Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, said it is seeking "branded packaged meats companies" to acquire. One potential purchase is Sara Lee Corp., which is spinning off its beverage holdings to focus on its meat brands.
When used wisely, store credit cards can help customers build credit and save money because they are alerted to upcoming sales. However, if customers cannot pay the balance in-full, the card's high interest rates may actually damage credit ratings.
Although consumers are increasingly purchasing more bottled waters, sports drinks and fruit beverages instead of soda, the major players in the beverage war -- Coca Cola Co. and PepsiCo -- will not change because both companies have embraced the trend of beverages that emphasize health.
A study of more than 28,000 postmenopausal women found that those who drank more than six cups of coffee per day had a 33% reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes, compared to those who drank none. Interestingly, the reduced risk was seen regardless of whether the women drank regular or decaffeinated coffee.
Bloom, Food Lion's new grocery store venture, opened in three South Carolina locations over the weekend. The new supermarket is designed from the shopper's perspective and includes convenience technology, lower shelves, uncluttered aisles and an intuitive layout.