Kraft Foods' patient pursuit of Cadbury this week paid off as the US food giant secured the backing of the UK confectioner's board after tabling a higher takeover offer. The proposed acquisition of Cadbury has been met with raised eyebrows on both sides of the pond but the deal will make Kraft the world's largest confectioner. Meanwhile, in the US, Hormel Foods snapped up the Country Crock side dish business from Unilever and, in the UK, egg giant Noble Foods has added to its dessert business with a majority stake in Gu. And, elsewhere, Tesco and Carrefour hinted at further expansion in India. These are the most popular stories in just-food this week.