Blog: Nestle windfall stokes Cadbury talk
Dean Best | 4 January 2010
With the post-Christmas gloom affecting many, some industry watchers are hunting for excitement - and some see Nestle's cash windfall from its Alcon deal as a sign that the Kit Kat maker could make a move on Cadbury.
Nestle has long been linked to the UK confectioner but most serious pundits have only placed the Swiss food giant as a possible - and far from probable - part of a joint bid for the Dairy Milk maker.
Today (4 January), however, some commentators in the UK have seen the sale of Nestle's Alcon stake as a sure sign that the company will join the pursuit of Cadbury in some form.
Cadbury's shares closed up 0.9% at 805p - the stock had risen to 807p earlier in the day - although, in truth, the increase could have been more due to chatter that Kraft Foods could raise its bid rather than speculation over Nestle.
Some movement from Kraft is expected in the coming days. According to Kraft's 4 December approach, Cadbury shareholders have until 1pm tomorrow to tender their shares.
If the Kraft offer is not accepted, the US food giant then has until 19 January to improve its offer, according to a deadline set by the UK's Takeover Panel.
As for Nestle, a joint sortie with Hershey is possible, but the company has plans to buy back shares and is likely to use the long-awaited Alcon windfall to improve its balance sheet.
Danone completed its US$12.5bn acquisition of WhiteWave Foods this week. The move will roughly double Danone's presence in North America, where WhiteWave is a top four dairy player. ...
Premier Foods plc revealed today (28 March) it has secured a deal with its pension scheme trustees that will see the UK food maker reduce its pension burden....
Hain Celestial, under the scrutiny of the investment community in recent months and facing some challenges in its domestic market, has announced another shuffling of its management pack....
FrieslandCampina, which today served up higher profits but lower sales for 2016, is ready to offload the last non-dairy business owned by the Dutch cooperative giant....
- Interview: Sir Kensington's on sale to Unilever
- Analysis: Post discusses rationale for Weetabix
- Who will buy Danone's Stonyfield business?
- Column: Why snacking is the new meal
- Interview: "Disruptive" snack brand Hippeas
- Unilever buys US condiments maker Sir Kensington's
- Nestle organic growth slows but beats expectations
- Ice cream helps Unilever sales, food flat
- Suntory to offload Australia, New Zealand foods
- Dairy dampens Danone in Q1