Consumer Goods

  • Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners Associated Press - 7 hours ago

    Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that Kraft's ...

  • Effort underway to revitalize 'Arkansas Grown' Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    Two months after Arkansas agricultural officials gathered at the Governor's Mansion to announce efforts to revitalize the "Arkansas Grown" program, nearly 150 farmers and buyers have added their ...

  • 'Capt. America' tops box office for third week Associated Press - 12 hours ago
    'Capt. America' tops box office for third week

    Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and dominating over megastar Johnny Depp's new movie. "Captain America: The Winter ...

  • Brand names in NY standardized tests vex parents Associated Press - 13 hours ago
    Brand names in NY standardized tests vex parents

    Brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers showed up on the tests more than a million students in grades 3 through 8 took this month, leading to speculation it was some form of product ...

  • Why It Pays Big to Be an Early Adopter in Franchising Entrepreneur - 15 hours ago
    Why It Pays Big to Be an Early Adopter in Franchising

    Getting in on the ground floor can lead to big things in a world where a relatively modest investment can turn into a profitable business.

  • 3 Entrepreneurs Who Turned Easter Into Sweet Business Entrepreneur - 19 hours ago
    3 Entrepreneurs Who Turned Easter Into Sweet Business

    Candy and Easter go hand in hand. Some of the sweet treats in your basket are also big business for these companies.

  • Documents detail another delayed GM recall AAP - Sun, Apr 20, 2014 1:37 PM AEST
    Documents detail another delayed GM recall

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's auto safety watchdog, also didn't seek a recall of the compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago and found 12 crashes and two injuries caused by the problem. The documents, posted on the agency's website on Saturday, show yet another delay by GM in recalling unsafe vehicles and point to another example of government safety regulators reacting slowly to a safety problem despite being alerted by consumers and through warranty data submitted by the company. Both GM and NHTSA have been criticised by safety advocates and lawmakers for their slow responses to a deadly ignition switch problem in 2.6 million GM small cars. GM admitted knowing about the problem for more than a decade, yet didn't start recalling the cars until February.

  • Beijing auto show opens AAP - Sun, Apr 20, 2014 12:43 PM AEST
    Beijing auto show opens

    Global and Chinese automakers are looking to the Beijing auto show to help boost sales in a slowing, intensely competitive market. Brands from General Motors Co to Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors are unveiling new and restyled sedans, sport utility vehicles and other models at Auto China 2014 this week. China is the world's biggest auto market, with 17.9 million vehicles sold last year. Ambitious domestic brands such as Chery Ltd are losing ground to foreign rivals.

  • Beijing auto show opens amid market slowdown Associated Press - Sun, Apr 20, 2014 10:41 AM AEST

    Global and Chinese automakers are looking to the Beijing auto show to help boost sales in a slowing, intensely competitive market. Brands from General Motors Co. to Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors ...

  • Nintendo's trailblazing Game Boy marks 25th anniversary AFP - Sun, Apr 20, 2014 3:06 AM AEST
    Nintendo's trailblazing Game Boy marks 25th anniversary

    Nintendo's trailblazing Game Boy marks its 25th anniversary on Monday with the portable device's legacy living on in cutting-edge smartphone games and among legions of nostalgic fans. The Japanese firm released its 8-bit Game Boy on April 21, 1989 -- the same year Soviet troops pulled out of Afghanistan, the Chinese army violently cracked down on protesters in Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall fell. Kyoto-based Nintendo, which started life as a games card maker that morphed into a global videogame giant, did not invent portable gaming. But Game Boy's discount price and popular software blew away the competition at the time and pushed mobile gaming into the mainstream.

  • Fiat Chrysler to build 3 Jeep models in China Associated Press - Sun, Apr 20, 2014 1:32 AM AEST
    Fiat Chrysler to build 3 Jeep models in China

    Fiat and Chrysler say they will build three new Jeep models in China for the local market, the biggest for Jeeps outside the U.S. The automakers announced an agreement Saturday to expand the joint venture ...

  • Fiat Chrysler to build 3 Jeeps in China Associated Press - Sun, Apr 20, 2014 12:59 AM AEST

    Fiat and Chrysler say they will build three new Jeep models in China for the local market, the biggest for Jeeps outside the U.S. The automakers announced an agreement Saturday to expand the joint venture ...

  • Correction: Restaurant Sales story Associated Press - Sat, Apr 19, 2014 6:40 AM AEST

    In a story April 17 about restaurant sales, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the average sales in a Starbucks location in 2013 was $13.1 million. It was $1.31 million, according to an estimate ...

  • Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015 AFP - Sat, Apr 19, 2014 5:58 AM AEST
    Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015

    Automaker Fiat-Chrysler said on Saturday that it would begin producing the iconic American brand Jeep in China from 2015 to meet demand in the world's largest car market. Fiat-Chrysler -- created by Italy's Fiat acquiring Chrysler of the United States -- will produce three Jeep sport utility vehicle (SUV) models in China, including one specifically designed for the Chinese market, the company said in a statement. The announcement came ahead of the Beijing auto show, which opens to the public on Monday, as global automakers flock to China to show off their latest models. Jeeps are currently available to Chinese consumers as imports, the statement said, adding nearly 60,000 Jeeps were sold in China last year, making the country the largest market for the brand outside of the United States.

  • USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections Associated Press - Sat, Apr 19, 2014 3:07 AM AEST

    Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday. Porcine epidemic ...

