| Mar 28, 2013
| 8:32 AM
Just like its popular Duncan Hines cake mixes, packaged foods company Pinnacle Foods Inc. was on the rise Thursday morning after raising $580 million in an initial public offering.
The company -- which owns an array of popular brands including Birds...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 8:24 AM
Target and other brick-and-mortar retailers are treating this holiday season as an offensive against online rivals such as Amazon.com, using tactics such as price-matching to win back dominance of the Christmas shopping season.
Tired of being used as...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the esteemed (well, OK, by some) Democrat from Nevada, wants his GOP counterparts to play ball.
But Republicans, led by Kentucky’s esteemed (well, OK, by some others) Mitch McConnell, mostly want to take their...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 11:18 AM
Drug store chain Walgreens is trying to win its share of a growing group of eco-conscious consumers, launching a line of household products free of harmful chemicals, which it's calling Ology.
The collection includes baby goods, laundry detergents, glass...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 11:47 AM
The United Food and Commercial Workers union has promised “not to engage in any picketing or confrontational conduct” at Wal-Mart facilities for at least two months, according to a government agency.
The giant retailer filed a complaint...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 8:27 AM
Lunch meat purveyor Hormel Foods is making a run at the supermarket's middle aisles, buying the Skippy peanut butter brand for about $700 million.
The Austin, Minn., company, also known for its Spam canned ham, is acquiring Skippy from Unilever's U.S....
| Jul 19, 2013
| 5:20 PM
Najee Ali is an old hand at activism. Jesse Jackson was his mentor; he's Al Sharpton's protege. So Ali thought he had everything in place for a peaceful protest of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case this week.
But somewhere between the opening...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 9:40 AM
Safeway Inc. stock slid nearly 20% in morning trading Thursday as the Northern California supermarket giant – facing competition from dollar stores and Wal-Mart – reported flat revenue in the first quarter.
The Pleasanton company said...
| May 23, 2013
| 11:34 AM
Kmart’s woes — sliding sales, worried investors — would make any retailer want to curse. But as it turns out, the discounter’s dirty mouth may prove to be a saving grace.
The chain, which has a bit of a fuddy-duddy reputation,...
| May 22, 2013
| 9:35 AM
Devotees of Nutella hazelnut chocolate spread can call off the riots -- the brand’s Italian parent Ferrero says it reached a peaceful understanding with the superfan founder of World Nutella Day, an annual appreciation event that the company tried...
| Feb 11, 2013
Stop in to one of the eight Mariano's Fresh Markets in the Chicago area and you could spot founder Bob Mariano pushing carts, rewrapping meat or helping clean up spills.
The eponymous, upmarket grocery stores, tended with his exacting sense of detail,...