: Sources Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 3:22 PM ET

    Berkshire Partners is in advanced talks to acquire Portillo's for close to $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • Exotic meats: Something worth yakkin' about? Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 1:22 PM ET
    A camel cheeseburger and alligator sausage with sauce piquante from the Dark Side of the Moo food truck.

    Dark Side of the Moo is a New Jersey food truck that serves up meats like yak, camel and kangaroo ... here's how and why.

  • Why I'm worried about youth unemployment: CEO Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 12:29 PM ET
    Employees at a Hardee's Restaurant in Pasadena, MD.

    The CEO of the chain that own's Hardee's and Carl's Jr. took some heat for an op-ed on youth and unemployment. Here's his rebuttal.

  • Food makers feel their way towards online future Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    PARIS, July 1- Grocery manufacturers are struggling to adapt to the online world and need to invest in smarter packaging, presentation and supply chains to reap the long term benefits.

  • Cereal industry ponders future as appetites change Saturday, 28 Jun 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Here are three ways Americans are taking a different approach to breakfast. Who may be the winners and losers of the shift?