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  • TINE to Invest €77 Million in New Jarlsberg Plant in Ireland TINE, Norway’s largest farmer-owned dairy co-operative, is to invest €77 million in a dairy with the capacity to produce 20,000 tonnes of Jarlsberg cheese a year. The goal is to secure and strengthen Jarlsberg sales outside of Norway as export supports are phased out in 2020. This will make export of Jarlsberg from Norway unprofitable. “Jarlsberg [...]...

Dairy Crest Well Placed to Face Challenges Ahead

  Dairy Crest Well Placed to Face Challenges Ahead

Although turnover slipped by 2% to £1.61b for year ended March 31st 2011, Dairy Crest managed to increase adjusted profit before tax by 5% to £87.6m in challenging trading conditions. Profit before tax remained static at £77.8m.
In line with its development strategy, the UK dairy group again increased added value sales and its five key […]

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Solid Performance By SABMiller

  Solid Performance By SABMiller

Global brewer SABMiller has reported a 7% rise in group revenue to $28.3b, with organic, constant currency group revenue growth of 5% for the twelve to March 31st 2011. Lager volumes of 218m hectolitres were 2% ahead of the prior year on an organic basis with particularly good growth in Africa, South Africa and Asia.
Reported […]

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Branston Proves Green Credentials Again

  Branston Proves Green Credentials Again

Branston, one of the largest farmer-controlled fresh produce groups in the UK, has retained the Carbon Trust Standard. In 2008 Branston became the first UK food producer to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard, in recognition of its success in reducing its carbon intensity over a three-year period despite considerable business growth. Since then, it […]

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SHS Group Expands Through Acquisition

  SHS Group Expands Through Acquisition

Northern Ireland-based SHS Group has expanded into the cordials and squash market after acquiring a majority shareholding in Bottlegreen Holdings for an undisclosed figure. Bottlegreen is a British producer of a range of cordials and has a core consumer base of more than two million people.
“This is an important step in our overall strategy to […]

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EBRD Acquires Stake in Russian Cake Manufacturer

  EBRD Acquires Stake in Russian Cake Manufacturer

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has invested Eur10m to acquire a minority stake in Hlebprom, a leading Russian cake and biscuit producer which has developed its own national distribution system. The funding will mainly be used to upgrade the privately-owned company’s existing plants so as to increase efficiency and productivity.
The acquisition by the […]

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K3 AX Goes Gold With Microsoft.

K3 AX has strengthened its partnership with Microsoft after achieving the latest Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status for its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions. Accreditation to the latest Gold Partner status has been changed recently by Microsoft and made more difficult to earn their top level status.
   K3 AX provides Microsoft Dynamics AX-based enterprise software […]

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Caterers Choice Add ‘Raisin Duo’ to Product List

Caterers Choice have recently added Azestia ‘Raisin Duo’ snack packs to their product list. Other products on the Caterers Choice website include, canned fish, canned vegetables, canned fruit, sauces and flour based mixes.
  The Raisin Duo packs contain succulent California natural, golden raisins and are being introduced into the educational sector. The snack bags are […]

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General Mills Takes Control of Yoplait For €810 Million

  General Mills Takes Control of Yoplait For €810 Million

US-based food group General Mills has signed definitive agreements with European private equity firm PAI partners and Sodiaal to acquire a 51% controlling interest in Yoplait S.A.S. and a 50% interest in a related entity that holds the worldwide Yoplait brands for approximately €810m. Sodiaal, the leading French dairy cooperative, will hold the remaining ownership […]

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C&C Group Revival Continues

  C&C Group Revival Continues

Year-on-year volume growth of 4% for its Magners cider brand, including 3.6% growth in Great Britain and 33.8% export growth, helped C&C Group, the Irish and UK branded alcoholic drinks group, to increase operating profit before exceptional items by 17% to Eur105m in the year ending February 28th 2011. Buoyed by contributions from acquisitions (Tennent’s […]

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SABMiller Opens New £3 Million Research Brewery in the UK

