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David Prosser: An empty promise to employees

Outlook As for the political interventions in the Cadbury/Kraft saga, at best they look naive and at worst positively dishonest. When Lord Mandelson piped up last month, insisting he wouldn't allow foreign companies to move into Britain looking for "a fast buck", he knew full well his comments would be seized upon by those hoping to keep Cadbury British. He also must have known there was nothing he could do to prevent Kraft buying Cadbury – his comments were made with marginal seats in mind.

Business Diary: Defeat leaves a nasty taste in the mouth

Within hours of reports on Monday night that Kraft had succeeded in its bid for Cadbury – and before an official announcement – a new 'How Can We Ruin Yours' take on Creme Egg advertising was doing the rounds on the internet. If only opponents to the deal had been so creative in their defence of the chocolate company.

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.

Kraft bid for Cadbury is too small, warns LGIM

A major Cadbury shareholder said yesterday that the US food giant Kraft would have to pay more to succeed in its hostile takeover bid for the maker of Dairy Milk chocolate.

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".

Ferrero drops out of race to buy Cadbury

The maker of Nutella Ferrero is thought to have pulled out of talks to bid for Cadbury, which faces a £10.5bn hostile offer from US food group Kraft, according to reports tonight. The Italian confectionery firm had declared it was interested in Cadbury last year and was thought to be mulling a joint bid with Hershey, the US maker of the eponymous chocolate bars. However, Hershey is still believed to be considering making a solo bid for Cadbury, the maker of Dairy Milk.

Union warns of takeover threat to Cadbury jobs

Thousands of jobs will be put at risk if US food giant Kraft takes over Cadbury because of a "colossal" £22 billion of debt which would swamp the chocolate-maker, union leaders warned today.

Don't let Kraft 'steal' our company, Cadbury's boss tells shareholders

Expert warns that takeover by the US food firm would be 'disaster'

Econoblog: Don't go thinking Cadbury's is British

ne quick thought on the Cadburys/Kraft battle. When we talk about Cadbury’s as "British" we ought to recall that almost half their shareholdings are held abroad. Plus all the production they do abroad.

Kraft and Cadbury trade blows over £10bn offer

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

Cadbury hits back at 'derisory' Kraft offer

Cadbury today accused Kraft of trying to buy it "on the cheap" as it set out a robust defence against the US suitor's £10 billion hostile bid.

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.

Cadbury to tell hostile Kraft to beat it, or pay more

Crunchie to Crème Egg chocolate maker, Cadbury, will tomorrow unveil its formal defence document, spelling out why the future is so creamy that it doesn't need Kraft Food's £10bn hostile takeover bid which has caused a furious response.

'Tis the season to be sober: The best soft options for an alcohol-free Christmas

Any night out, particularly at this time of year, is a potential minefield for the non-drinker, whether you're driving, pregnant, in recovery, as I am, or simply teetotal. At first, the choice of non-alcoholic beverages appears to be very large. Supermarket shelves look like sources of unfathomable bounty, and some pubs emphasise their tolerance of the sober to the point of actually displaying herbal tea on the bar. But, as so often in our society, choice is to some extent an illusion.

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