Cadbury Schweppes: What Now?

Acquisitions to satisfy changing consumer tastes and a merger may be in the cards for the candymaker, which for now can't unload its beverage division

The last year has been a roller-coaster ride for shareholders in Cadbury Schweppes (CSG), the world's largest candymaker and a leading maker of beverages. After announcing in March that it planned to sell off its U.S. drinks business, which includes big brands such as Dr. Pepper, 7Up, Snapple, Mott's, Canada Dry, and Hawaiian Punch, Cadbury was forced to postpone the deal when the credit markets imploded in July.

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