  • Gillette's New Razor Could Overturn Its 100-Year-Old Business Model BusinessWeek - Sat, Apr 19, 2014 2:20 AM AEST

    The ProGlide FlexBall will not use new proprietary blades, perhaps due to pressure from cheap razor subscription services

  • New Americans turn to goats to address food demand Associated Press - Sat, Apr 19, 2014 12:53 AM AEST
    New Americans turn to goats to address food demand

    A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock. The half dozen kids ...

  • Rio Mayor says no sports 'mausoleum' like Beijing Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 9:24 PM AEST

    Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes is viewed as the key person to speed up the city's delayed Olympics Games preparations. He has been the point man when all three levels of Brazilian government have debated ...

  • Two-week strike ends at 2016 Rio Olympic venues Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 9:23 PM AEST

    Over 2,000 construction workers returned to their jobs at the Olympic Park on Thursday, ending a two-week strike that further slowed the trouble-plagued 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Rio Mais, the consortium ...

  • From 'Unwrapped' to new TV show 'Rewrapped' Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:37 PM AEST
    From 'Unwrapped' to new TV show 'Rewrapped'

    Consider the simple but beloved chocolate chip cookie. Now imagine that cookie encrusting a brioche roll tucked around a turkey meatball. Or turn your thoughts to a mass-produced cherry pie transformed ...

  • Salmonella decline seen in food poisoning report Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:27 PM AEST
    Salmonella decline seen in food poisoning report

    The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of ...

  • Can a car's brand image hurt its resale value? Bankrate.com - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:00 PM AEST

    I've never really paid attention to a car's brand image when I have bought a car, including any of the brand perception awards that some auto manufacturers advertise. But my current car doesn't have such a good image right now, thanks to some car recalls and some overall issues with the car brand. You can find out the resale value of car models that you're considering, but an unexpected event can put a dent in the price that you can ask for that car. According to ALG, which calculates so-called residual values and provides them to dealers, lenders and others in the industry, a car's brand image is a factor in calculating its resale value.

  • Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 7:46 PM AEST
    Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

    The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say ...

  • Malls empty in Venezuela as economic woes bite AFP - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 6:40 PM AEST
    Malls empty in Venezuela as economic woes bite

    Venezuelans, already struggling to find basics like milk and toilet paper at the supermarket, are now confronted with empty appliance store windows and clothes racks at shopping centers. But in many shopping centers, stores are closing and the shelves are nearly empty in those that remain open. "Shopping centers are like a window onto the country, and whoever comes to Venezuela will realize that from 2013 to how we are today, the sector has deteriorated. It is chaos," said Claudia Itriago, director of the Venezuelan Chamber of Shopping Centers, or Cavececo.

  • Brewers seeks to rekindle Belgium's love of beer Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 5:44 PM AEST
    Brewers seeks to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

    The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say ...

  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay AFP - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 4:39 PM AEST
    Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay

    Italy's government on Friday said it had raised 371,400 euros ($513,200) so far in an eBay auction of luxury official cars in a symbolic effort to cut outrageous spending by ministries that has sparked public anger. A total of 151 chauffeured cars will be auctioned off by May 16 in an initiative that has gained broad public support and was launched by centre-left Prime Minister Matteo Renzi shortly after coming to power in February. As Italy struggles to recover from a painful two-year recession, national and local authorities have been forced to cut down on thousands of official cars known as "auto blu" (blue cars) that have been for decades one of the many perks for the political class.

  • PicoBrew's Beermaking Machine Offers Faster, Easier Home Brew BusinessWeek - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 11:09 AM AEST

    Microsoft alumni form PicoBrew to automate personal beermaking

  • PepsiCo's profit rises on snack sales, price hikes Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 9:12 AM AEST
    PepsiCo's profit rises on snack sales, price hikes

    PepsiCo reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit as the company sold more snacks around the world and hiked prices, including on its drinks. The company, which also makes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, ...

  • Final Glance: Food companies Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:01 AM AEST

    Shares of some top food companies were mixed at the close of trading: ConAgra Foods Inc. rose $.14 or .4 percent, to $31.34. General Mills Inc. fell $.17 or .3 percent, to $52.09. Hormel Foods Corp. rose ...

  • Final Glance: Tools and Appliances companies Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:01 AM AEST

    Shares of some top tools and appliances companies were mixed at the close of trading: General Electric Co. rose $.44 or 1.7 percent, to $26.56. Snap-On rose $3.38 or 3.0 percent, to $115.94. Stanley Works ...

  • Final Glance: Consumer companies Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:01 AM AEST

    Shares of some top consumer companies were up at the close of trading: Clorox rose $.33 or .4 percent, to $90.84. Colgate-Palmolive Co. rose $.12 or .2 percent, to $66.94. Kimberly-Clark Corp. rose $.13 ...

  • Final Glance: Beverages companies Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:01 AM AEST

    Shares of some top beverages companies were mixed at the close of trading: Anheuser-Busch Inbev ADR rose $.24 or .2 percent, to $109.20. Coca-Cola Co. rose $.13 or .3 percent, to $40.72. Dr Pepper Snapple ...

  • Final Glance: Autos companies Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:01 AM AEST

    Shares of some top autos companies were mixed at the close of trading: Ford Motor Co. fell $.07 or .4 percent, to $16.00. General Motors Co. rose $.01 or percent, to $33.98. Honda Motor Co. fell $.39 or ...

  • Business Highlights Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 7:28 AM AEST

    ___ China factories face new challenge as growth slows Chinese manufacturers are discovering that being an efficient low-cost producer is no longer enough to prosper in the face of the country's slowing ...

  • In India, Mobile Ads Mean Phone Calls BusinessWeek - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 6:56 AM AEST

    Large marketers in India try phone calls to reach rural consumers because of the prevalence of basic cell phones