  SABMiller Opens New £3 Million Research Brewery in the UK

SABMiller today announces that it has commissioned a £3 million global brewing research facility in Nottingham, with the aim of pioneering new developments in the science of brewing.  Housed within the University of Nottingham’s School of Biosciences, the Brewing Research Facility (BRF) will explore new brewing technology and processes, putting the UK at the centre […]

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FreshDynamics™ delivers the packhouse punch to less capable computer systems

K3AX, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, has announced the latest version of FreshDynamics™, the only specifically designed feature-rich enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for the Fresh Produce industry.
Based on the world’s most popular business software – Microsoft Dynamics® AX – with Microsoft’s strong pedigree and a $2.5 billion investment in the base technology, K3AX is […]

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Record Year For Cranswick

  Record Year For Cranswick

UK meat processor Cranswick increased pre-tax profit by 8% to £47.1m for the year ended March 31st 2011 on underlying sales ahead by 4% to £758m with volumes up 6%. Operating profit at £48.7m increased by 6% and at 6.4% of sales was 0.2% ahead of the level achieved last year. The increase in operating […]

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Lactosan A/S Cheese Powder Research – Successful.

 What are Cheese Powders? Cheese Powders are made from cheese, water and melting salt which are melted, pasteurized and spray-dried. When it comes to the question of ‘what are the different components of Cheese Powders and the features which characterize the odour, taste and flavour profiles of cheese,’ then we have no previous investigations to […]

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New Look, Same ‘Old Dan’

The increase in popularity for real ales has seen Daniel Thwaites launch its super premium Old Dan beer to be sold throughout supermarkets in the UK.  Glass packaging manufacturer Beatson Clark, is pleased to have been chosen as supplier of the distinctive 330ml amber beer bottle with a characteristic crown neck finish.

  Thwaites of Blackburn […]

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Greggs Remains on Track

  Greggs Remains on Track

Greggs, the UK’s largest retail bakery, is on track to expand its number of shops by approximately 80 during its 2011 financial year. During the first 18 weeks, the group opened a total of 25 new shops, making a net addition of 20 after five closures, giving a total of 1,507 shops. Greggs passed the […]

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Nestle Starts Direct Operations in Saudi Arabia

Nestle Middle East has launched its direct sales and distribution operations in Saudi Arabia, marking a new phase of expansion in the region. Set to employ around 225 people in the first year of operations, Nestle Saudi Arabia will be headquartered in the city of Jeddah, with branch offices in capital city Riyadh and Khobar.
The […]

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Carlsberg on Track to Meet Full-Year Targets

  Carlsberg on Track to Meet Full-Year Targets

Carlsberg Group has started 2011 well and is firmly on track to meet its full-year financial targets. In the traditionally small first quarter of the year, beer volumes grew by 11% to 23.3m hl, net revenue growth was 14% to DKr12.5b (Eur1.7b) and operating profit rose by 38% to DKr1b. However, the comparison is distorted […]

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More Volume Growth For UK Bottled Water

  More Volume Growth For UK Bottled Water

Overall volume sales in the UK bottled water market grew by 0.7% in 2010 to 2,055 million litres. Zenith International’s 2011 Report on UK Bottled Water also shows retail sizes under 10 litres, which accounted for 83% of the total, achieved 2.4% growth.
In contrast, the bottled cooler market declined by 8.3%, due to ongoing challenging […]

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UK Dairy Industry Calls For Recycling Revolution

  UK Dairy Industry Calls For Recycling Revolution

The UK dairy industry is ready to take its environmental performance to the next level. The recently launched Dairy Roadmap demonstrates that dairy processors have met all their environmental targets to date, including a minimum 10% recycled plastic in milk bottles.
However, Dairy UK, the trade association that represents the interests of dairy farmers, producer co-ops, […]

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Vitiva Opens Central Sales Office in Germany

Vitiva, Slovenia, opens its new, key sales office in Southern Germany, in response to the growing regional market demand for Vitiva’s natural total food-protection and food-enhancement customized ingredient systems. Norbert Huber has taken the position of Area Sales Manager and will lead Vitiva’s operation in Germany, Austria and part of Switzerland.
In addition to Vitiva’s significant […]

