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  • Feb 20- The struggles of the low-income U.S. consumer are playing out in Wal-Mart Stores Inc's grocery aisles. Wal-Mart shares fell 2.2 percent in morning trading. To combat sluggish sales, broaden its customer base and fend off aggressive rivals, Wal-Mart said it was doubling the number of smaller new stores it originally planned to open this year.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- Safeway Inc, the second-largest U.S. mainstream grocery store operator, said on Wednesday it is in talks about a possible sale of the company. A handful of buyout firms, including Cerberus Capital Management LP, have been exploring a deal for all or part of Safeway, Reuters reported in October.

  • Love this: Pricing out your Valentine’s dinner Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

    With food prices fairly stable, this year's special dinner won't set you back much more than last year's. But next year? Watch out.

  • Delish! Entrepreneurs sell food made with insects Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Insects as a food source? Social entrepreneurs say eating bugs is good for the planet and great for personal nutrition.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 12- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez criticized supermarket chains and said they could face consequences for what she claimed was price speculation on basic products, as the government tries to keep a lid on inflation. "Why does Argentina lack yerba?

  • CHICAGO, Feb 12- Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, faces a lawsuit claiming it deceived consumers by marketing a store brand as humanely raised chicken products when the animals were raised under standard commercial farming.

  • Whole Foods lowers 2014 guidance; shares slip Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | 4:40 PM ET
    Customers at a Whole Foods Market in El Segundo, California, Nov. 5, 2013.

    Whole Foods lowered its 2014 sales forecast after first-quarter sales missed expectations. The grocery chain's shares fell in after-hours trading.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 12- Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, faces a lawsuit claiming it deceived consumers by marketing a store brand as humanely raised chicken products when the animals were raised under standard commercial farming.

  • Don Meij, CEO, Domino's Pizza Enterprises, describes the firm's expansion plans in Japan and growth of the Australian consumer.

  • Food fight: Burger King takes aim at McDonald's Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 1:43 PM ET
    Burger King's Big King

    The world's No. 2 burger chain is adding more beef to its latest McDonald's mimic—the Big Mac-inspired Big King. USA Today reports.

  • McDonald's to juice US sales with breakfast, coffee Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 8:04 AM ET
    A customer holds a McCafe cup inside a McDonald's Corp. restaurant in Oak Brook, Illinois.

    McDonald's CEO vowed to "create more of a coffee culture through high-quality McCafe products," as well as to double-down on breakfast to boost sales.

  • Green Mountain shares explode on $1.25B Coke deal Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    Coca-Cola will purchase a 10 percent minority stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, sending the smaller firm's shares rocketing.

  • MUMBAI, Feb 2- The Indian state of Rajasthan has barred foreign direct investment in supermarkets, an ominous sign for global retailers who covet India's vast but fragmented retail sector if the country's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party comes to power nationally in upcoming elections.

  • Selling America's favorite food     Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    Market Track says pizza ad spending spikes before Super Bowl. CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the biggest weekend for America's favorite food.

  • Sam's Club lays off about 2% of its workforce: WSJ Friday, 24 Jan 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    Wal-Mart Stores plans to lay off 2,300 workers at its Sam's Club stores, about 2 percent of its workforce, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 17- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has approved the $2.5 billion purchase of regional grocer Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc by Kroger Co, deciding the transaction does not violate anti-trust law, the companies said on Friday.

  • LONDON, Jan 16- European equities edged lower early on Thursday after climbing to a 5-1/ 2- year high in the previous session, with poor sales number from Dutch grocer Ahold and a cautious outlook from Dixons hurting retailers.

  • Where’s the beef? Industry at crossroads Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | 12:20 AM ET

    Beef has never been more expensive, and rarely more controversial. From top-end T-bone to Big Mac, the future of the beef industry is at stake.

  • Old-school pizza wars: Like they did in Naples Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | 8:00 AM ET
    The artisanal pizza business is on an upswing. A visual sampling of the fare at Pizzeria Locale is seen here in Denver, Colo.

    This isn't your father's pizza. It's your great-grandfather's.

  • Calif. chicken plant shut down due to cockroaches Friday, 10 Jan 2014 | 11:37 AM ET
    Foster Farms chicken is seen for sale in a grocery store in Los Angeles.

    The USDA shut down Foster Farms poultry plant in Calif. due to cockroach infestations. The plant was previously closed due to salmonella outbreaks.

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