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Kraft to axe 200 Cadbury jobs and invest £50M

Cadbury-owner Kraft Foods is to cut 200 jobs while investing £50M in chocolate and biscuit manufacturing.

Kraft’s snacks spin-off targets Asia and Latin America as Rosenfeld appointed head

Developing markets are to make up almost half of revenues for Kraft’s global snacks business as the spin-off business announces Irene Rosenfeld as its head.

Cadbury upholds purple reign in colour trademark row with Nestle

Cadbury has acquired a UK trademark for a shade of the colour purple on chocolate bar packaging following a legal dispute with major rival Nestle.

Unite slams ‘massive arrogance’ of Kraft boss

Unite the Union has slammed Kraft ceo Irene Rosenfeld for failing to appear before a parliamentary select committee and accused her of “massive arrogance” and “a total disregard” for her...

Kraft Foods shows strong performance in European chocolate and snacks

Kraft Foods has announced improved turnover in its third quarter results, boosted by enhanced sales in Europe and developing markets.

Wrigley and Kraft opt for smaller gum packs for cash-strapped US consumers

Gum titans Wrigley and Kraft Foods plan to introduce smaller five-piece chewing gum packs at reduced rates to boost US sales and reflect consumer spending trends.

Kraft Foods ups investment in apprentices to plug skills gap

Kraft Foods is looking to plug an engineering skills shortage by doubling the number of apprentices it employs in the UK and Ireland.

Kraft/Cadbury saga prompts UK takeover shake up

New rules for takeover deals are designed to put an end to the kind of prolonged, acrimonious struggle that preceded Kraft’s acquisition of Cadbury in 2010.

Kraft invests in Bournville, defends global split

Kraft has confirmed that it has chosen Cadbury’s site in Bournville as the site of a new chocolate centre to “drive new product development and new technologies” for chocolate brands....

Cadbury raises augmented reality bar with interactive game

Cadbury has become the latest food brand to dip a toe in the in the experimental waters of augmented reality as part of a growing trend in interactive packaging.

Simulation software unwraps benefits for Cadbury

Improved productivity, reduced cardboard consumption and the elimination of waste have followed the installation of Witness simulation software at Kraft’s Cadbury plant in Bournville, according to the company.

Analyst: No certainty Kraft split will unlock fresh value

While the boss of Kraft Foods believes the whole of the business is worth less than the sum of its parts, it is by no means obvious that cutting it...

Chocolate earnings climb 9 per cent for Kraft; gum growth flat

Kraft, in its second quarter results, reports continuing challenges ahead for its gum and candy division in developed markets, and claims the Cadbury takeover is a fundamental earnings driver, with...

Unite sounds warning over Kraft split

Union the Unite is seeking assurances about UK jobs and production at Kraft and Cadbury’s, following the announcement that Kraft is set to split its business into two independent companies....

Kraft Foods to split into two separate companies

Kraft Foods has said it intends to split into two companies, in a move that would create a global snacks powerhouse separate from its North American grocery business.

Kraft weighs-up Cadbury Somerdale site sale bids

Kraft is considering bids from developers interested in buying the iconic former Cadbury factory in Keynsham, while the site's equipment is being sold via an online auction.

Kraft ‘secrecy’ a threat to Cadbury future, union

Unite the Union has warned that Kraft’s secrecy regarding its intentions for Cadbury workers is a threat to the security of their jobs.

Price hikes underpin strong growth at Kraft during Q1

Kraft Foods has reported strong sales and profit growth in the first quarter as it increased prices and advertising efforts for core brands to tackle higher commodity costs.

News in brief

Cadbury launches new pampering range

Cadbury is venturing into beauty products with the launch of a branded pampering range in the UK.

Brazil: Kraft capitalises on chocolate and biscuit growth

Kraft Foods is leveraging the growing trend for chocolate and biscuits in developing markets with the opening of a new $80m production facility in Brazil.

Cadbury and Nestlé cite eco gains after packaging waste warning

Cadbury and Nestlé say their Easter egg packaging is meeting high sustainability standards, amid calls from a UK government authority for confectioners to further reduce this seasonal packaging and ensure...

Dehumidifier switch saves Cadbury 60 per cent in energy use

Kraft/Cadbury in Thailand has cut its energy use by 60 per cent and operating expenses by 50 per cent after changing the dehumidifier it used at its chewing gum plant.

Kraft has legal obligation to share Cadbury plans, Unite

Unite has written to Kraft ceo Irene Rosenfeld asking her to fulfil a legal obligation to consult union leaders on any changes to pay and conditions for Cadbury workers.

Antitrust fine on Kraft and Unilever may act as 'deterrent' to others, lawyer

The German cartel office’s fine of €38m imposed on Kraft Foods, Unilever and Dr Oetker for illegal disclosure of ‘competition relevant information’ may act as a deterrent to other brand...

MP worried by lack of clarity on Cadbury jobs

A member of the House of Commons select committee that questioned Kraft executives on the Cadbury takeover this morning has told that he is concerned by the company's failure...

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