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  • Only manufactures that do not add sugar, corn syrup or other sweeteners should label their products as pure "honey," the FDA said in draft guidelines posted online. But just 149 million pounds were produced in the United States last year, U.S. Department of Agriculture data showed.

  • Early Glance: Supermarkets companies Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    Kroger rose$. 33 or. 7 percent, to $44.47. Safeway rose$. 17 or. 4 percent, to $38.08. Supervalu fell$. 02 or. 3 percent, to $6.87.

  • Final Glance: Supermarkets companies Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    Kroger fell$. 54 or 1.2 percent, to $44.14. Safeway fell$. 05 or. 1 percent, to $37.91. Supervalu fell$. 20 or 2.8 percent, to $6.89.

  • Some airlines drop limes from beverage service Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 4:20 PM ET

    "We temporarily pulled limes about two weeks ago, due to skyrocketing lime prices," says Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Halley Knigge. The average advertised price of a lime in U.S. supermarkets was 56 cents last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Midday Glance: Supermarkets companies Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 1:50 PM ET

    Kroger fell$. 24 or. 5 percent, to $44.45. Safeway fell$. 01 or percent, to $37.95. Supervalu fell$. 24 or 3.4 percent, to $6.85.

  • KFC parent Yum tests new chicken restaurant Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 1:32 PM ET

    NEW YORK— As KFC struggles in the U.S., parent company Yum Brands is testing a new chicken restaurant called Super Chix. A website for the restaurant in Arlington, Texas, shows a menu that seems positioned as a more premium offering than KFC, in line with the trend toward foods people feel are higher in quality.

  • Taco Bell again pokes fun at McDonald's in new ad Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Taco Bell is taking another jab at McDonald's in a new ad for its breakfast menu.

  • MUMBAI, April 7- The political party expected to lead India's next government confirmed on Monday it would ban foreign supermarkets from the $500 billion retail sector, a move that would deal a fresh setback to global chains such as Wal-Mart and Carrefour.

  • Final Glance: Supermarkets companies Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 6:19 PM ET

    Kroger fell$. 28 or. 6 percent, to $44.68. Safeway fell$. 15 or. 4 percent, to $37.96. Supervalu rose$. 07 or 1.0 percent, to $7.09.

  • Heineken: $100Mm investment in Haiti brewery Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 4:09 PM ET

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti— The Dutch brewer Heineken announced Friday that it is investing $100 million in its Haiti production plant that makes the popular lager Prestige.

  • Midday Glance: Supermarkets companies Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 1:20 PM ET

    Kroger rose$. 19 or. 4 percent, to $45.15. Safeway fell$. 16 or. 4 percent, to $37.95. Supervalu rose$. 06 or. 9 percent, to $7.08.

  • LONDON, April 4- Tesco's finance chief Laurie McIlwee quit on Friday, delivering a fresh blow to CEO Philip Clarke who is struggling to turn around the British-based supermarket operator. Shares in the group were down 1.5 percent at 286 pence at 1515 GMT, their lowest level in more than five years.

  • Early Glance: Supermarkets companies Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    Kroger rose$. 01 or percent, to $44.97. Safeway fell$. 11 or. 3 percent, to $38.00. Supervalu rose$. 14 or 2.0 percent, to $7.16.

  • Ky. Lawmakers vote to offer bourbon tax credit Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 3:18 PM ET

    FRANKFORT, Ky.— Kentucky has more barrels of bourbon than it does people- and soon those barrels could be aging tax free. For years, Kentucky distillers have had to pay a tax every year for every barrel of bourbon it has aging in a warehouse- the only such tax in the country.

  • Unilever pays $4.5M for water act violations Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— Unilever is paying $4.5 million for environmental violations at its former health and beauty products manufacturing plant in Clinton. Attorney's office says Unilever Home and Personal Care USA was sentenced Thursday in Hartford to a $1 million fine for violating the Clean Water Act.

  • E-cig rule coming 'very soon,' U.S. FDA chief says Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 2:36 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 3- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is "pushing very hard" to release a proposed rule that would establish its authority over e-cigarettes, the head of the agency said on Thursday amid concerns the products pose a risk to children.

  • LONDON, April 3- Britain plans to force tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets without branding to improve public health and cut the number of child smokers, a government minister said on Thursday, dismaying the industry and delighting anti-smoking campaigners.

  • LONDON, April 3- Kuwait's billionaire al-Kharafi family is looking to sell Americana, one of the Middle East's largest food companies, and has hired bankers to explore a deal, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

  • LONDON, April 3- Britain looked set to force tobacco companies to standardise cigarette packaging after a government review said on Thursday that the move would help cut smoking rates, although ministers were criticised for delaying a final decision.

  • Pharmacy sales deliver March boost to drugstores Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 9:29 AM ET

    Comparable-store sales climbed 3.5 percent at Walgreen and less that 1 percent at Rite Aid Corp., the companies announced Thursday. Walgreen and Rite Aid are the nation's largest and third-largest drugstore chains, respectively, based on the number of stores.


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