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Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Andrew Wood, an analyst with Bernstein Research, is suggesting that Kraft Foods could be in the market to acquire Cadbury PLC, which would then “give Kraft a leading position in global confectionery, and with its leading position in biscuits/cookies would create a global leader in ‘sweet snacks’.” Kraft and Cadbury executives did not comment for the article.

Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Procter & Gamble is suing Kraft Foods “again” for patent infringement.

According to the story, P& G is claiming that “Maxwell House Coffee has copied a Folgers package. The patent lawsuit, filed by P&G in U.S. district court in Cincinnati, follows similar infringement complaints that the makers of the rival U.S. household coffee brands filed against each other last year. P&G spokeswoman Jen Becker said earlier litigation is still pending.

“P&G says Maxwell House's new four-pound plastic container infringes upon Folgers' lightweight plastic container introduced five years ago. The lawsuit seeks to stop Kraft Foods from selling the new Maxwell House container and also asks for damages to be awarded.”

• Superior Grocers of Santa Fe Springs, California, and Price Chopper Supermarkets of Schenectady, NY, have been given the 2008 Maximizing People Potential Award (MAXX Award) by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). The awards recognize “superior training and human resource programs,” and were made at the FMI Human Resources/Training and Development Conference.

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