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  • 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.

  • Costco: Breaking All the Retail Rules Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012 | 4:42 PM ET
    Shoppers at Costco in Nanuet, N.Y.

    What Costco does is contrary to popular wisdom. It doesn’t advertise, doesn’t tell you where to find things, has a limited array of products, and members must pay up front to shop there. Costco sold  $93 billion in merchandise in 2011 to its millions of members.

  • Shoppers at Costco in Nanuet, N.Y.

    Costco’s low prices and bare-bones operation have not only changed how people shop, but how much they buy.

  • Cheap Eats at Warehouse Stores Keep Them Coming Back Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | 1:27 PM ET
    Costco Food Court

    Fast-food chains have some stiff competition when it comes to drawing hungry, budget-conscious people on the go. Big box destinations such as Costco, Ikea, and Home Depot are making it easy for customers not just to pick up a new couch, but also grab a bite to eat in the process.

  • Warehouse Weddings That Take the Cake Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 1:25 PM ET
    Rachel and Brad Kerstetter at their May 2011 wedding.

    Some couples are turning to membership warehouse clubs for substantial savings on things like flowers, food, and even engagement rings.

  • Does It Pay To Be A Warehouse Club Member? Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 4:23 PM ET
    A Costco employee pulls shopping charts at a Costco Wholesale store.

    Customers of warehouse stores may believe they’re paying for a chance to save money, but some experts think membership fees actually cause consumers to spend more.

  • Cramer: Earnings to Watch Next Week Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 8:35 PM ET

    Check out the “Mad Money” host’s “Game Plan.”

  • 'Pink Slime' & Ranchers     Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 4:38 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells has the story on the backlash against the beef industry's so called "pink slime."

  • Annie's: Buy or Sell?     Tuesday, 3 Apr 2012 | 3:43 PM ET

    The organic food maker Annie's has doubled since its IPO last week and is up about 9 percent today. Francis Gaskins, IPODesktop.com editor/president, offers insight on the trade.

  • Mild Winter Damaging Crops?     Tuesday, 3 Apr 2012 | 7:00 AM ET

    While Americans enjoyed this year's record-breaking March warmth, unseasonably mild temperatures could damage crops and have a big impact on food prices, reports CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis.

  • Fast Food Stock Plays     Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | 3:17 PM ET

    Burger King is spending about $750 million over the next 12 months to introduce 10 new items across the country. R.J. Hottovy, Morningstar restaurant analyst and Nick Setyan, Wedbush Securities senior equity analyst, weigh in on how to play the fast food space.

  • BERLIN - JULY 31: Cuts of beef and pork lie in a display counter at a supermarket July 30, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. According to media reports July 31, 2007 Gerd Sonnleitner, head of the German Farmers' Association, has called for a nationwide rise in prices of meat, especially beef and pork, and is predicting an overall rise in the price of groceries in Germany. Milk and dairy products prices in Germany have already risen in recent days by as much as 50 percent. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Imag

    “Pink slime” — officially called “lean finely textured beef” — is getting a bum rap, Gov. Sam Brownback said Friday. And he wants consumers and purveyors to know that it’s a “safe, wholesome product.”

  • Big Week for IPOs     Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 1:34 PM ET

    CNBC's Kayla Tausche reports on the busiest week for IPOs in more than a year.

  • Governors Urge Consumers to Rethink 'Pink Slime' Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 10:43 AM ET
    BERLIN - JULY 31: Cuts of beef and pork lie in a display counter at a supermarket July 30, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. According to media reports July 31, 2007 Gerd Sonnleitner, head of the German Farmers' Association, has called for a nationwide rise in prices of meat, especially beef and pork, and is predicting an overall rise in the price of groceries in Germany. Milk and dairy products prices in Germany have already risen in recent days by as much as 50 percent. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Imag

    Three governors plan to tour pink slime maker Beef Products's plant in Nebraska to show their support for the company and the several thousand jobs it creates.

  • Tofutti: Capitalizing on Food Allergies     Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | 1:50 PM ET

    Tofutti develops and distributes dairy-free foods, frozen desserts and cheese products. David Mintz, the founder, chairman & CEO of Tofutti Brands, offers insight.

  • Frozen Yogurt Franchise Surge: Still Room for Dessert? Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | 10:27 AM ET
    Red Mango yogurt

    Forecasts for an increasingly crowded and competitive market have not deterred “fro-yo” companies from embarking on ambitious expansion plans to capture an increasingly health-conscious U.S. consumer.

  • National Grocers Stop Buying 'Pink Slime' Beef Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 3:57 PM ET

    Two supermarket chains said Thursday they will join the growing list of stores that will no longer sell beef that includes an additive with the unappetizing moniker "pink slime."

  • Feast on Food Stocks?     Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 1:36 PM ET

    As energy prices soar, Wall Street is studying whether consumer spending on food is slowing. Discussing which companies should be on your radar, with David Palmer, UBS sector head of the consumer group.

  • Herb on the Street: Dunkin' Brands     Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 2:19 PM ET

    CNBC's Herb Greenberg reports Dunkin' Donuts announced same store sales are strong, however, new unit openings are lagging actual openings.

  • Unique Neighborhood Coffee Shops Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:36 AM ET
    Whether dark roast, light roast, with milk or black, no matter how you take your morning cup, you are part of a worldwide community of java drinkers that have made coffee one of the world’s top-traded agricultural commodities.For as many coffee drinkers as there are in the country, it seems there are just as many coffee shops, from international chains to the coffee house on the corner. It’s those neighborhood Coffee appliance maker Krups created its Best Brew Awards in 2011 to honor the best sm

    This year, voters chose 10 shops from across the country to receive the Best Brew Award. Find out who the winners are.