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  • Hillshire Brands CEO banking on bacon     Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 11:45 AM ET

    Sean Connolly, Hillshire Brands CEO, discusses how commodity prices are impacting the company's growth prospects, competing for consumers and why M&A is part of their game plan.

  • Pork war: China may not get US bacon after all Tuesday, 3 Sep 2013 | 9:36 AM ET
    Farmland's hickory smoked bacon. Farmland is a brand owned by Smithfield Foods Inc.

    Starboard Value has received "non-binding written indications of interest" for its Smithfield Foods assets, the company said on Tuesday.

  • Food stocks at record highs, can still go up: Pros Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 10:37 AM ET

    Although shares of many packaged food companies are hitting all-time highs, there is still room at the table for new investors to join the food stock feast.

  • Cupcake rip-off! Mixes shrink while prices don't Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 10:20 AM ET

    Consumer packaged-goods makers have gotten creative with how they pass on rising costs and maintain bottom lines. Prices stay the same, but it contains less product.

  • A hungry world: Lots of food, in too few places Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | 8:39 AM ET
    Afghan children, who salvage recyclable items from garbage to make a living, eat a meal of rice in Jalalabad on June 30, 2013.

    An estimated 870 million people suffer from hunger on daily. But the problem isn't that we have too little food, experts say—it's what we do with the food we have.

  • Here's why the shelf life of Twinkies increased Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | 11:49 AM ET

    Although many consumers may be under the false impression that Twinkies last forever, they do in fact have a shelf life, and that's about to increase.

  • Sweet return—Twinkies rise again!     Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | 10:18 AM ET

    Dean Metropoulos, chairman and CEO of C. Dean Metropoulos & Co., discusses the relaunch of Hostess snack brands.

  • Supersize this: McD's alums go big on healthy food Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | 6:00 AM ET
    LYFE Kitchen nine grain pilaf.

    No strangers to food in the fast lane, a handful of former McDonald's executives, are trying to crack the code on providing food on the go that tastes good and is good for you.

  • Manufacturing Slump Not in the Mix for Vitamix Saturday, 6 Jul 2013 | 3:00 PM ET
    Vitamix blender

    Amid a slow-growth environment for US manufacturing, one American company is bucking the trend as Americans embrace juicing, which has driven sales higher.

  • Lawmakers Eye Pork Safety Issues     Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 7:36 AM ET

    Sen. Debbie Stabenow, (D-MI), discusses increasing Congressional scrutiny of food safety on the heels of Smithfield Foods takeover bid from Chinese meat producer Shuanghui.

  • Move Over Peanut Butter! Hummus Is Spreading Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 3:01 PM ET

    Hummus sales are booming, and Sabra is on a quest to convince Americans to eat even more. Is it the next peanut butter?

  • What Gives? Retailers Go Gaga for Groceries Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | 10:59 AM ET

    Despite the high revenue, the profit margins in the grocery business traditionally have been low, but that hasn't stopped retail giants Amazon and Wal-Mart from escalating the national food fight. What gives?

  • China in Hog Heaven     Thursday, 30 May 2013 | 7:35 AM ET

    Smithfield Foods bought by China's largest meat producer, Shuanghui, is facing regulatory and political scrutiny, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • The world's largest hog farming and pork processing company has agreed to be acquired by China's largest meat processor, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • The Man Who Gave America Fish Sticks Is Dead Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 3:34 PM ET
    Fish sticks, the ultimate starter seafood.

    Parents might not recognize E. Robert Kinney by name, but they owe him a debt of gratitude for popularizing what might be the only kind of fish their kids will eat.

  • Food Supply Under Assault as Climate Heats Up Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 12:41 PM ET

    The food supply is under siege from a blitz of man-made hazards, from arsenic-laced chicken to dying bee colonies, and some favorites may someday vanish from the plate.

  • Tyson Profit Misses Estimates on Switch to Chicken Monday, 6 May 2013 | 9:39 AM ET

    Tyson Foods reported a weaker-than-expected quarterly profit as shoppers and restaurants switched to cheaper chicken from beef, and the company cut its full-year sales forecast.

  • America Rejoice! Twinkies Back on Shelves in July Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 2:29 PM ET
    Hostess Twinkies

    The classic Twinkie will hit store shelves nationally by late July, Hostess Brands told NBC News.

  • ConAgra Profit Plunges 57%, Missing Estimates Wednesday, 3 Apr 2013 | 8:07 AM ET
    ConAgra Foods products

    The maker of Chef Boyardee pastas and Hunt's ketchup reported a 57 percent fall in third-quarter profit, hurt by costs related to its acquisition of Ralcorp.

  • Beer Label Madness Begins Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 11:58 AM ET

    Beer lovers have plenty of options, but which label do consumers love the most? The madness is underway. Vote for your favorite.