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

Leading article: Off colour

The world of soft drinks seems to be losing its innocence. Once upon a time, the bright orange appearance of Irn-Bru was one of its major selling points. But now, apparently, the colour screams not delight, but danger.

Lucozade and Irn-Bru to carry hyperactivity warnings

The makers of two of Britain's best-selling soft drinks, Lucozade and Irn-Bru, have been forced to warn parents that the drinks may cause hyperactivity. A newly introduced EU law compels both drinks to display a warning that they contain artificial colours linked to behavioural problems in young children.

Susie Rushton: You can't put a price on simple pleasures

Do you know why the British economy is struggling? Let me tell you a story to illustrate. On Saturday I went to a village fête in Somerset. Picture the scene: a coconut shy, quoits, an egg-throwing contest, bric-à-brac and an ice-cream van, in a pretty field next to a country church. Toddlers as far as the eye can see; women in striped aprons and men in Birkenstocks. Feeling hungry, I stop by a cake stall, where I buy a home-made chocolate brownie for – get this – 15p. Fifteen pence! By the close of business, I doubt whether the cook-cum-stallholder even made back the cost of her ingredients, let alone turned a profit. And that's what's wrong with the British attitude to enterprise.

Food firms take over anti-obesity campaign

The Government is to hand over the funding of its public health programme aimed at curbing obesity to food firms including Mars, Cadbury and Coca-Cola. Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, said public funding for the Change4Life campaign launched in January 2009 would be withdrawn and private firms invited to fill the gap, along with charities and local authorities.

Food firms to help fund anti-obesity campaigns

Firms such as Mars, Cadbury and Coca-Cola will take on a bigger role in funding campaigns aimed at tackling soaring obesity rates, it was announced today.

SodaStream: Sip back in time

In the Seventies, every child wanted a SodaStream. Now the drinks maker is back – but can it put some fizz into grown-up cocktails? Gillian Orr finds out

Album: Morcheeba, Blood Like Lemonade (Pias)

Reunited again with original vocalist Skye Edwards, Morcheeba's Paul and Ross Godfrey have managed to re-locate the band's classic trip-hop chill-out vibe without sacrificing the growing eclecticism of albums like Charango and Dive Deep.

Britvic pays €237m for French soft drinks group

Britvic is to buy the French soft drinks maker Fruite for €237m (£203m) as it looks to expand across Europe. The Tango and Robinsons giant unveiled the deal yesterday alongside a 39 per cent jump in pre-tax profits to £27.8m for the six months to 11 April.

Value of 3i's portfolio rises as earnings recover

The private equity firm 3i Group said the value of its portfolio rose 15 per cent last year, as corporate earnings recovered and its stakes were revalued, although high asset prices could stymie new deals.

Asbo woman blames Red Bull for 'hyper' behaviour

A woman given an Asbo for terrorising her neighbours has blamed her behaviour on an addiction to Red Bull.

Kraft accused of 'indecent haste' on Cadbury job cuts

Union leaders attacked US food giant Kraft today after being told that the firm was seeking to make its first job cuts only weeks after completing its controversial purchase of Cadbury.

London listing on the cards for Coca-Cola's UK bottling arm

US firm to bring North American bottling in-house as fizzy drink sales flatten

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.

Cadbury top brass quit hours after Kraft take over

The three most senior directors at Cadbury have quit hours after the US food giant Kraft took control of the British confectioner.

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.

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