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Kraft is 'truly sorry' for U-turn over closure of Cadbury's Somerdale plant

The US food giant Kraft has said it is "truly sorry" for reneging on an earlier promise to keep open Cadbury's Somerdale factory just days after it acquired the Dairy Milk maker for £11.7bn in January.

Business Diary: Time for Sainsbury's execs to give back

Best of luck to Justin King, the Sainsbury's boss, who has begun an attempt to complete 32 one-mile runs in different parts of the UK by Saturday to raise money for Sport Relief. Sainsbury's could do with some decent headlines after copping flak for bringing bonuses forward for high earners in order to beat tax rises. Let's hope many of them are sponsoring King generously.

Kraft apology over UK factory U-turn

US food giant Kraft today issued a public apology for raising hopes that a doomed Cadbury factory could be saved and issued a two-year guarantee on jobs after facing a furious attack over its controversial takeover of the chocolate-maker.

Cadbury's and Kraft chiefs under fire from angry MPs

Executives from Cadbury's and its new American owner came under fire from angry MPs today amid uncertainty about the chocolate-maker's future in the UK.

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Outlook: Misleading factory workers about job security is not part of the game

Watchdog probes Kraft over Cadbury buyout

Kraft is under investigation by UK regulators over whether it misled Cadbury employees and investors in its battle to take over the confectioner, it was reported today.

Business Diary: Paying the price for Cadbury's defeat

Cadbury has announced 150 job losses, mostly at its head office in west London, following the Kraft takeover. A number must come from the communications team, several of whom have already quit. They didn't have much choice but to stand down after bad-mouthing Kraft for months as they tried to fight off the unwanted bid.

Kraft accused of 'indecent haste' on Cadbury job cuts

Union leaders attacked US food giant Kraft today after being told that the firm was seeking to make its first job cuts only weeks after completing its controversial purchase of Cadbury.

David Prosser: Man at the Pru takes a huge leap of faith

Outlook: One thought about Prudential's giant acquisition in Asia: what do all those folk who bemoaned the sell-off of British assets when Kraft bought Cadbury a few weeks ago have to say about this deal?

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