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PepsiCo Introduces a Mountain Dew Breakfast Drink

If you don't like coffee or tea, PepsiCo has a new breakfast drink that might perk you up. Kickstart has Mountain Dew flavor but is made with 5 percent juice and Vitamins B and C, along with an extra jolt of caffeine.

Best Buy Knuckles Under

The management of Best Buy Co. Inc. (NYSE: BBY) finally has come to its senses - at least in part. The retailer will close 15 of its large stores in...

Starbucks Changes Direction with Big Drive-Thru Plans

One of the bolder initiatives Starbucks announced during last week's quarterly conference call was that 60 percent of the 1,500 new U.S. locations the barista-tended chain plans to open through the next five years will have drive-thru windows.

A Starbucks, Peet's Coffee Tie-Up Could Be a Win-Win

The longtime coffee rivals may be discussing a merger. It could be a win for both brewers. Starbucks could provide the smaller player with a boost in the single-cup market. And Peet's, which has longstanding deals with grocery chains, could steer Starbucks to a smoother grocery distribution strategy.

Why the Starbucks-Kraft Dispute Likely Comes Down to Instant Coffee

Since 1998, Starbucks has contracted with Kraft Foods to distribute its bagged coffee through grocery stores. In letters released to The Wall Street Journal and Reuters, Kraft fired yet another salvo in its bid to hold together this deal, which Starbucks now wants to undo.

Not Lovin' It: New TV Ad Targets McDonald's Fatty Food

He's not lovin' it: A new television advertisement is suggesting that McDonald's food is so bad for people's health that it can lead to premature death. The ad, paid for by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, will begin to air in the Washington, D.C., area this week.

Starbucks Serves Up No Earnings Surprises

Same-store sales were the big story in Wednesday's fiscal third quarter earnings report, and Starbucks delivered the iced frappuccinos, serving up a 9% increase over the third quarter 2009, a 6% increase in traffic and a 3% increase in average ticket.

Face-Off on Stocks: Starbucks, Intel, Del Monte

There's a lot to be said for reliable dividend paying stocks in any market and if they can offer a smidgen of safety in uncertain equity waters, well, so much the better. In this video, Dan Burrows and Nikhil Hutheesing give their "thumbs-up, thumbs-down" views on three dividend plays.

Starbucks Is Trashing Its Green Image

A shareholder resolution at Starbucks' (SBUX) annual meeting was defeated so soundly, its backer shuddered a bit when the vote was announced. No, the company wouldn't be adopting a comprehensive recycling plan -- only 11% of shareholders voted in favor. Starbucks, which has been spending much of its marketing money on promoting its "Shared Planet" initiatives lately, believes it's doing enough.

Starbucks Reports a Sweet Second-Quarter Surprise

Starbucks reported higher-than-expected earnings of $217.3 million, or 28 cents a share, on revenue of $2.13 billion for its fiscal second quarter of 2010, after luring more customers to its coffee shops even while raising the price of coffee drinks in January. Starbucks also opened more stores in Asia and Europe and sold more VIA instant coffee.