Consumer Goods

  • General Mills selling Green Giant, Le Sueur for $765M Associated Press - 46 minutes ago
    General Mills selling Green Giant, Le Sueur for $765M

    General Mills is selling its Green Giant and Le Sueur vegetable businesses to B&G Foods Inc. for about $765 million in cash. The company has been trying to adapt to shifting U.S. tastes, including a move ...

  • French farmers stage 1,000-strong tractor protest in Paris Associated Press - 55 minutes ago
    French farmers stage 1,000-strong tractor protest in Paris

    More than 1,000 tractors — and a few cows — descended on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers who blocked highways to express their anger over falling prices for their goods and high taxes. ...

  • Black S. African shakes up white preserve of game farming AFP - 16 hours ago
    Black S. African shakes up white preserve of game farming

    The game breeding industry in South Africa is the epitome of white, khaki-clad Afrikaner life -- just the sort of business that black entrepreneur Mike Gcabo loves to break into. Game breeding -- when ...

  • Sony, back in the crosshairs, defends 'Concussion' Associated Press - 16 hours ago
    Sony, back in the crosshairs, defends 'Concussion'

    Nearly a year after the devastating hacking attack that leaked thousands of emails, Sony Pictures Entertainment again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming ...

  • Tupperware and Navistar are big market movers Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Tupperware Brands Corp., up $2.95 to $52 The maker of food storage and serving ...

  • India SUV maker rides into US market ... on a scooter Associated Press - 20 hours ago
    India SUV maker rides into US market ... on a scooter

    India's largest SUV maker is ready to make its debut on U.S. roads. But it's starting with two wheels, not four. Mahindra hopes to win over city and campus dwellers with a $2,999, Vespa-like electric scooter ...

  • APNewsBreak: Egg group scrambled over eggless mayo maker Associated Press - 20 hours ago
    APNewsBreak: Egg group scrambled over eggless mayo maker

    A California company that makes an eggless mayonnaise alternative has the U.S. egg industry scrambling. The American Egg Board, which is responsible for the "Incredible, Edible Egg" slogan, waged ...

  • Sony looks at adding cars to growth drive Financial Times - Thu, Sep 3, 2015 1:00 AM AEST

    As technology giants Google and Apple weigh a move into building cars, Sony is open to pursuing a tie-up with a traditional carmaker to capture the mammoth automotive market, its chief executive says. ...

  • Finalists chosen in contest for small-business Super Bowl ad Associated Press - Thu, Sep 3, 2015 12:56 AM AEST

    Cookie and clothing makers, a fitness studio and an old-fashioned five-and-dime retailer have made the cut in a competition to win a Super Bowl ad. Ten small businesses are finalists in the contest sponsored ...

  • Tupperware shares rise on 3Q outlook Associated Press - Thu, Sep 3, 2015 12:24 AM AEST

    Tupperware jumped 5 percent in early trading Wednesday after the company said that sales are looking better as international markets improve. Tupperware said it is tracking toward the high end of its sales ...

  • 8 Stocks to Buy for 'Star Wars' Fans US News - Wed, Sep 2, 2015 11:00 PM AEST

    The newest film should boost these stocks. Our friends at The Walt Disney Co . can't wait until December. More than three months before the long-awaited "Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens" ...

  • The 9 Best Sales of Labor Day 2015 US News - Wed, Sep 2, 2015 11:00 PM AEST

    This year, we've taken the labor out of Labor Day shopping so you can sit back, relax and shop. Labor Day is more than a weekend-long affair at Best Buy, and customers can use this promotion to bring home a new washer, dryer or other appliance at a low price. Through Sept. 16, the store is hosting a Major Appliance Sale, with deals of up to 30 percent off on select models.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US factory orders Associated Press - Wed, Sep 2, 2015 9:00 PM AEST
    Ahead of the Bell: US factory orders

    The Commerce Department will release its report on July orders to U.S. factories at 10 a.m. Eastern Wednesday. ORDERS UP: Economists believe that orders rose 0.9 percent, according to a survey by the data ...

