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  1. October 4, 2013

    Court overturns Cadbury’s claim on purple packaging

    Cadbury has lost the latest round in a legal battle with Swiss rival Nestlé to register a distinctive shade of purple for...

  2. July 18, 2013

    Sir Roger Carr: a grandee with a seat at the top table of business

    Sir Roger Carr has earned himself “grandee” status among the UK’s business elite, a feat made all the more impressive by the...

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  1. April 14, 2013

    Activists hope to profit when cookie crumbles

    Activist investors are salivating at the chance to profit from the companies that make Oreo cookies and Fritos chips, with...

  2. January 23, 2013

    Strategy lessons, 101

    Strategic Transformation: Changing While Winning, by Manuel Hensmans, Gerry Johnson and George Yip. Palgrave Macmillan...

  3. April 6, 2012

    SodaStream seeks cosmetics partner

    SodaStream is exploring a tie-up with a cosmetics partner to take its soda siphons, which graced many a Mad Men-style...

  4. January 9, 2012

    Case study: Kraft’s takeover of Cadbury

    The story In 2009, US food company Kraft Foods launched a hostile bid for Cadbury, the UK-listed chocolate maker. As became...

  5. December 6, 2011

    Kraft to cut one in seven UK jobs

    Kraft, the US food group which acquired Cadbury in a controversial £11.6bn takeover in January 2010, is to eliminate one in...

  6. October 10, 2011

    Different kinds of company ownership are gaining in popularity

    At one end of the scale sits R. Durtnell & Sons, a UK building contractor that can trace its origins back more than 400...

  7. September 19, 2011

    Find the right fit

    When Miriam Tyrangiel graduated with a degree in design from Goldsmiths College in London in 2009, she realised she needed...

  8. August 4, 2011

    Break-ups are part of make-up

    Kraft is no stranger to break-ups. The US food group itself was created in a separation from parent Phillip Morris, which...

  9. August 4, 2011

    Kraft reveals plans to divide into two

    Kraft Foods became the latest US company to decide to separate its businesses, announcing that it would split its North...

  10. July 14, 2011

    Politics of M&A

    It’s the politics, stupid. News Corp’s failed attempt to buy BSkyB illustrates the ineffably political nature of mergers and...

  11. July 4, 2011

    Asahi continues overseas expansion plans

    Asahi has taken another step in its quest to become a globally competitive drinks group, with the purchase of the mineral...

  12. June 27, 2011

    UK logistics lures foreign owners

    Two-thirds of the biggest logistics operators in the UK are owned by foreign groups, according to research that will fuel...

  13. May 23, 2011

    UK MPs angry as Kraft defends Cadbury deal

    Irene Rosenfeld, chief executive of Kraft Foods, has defended her company’s handling of the £11.7bn acquisition of British...

  14. May 19, 2011

    Brussels attacks barriers to capital flows

    Multinationals based in the UK are illegally prevented from exploiting low tax rates in other European Union countries, the...

  15. May 6, 2011

    Kraft lowers earnings outlook

    Kraft Foods on Thursday lowered its earnings outlook for the year, and said it would continue to raise prices as it battles...

  16. March 28, 2011

    UK takeovers: small guys need help

    The suits who regulate takeovers rarely go home with the prom queen. But since the financial crisis, with its resulting...

  17. March 16, 2011

    Executive success takes luck and chutzpah

    It is serendipitous that pubs company Mitchells & Butlers and InterContinental Hotels Group chose to announce the departure...

  18. March 16, 2011

    Incoming IHG chief reiterates strategy

    The incoming chief executive of InterContinental Hotels Group said he would be comfortable with a low profile as he pledged...

  19. March 15, 2011

    The invisible woman

    Irene Rosenfeld, chief executive of US food group Kraft, is defined within British public life as a vacuity. She is an empty...

  20. March 9, 2011

    Asahi hits roadblock in Australia push

    Asahi Breweries has suffered a blow to its attempt to take a bigger slice of Australia’s carbonated soft drinks market after...

  21. February 16, 2011

    Thorntons warns of poor Christmas sales

    Shares in Thorntons fell 6 per cent on Wednesday after the chocolatier blamed “weak consumer confidence and adverse weather”...

  22. February 8, 2011

    Scanning deals for Smiths Group

    From the Crunchie bar to contraband detectors, the former strategy chief at Cadbury has re-emerged at engineering company...

  23. January 16, 2011

    Green & Black’s executives eye buy-out

    Efforts are under way to disentangle Green & Black’s from Kraft Foods, the US group that acquired the organic chocolate...

  24. December 31, 2010

    Industry leads glitter-free honours list

    Roger Carr, who as chairman of Cadbury failed to prevent its takeover by US food group Kraft a year ago, has been awarded a...

  25. December 31, 2010

    The rights and wrongs of giving out corporate gongs

    Appropriately enough for a season when the nation’s homes are still littered with half-eaten selection boxes and giant tins...

  26. November 18, 2010

    Business urged to focus on homegrown workers

    Business leaders should spend less time berating the cap on migrants and focus on developing their own workforce, according...

  27. October 25, 2010

    IHG revamp celebrates turning fortunes

    InterContinental Hotels has used the start of this week’s annual conference for Americas-based hotel owners to celebrate two...

  28. October 19, 2010

    Foreign raiders dominate UK M&A

    The value of cross-border mergers and acquisitions of UK-based companies so far this year has exceeded domestic-led deals...

  29. August 22, 2010

    Takeover rules debate misses the point

    Following the controversial acquisition of British confectionery maker Cadbury by American food conglomerate Kraft, the...

  30. June 22, 2010

    The Merlin act

    Sir John Sunderland , the former Cadbury chairman, is taking no chances of any perceived conflict as CVC Capital Partners...

  31. May 27, 2010

    Kraft given food for thought

    When Irene Rosenfeld sanctioned the insertion of a pledge to save a small British chocolate factory into her multi-billion...

  32. May 26, 2010

    Kraft given food for thought

    When Irene Rosenfeld sanctioned the insertion of a pledge to save a small British chocolate factory into her...

  33. May 25, 2010

    Sunderland grows

    Cadbury chairman Sir John Sunderland left behind the famous rose garden at Bournville - after which the Cadbury chocolate...

  34. May 11, 2010

    Cadbury bases to become Kraft UK HQ

    Kraft Foods is to turn Cadbury's bases in Uxbridge and Bournville into its UK headquarters as it begins welding together its...

  35. April 22, 2010

    Gorilla man changes beat

    Cadbury's marketing man behind its Dairy Milk "Gorilla" ad, Phil Rumbol, is leaving the chocolate maker as new US owner...

  36. April 19, 2010

    The public image: Cadbury Dairy Milk

    Client: Cadbury Agency: Fallon Territory: UK Verdict: () Cadbury’s desire to bring consumers pleasure in bite-sized chunks...

  37. April 3, 2010

    Food watchdog declares war on dietary nasties

    Britons are set to munch their way through the equivalent of half-a-billion Cadbury creme eggs this bank holiday weekend if...

  38. April 2, 2010

    Food agency declares war on dietary nasties

    Britons are set to munch their way through the equivalent of half-a-billion Cadbury creme eggs this bank holiday weekend if...

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