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The drinks company has followed the likes of Ribena into the ice cream market

James Moore: There's not much sweet about Kraft

Outlook: Kraft needs Cadbury a lot more than Cadbury's needs Kraft

Cadbury refuses to melt at £10.2bn Kraft Foods offer

Directors of confectionery icon unanimously reject cash and shares bid

Econoblog: It's about saving a company, not a British institution

Will there be a national outcry over the Kraft takeover of Cadbury? I’m not sure there should be.

Minor British Institutions: Irn-Bru

Scotland's other national drink takes pride of place in the only place in the world where Coca-Cola isn't Number One. So is Irn-Bru the real thing? Well, despite the name it is neither brewed nor does it have much to do with iron, regardless of the famous advertising line that it is "Made in Scotland from girders".

Crackdown on bulk-buy drink deals

New licensing laws will come into force in Scotland today, banning pubs and clubs from offering discounted drinks when bought in bulk. Customers will also be entitled to free tap water, and soft drinks must be priced at a reasonable level. The changes will be watched carefully in England, where licensing laws have come under attack for being too soft. Scotland led the way on banning smoking in pubs.

Cadbury profits rise after UK boost





Sweet-toothed consumers in the UK and a fall in advertising costs helped Dairy Milk owner Cadbury report a rise in half-year profits today.

Investment Column: Overseas push is a winner for Mothercare

Britvic; GW Pharmaceuticals

Too much cola 'leads to muscle and heart problems'

Experts have issued a warning against drinking large quantities of cola, saying it could lead to muscle problems, an irregular heartbeat and bone weakness.

US companies undermine green shoots

Caterpillar drove a bulldozer through hopes of a quick rebound by the global economy, posting its first quarterly loss in 16 years yesterday and slashing its outlook for the rest of the year.

End of the dynasty that made Irn-Bru – from girders

Final member of Barr family steps back from business

Fenby factor adds up for Newcastle

Sale 25 Newcastle 32

Charlton appoint Parkinson as manager

Charlton have named Phil Parkinson as their new manager.

Compass and Britvic shake off recession

Two major UK companies in the food and drink industry today provided some relief in the business gloom.

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