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SUPERCHARGED ID: COGNEX DATAMAN 500 DELIVERS UNMATCHED BARCODE READING PERFORMANCE FOR ANY MANUFACTURING APPLICATION

The high performance, fixed-mount barcode reader, DataMan® 500 from Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) is now available for factory automation applications. DataMan 500 is the first ID reader to be powered by a proprietary vision chip, called Cognex VSoC™. VSoC enables DataMan 500 to have unmatched barcode reading performance and an ease-of-use not found in other […]

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Hands-on food safety

Youth Train CTC Wexford and MKRMS Food Safety have teamed up in an exciting project to provide unskilled young people with basic food hygiene training (FSAI Level 1). In a first course, eight learners from Wexford-based community training organisation Youth Train will be given hands-on training in food safety procedures. For this project MKRMS Food […]

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Nationwide Produce Making an International Impact

  Nationwide Produce Making an International Impact

Nationwide Produce has been recognised as one of the fastest growing international companies in the UK. The company featured at 46 in the 2011 Sunday Times International Track 100 published recently.
Nationwide Produce prides itself on being one of the most diverse fresh produce companies in the industry. It grows, grades, packs, buys and sells fresh […]

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Nestle’s Skinny Cow Ice Cream Brand Extended into Confectionery

  Nestle’s Skinny Cow Ice Cream Brand Extended into Confectionery

Nestle’s Skinny Cow low-fat frozen snacks brand has launched its first ever confectionery range in the US. The Skinny Cow brand – famous with its majority female fan base for its indulgent but low-calorie ice cream sandwiches, cones, cups and bars – is extending into the confectionery category with two new products offering four different […]

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Alpro is First European Food Company to Join WWF Climate Savers

  Alpro is First European Food Company to Join WWF Climate Savers

Alpro, a pioneer in the development and marketing of soya-based food and drinks, has become the first European food company to join the WWF Climate Savers programme. The goal of this prestigious programme is to help industries and businesses to develop new climate and energy solutions.
Bernard Deryckere, chief executive of Alpro, explains: “As the first […]

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A BIG SLICE OF INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

Since its launch last year, the AEW Delford Polyslicer 1000 from Marel UK has proved a resounding success, winning many customers throughout the world.
Processors and packers from as far afield as Russia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East are benefiting from its extraordinary high speed slicing performance and future-proofing capabilities –  as a stand alone […]

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Blackstone Eyes Tangerine Confectionery

  Blackstone Eyes Tangerine Confectionery

Private equity firm Blackstone Group is in exclusive talks to acquire Tangerine Confectionery, the largest manufacturer of sugar confectionery and branded popcorn in the UK, in a deal worth more than £100m. Earlier this year, Tangerine was reported to be seeking a new private equity investor to help fund further expansion.
Since its formation in 2005, following […]

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Heineken Looks to Expand in Brazil

  Heineken Looks to Expand in Brazil

Heineken is reported to be considering making an offer to acquire Primo Schincariol Industria de Cervejas Refrigerantes, the second largest brewer in Brazil behind Anheuser-Busch InBev. Primo Schincariol Industria de Cervejas Refrigerantes is estimated to be worth in the region of £2b.
Such an acquisition move would be in line with Heineken’s strategy of developing its […]

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Producing Biofuel From Waste Crisps and Pies

  Producing Biofuel From Waste Crisps and Pies

Greenergy, a privately owned company that supplies one fifth of Britain’s road fuel, has begun producing biodiesel from food waste. In a unique partnership with Brocklesby, a specialist in recycling edible oils, unsaleable food products such as crisps and pies, which would previously have gone to landfill or compost, are now being converted for biofuel […]

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Coca-Cola Hellenic Achieves CRS First in European Food and Beverage Industry

  Coca-Cola Hellenic Achieves CRS First in European Food and Beverage Industry

Coca-Cola Hellenic, one of Europe’s leading bottlers of non-alcoholic beverages, has further strengthened the rigorous reporting and verification of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities across operations in 28 countries. Coca-Cola Hellenic is the first European food and beverage company to reach an ‘A+’ rating, according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for its CSR […]

