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  • Crumbs shows risks of being a one-hit wonder Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 AM ET
    A selection of cupcakes is seen at Crumbs Bake Shop.

    When Crumbs shuttered its remaining stores, it seemed like an abrupt ending for a company that opened a decade ago to ride the wave of popularity of the sugary treat.

  • Chicken price up— blame fat roosters who won't mate Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    Aviagen Group's standard Ross male breed is sire to up to 25 percent of the nation's poultry, and its infertility is a problem for prices.

  • *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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Amazon's new service could disrupt quickly: Pro Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 6:08 PM ET
    Amazon.com page for "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon" book

    AmazonFresh "could be a very quick disruption" for grocery stores, Deutsche Bank's Karen Short says.

  • New tech answer to Panera's problems: Analyst Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    Panera has seen traffic slowing since 2012, but restaurant analyst Stephen Anderson thinks the move to tech will help the company grow.

  • Crumbs Bake Shop set to delist Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 8:44 AM ET

    Following a sharp decline in its stock, the cupcake chain will delist from the Nasdaq. NYT reports.

  • $17 for a sandwich?! Why food trucks are so pricey Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    A crab salad sandwich from Feelin’ Crabby.

    The popularity of food trucks has exploded in recent years—and so have the prices. Here's why.