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Loehmann’s liquidates $65 million in merchandise this week

• Specialty retailer Loehmann's has announced plans for a nationwide liquidation sale on Thursday, following 92 years of business.<br>• On Jan. 7, a U.S. …

Sears forms new rebate partnership

• Sears Holdings has entered a partnership with EcoRebates to offer instant rebates on purchases for Sears shoppers.<br>• The partnership allows Sears to …

Target: Nearly 70 million affected by holiday data breach

• Target has raised the estimate of potential consumers involved in the company’s December 2013 data breach to 70 million.<br>• Shopper information stolen …

World Cup to give Brazilian e-commerce a big assist in 2014

• Thanks to the World Cup, the Brazilian E-Commerce Association (ABComm) says it expects a 27% increase in the country’s online commerce sector in …

Edible Intelligence: 3 food product trends to expect in 2014

<i>[Editor's note: This is the first in a series of Food Dive posts from guest contributor Sam Vance.]</i><p>Usually, I blog about food on my blog, Edible …

Coca-Cola, PureCircle get OK from FDA for Reb-X stevia sweetener

Dive Brief:<p>PureCircle says it has received a GRAS (generally regarded as safe) letter from the FDA for its Reb-X sweetener. Such a " no objection" …

Frito-Lay patents new potato chip oil reduction method

• Frito-Lay patented a new processing method that uses low-pressure frying and de-oiling to reduce oil in potato chips, tortilla chips and other fried …

Cheerios go GMO-free

Dive Brief:<p>Cheerios are now GMO free. General Mills said it quietly began making its original flavor Cheerios without genetically modified …

Coke, Kraft, Kellogg and others have cut 6.4 trillion calories in Obama challenge

Dive Brief:<p>The 16 food and beverage companies that answered a call from First Lady Michelle Obama in 2010 and promised to cut 1 trillion in calories …

Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Diageo team up to buy the DeLeon tequila brand

Dive Brief:<p>Sean "Diddy" Combs and liquor giant Diageo PLC have entered a 50-50 joint venture to acquire luxury tequila brand DeLeon.<br>• The deal puts the …

Consumers worried energy drink safety, but not enough to ditch them

• Six of 10 people who consume energy drinks are concerned about the health effects, according to a new study by Mintel.<br>• The research firm polled 700 …

Foster Farms poultry plant shut down after roaches found

• The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a suspension notice Wednesday after a Foster Farms chicken plant in Livingston, Calif., was to have a …

Cal State Los Angeles leader wants to remake campus

• The new president of California State University, Los Angeles is trying to push his campus into the spotlight.<br>• William Covino is partnering with …

3 universities selected for U.S. drone testing

• Virginia Tech, the University of Alaska and Texas A&M University Corpus Christi were among six institutions selected this week by the U.S. government …

Has online learning lost its way?

• Writing for NPR, Eric Westervelt asks whether 2013 might become known as the year lofty goals for online education collided with reality.<br>• Westervelt …

Price of Los Angeles iPad program dwarfs similar projects

• The $768 per device that Los Angeles is paying for its students' iPads is far more than the several hundred dollars other nearby districts are paying …

Are college 'sticker prices' a work of fiction?

• Some colleges have borrowed from an old retail playbook in which original prices are jacked up in order to turn around and offer staggeringly steep …

Coursera co-founder addresses criticism on student retention, demographics

• Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller says the MOOC provider wants to work on changing the way student retention and demographics are perceived for …

Why 6 colleges are cutting tuition

Amid news that the "sticker price" for college tuition is often a work of fiction — there are at least 200 colleges where no one pays full price for …

California lawmakers reviewing hate crimes on campus

• After a racial bullying case at San Jose State University, lawmakers in California will review how public colleges handle hate crimes.<br>• A task force …

5 food brands at risk for extinction in 2014

Nothing lasts forever. Especially in the food and beverage industry.<p>Here's a look at five brands that we think may be reaching their expiration date. …

Heinz in 2014: 3 predictions for the debt-saddled ketchup king

If there's a company that has changed more in the past year than Heinz has, we don't know about it.<p>A year ago, Heinz was a beloved food-industry …

Ben & Jerry's tweet jokes about marijuana sales in Colo.

<b>Dive Brief:</b><p>Ben & Jerry's sent out a tweet Thursday of a lone ice cream container on a shelf, accompanied by the text, "BREAKING NEWS: We're hearing …

Coca-Cola preps for the 'Internet of Things' with 16 million network IDs

Dive Brief:<p>Coca-Cola has acquired 16 million of the unique network identifiers usually used in thing like Wi-Fi cards and similar pieces of …

Nestle sells frozen pasta business

Dive Brief:<p>Nestle has agreed to sell Joseph's frozen-pasta business to Brynwood Partners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.<br>• Joseph's, based in …