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  1. May 7, 2014

    Mondelez and DE Master in coffee merger

    Mondelez International and DE Master Blenders 1753 have agreed a deal to create a global coffee powerhouse with annual sales...

  2. April 16, 2014

    Reckitt Benckiser eyes pharmaceutical unit spin-off

    Reckitt Benckiser says it is leaning towards a spin-off of the pharmaceuticals division it put under strategic review in...

  1. March 29, 2013

    DE Master Blenders: froth on the coffee

    Like a teenager on a tear, DE Master Blenders 1753 has packed a lot into its brief independent life. Cast off from the Sara...

  2. March 28, 2013

    Germans show appetite for coffee brands

    Joh A Benckiser’s hunger for consumer brands just keeps growing. Run by former Reckitt Benckiser chief executive Bart Becht,...

  3. March 28, 2013

    JAB in talks with DE Master Blenders

    Joh A Benckiser, the family-held investor group that last year took a tilt at cosmetics giant Avon, has launched a €7.2bn...

  4. March 27, 2013

    Reckitt chief takes home £6.3m

    Rakesh Kapoor, chief executive of Reckitt Benckiser, earned £6.3m from the maker of Finish dishwasher tablets and Nurofen...

  5. February 13, 2013

    LSE’s velvet rope can’t conjure up tech VIPs

    Build it, and they will come. That is the principle behind the launch of any new share market, such as the High-Growth...

  6. December 17, 2012

    German group to buy Caribou coffee chain

    German family holding group Joh A Benckiser is to increase its presence in the US coffee market, buying café chain Caribou...

  7. September 26, 2012

    Success comes at a price for Reckitt

    Reckitt Benckiser’s “Marmite culture” has been thrown into the spotlight by the departure of Liz Doherty, chief financial...

  8. September 17, 2012

    Reckitt and head of finance agree to part

    Reckitt Benckiser is parting ways with its chief financial officer of just two years – citing a mismatch between her “way of...

  9. September 17, 2012

    Reckitt Benckiser: Kerpowed by Kapoor

    One momentous question blots out all considerations strategic, economic or geopolitical for senior executives of a...

  10. July 25, 2012

    Coty names new chief ahead of IPO

    Coty, the cosmetics group that tried to buy Avon, will launch its planned initial public offering under new leadership after...

  11. July 23, 2012

    Peet’s Coffee in near-$1bn buyout by Benckiser

    Peet’s Coffee & Tea, a US chain that claims a devoted following of “Peetniks”, is to be acquired for nearly $1bn by Joh A...

  12. July 2, 2012

    Coty: Bart is back

    Good news for investors – Bart is back. Bart Becht, the man who oversaw a 300 per cent increase in the Reckitt Benckiser...

  13. June 29, 2012

    Coty files for $700m IPO

    Coty, the cosmetics group, has filed documents with US regulators to raise as much as $700m in an initial public offering as...

  14. May 20, 2012

    Pressure on new chief for Avon makeover

    By turning its back on Coty’s unsolicited $10bn-plus bid, and staying that way for six weeks, Avon Products sent a clear...

  15. May 17, 2012

    Coty hires banks for initial public offering

    Coty, the cosmetics group, has hired banks to pursue an initial public offering that would value the company at up to $8bn,...

  16. May 15, 2012

    Avon’s long road ahead as Coty walks away

    When Bart Becht left household products maker Reckitt Benckiser and became chairman of fragrance giant Coty, he might have...

  17. May 15, 2012

    Coty drops $10.7bn bid for Avon

    Coty has withdrawn its unsolicited $10.7bn bid for Avon, bringing to an end a tense six-week stand-off between the fragrance...

  18. May 9, 2012

    Coty owner to raise $2bn in Avon battle

    Coty strengthened its hand in the $10bn battle for fellow cosmetics group Avon after its parent unveiled plans to tap the...

  19. April 16, 2012

    Coty lines up financing for Avon bid

    Coty, the privately owned beauty company, has lined up $5bn in equity financing and is confident it can raise a further $9bn...

  20. April 9, 2012

    Avon turns to J&J for new chief

    Avon Products has appointed Sheri McCoy, a Johnson & Johnson vice-chairman, as its new chief executive in a move that...

  21. beyondbrics

    April 6, 2012

    Avon-Coty: it's the distribution, stupid

    Avon Products’ problems with order processing and a stale product line up in Brazil have been well documented, but they have...

  22. April 6, 2012

    Becht tees off in drive to win Avon

    Bart Becht, who this week led Coty’s unsolicited bid for Avon, was due to spend Friday watching the Masters tournament in...

  23. April 6, 2012

    Coty seeks to woo Avon investors

    Bart Becht, the Coty chairman who is trying to buy Avon Products, plans to start wooing the door-to-door beauty group’s...

  24. April 2, 2012

    Coty can’t resist the call of Avon

    It reads like a hostile bidder’s dream team: David Beckham on attack; and R&B songstress Beyoncé Knowles hitting the high...

  25. April 2, 2012

    Avon rejects $10bn offer from Coty

    Avon Products has rejected an unsolicited $10bn cash offer from Coty, the privately owned US fragrance group, as the...

  26. February 10, 2012

    Reckitt’s Kapoor proves his worth

    Rakesh Kapoor has the unenviable task of stepping into the shoes of Bart Becht, a man all but canonised for his ability to...

  27. February 8, 2012

    Reckitt Benckiser: secret of success?

    MI6 has James Bond, the CIA has Jack Ryan, and Reckitt Benckiser has Rakesh Kapoor. The chief executive of the British...

  28. February 8, 2012

    Reckitt to rejig global operations

    Reckitt Benckiser is merging its North American and European operations into a single business run out of Amsterdam in an...

  29. December 11, 2011

    New Reckitt chief finds no company can outperform for ever

    It is always tough stepping into the shoes of a chief executive who hardly put a step wrong. Just ask Rakesh Kapoor, who...

  30. August 7, 2011

    No unanimity on remuneration

    The debate on executive pay would be thorny enough if all concerned agreed on which measures to use. They do not. Manifest,...

  31. July 27, 2011

    People: Jain joins the big banking beasts

    As Deutsche Bank’s Anshu Jain prepares to ditch his BA air miles membership for Lufthansa’s loyalty card, he will need to...

  32. July 25, 2011

    Developing markets give Reckitt a boost

    Reckitt Benckiser is forging deeper into pharmaceuticals – an area that now accounts for just 8 per cent of sales – as it...

  33. July 12, 2011

    Deutsche abuzz on Jain successor

    With Anshu Jain about to be elevated to the helm of Deutsche Bank, the chatter in London is about his successor for the...

  34. June 29, 2011

    Becht takes to the air

    Expanding his horizons from household cleaners to aerospace, Reckitt Benckiser’s departing boss Bart Becht is becoming a...

  35. June 24, 2011

    Unilever takeover talk boosts Reckitt

    Reckitt Benckiser gained on renewed speculation that it was a takeover target for Unilever. Reckitt rose 1.5 per cent to...

  36. May 29, 2011

    Increase in UK executive pay sparks anger

    Chief executives of FTSE 100 companies saw their median earnings soar 32 per cent to £3.5m last year, prompting complaints...

  37. May 7, 2011

    Pass the parcel blame game

    The notion that one should not blame – or indeed kill – the messenger is one that has been examined since antiquity. Ancient...

  38. April 20, 2011

    Reckitt revenues increase for first quarter

    Shares in Reckitt Benckiser shot up on Wednesday afternoon trading after the maker of Cillit Bang and Finish dishwasher...

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