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Popular Restaurants Have Secret Menu Items

Secret menus. McDonald’s (MCD) has one. So do Burger King (BKW), Subway and most other fast-food chains. These are items that, for various reasons, are not on the regular menu, but can be had if you know what to ask for.

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.

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.

S&P 500 in Longest Winning Streak Since 2004

The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 on Friday for the first time since the start of the Great Recession in 2007, lifted by strong earnings from Procter & Gamble and Starbucks.

Do You Know the Weird History of These Famous Company Names?

When a business has been around for decades, you take what it's called for granted. But many prominent companies nearly ended up with very different names. So, pop quiz: How knowledgeable are you about the original names -- and almost-names -- of businesses you deal with every day?

Starbucks Cups to Come with a Political Message

The world's biggest coffee chain is asking employees at cafes in the Washington, D.C., area to scribble the words "Come Together" on cups for drink orders on Thursday and Friday. CEO Howard Schultz says it's intended as a message to lawmakers about the ongoing "fiscal cliff" negotiations.

5 Winners and Losers of the Week in Business

Companies can make brilliant moves, but there are also times when things don't work out quite as planned. Here's a rundown of this week's biggest winners and blunders in the business world, from Google to Starbucks.

Starbucks Read the Tea Leaves Right on Its Teavana Acquistion

Teavana Holdings' final quarterly report as a standalone public company had strong news on net sales, and so-so news on same-store sales. That puts new owner Starbucks in a sweet spot as it prepares to take the premium tea seller to the next level.

Starbucks Introduces $450 Gift Card Made of Steel

We've heard of high-end credit cards that are made of everything from diamonds to pearls, but leave it to Starbucks to usher in the era of the luxury gift card. The coffee giant will roll out a $450 premium gift card this week.

Another 1,500 Starbucks Cafes Are Just Around the Corner

Another Starbucks may soon pop up near you. The world's biggest coffee company says it's planning to add at least 1,500 cafes in the U.S. over the next five years. That upbeat expansion plan marks a shift from Starbucks' recent predictions of slower growth.

Wall Street Watch Friday: Starbucks Earnings, Hot and Sweet

Starbucks posted strong quarterly results after Thursday's market close. Revenue climbed 11% for the premium coffee house chain to $3.36 billion, with earnings of 46 cents a share. It's a far cry from a few years ago, when the chain was on the retreat due to the recession.

Starbucks to Allow 'Digital Tipping'

The Seattle-based coffee company says a digital tip function will be added to its mobile payment application starting next summer. A similar option will also be available on Square, a new payment app that Starbucks customers will be able to use starting in November.

Starbucks Single-Serve Verismo Arrives in Stores

Starbucks Corp. is about to turn up the heat on the single-serve coffee market, and someone might get burned. The Verismo will be sold online for $199 starting this week, and in Starbucks cafes beginning next month.

Democrats Are From Starbucks, Republicans Are From Visa

Can you tell a person's political affiliation from where they do their shopping? According to "global neuro-insight firm" Buyology, you can. And Buyology's come up with some peculiar political observations from the world of retail.

Democrats Are From Starbucks, Republicans Are From Visa

Can you tell a person's political affiliation from where they do their shopping? According to "global neuro-insight firm" Buyology, you can. And Buyology's come up with some peculiar political observations from the world of retail.

Jobs 'Insourcing' Gets Another Boost from Starbucks

Last Friday, Starbucks announced it will build a new factory in Georgia -- and it's hardly the only big company moving manufacturing back to the U.S. Call it insourcing, reshoring or whatever you like, but bringing jobs home is starting to look like a trend.

Starbucks Goes South with a Big Surge in Latin America

Starbucks fans hoping to satisfy a Frappuccino craving in Costa Rica used to be out of luck -- until Wednesday morning, when it opened its first store there. But that's just the tip of the iceberg in Latin American for coffee powerhouse.

What's So Special About This Starbuck's Mug?

On the verge of bankruptcy last fall, the American Mug and Stein Company got a new lease on life, courtesy of Starbucks. In part, it's Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz trying to support U.S. employers. But he's getting a lift from the simple economics of labor.

Why Mickey Mouse Is Shaping Up on Childhood Obesity

Disney is making the food at its theme parks more healthful, and in 2015, it will begin applying nutritional standards to the foods advertised on its networks. Is this good-nutrition shift altruism, or just smart marketing? CEO Robert A. Iger says it's both.

Green Mountain Brews Up a Bitter Pot for Investors

Shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters crashed after an abysmal quarterly report Wednesday night. The company behind the Keurig coffeemaker and the single-service K-Cup failed to live up to its guidance, and its 2012 outlook is even more disappointing.

Meet the Happiest Baristas on Earth

Disney will soon offer Starbucks locations at all six of its domestic theme parks, but don't expect the familiar green-aproned experience in the Magic Kingdom.