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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

Chocolate Wars, By Deborah Cadbury

Coming from a branch of the Quaker chocolate family, Cadbury tells the story of capitalists who held that "wealth creation for personal gain only would have been offensive".

The cookie crumbles: Kraft set to split in two

Less than 18 months after fattening up with the acquisition of Cadbury, Kraft plans to slim back down by jettisoning scores of its older food brands. The split, announced by Kraft chief executive Irene Rosenfeld yesterday, puzzled many analysts, but it sent Kraft shares sharply higher.

Merger rules are toughened

The takeover Panel has adopted tougher merger rules, tipping the balance of power back towards acquisition targets.

ASA says Cadbury was not racist when it compared Campbell to chocolate bar

A Cadbury's advertising campaign which compared Naomi Campbell to a bar of chocolate was not racist, the industry's watchdog has ruled.

The Business On...Todd Stitzer, former chief executive, Cadbury

The man who sold us out?

The Business On... Sir Roger Carr, President, CBI

The employers' new attack dog?

Sharpton and Jackson forced Cadbury apology

US civil rights activists stepped in after company compared Naomi Campbell to a chocolate bar

Cadbury apologises over Naomi Campbell advert

Chocolate maker Cadbury has apologised after one of its adverts "caused upset" to supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Christina Patterson: Prejudice and the pursuit of 'cool'

I don't know if it's common for people in fashion to talk this way but I do know they're not the only ones in our society to be confused over race

Naomi Campbell in race row over Cadbury chocolate

Model calls advertisment 'insulting and hurtful' as consumer boycott is threatened

MPs attack 'arrogant' Kraft over its refusal to discuss Cadbury

The American food manufacturer Kraft saw its reputation in Britain sink still lower yesterday, as its management of Cadbury was roundly criticised as "arrogant" by MPs, business analysts and union officials.

Stephen Foley: The sale of Cadbury to Kraft was a sweet deal whatever MPs say

Outlook: The UK is best served by having an open economy, where even strategic industries can obtain foreign capital that UK investors may not be able to provide

Leading article: The case for regulating takeovers grows stronger

Chocolate nationalism has died down. More than year after Kraft's takeover of Cadbury in a £11.5bn deal, no one notices anything different about their Dairy Milk bars. British chocolate seems to be safe from Americanisation.

Made In Britain, By Evan Davis

The more we make, the less we know
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