Former Swiss banker turns whistle-blower

Rudolf M Elmer ran the Caribbean operations of the Swiss bank Julius Baer for eight years until he was dismissed in 2002. Now Elmer is revealing to global tax authorities what he calls are the secrets of his former employer, chipping away at the centuries-old tradition of Swiss banking secrecy.

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Cadbury buyout to help Kraft expand presence in developing markets

Kraft Foods' acquisition of Cadbury will help it to expand its presence in developing markets, including India, by leveraging the infrastructure the British candy-maker has set up in these territories

Kraft Foods on Wednesday said its proposed $19.60-billion acquisition of Cadbury will help the company expand its presence in the developing markets, including India, by leveraging the infrastructure the British candy-maker has set up in these markets, reports PTI.

“One of the single biggest opportunities the company gets from buying Cadbury is that it enables us to fill out geographical white spaces and put our portfolio of products through Cadbury's infrastructure in markets like India,” Kraft’s chief executive Irene Rosenfeld said.

Yesterday, the Illinois-based company had sealed a deal to buy Cadbury for about $19.60 billion (£11.9 billion), ending months of bitter wrangling over the price.

"Together, we will have over 40 brands with revenues of over $100 million," Ms Rosenfeld said, adding the buyout would help Kraft to expand its footprint in developing markets, capitalise on population growth trends and provide scale to invest in infrastructure in key geographies.

The percentage of Kraft's net revenue from developing markets will also increase from 20% to 25% when combined with Cadbury, she said. "From Kraft Foods' perspective, Cadbury gives us meaningful entry into India," she added.

The deal would enhance Kraft's long-term revenue growth from 4% to over 5%. The company, which makes Oreo cookies and Velveeta cheese, expects the deal to close in mid-February.

Through the deal, which would create the world's biggest confectioner, both the companies seek to have leading positions in Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico.

"Kraft Foods and Cadbury have highly complementary geographic footprints," Ms Rosenfeld said.

Importantly, a combination would increase scale for both companies in markets where the two do not have significant presence, she said.

The combined group would also benefit from an improved position across Europe, including France and Spain.

The company said its strategy going forward would be to focus on becoming a leading snacks, confectionary and quick snacks company and to exit from the lower growth and lower margin businesses.
 

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NMDC finds traces of diamonds in Orissa, Karnataka & AP

Explorations in the three states have resulted in discovery of 41 kimberlite and 13 lamproite pipes, which are indicative of possible diamond deposits underneath

The country's largest iron ore miner NMDC Ltd and the world's leading diamond producer De Beers have found traces of diamond deposits in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Karnataka, reports PTI.

Surveys are also underway in these states to detect gold deposits, the government has said. It said explorations in the three states had resulted in discovery of 41 kimberlite and 13 lamproite pipes, which are indicative of possible diamond deposits underneath.

Kimberlite and lamproite are solidified volcanic magma and work as elevators to bring diamonds with other minerals to the earth's surface.

"So far, a total of 339 Reconnaissance Permits (RPs) have been issued covering an area of 4,66,556 sq km, out of which aerial surveys have been conducted in 27 RPs," an official statement by the mines ministry said.

It said that kimberlite and lamproite were discovered in Kalahandi, Nawarangpur, Nuapada and Bolangir districts of Orissa and in Kurnool, Prakasam and Anantapur districts in Andhra Pradesh. Explorations by CRA Exploration India in AP indicated discovery of several mineralised zones in Anantapur and Kurnool districts.

In Karnataka, these were discovered in Gulbarga district. The ministry said exploration permits had been given to several companies.
 

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Borkar M.R.

7 years ago

On the eve of disinvestment, such news,( real/planted or may I call it - advertised,) will appear is it not an attempt to lure the investors?

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