  • 'The farmers are coming': Over 1,000 tractors set to blockade Paris AFP - Wed, Sep 2, 2015 7:24 PM AEST
    'The farmers are coming': Over 1,000 tractors set to blockade Paris

    Farmers riding more than 1,000 tractors will try to blockade Paris on Thursday as they converge on the French capital in protest at falling prices that they say are endangering their livelihoods. "We're at our wits' end," said Sebastien Louzaouen, a member of the Young Farmers' Union, which represents agricultural workers aged 35 and under. "If we show that we can blockade Paris, maybe it will prod the government into action.

  • Lego first half results boosted by strong Asian growth AFP - Wed, Sep 2, 2015 12:50 PM AEST
    Lego first half results boosted by strong Asian growth

    The world's largest toy maker Lego on Wednesday reported a jump in first half profit and sales, underpinned by strong growth in Asia. The result was "especially encouraging since we compare (it) to 2014 when The Lego Movie products boosted our performance," chief executive officer Jorgen Vig Knudstorp said in a statement. The Lego City, Technic and Starwars lines were among the most popular, while new launches such as Jurassic World and the girl-focused Lego Elves "were received very positively," the company said.

  • Harvey Norman buys $34m stake in dairy co AAP - Wed, Sep 2, 2015 9:04 AM AEST
    Harvey Norman buys $34m stake in dairy co

    Homewares retailer Harvey Norman has agreed to pay $34 million for a 49.9 per cent stake in northern Victorian dairy company Coomboona. Coomboona owns land and farm assets in the Coomboona district of ...

  • USOC endorses Los Angeles for 2024 Olympics bid Associated Press - Wed, Sep 2, 2015 8:39 AM AEST
    USOC endorses Los Angeles for 2024 Olympics bid

    The U.S. Olympic Committee on Tuesday named Los Angeles as its candidate for the 2024 Games, replacing Boston's soured bid and marking a comeback for LA's dream of becoming a three-time Olympic host. The ...

  • US lowers estimate of Takata air bags needing repairs Associated Press - Wed, Sep 2, 2015 6:43 AM AEST

    Federal regulators have lowered their estimate of potentially defective Takata Corp. air bags on U.S. roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says approximately 23.4 million driver and ...

  • McDonald's all-day breakfast is going nationwide CNBC - Wed, Sep 2, 2015 5:56 AM AEST
    McDonald's all-day breakfast is going nationwide

    McDonald's will soon serve breakfast any time of the day nationwide beginning October 6.

  • Sleeker smartwatches to shine at Berlin mega gadget fair AFP - Wed, Sep 2, 2015 3:58 AM AEST
    Sleeker smartwatches to shine at Berlin mega gadget fair

    Sleeker and sexier smartwatches are expected to premiere this week in Berlin at one of the world's biggest consumer electronics shows, with both phone manufacturers and watchmakers jostling for a share of the fast-growing market. The annual IFA show, which began as an exhibition on the new medium of radio 90 years ago, has developed into a massive showcase for consumers to touch and feel the latest in technological innovations. South Korean electronics giant Samsung will show off its latest smartwatch, the Gear S2, on Thursday.

  • Tussle for cooker group Aga as Whirlpool makes an approach Financial Times - Wed, Sep 2, 2015 2:38 AM AEST

    Aga Rangemaster, the British manufacturer of upmarket cast-iron cookers, has found itself caught in a tug-of-war between two larger US kitchen equipment rivals. London-listed Aga said on Tuesday that it ...

  • Aga Rangemaster: marrying up Financial Times - Wed, Sep 2, 2015 2:18 AM AEST

    A faded standard-bearer of the British rural aristocracy with bills to pay; a vulgar American with piles of money. From these components, many happy marriages have been made, on Downton Abbey and elsewhere. ...

  • 5 things to watch at the IFA gadget show in Berlin Associated Press - Wed, Sep 2, 2015 1:52 AM AEST
    5 things to watch at the IFA gadget show in Berlin

    Some 1,500 companies and over 250,000 people are expected to visit Europe's flagship technology show, the IFA in Berlin, when it opens to the public on Friday. The event, which runs through Sept. 9, will ...