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Celebrating 125th Anniversary of Coca-Cola

  Celebrating 125th Anniversary of Coca-Cola

To mark the 125th anniversary of its flagship Coca-Cola brand on May 8th, The Coca-Cola Company has embarked upon an extensive series of innovative, cultural events and exclusive collaborations throughout the year and around the globe.
“We would not have reached this milestone without those who love our brands, because everyone who has enjoyed a Coca-Cola […]

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Emmi Outlines 2011 Financial Targets

  Emmi Outlines 2011 Financial Targets

Following a good start to 2011 despite the continued challenging economic environment, Swiss dairy group Emmi expects to increase net sales by 3% to 5% overall during its current financial year. Emmi’s international business is expected to grow by 10% to 15%, compared with a growth of 0% to 3% in Switzerland. The 2011 net […]

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Nestle Waters Expands Portfolio

  Nestle Waters Expands Portfolio

Nestle Waters is expanding its portfolio of bottled water to include high quality iced teas, lemonades and juices through acquisition. Nestle Waters North America is acquiring the Sweet Leaf Tea Company, including its Sweet Leaf and Tradewinds beverage brands. The acquisition – which remains subject to regulatory approval and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions […]

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Heineken Renews €2 Billion Revolving Credit Facility

  Heineken Renews €2 Billion Revolving Credit Facility

Heineken has announced the successful closing of a new Revolving Credit Facility for an amount of Eur2b with a syndicate of 17 banks. The new multi-currency facility replaces Heineken’s existing Eur2b Revolving Credit Facility, which was scheduled to mature on April 22nd 2012. The new self-arranged credit line has a tenor of five years with […]

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European Business News – Week ending May 6, 2011

Cocoa and chocolate made food news headlines during the past week. Nestle announced the extension of its Aero chocolate bar into the biscuit sector in the UK and Ireland with the launch of Aero Biscuit. Of course, Nestle’s Kit Kat brand, which like Aero celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, owes much of its success […]

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European Region Still in Decline at Diageo

  European Region Still in Decline at Diageo

Greater focus on its priority brands and increased investment in emerging markets has allowed Diageo to deliver 7% organic net sales growth in its third quarter, and to increase sales by 5% on an organic basis and volume by 2% in the nine months ended March 31st 2011, compared to the comparable period last year. […]

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Nestle Launches Aero Chocolate Biscuit in the UK and Ireland

  Nestle Launches Aero Chocolate Biscuit in the UK and Ireland

Nestle has extended its Aero chocolate bar brand into the biscuit sector in the UK and Ireland. Aero Biscuit, which combines the iconic brand’s air-bubble filled chocolate with round pieces of biscuit, is aimed particularly at women aged from 25 to 44.
“Aero Biscuit will bring consumers who currently buy chocolate confectionery into the biscuit category,” […]

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39 Consecutive Years of Dividend Increases by PepsiCo

  39 Consecutive Years of Dividend Increases by PepsiCo

Global soft drinks and snacks giant PepsiCo has declared its thirty-ninth consecutive annual dividend increase, by lifting the current annual rate from $1.92 to $2.06 per share on the group’s common stock.
“PepsiCo has a long and consistent track record of delivering strong operating results and achieving top-tier financial performance,” points out Indra Nooyi, chairman and […]

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Barry Callebaut and Hershey Expand Supply Alliance

  Barry Callebaut and Hershey Expand Supply Alliance

Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of cocoa and chocolate products, and The Hershey Company, the leading manufacturer of chocolate and confectionary products in North America, have agreed to a long-term increase in the volume of products supplied by Barry Callebaut, expanding the supply and innovation agreement signed in 2007. For this increase in volume, […]

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Pernod Ricard On Track to Meet Financial Targets

  Pernod Ricard On Track to Meet Financial Targets

Following a solid third quarter, Pernod Ricard has confirmed its targets for the full 2010/11 and 2011/12 financial years. Over the first nine months of the 2010/11 financial year (to 31st March 2011) consolidated sales (excluding tax and duties) increased by 11% to Eur5.90b, compared to the same period in the previous year, and organic […]

