Cadbury has refused to comment on reports it is planning a takeover of Chewits manufacturer Leaf International.

Reports today (6 April) have suggested that the UK confectioner has made a bid for the Netherlands-based firm, one of Europe’s largest confectionery companies.

However, Cadbury, which is understood to be interested in the company’s Scandanavia and Benelux operations, refused to comment on the reports when contacted by just-food.

Leaf International has been put up for sale by private-equity firms CVC Capital and Nordic Capital, which bought the firm in 2004 from the Dutch conglomerate CSM for US$1.2bn.

CVC Capital also declined to comment.

Officials at Leaf could not be reached for immediate comment.