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Taco Bell's Doritos-Flavored Shells: Loco or Ingenioso?

The new iPad wasn't the only big thing to be unveiled last week: Taco Bell had a big launch, too -- a new taco shell that's made with Doritos nacho chips. Taco Bell is hoping consumers will scarf down "Doritos Locos Tacos" and drive a turnaround in its lackluster sales.

Pepsi's Mid-Calorie Soda Aims to Win Back Drinkers

Pepsi is hoping to win back soda drinkers with a compromise. Some people don't like the calories in regular soda, but loathe the taste of zero-calorie diet drinks. So the nation's No. 2 cola company is rolling out "Pepsi Next," a cola that has about half the calories of regular Pepsi at 60 calories per can.

Do Super Bowl Ads Score for Their Companies' Stocks?

The Patriots and Giants will interrupt the entertainment to run some football plays, but everyone knows the Super Bowl is all about the commercials, and at $3.5 million for 30 seconds, sponsors must think they'll get their money's worth. But will their shareholders feel the same way?

How to Make Up for Social Security's Meager Raise

For the first time since 2009, Social Security recipients will get a COLA increase in their checks in 2012. But that 3.6% bump probably isn't going to cover the real rise in your expenses. So where should you invest to find that extra income?

Can You Make Better Soda Than Coke or Pepsi?

There's a cola war brewing that has nothing to do with Coke or Pepsi: It's in the home-based pop market, and the fight is between SodaStream and Primo Water. But why make your own soda at home instead of buying it at the store? Is it easier? Cheaper? Healthier? You're probably going to like all three answers.

Nothing Alike: The Odd Combos of Conglomerates

For most of the past decade, buying Oreos or Trident gum for your kids meant sending money to the Marlboro Man. Those brands have gone their separate ways, but there are still many odd matches in the wild world of conglomerates, where companies own siblings that don't really look like one another.

The Most Powerful Women in Business

From PepsiCo to Avon to Xerox, these women are responsible for some of the biggest companies and brands that consumers touch and feel everyday. And this year, there's a new No. 1 on Fortune's list of the most powerful women.

Starbucks CEO Invites Concerned Citizens to Chat

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has grand plans to cut through the partisan noise and remind our country's politicians of their problem-solving duties: On Tuesday, he's hosting a gigantic, public telephone town hall, and asking all "concerned Americans" to join his movement and participate.

Should Coca-Cola Raise Its Prices?

Rafi Mohammed, author of The Art of Pricing, says Coca-Cola is selling itself short. Some of its beverages, such as Coke Zero, could be priced higher, potentially raising the company's margin and profit. But in the Cola Wars, could higher prices cause a customer retreat?

Has Coca Cola's Top-Secret Recipe Been Leaked? Not Really

Not surprisingly, when NPR's This American Life program released a recipe for the drink earlier this week, it quickly captured the attention of the chattering class. A closer look, however, shows that real thing's real secret is still safe.

Week Ahead: Coca-Cola, Disney, Hasbro Earnings

It should be pretty quiet on the economic calendar this week, with only a few national reports due out. But iconic companies Walt Disney, Coca-Cola and Hasbro, among others, are scheduled to report quarterly results. Here's a preview.

Scorecard: How 2010's First-Half Stock Picks Fared

Early in the year, the market appeared fraught with danger as the recession threatened to hang around. But for the intrepid, it was a welcome stage for value-hunting at depressed stock prices. Here's a look at picks that panned out well -- and not so well.

Betty White Is Helping Pepsi Crash Super Bowl XLV

One year after sitting on the Super Bowl advertising sidelines, Pepsi is returning to the gridiron this year with its "Crash the Super Bowl" campaign. And it's bringing in the some serious star power to encourage consumers to create their own Super Bowl ads: screen legend Betty White.

Coca-Cola Buys Russian Juice Maker

In a move to gain a larger share of the beverage market outside of North America, Coca-Cola (KO) has bought Russian juice maker Nidan Juices, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday

PepsiCo Second Quarter EPS Slide 7% to $0.98

PepsiCo%u2019s (PEP) said second-quarter reported earnings per share fell 7% from a year earlier to 98 cents. Reported net income declined 3%. The company repurchased $2.6 billion of common stock in the second quarter, the company said in a statement. It also spent $739 million on dividends.

PepsiCo Earnings Preview: Soda, Snack Icon Keeps Growing

PepsiCo will announce its second-quarter numbers on Tuesday, and analysts expect earnings per share of $1.07 to $1.10, up from $1.02 a year earlier. If they're right, it will mark a continuation of the company's stable period of success. But PepsiCo's management is thinking bigger.

Sonic Taps a New Marketing Chief as Sales Slow

Sonic fell short of earnings expectations for the third quarter as its drive-in restaurant model is starting to fray around the edges. However, it could taste new success if the new marketing chief, Danielle Vona, lives up to her record at PepsiCo.

Tropicana: Squeezing Juicier Profits From Florida's Freeze

Although the OJ industry has said the January cold wave didn't do as much harm as everyone feared, Tropicana is shrinking some OJ packages and raising prices on others. What are the odds it'll reverse those moves when the next crop comes at typical levels?

PepsiCo Sees Strong Earnings Growth in 2010

PepsiCo reported solid earnings Thursday of $3.77 per share in 2009, and said it sees double-digit earnings growth in 2010, which suggests a strengthening global economy in the year ahead.