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Heineken Expands in Africa With Two Acquisitions

  Heineken Expands in Africa With Two Acquisitions

In line with its strategy of increasing exposure to emerging markets, Heineken is acquiring two breweries in Ethiopia, after being named the preferred bidder by the Ethiopian Government following a public auction. Heineken is paying $85m and $78m respectively for the Bedele and Harar breweries.
The two breweries have a combined market share of 18% with […]

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Lightweight Bottles Ensure New Aspall Vinegars Are a Natural Choice

Demand for high quality food products in environmentally friendly packaging has been addressed by Aspall, purveyor of fine vinegars along with leading glass-packaging manufacturer, Beatson Clark.
Aspall has launched a new range of high quality vinegars following six months intensive consumer and trade research.  The 11-strong range, which includes varieties of vinegar such as Malt, Cabernet […]

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Board Changes at SABMiller

  Board Changes at SABMiller

Malcolm Wyman, chief financial officer of SABMiller, has confirmed his intention to retire from the company at the end of August 2011, and will stand down from the board on July 21st 2011. He will be replaced by James Wilson, currently finance director for SABMiller Europe.
James Wilson joined SABMiller in 2005 and has held a […]

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Nichols to Update Vimto as Strong Growth Continues

  Nichols to Update Vimto as Strong Growth Continues

UK-based soft drink group Nichols is completely updating the packaging and introducing a new, multi-media advertising campaign for its flagship Vimto brand. Following a successful 2010 when it increased profit before tax (pre-exceptional) by 23% to £15.1m on turnover up 16% to £83.9m, Nichols is continuing to make strong progress in its current financial year […]

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Profit Warning From Thorntons

  Profit Warning From Thorntons

UK confectionery manufacturer and retailer Thorntons has warned that poor trading over the important Easter period coupled with the ongoing challenging retail environment will result in profit before tax and additional impairment charges for the year to June 25th 2011 being in the £3.0m to £4.5m range, significantly below the £6.1 million achieved last year.
In […]

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Marine Ingredients – The Next Wave in Functional Food Innovation?

  Marine Ingredients – The Next Wave in Functional Food Innovation?

In 2010 the functional food market was worth $24 billion and it is growing by approximately 14% per annum. In the last five years the number of new product introductions carrying a specific functional health claim (such as heart, eye, bone and gut health), has more than doubled. Food and drink companies are increasingly driven […]

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Tate & Lyle Launches First Fruit-based Calorie-free Sweetening Solution

  Tate & Lyle Launches First Fruit-based Calorie-free Sweetening Solution

Tate & Lyle has entered into a five-year strategic partnership agreement with New Zealand-based BioVittoria for the exclusive global marketing and distribution rights for BioVittoria’s monk fruit. The only fruit-based calorie-free sweetening ingredient available today, natural monk fruit extract is a means to reduce sugar and calories in foods and beverages.
The agreement expands Tate & […]

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The Future of Nutraceuticals – Discussion Forum to Debate Opportunities and Challenges

International experts will gather at next month’s Vitafoods Europe Discussion Forum to debate the top 10 opportunities and challenges for bringing functional foods and supplements to market in the next decade.
Chaired by Simon Pettman from EAS, this year’s free-to-attend Discussion Forum will be chosen, rated and explained by a panel of multi-disciplinary experts in marketing, […]

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EPAX RECOGNISED WITH OMEGA-3 AWARD FROM FRIEND OF THE SEA

 
AALESUND, Norway (May 3, 2011) – EPAX AS, a leading global supplier of marine-derived EPA/DHA omega-3 fatty acids, announced today that it is the recipient of this year’s Friend of the Sea (FOS) Award in the omega-3 category.  The recognition is largely the result of EPAX’s commitment to source from approved, sustainable fisheries and its […]

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DuPont Makes Final Danisco Tender Offer

  DuPont Makes Final Danisco Tender Offer

DuPont, the global science group, has increased the price of its tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Danisco, the enzyme and specialty food ingredients company, by 5% to DKr700 in cash per share. The tender offer period has been extended for the last time to May 13th 2011. DuPont has also […]

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