Consumer Staples


  • Yum Brands' China restaurant sales improve Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 6:10 PM ET

    KFC parent Yum Brands on Tuesday said first-quarter sales at established restaurants in China, its top market, rose 9 percent.

  • NEW YORK, N.Y., April 22, 2014-- Gentle spring temperatures invite indulgence in lighter fare that calls for fresh, vibrant wines, a style exemplified by the wines of Aveleda S.A. Cool, casual and elegant, these classic Portuguese wines, traditionally crafted with passion, are bright and refreshing, with pure, delicate fruit, moderate alcohol and a touch of spritz. With the arrival of the 2013 vintages, Aveleda S.A.' s campaign this year will expand brand awareness across 43 states where its portfolio is distributed.

  • Starboard wins Darden shareholder consent: Sources Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    Hedge fund Starboard Value on Tuesday won consent from 54 percent of Darden shareholders to call a special meeting, sources told CNBC.

  • Leinenkugel: Beer that's easier to drink than to say Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Five generations after it was founded, Leinenkugel Brewing is still run by the family and still trying to help those who just can't pronounce the name.

  • Too good to be true? Powdered 'cocktails' fizzle Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 6:15 AM ET

    A form of powdered alcohol quickly became the subject of online controversy, and its maker immediately withdrew its license application.

  • Yes! We have no bananas? It could actually happen Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 12:47 PM ET

    A devastating disease is putting the world's banana crop at serious risk and threatening the income of millions of people.

  • Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Weiners Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 6:01 AM ET
    Kraft Foods announced that they are recalling 96,000 pounds of hot dogs due to incorrect labeling on packages of their classic wieners that could actually contain cheese dogs.

    Kraft Foods is recalling about 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the packages may instead contain hot dogs made with milk.

  • Inside the California drought's effect on food prices Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    American consumers are up in arms about rising food prices and they will likely feel more of a financial pinch, courtesy of California's drought.

  • The rising cost of a trip to the supermarket Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    Use our interactive map to find out the cities hardest hit by rapidly rising food costs.

  • Drought hurts meat prices     Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    NBC's Stephanie Gosk reports the domestic cattle herd is the smallest it has been since 1951. The biggest culprit is California and the Southwest's record water shortages.

  • Holy guacamole! Chipotle to raise prices soon Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:17 AM ET

    Chipotle's feeling the food cost pinch too and plans to pass along some of its increased costs to customers soon.

  • Alcohol firms drown sorrows as shares tumble Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 5:51 AM ET

    Shares of major drink makers got battered on Thursday after poor results from Diageo and Rémy Cointreau caused a sell-off.

  • Jonny Forsyth, global drinks analyst at Mintel, says China has been a "cash cow" for drink-makers, but the slowdown is having a big impact on sales.

  • Minneapolis- based Cargill had been in late-stage talks to buy the business, which spans bean pressing in Abidjan in Ivory Coast to fine chocolate making in Belgium. The combined company would have been big enough to rival Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut, the world's largest industrial chocolate producer.

  • Wild Turkey! Investing millions in bourbon boom Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 2:49 PM ET
    Wild Turkey master distiller Jimmy Russell sniffs a glass of bourbon.

    From spiced bourbon to a new #nevertamed campaign, here's what Wild Turkey is doing to capitalize on the bourbon boom.

  • After criticism, Starbucks' Europe HQ moves to UK Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 2:34 PM ET
    A Starbucks coffee location in London.

    The shift by the world's largest coffee chain comes after its low tax contributions in Britain provoked widespread criticism.

  • KFC brings back much hyped Double Down Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 2:13 PM ET

    The bacon 'n' cheese sandwich that used two fried chicken filets instead of a bun is back at KFC, USA Today reports.

  • Sodastream surges amid talks it may sell 16% stake Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 11:23 AM ET
    Scarlett Johansson stars in a SodaStream Super Bowl ad.

    Shares of Sodastream rose as much as 12 percent after Calcalist identified PepsiCo, Dr Pepper or Starbucks as the potential investors in the firm.

  • Consumers are grumbling over rising food prices Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:01 AM ET
    Beef sirloin steaks are displayed at a Publix Super Markets  grocery store in Knoxville, Tennessee.

    Food prices are rising. After two months of sharp increase, grocers had no alternative but to raise their prices, making consumers unhappy.

  • Ex-Man United boss sells $5 million wine collection Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 8:41 AM ET
    12 bottles of Sassicaia 2004

    Ex-Man United boss Alex Ferguson is auctioning thousands of bottles of vintage wine worth around £3 million ($5 million).