Chiquita slips from Fyffes grasp

Deal with Brazilians looms as shareholders reject merger with rival

Spirit Pub Company rejects C&C Group

Rejection leaves Greene King in lead to acquire company

Brazilian bidders lift offer for Chiquita

Bananas remain the world’s most traded fruit

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The ambitious generation of 1970s and 1980s entrepreneurs took their start-ups to the top

Coke shares slide as profits disappoint

US drinks group flags $3bn in cost cuts to combat flat sales

McDonald's vows review as profits slide

Revenues at the fast food company drop 5 per cent to $7bn

Old Explorer pub, near Oxford St sells Greene King ales, London. nPicture by Neville Elder

Greene King offer shows pubs’ resilience

Bold bid reflects analyst belief that negative sentiment overdone

Greene King tops up Spirit offer

Proposed deal would create UK’s largest pubs group

Russia widens crackdown on McDonald’s

Moscow launches 200 probes of fast-food chain

US craft beers hit the spot in Britain

American exports to the UK have increased tenfold in past decade

China’s developers rebuild business model

Companies change tack as house prices fall

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Europe’s dairies jostle for China foothold

Foreign producers prepare for flood of new milk to hit market

Diageo hopes to reverse China fortunes

New scotch tastes less sour to appeal to sweeter Asian palate

Diageo sales dip amid fierce competition

Distiller’s sales in Asia fall 7.4%

Asia slowdown hits Nestlé sales growth

Food group challenged by strengthening Swiss franc against yen

Europe’s big comeback will shake up sugar

After years of absence, EU is set to become leading player

Brazilians sweeten bid for Chiquita

Cutrale and Safra families improve offer to US banana group

Asia formula sales revival boosts Danone

French dairy producer beats analysts’ sales forecasts

WTO sides with US in Indian poultry fight

Decision over ban on chickens, eggs and pigs comes at tense time

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