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Nestlé looking at the possibility of Cadbury offer

Nestlé is considering joining the battle for Cadbury as the US confectionery company Hershey puts the finishing touches to a counter-bid of its own. The British group is currently battling a 750p a share offer from Hershey's US rival, Kraft Foods, with the backing of shareholders who say that the offer is "too low". Cadbury has told all potential bidders that it will fight any bid lower than 850p a share and could even hold out for as much as 900p. Nestlé has not yet decided on whether to pursue an interest but talks at the Swiss company were last night said to be "serious".

James Moore: Hershey is not going to ride to the rescue

Outlook It's hard to see Hershey as a credible white knight to save Cadbury from the dragon that is Kraft. Even squired by Ferrero, and with a good feel for its target given past flirtations, Hershey appears to lack the financial firepower to really spoil Cadbury's shareholders.

Tango posters 'unlikely to cause offence'

Complaints that posters for the soft drink Tango were "offensive" have been dismissed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Kraft poised to go hostile in its bid for Cadbury

Kraft is tipped to make a hostile bid for Cadbury today, to which the UK confectioner is expected to issue another brusque rebuff.

'Healthy' sweetener linked to high blood pressure

An ingredient in processed foods and soft drinks could be a recipe for high blood pressure, research suggests.

Kraft under pressure to raise its offer after Cadbury beats targets

Confectioner delivers strong revenue growth of 7 per cent in third quarter

David Prosser: Cadbury to milk Kraft

Outlook With less than three weeks to go before Kraft must make a formal bid for Cadbury, the chocolatier is doing its best to make things sticky for its American suitor. Yesterday's blockbuster trading update gives further credence to Cadbury's insistence that it has a happy and prosperous future as an independent entity. Note also that the business continues to outperform Kraft itself, which should give shareholders pause for thought when the would-be acquirer offers its own paper as part of the deal.

Energy drinks: Do they work?

Sales of caffeinated drinks are booming. But these sugar-packed concoctions aren't always the handy little pick-me-ups they claim to be

Humans can 'taste' carbon dioxide in fizzy drinks

The human tongue can taste the "flavour" of carbon dioxide in the bubbles of fizzy drinks, which may explain why flat Champagne is not so much fun as drinking it fresh from the bottle.

Panel slaps Kraft with 'put up or shut up' over Cadbury

The Takeover Panel yesterday announced that US group Kraft Foods has until November 9 to make a firm bid for Cadbury or must walk away.

Working mums 'have unhealthiest children'

Mothers who work raise unhealthier children than those who stay at home, researchers said today.

Cadbury halts speculation over takeover stance

Cadbury today sought to dismiss mounting speculation that chief executive Todd Stitzer is softening his stance to a takeover by America’s Kraft Foods.

Cadbury steps up its defence against Kraft's £10.2bn offer

The chief executive of Cadbury will reinforce the confectionery group's growth strategy as a standalone business to investors this week, in the wake of last week's rejected £10.2bn takeover approach from Kraft.

Cadbury attacks Kraft over takeover bid

Cadbury has issued a stinging riposte to US food giant Kraft in an open letter slamming its unsolicited takeover bid, it emerged today.

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