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Primark is outperforming its peers but sugar looks a bit sticky, Associated British Foods said today.

Samuel Muston: On the Menu

Hawksmoor goes veggie; cocktails at Wilderness Festival; coronation chocolates; Twinings half and half

End of the bag? Builders’ tea will lose out to speciality brews such as Lapsang Souchong

Change brews for the Great British Cuppa

Soaring global demand, climate change, more speciality teas – it can only mean prices will go up

George Clooney, face of Nespresso

Coffee pods: Why we all want what George Clooney is having

They're eco-unfriendly and cost the earth to run – but does that deter us from buying capsule coffee machines? Does it heck, says Samuel Muston

Jammie Dodgers' biscuits, one of the most popular British brands

Recipe for £12bn export boom: Jammie Dodgers and Typhoo

Global demand for traditional British tea, biscuits and sausages has seen food and non-alcoholic drink exports rise last year to top £12bn for the first time.

Explosion in Colombia fuel pipeline kills 11 people

A fuel pipeline exploded yesterday, killing at least 11 people, injuring more than 70 others and destroying homes.

Tiger Hills, By Sarita Mandanna

Chosen for the Channel 4 TV Book Club, this lavish saga may help dispel the winter gloom. A love triangle set in the lush hills of Coorg in southern India underlies a similarly undulating narrative that moves between 1878 and 1936.

The business on: Thomas Twining, Founder of Twinings Tea

Hang on, isn't he dead?

Cadbury rejects £10.2bn bid from Kraft

Dairy Milk maker Cadbury today looked set for a takeover tussle with US food giant Kraft after it rejected a surprise £10.2 billion approach.

Howard Schultz: I raise my frappuccino to the Brits

'Values' are only meaningful if you stick to them in bad times as well as good

How to quaff tea like a true connoisseur

Forget builders' brew - fancy an infusion of jasmine green tea flowers? Britons are demanding a classier cuppa

Beale's best in show: Twinings (Lowe)

It's not always obvious why an ad agency loses an account. But often it is. A glance at the ads they're producing is often evidence enough of the client's rationale.

Accounting overhaul brings £1.3bn Premier float closer

Premier Foods, the owner of Typhoo Tea and Branston Pickle, has changed its accounting policies, resulting in a restatement of its turnover figures for the past three years. It is also selling peripheral businesses as speculation mounts that it could announce a £1.3bn float within the next two weeks.

My Round: Kenyan coffee-grower Mr Karanja has excavated a well.

Now he hopes you'll dig deep ÿ into your pockets

A storming brew

Tea makers For a nation of tea lovers, we cut a lot of corners brewing up. Martin Skegg and Michael Oliveira-Salac advise on the perfect cuppa. Photograph by Adrian Burke

Tetley scraps stock market flotation plans

TETLEY GROUP, the UK's largest tea maker, yesterday unexpectedly scrapped plans to list on the stock market amid speculation that it had received a bid approach that could top the pounds 400m it planned to raise in the flotation.
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