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Rising Star Buy: Dean Foods

This article is part of our Rising Stars Portfolios series. It sure takes a long time to build out a portfolio. At least if you're like me. We're seven weeks in and I've not even put $2,000 to work out of the $17,000 The Motley Fool is letting me manage. But that's OK; like Aesop, I believe that slow and steady wins the race.

The Fool Looks Ahead


The new trading week kicks off with a handful of Chinese companies reporting, including semiconductor specialist Vimicro (Nasdaq: VIMC).


The Surprising Plague Killing Retailer Profits

 Retailers face lots of challenges, such as already-low profit margins pressured by competitors, consumers cutting back during economic downturns, and even shoplifting. There's a big challenge that few recognize, though: employee theft. In some cases, these losses exceed total profits earned.


Kroger recalls 'Super Kids' sandwich bread

Cincinnati -- The Kroger Co. says it is recalling its "Super Kids Enriched White Sandwich Bread" because it might contain milk that is not listed on the ingredients label.

The Kroger-brand bread could pose a health hazard for people allergic to milk. For consumers who are not allergic to milk, there is no safety issue with the product, Kroger officials said.

The bread was sold at Kroger stores in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The recall also includes Jay C Food stores in Indiana and Food 4 Less stores in Illinois and Indiana.

Consumers can return the bread for a refund or contact the company at 800-632-6900.

Hoosiers seek cold beer in more stores

Indianapolis -- A group of Indiana businesses is lobbying officials to allow cold beer sales in more locations and to lift a ban on Sunday carry-out sales.

Hoosiers for Beverage Choices, a group that includes retailers Kroger, Thorntons and Marsh supermarkets, said it wants state laws to be changed to allow drugstores, grocery stores and convenience stores to sell refrigerated beer, the Indianapolis Star reported Friday.

The group said it also wants lawmakers to lift a ban on carry-out alcohol sales on Sundays.

4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Kroger