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Brian Sollit was a real-life Willy Wonka, one of Britain's most eminent chocolatiers. In a career spanning over 50 years at Rowntree's in York, he created some of the nation's best loved snacks including Lion Bars, Drifters, Matchmakers and the Yorkie, but his crowning glory was the creation of the After Eight Mint. Launched in 1962, it was an instant success, becoming the must-have confectionery for "posh" after-dinner treats. It went on to sell in over 50 countries and had famous devotees such as the Queen Mother.

Cadbury uses 'outstanding' performance in defence against Kraft

Cadbury re-stated its rejection of the $10bn (£6.1bn) hostile bid from Kraft yesterday and published details of an "outstanding" performance in 2009 that it hopes will bolster its dismissal of the proposal as "derisory".

David Prosser: Jam today or chocolate tomorrow?

Outlook The battle for Cadbury is turning into a case study of short-termism in the City. Kraft's bid may or may not undervalue Cadbury, as the British company insists, but it undeniably offers a premium of more than 30 per cent to the value of the shares before this saga began. Cadbury, meanwhile, insists there will be of plenty of jam tomorrow for shareholders prepared to ignore that juicy premium.

Cadbury launches last defence

Todd Stitzer, the chief executive of UK confectioner Cadbury, will launch a staunch final defence this week against predator Kraft Foods, the Toblerone maker.

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Business Diary: Less than £400 for the Badger's wisdom

What would you do if you had £395 in spare change knocking about? Well, if you really want to treat yourself – and improve your career prospects at the same time – what better way to spend the money than on a sales course run by Ruth Badger (she of The Apprentice)? That's the stunning deal being offered right now by an outfit calling themselves Business Consort. Sounds cheap at the price to us.

David Prosser: Nestlé mulls Cadbury bid

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Transporting its much-loved Thai luxury formula to China for the second time, Amanresorts opens Amanfayun (amanresorts.com), its 24th luxury retreat, this month. Set amid bamboo groves and botanical gardens just 20 minutes by car from the historical centre of Hangzhou, this village of houses with clay tile roofs feels as rural as can be, with the 42 individually designed rooms, suites and villas resplendent in a unique heritage-steeped tea plantation context.

Market Report: Argos owner hit as FTSE 100 falls 1.9 per cent

Home Retail Group came under pressure last night as traders moved out amid worries that the market might be underestimating the threats to its Argos chain.

Kraft and Cadbury trade blows over £10bn offer

Kraft hints that it will not raise offer price beyond its formal bid last month

Cadbury upgrades forecasts to fend off Kraft

Dairy Milk maker hits out at 'contemptuous' and 'derisory' bid by Kraft

Chocolate wars: the plight of Cadbury's

US food giant Kraft wants to buy Cadbury. So should we sell such a 'British' brand, or is it just another business?

The Week Ahead: Cadbury's results boost defence against bid

Cadbury will today post its formal response to the £10.1bn takeover bid by Kraft Foods, alongside its pre-close trading update. The Dairy Milk maker will make a robust case for its strategy as a standalone confectionery specialist. Cadbury's management will cite improved savings from its Vision into Action programme, continued growth in volumes and margins, and why its brands, particularly in emerging markets, are a better place for investors to keep their shares rather than being absorbed into what the company calls the "low growth conglomerate" of Kraft. The confectioner lambasted Kraft's offer of 0.2589 of its shares and 300p in cash for each Cadbury share as "derisory" and "unattractive" when it was made on 9 November.

Cadbury talks to Hershey over alternative to Kraft £10bn bid

Cadbury, which will today formally launch its defence against Kraft Foods's £10.1bn hostile takeover bid, is reported to have held talks with Hershey about plans for the US chocolate maker to table a rival bid that the Cadbury board could recommend to shareholders. Hershey is still weighing up making a offer for the British confectioner but does not want to get involved in a bidding war with Kraft.

Kraft's bid for Cadbury reveals boss's $3m to $8m bonus

Chocolate wars began in earnest this weekend as the US food giant, Kraft, launched its formal £10bn offer document for UK confectioner Cadbury.

Mandelson warning as Kraft bids for Cadbury

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