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Strong demand for Costa coffee and a solid performance by budget Premier Inns saw a sharp rise in third-quarter sales at Whitbread, leaving it confident it will meet targets for the year

'This nut bar contains nuts'

The Plain English Campaign has criticised Cadbury for warning that a chocolate called Nut Secret contains nuts.

Vodafone acts fast on India tax demands

Vodafone is ready to take the Indian government to the United Nations over its attempts to force the FTSE-100 telecoms giant to hand over more than $2bn in backdated tax.

Mars has shrunk its bars, but what will it do with the Duo?

Giant snacks – meant for two, eaten by one

Andrew Martin chooses the smaller bar – and no sharing

Start spreading the news, cheese and chocolate don't mix

Would you? Could you? Nigella Lawson's a fan, Jennifer Saunders fronted the online ad campaign but we're not convinced. Chocolate-flavoured Philadelphia? Surely that's the devil's dairy product.

Quarterly reports damage behaviour of firms and investors, says Kay Review

Critics claim Cadbury's takeover by Kraft was driven by demands for a quick reward

Rebecca Armstrong: I would rather have Roses than mistletoe any day

There's a poster in the window of a card shop near iTowers that has a sketch of a pair of socks on it and the words "Just so you know, I have enough of these. Merry Christmas."

Shoppers show they still care as ethical products beat downturn

Fairtrade food sales rose by 36 per cent, while sales of sustainable fish rose by 16.3 per cent

Russell Norman: 'I find something really therapeutic about making risotto'

My earliest food memory...Marmite sandwiches on sliced white bread. I used to press the bread down to the thickness of a coin, and I remember that really lovely transformation of texture from fluffy white bread to something quite dense and getting that little salty hit in the middle.

200 jobs to be axed at Kraft

Kraft Foods is to cut 200 jobs under plans which include £50 million investment in its chocolate and biscuit manufacturing, the firm said today.

New rules 'may curb takeovers'

New rules banning "break fees" could result in fewer takeovers in Britain, according to a study from London's Cass Business School.

Cadbury wins right to the colour purple

Chocolate-maker can see off trademark challenge from rival Nestlé after registrar's brand ruling

M&A code fears quashed

The overhaul of the Takeover Code, which was introduced in September, has not led to rushed acquisitions as was initially feared.

Sweet Centre: Kraft brings chocolate home to Bournville

Kraft, the Illinois-based cheese-slice maker that bought Cadbury last year, has picked the UK confectioner's historic home of Bournville as its chocolate centre ahead of sites in the US and Switzerland.

Leading article: A sad loss of Autonomy

A US company, HP, snapping up Autonomy is a challenge for proponents of the free market. To cavil about the takeover would contradict all the arguments about level playing fields. But Autonomy is one of only two FTSE 100 IT companies and it is a sting to see it go.

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Dated brands can be successfully resuscitated for a contemporary marketplace. Amy Frengley looks at the critical success factors for reviving a brand, and shares some examples of where it worked and where it hasn’t worked
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