  • Amazon adds offline viewing to Prime video service AFP - Tue, Sep 1, 2015 8:02 PM AEST
    Amazon adds offline viewing to Prime video service

    Amazon on Tuesday added offline viewing of films or television shows to its Prime subscription video service. The feature breaks the tether of Internet streaming by allowing Prime members to download films or television show episodes to Apple or Android smartphones or tablets for viewing when devices are offline. Amazon Prime is priced at $99 yearly in the United States.

  • Housing, food drive manufacturing growth AAP - Tue, Sep 1, 2015 6:00 PM AEST

    A pick up in housing construction and strong demand for food and beverages continue to benefit the manufacturing sector, with activity expanding for a second month. The Australian Industry Group's Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index rose 1.3 points to 51.7 in August, with the result above the 50 level implying activity in the sector had grown. Ai Group chief executive Innes Willox said the expansion was driven by greater production, employment and new orders.

  • Inside Kellogg’s Effort to Cash In on the Health-Food Craze The Wall Street Journal - Tue, Sep 1, 2015 12:20 PM AEST

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich.—Years before natural and organic foods exploded in popularity, cereal behemoth Kellogg Co. acquired one of the segment’s pioneers: Kashi Co. Kellogg let the Southern California firm, known for its cereals, operate autonomously. In 2013, Kellogg Chief Executive John Bryant closed Kashi’s office in San Diego, betting that a fresh start at headquarters here would help to rejuvenate the brand.

  • Samsung unveils new smartwatch to challenge Apple Watch AFP - Tue, Sep 1, 2015 8:51 AM AEST
    Samsung unveils new smartwatch to challenge Apple Watch

    Samsung unveiled its latest smartwatch on Tuesday as the South Korean tech giant seeks to challenge Apple's global domination in the fast-growing wearable device market. Samsung is hoping the new watch will compete with similar Apple products, after the US company became the top provider of wearable devices worldwide only months after the Apple Watch was unveiled in April. The new smartwatch -- the latest model by Samsung since last November -- will be officially released later this month during the IFA trade fair in Berlin.

  • Wal-Mart cutting back on hours for workers at some stores Associated Press - Tue, Sep 1, 2015 8:27 AM AEST

    Wal-Mart says it is asking some stores to schedule workers for fewer hours, although it says the directive is only being given to stores that are assigning more hours than they were expected to. The world's ...

  • McDonald's is messing with your McMuffin CNBC - Tue, Sep 1, 2015 4:52 AM AEST
    McDonald's is messing with your McMuffin

    McDonald's has some good news for dairy farmers and bad news for the lactose intolerant.

  • Nestle: Forced labor has no place in our food supply chain Associated Press - Mon, Aug 31, 2015 5:34 AM AEST

    Nestle says "forced labor has no place in our supply chain" following a U.S. class action lawsuit that alleges the Swiss food company knowingly supported a system of slave labor and human trafficking ...

  • Michelin recalls truck, RV tires prone to rupturing Associated Press - Sun, Aug 30, 2015 1:55 AM AEST

    Michelin is recalling around 104,000 BF Goodrich tires used for light trucks and recreational vehicles because the sidewalls can rupture under severe use conditions. The tire maker says no injuries or ...

  • Workers overcome by gases at China paper mill, 7 die, 2 hurt Associated Press - Sat, Aug 29, 2015 7:58 PM AEST

    Workers were overcome with toxic gas from a paper mill's waste pool and seven of them died, authorities said Saturday, in China's latest deadly accident involving dangerous chemicals. A worker who was ...

  • 7 killed, 2 injured in poison exposure at China paper mill Associated Press - Sat, Aug 29, 2015 1:22 PM AEST

    Seven workers were killed and two injured after exposure to poisonous gasses at a paper mill in central China, authorities said Saturday, in the latest in a spate of deadly accidents to strike the country ...

  • Retailers shift strategy to lure teen customers MarketWatch - Sat, Aug 29, 2015 5:18 AM AEST

    Financial concerns of teen consumers have sparked changes in the way they spend.

  • Pernod Ricard/Diageo: tonic required Financial Times - Sat, Aug 29, 2015 1:35 AM AEST

    On the rocks, or straight? As you pour a stiff drink after another week of market volatility, spare a thought for the big spirits companies. Full-year results from Pernod-Ricard - the world's second-biggest ...