September 2, 1999 |
British beverage and candy giant Cadbury Schweppes and a partner have agreed to buy Dr Pepper Bottling Co. of Texas for $283 million. Cadbury plans to merge the bottler with its own bottling company to form the largest independent soft-drink bottler in the United States. Cadbury and a Washington investment firm, Carlyle Group, also agreed to assume about $408 million in debt. The two companies plan to merge the Texas bottler with their own American Bottling Co., based in Darien, Ill.
July 4, 2000 |
Cadbury Schweppes, the third-largest soft-drink maker, said its Mott's apple products unit agreed to buy the Mauna La'i juice brand from Mauna La'i Tropicals for an undisclosed price. Mott's, the largest U.S. producer of applesauce and apple juice and the maker of Hawaiian Punch, expects the acquisition to close by midsummer. After the purchase, the Mauna La'i line would be produced at Stamford, Conn.-based Mott's factories. The transaction doesn't include any manufacturing sites or equipment.
July 27, 2000 |
Coca-Cola Co. said it had given up its planned acquisition of Cadbury Schweppes' beverage brands in Canada and Mexico because of regulatory concerns. The decision came less than two years after Coca-Cola, the world's largest soft drinks company, cut a $1.85-billion deal to buy the lion's share of the British sweets and soft drink maker's non-U.S. beverage brands.
August 26, 1986 |
A Dallas-based investment group that purchased Dr Pepper Co. last week said Monday that Cadbury-Schweppes PLC holds a 30% share in the sale, making the British firm the world's third-largest soft-drink producer. Cadbury-Schweppes, which makes sparkling water, sodas, mixers and a line of chocolates and candy, bought the Canada Dry and Sunkist soft-drink operations from RJR Nabisco in June for $230 million, giving it a 5.3% share of the U.S. market.
September 1, 1989 |
Procter & Gamble Co. has agreed to sell its Crush International beverage operations to Cadbury Schweppes PLC, the British candy and beverage giant, for $220 million in cash, the companies announced Thursday. Procter & Gamble, a Cincinnati-based consumer products company that operates worldwide, had been searching since May for a buyer for the soft drink line.
November 27, 2012 |
Children's pockets everywhere are safer and parents are breathing a sigh of relief now that Cadbury UK has created a form of chocolate resistant to melting. The sweets maker, owned by American company Kraft, tested the chocolate against its existing Dairy Milk product. After three hours in an incubator heated to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, the new chocolate was still solid, according to its patent application . “If pressed with a finger, it does not stick nor has the consistency of a molten product,” according to the application ( hat tip to the Daily Mail )
November 24, 2010 |
You don't usually hear the word "chocolate" in conjunction with "dynasty," but that's the focus of "Chocolate Wars" by the British author Deborah Cadbury (yes, of that Cadbury clan). Her fascinating book chronicles the history of chocolate, from its Mayan and Aztec origins to the Victorian-era rise of the chocolate industry and her family's formative role in it. In the 1860s in Birmingham, England, two Quaker brothers, Richard and George Cadbury, owned a small factory that, along with other manufacturers, were trying to figure out how to make use of an intriguing New World commodity called "cacao" or cocoa.
January 18, 2010 |
It's not just chocolate but memories that are made in this genteel company town founded when Victoria reigned. Take the Cadbury Flake, which for many Brits conjures up childhood images of an afternoon at the seaside, with a flaky spear of chocolate stuck into a dripping vanilla cone. Or Cadbury Creme Eggs, so rich and gooey they make your teeth hurt, now as much an Easter tradition in Britain as bonnets, bunnies and ham. Or the Milk Tray assortment, which gray-haired pensioners who remember Cadbury's wartime "Ration Chocolate" buy for their grandkids.
January 27, 1995 |
In a move that would thrust it into the top ranks of the U.S. soft drink industry, Cadbury Schweppes offered $1.71 billion Thursday to acquire the remaining 74% of Dr Pepper/Seven-Up Cos. that it does not already own. The deal, which was accepted unanimously by Dr Pepper's board, would propel the London-based confectionery conglomerate to third from a distant fourth in the $49-billion U.S. soft drink market, behind superpowers Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc.
May 25, 1999 |
Coca-Cola Co. on Monday bowed to European regulators and agreed to scale down its proposed purchase of drink brands from Britain's Cadbury Schweppes. The world's largest soft-drink maker will now pay $1.1 billion for Cadbury brands such as Dr Pepper, Crush, Canada Dry and Schweppes in about 100 nations, after dropping European markets including Germany, Italy and Spain from the deal. The price is 40% less than the $1.85 billion reached in December involving more than 120 nations outside the U.S.