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Drinks giant announced plans to cut costs by £200m as Chinese sales decline

Cadbury costs bite into Kraft profits

Costs stemming from the acquisition of the UK chocolate business Cadbury left the US food giant Kraft with a 24 per cent drop in Q4 profits.

Sale sack head coach Brewer

Sale Sharks have announced the immediate departure of their head coach Mike Brewer.

Food sector sees increased sales

The food and drink manufacturing sector is continuing to perform strongly despite the uncertain economic backdrop, according to a new survey by the Food and Drink Federation.

Thirst for foreign beers helps SAB

Brewing giant SABMiller saw its sales growth in the UK increase in the six months to30 September, as drinkers shelled out extra cash for premium imports. SAB's UK arm, Miller Brands, which sells brands such as Grolsch and Peroni Nastro Azzurro, reported that volume sales of its lagers increased 25 per cent in the six months to 30 September.

Anthony Rose: 'Natural wineries feel that the pendulum has swung too far towards technology and science'

Do you think of wine as a natural product? It is, after all, the fermented juice of fresh grapes, so what could be more natural? Quite a lot, according to the natural wine movement. Natural wine is the latest addition to the green well-spring of organic, biodynamic and sustainable wines. Natural winemakers are the naturists of the wine world. They may not prance naked under a full moon, but they think of themselves as stewards for wines that taste of their location and vintage with no make-up and no clothes beyond the bottle they stand up in.

Round-Up: Hodgson and Tait primed to return for slipshod Sale

Bath expect to have Matt Banahan, David Flatman and David Wilson back to face Gloucester on Friday; two more England players, the fly-half Charlie Hodgson and centre Mathew Tait, are due to return for Sale this week and the one after, respectively. Put together, that was a lot of talent missing from Bath's 31-16 victory over Sale on Saturday and it helped explain why the quality was consistently far from exceptional.

Brewer bubbles over after Sale are sunk by Bath

Bath 31 Sale Sharks 16: Former All Black refuses to 'spin a load of bull' to excuse his team after seeing poor defence lead to a four-try beating

Scores of new breweries open

The number of breweries in Britain has increased four-fold in 40 years, with scores opening in the past year.

Sale sign Rouse to strengthen pack

Sale Sharks have strengthened their pack with the signing of lock Nick Rouse from Nottingham.

Robinson to leave Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks have confirmed World Cup winner Jason Robinson will leave the club at the end of this season.

Rise of the microbrewery: Small but perfectly formed

Artisan breweries are enjoying a rise in sales while mass-marketed lagers and keg beers suffer. By Roger Protz

'Cask beer outperformed almost every drink on the bar last year'

Comment by Paul Nunny, Director, Cask Marque Trust

David Prosser: Mandelson's promises melt away

Outlook: Lord Mandelson professes himself "disappointed" at Kraft's decision to close the Cadbury factory in Keynsham only a week after Irene Rosenfeld, the US company's chairman, told him she planned to invest in the UK. Note that he didn't say he was "surprised" at Kraft's craven U-turn. The assurances Ms Rosenfeld gave him were as worthless as Kraft's pledge to reverse Cadbury's decision to close Keynsham.

Kraft finally acquires Cadbury after vote in favour of £11.4bn deal

Cadbury was finally acquired for £11.4bn by the US food giant Kraft yesterday, closing the door on nearly 200 years of independence for the Dairy Milk maker.

David Prosser: Cadbury's owners make their decision

Outlook Give Roger Carr and Todd Stitzer their due. Cadbury's chairman and chief executive have consistently refused to argue against the Kraft deal on any grounds other than shareholder value. While it must have been tempting to try to wrap Cadbury in the Union Jack, or to wax lyrical over its philanthropic origins, the mantra of Messrs Carr and Stitzer has never varied. From day one they have promised to consider any bid that did not undervalue the business.

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