Concern over debt of Asean companies

S&P says 100 groups spent nearly $300bn on deals over a five-year period

Oktoberfest beer tops €10 for first time

Annual beer festival a rare example of breweries’ pricing power

Seven things to know about Nauru

From German colony to fattest country on the planet

Coffee boosts Louis Dreyfus profits

Cotton also a good performer as sales at trading house rise 16%

Treasury rejects A$3.4bn takeover bids

Penfolds wine owner says further counter-offers are unlikely

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Osmond buys Italian dining chain Strada

PizzaExpress entrepreneur plans to reinvent and expand brand

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UK grocers: only lovers left alive

Shareholders should be wary of Tesco starting a price war

Fyffes and Chiquita revise merger terms

Banana groups increase planned Chiquita stake to 59.6%

United Biscuits shortlists potential buyers

Private equity owners consider sale but IPO not ruled out

Fonterra issues sour milk forecast

World’s biggest dairy supplier cuts amount it will pay farmers

Shepherd Neame toasts record profits

Growing thirst for real ale boosts oldest pub group

Starbucks to buy Japan unit for $914m

US coffee chain seeks speedier growth in second-largest market

Starbucks spends $914m on Japan buyout

US group to buy 60.5% stake in second largest market

Greene King bids £725m for Spirit Pub

Improved offer said to be about 110p a share

Tate & Lyle: hard to swallow

Latest of three profit warnings comes from a worrying source

Q&A: Tate & Lyle’s sticky patch

Tate & Lyle warns on first-half profits

Food group hit by price competition and supply chain problems

Chiquita bid marks banana history twist

Brazilian families expected to make final bid for Chiquita

Mitsubishi bids $1.4bn for Norway’s Cermaq

Japan trading house seeks to tap rising demand for farmed fish

Scotch whisky exports fall 11%

Sector faces ‘economic headwinds’ despite investment

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