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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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A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
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Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
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Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
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Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried